What was the tea that made you fall in love with tea?
Hmm, that’s a great question. I’m not sure what the tipping point was for me. My parents always kept a big canister of jasmine green tea at home, and every morning my dad would wake up and get it all ready for us to drink in the morning. It was just part of our morning routine. I didn’t get serious until I tried to kick my coffee habit. I dropped soda for coffee, coffee for tea… and once I discovered how many varieties of tea there are to try, now it’s the de facto drink of choice!
I think what really made me jump into the world of loose tea and chinese teas to be specific was trying pu-ehr and then tie guan yin for the first time.
I was lucky to learn about most popular sorts of tea, so some of my first experiments were with shui xian, keemun, da hong pao and yunnan black. After that there was simply no going back, I fell in love with how different tea can be (before that I was more of a black tea drinker, plain or flavored).
So no more coffee, no more sugar in tea and I couldn’t be happier. I love how the tea tastes, I love making an every day decision of what tea should define your morning this day (oh, how tough it can be but it’s totally worth it), I love trying new tea and I don’t even mind too much the extra strain on the wallet, in my opinion, it’s money well spent.
Ive always enjoyed tea, but not untill just recently have I enjoyed it this much. I was visiting friends in Kamloops BC, and one of them just started working at this local tea house/art gallery. I went in with her to work one day and sat on the couches and read books as she brought me all these different kinds of teas. I was in love. I believe most of the tea they have there is from a local farmer, which made it even cooler! Ever since I got back Ive gone tea obsessed. I am currently waiting on my next paycheck so I can purchase six different teas online from DavidsTea.
My tea obsession began while in China. I was there to study language, but every day I would walk past a tea market and see all of these beautiful objects in the store windows -mysterious bricks wrapped in rice paper and tiny tea pots. Knowing nothing, I thought I would check it out. I stumbled across the right person, who invited me to sit down and drink Tieguanyin. I had never even heard of oolong bak then! Well, I found myself back in China the next year on a research grant to study tea, and sitting with the same tea vendor taking notes and studying tea ceremony. One thing leads to another, and here I am with my own tea company, Verdant Tea, and my first shipments of pu’er and the old muse, Tieguanyin.
As an aside, I have learned from experience that a first tea experience can be daunting. Many tea stores are intimidating, and online shops massive. There are many teas out there, both good and bad. Try not to let one experience taint others. I know so many people who don’t like pu’er because of one taste of a fishy, poorly aged shu pu’er. I also know people who are afraid of tea stores because of rude and snobby clerks. Be brave! Tea is so rewarding. Find somebody you can trust to get you into it.
for me, it was going to a friend’s house and hearing her story of how she came across MIGHTY LEAF teas . Fell in love with the first sip….then came another love, DAVIDsTEA in which i love it’s culture of tea among the Canadians, it’s simply Tealicious! Now i find i can share my love with my friend which every tuesday we get together for “Tea Tuesdays” we have at LEAST 3 Cups of Tea and lots of chat to go with!! and with the many flavours Mighty Leaf and DAVIDsTEA has….there is always variety to our TeaDATEs…
I was always a coffee drinker but enjoyed tea when I was sick. Probably about two years ago, my mom really got into tea. I thought it was a little crazy at first, but then she started sharing her stash with me and gave me my green Chatsford teapot that I still use every day. Over time, I began replacing my coffee with tea on some days. I joined Steepster and began to learn more about tea which made me want to try different varieties. Another Steepster member sent me a tin of tea from Adagio (Red Dragon) and I was hooked. Tea became my beverage of choice and I didn’t drink coffee whatsoever for at least 6 months. I like that different flavors and varieties of tea can taste vastly different while coffee primarily always has the same basic taste. Now, I still drink tea primarily but have been known to enjoy coffee on occasion. Tea is really my love though and I have a decent stash that I add to regularly.
In high school, my boyfriend (of six years now!) had a car and would take me out on the weekend. Since we didn’t really have any idea where to go and just wanted to be together, a lot of times we ended up exploring grocery stores. No one in my family drinks coffee or tea. The only hot drink we had around was instant hot chocolate. But one day, we wandered down the tea isle at HEB, and noticed all the different, delicious-sounding flavors. We picked up a box of Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile, took it back to my parents’ house, and made some. We hated it! No amount of sugar made it taste sweet enough for us. I was determined to find SOMETHING good, since it all sounded so tasty, and it was so cheap! So each weekend, we picked up a different box of Celestial Seasonings, until we found it… Chocolate Chai Enchantment. That was the first box of tea I ever finished.
A couple years later, I found that old box of honey vanilla chamomile and decided to give it another go. It was delicious… tasted just like warm sugar cookies. It’s crazy how tastes change. :)
Fast forward to now, my boyfriend steers me AWAY from tea isles, and we both have to keep each other from bringing home too many tiny baggies from the bulk tea sections at our local Central Market and Whole Foods.
I grew up on super sweet Southern iced tea. My mother always used Lipton ( and when I was little it was Lipton loose as she didn’t know about tea bags until I was older ) and there was so much sugar in it! Everyone loved it. In warm weather she made a gallon a day, and it was finished by evening. And no, it wasn’t a big family! Just my parents and my brother and I as the others had already moved out at that point.
I was given a silverplated teapot by a friend and started having occasional tea parties for my children as a treat. I would send them an invitation and they would dress up. We bought Royal English Breakfast from Harney and Sons for our special hot tea. My youngest daughter fell in love with it. Then a neighbor (Hi Sandy!) told me she didn’t drink anything but loose leaf, and we started going to Chapel Hill to buy tea and ordering online. I think I have about half the Harney catalog in stock in my home now!
I’ve been in love with tea since I was about 7. My sister brought home this tea (which I can not recall what brand it was) but it was in this cute wooden box and it was strawberry flavoured. At the time my parents were iffy with me consuming tea but after then I was hooked, and not like hooked on the caffeine, but hooked on the awesome taste and simplicity of it all. Never touched coffee until I went to college (for those later nights of studying) but can not stand it. TEA ALL THE WAY :)
I started out with whatever was served to me in chinese restaurants. Then my father introduced me to the traditional dark roast Ti Kuan Yin his chinese friend recommended. I drank little but that for 20 years, with the occasional forays into black or green teas always ending bitterly, sending me right back to TKY. The real tea epiphany came with a tin of Pouchong I purchased when I couldn’t find my brand of TKY. I finally realized that there were lovely, non-bitter teas that were not TKY. It’s been a downhill slide into teaMania ever since.