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Tea is #2 in Sunset Magazine's Top 100

In this month’s Sunset Magazine, they list their “Hot List” – the top 100 “foods to eat, places to visit, things to do.”

Number 2 is “Tea hits the big time”

Quote: “We’re riding a tea wave here in the West: tea drinks, tea-flavored chocolates, tea soaps, all kinds of cool new artisanal teas, green teas, herbal teas, biodegradable tea containers – and that’s just in the grocery store (actual teahouses offer even more). One of our favorite sips is pu-erh, a large-leaf Chinese Tea that’s aged for extra-rich, deep flavor.”

It’s about time that Tea was celebrated! I know that we all celebrate it daily, but, it’s nice that the rest of the world (or at least the Western US) is starting to celebrate it too.

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Uniquity said

I think it’s so interesting that coffee is considered the norm, at least conversationally, but I’m finding that the reality is starting to include so much more tea!! Also, if one more person tells me that tea is bad for me because it has caffeine or colours my teeth, I might scream. Not all tea has caffeine. Almost everything will eventually colour your teeth. Lets look past that, shall we?

Uniquity, I agree with you.

As far as the caffeine goes, I know it has caffeine… and I realize that I’m addicted to it. I also am not at all concerned about this addiction, the way I see it, there are things out there that are far worse to which to be addicted. That’s not to say that addiction is good in any form, that is just to say that I’ve accepted that I am addicted to it.

I think that the good of tea outweighs the bad!

Uniquity said

I just find it frustrating the social acceptance of coffee means that very few people look at a coffee drinker and say “but it’s bad for you – it has caffeine!” Why on earth would you drink coffee, if not for the caffeine? Tea, on the other hand, has benefits beyond actually getting a liquid in you, and the endless varieties of flavours and types (herbals, tisanes, rooibos, etc.) mean that caffeine is no longer a given. Of my 50ish ‘teas’, maybe 10% have caffeine, and that wasn’t even on purpose! : )

Anyway, in sum, tea is delicious and I hope that it becomes more than a fad, and moves into the cultural norm it used to be and still is in many countries.

That’s awesome news! :) I’ve been a tea drinker most of my life, and rarely drink coffee (although I drank it a lot more in college and as a reporter). I lived in a tea-loving house, but only within the past few years discovered the joys of brewing my own loose tea. For me there is no comparison between coffee and tea. You might as well compare tap water and juice! And yes, uniquity, I always say, “Grr,” when someone points out that tea has caffeine. Sure, some varieties, but brewing up chamomile tisane won’t keep you up all night. :)

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