Give me ALL the tea baby
Matcha, chamomile, lemon, peppermint….. I want it all.
Tea is probably my favourite (non-alcoholic) beverage. I drink it mornings, afternoons, before bed, with or without food, and preferably cooled to the perfect temperature using two to three ice cubes. It’s warm, comforting and ideal for stupidly cold winter days.
I feel like tea has grown in popularity in the past few years, and now made itself truly competitive with coffee. Probably due to the increase in variety and creativity of flavours, and the number of stores and cafes that now specialize in serving tea. Although, I don’t know that it has or ever will reach the level at which people are reliant on it like they are their daily cup(s) of java. You never hear of anyone getting upset or being in a bad mood because they didn’t get their cup of tea this morning, do you?
Now, I am not at all a coffee drinker. However, there are some occasions when coffee does come in contact with my mouth. Usually only through the form of a mocha or coffee leaf tea though. The lack of need/desire for intense caffeine coupled with my general dislike of the taste, has barred me from ever becoming a regular coffee consumer.
In my mind (and I apologize if this offends anyone) tea drinkers as a whole seem to be a much calmer and more rational group of people compared to their coffee-drinking counterparts. Maybe it’s because of the less caffeine and natural calming effects of the herbs. I don’t know, that’s just my theory. However, the actual process of making tea is definitely a more relaxing activity than making coffee. There is no loud buzz of a bean grinder or the beeping of a coffee machine. Just the low, bubbling noise of boiling water, followed by the quiet ripple of the tea bag hitting the water.
I suppose you could argue that my thirst for the steeped plant leaves is just as much an addiction as being hooked on coffee, but thats probably just the caffeine talking.