Search function on tea didn't generate results though I know there was a tea thread recently.
I have always liked nice bevarages as a cultivation of enjoyment. Formerly beer and wine. Coffee definately though it is kinda hard on the body. Recently I have become interested in tea, though this is less widely shared than coffee. At most cafes you have a choice between earl grey and chai (spiced). Tea bags and a cup of water from a hot shot. In a paper cup.
I wondered if anyone would share tips, appreciation, and knowledge about tea. What kind of ritual is it for you? Do you think you are more mindful when you drink your tea? Or happy and relaxed? What kinds of tea do you like and how do you take it or prepare it? Any other tea information? I looked on wikipedia and learned that green and white tea is unoxidized and had some healthy anti oxidants. And black tea is oxidized I imagine by exposure and heating. Almost every language has a word for tea and there are two main roots which are different: te or chai. In america chai means a pie spiced tea.
I was introduced to tea by my friend from Indian heritage though he was 2nd generation. We drank it with milk and sugar, not sure what type? Iced tea is really popular here, or sometimes brewed/called sun tea brewed in the sun and iced. In the south more often sweet tea and up north more often unsweetened. I also have always enjoyed herbal tea most often peppermint, raspberry, sleepytime which is a mixture of tastes all supposedly soothing. I also drank stinging nettle for supposed medicinal properties. But only rarely drinking tea sometimes as an event at night with company again tea is more gentle than coffee even decaf on the stomach. Now I drink it almost every day. I drink mostly green tea, but also black tea chai. I recently tried Irish Breakfast, but was dissapointed that it didn't taste more like Irish Creme flavored coffee. Are there any other flavored teas than herbal and chai?
So what is your story on tea?