an ode to tea

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anyone who knows me, knows i la la love tea.  if you’ve been reading for awhile than you likely know this too.
after receiving  my pretty new glass tea pot  (+ my sweet porcelain mini vases pictured above) from not on the high street, i decided it was high time to dedicate a post to a well loved daily ritual of mine.  the images were not how i imagined them, but once i got my camera out i just went with it and i love the way it all turned out.  it’s a ode to tea of sorts.  but lets talk details . . .

find out my favorite teas, accompaniments and how this american makes the perfect english cuppa (so my friends say)

 

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there are a million types of teas as well as million ways to make and take your tea.  for me tea is a moment.  it’s a moment to stop.  rest. breathe.  relax.  its more like a cup of comfort.  no matter your tea or your take it’s always good to have :

a pretty cup, a lovely tea pot (my new fave) or kettle, milk, honey, sugar (i love chambre de sucre for a special days), and a treat (dark chocolate, cheese and crackers or these biscuits).  and usually, i savor the whole ritual of it, like using my grandmother’s spoons (above).  scooping out the sugar, the thought her of her sweetens my day.

i like different teas at different times.  if i drink tea in the morning i prefer some type of black or vanilla tea with a scant of sugar.  in the afternoon, i love a cup of english tea with milk and sugar.  it’s such a treat.  before bed i always love a cup of some sort of sleepy tea or a decaffinated green tea.  on a warm day iced tea is relief.  and occasionally, on a cold winter night, when i’ve made my grandpa’s favorite meal, i drink a cup of lipton with one teaspoon of sugar, as he did, and listen for his laugh.

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some of favorites are:

english tea : basic tetley (has to be the british version) or yorkshire gold
loose leaf :  bellocq (the gorgeous loose tea pictured in the photos)
green tea : bigelow green tea with lemon
fun tea : royal tea
night tea : clipper snore + peace.  i bough this in england last month + just ran out.  so good!
flavored : harney + son’s (paris + vanilla comoro)

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a british cuppa how to:

i learned the art of making english tea from my dear english friend, maggie, of course.  and i suppose i should clarify that i’m not sharing the true art, as in first warming the tea pot and so on.  i’m just talking about how how the brits make a basic cuppa.  i always boil my water in the kettle and while the water is warming i get everything else together.  grab your favorite mug and fill the bottom with a bit of milk (i do about 3 tablespoons worth) and some sugar (2 teaspoons is best).  plop the tea bag in next (do not use american tea.  i repeat, do not use american tea…i tried this with lipton, many moons ago and the memory of it is enough to make me sad) and when the water has come to a boil, fill up your cup.  let the everything sit for a bout 2 minutes and stir.  ta da.  you can, of course, brew your tea first and then add the milk and sugar after.  there is actually quite a debate about this.  i just do as i was taught and put the milk in first (which makes me a miffer.  if you add milk after, well then, you are a tiffer).

how do you take your tea?  and what are you favorite kinds?

images:  la la lovely

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Responses

  • Tracey@chalkboard living
    Commented on June 6th, 2013 at 9:21am

    You know i love the tea debate. Being a Brit, where i come from in the South East, putting the milk in first – ( You ONLY EVER do this if your tea is brewed and poured from a tea pot not a mug with a tea bag. The bag will never infuse if plunged into milk first…) is close to an offence similar to beheading the Queen. You would of course be pardoned but never asked to make another cup again. I love how tea is such an emotional drink too. In England whenever there is crisis, someone will go and make a cup of tea…as if that alone will cure everything. Though it often helps ;)

  • Trina
    Commented on June 6th, 2013 at 9:56am

    eeek… ok, i knew i might get scolded. and likely, the american should probably not share on this subject. so my friend from the south east, taught me this. but when i visited last month she was putting milk in after. i suppose i should convert to be proper. i’m all about proper. xo . t

  • Anna
    Commented on February 13th, 2015 at 6:10pm

    Your cups are adorable. Where did you get them? I love green tea and Oolong.

  • Trina
    Commented on February 18th, 2015 at 9:20am

    thanks, anna. the tea cups are from anthropologie. i got them a few years back. i’m loving these tea cups that they currently have http://bit.ly/19wxxuR. in fact, i just bought one of the dessert plates, a few weeks back, not knowing there was matching teacups. xo . t

  • Anna
    Commented on February 18th, 2015 at 12:16pm

    @Tracey@chalkboard living,
    Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing! Have a good new year. :D

  • Tracey@chalkboard living
    Commented on June 6th, 2013 at 9:24am

    Also… you might like no.1 and 2 of this link ;)

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/best-ways-to-annoy-a-british-person

    Leaving your tea bag to sit for 3 mins surely adds a film on the water no..? (see no 2 above)

    tx

  • Andie
    Commented on June 6th, 2013 at 12:38pm

    i am a full-on miffer. i loved this post. i don’t drink coffee but always have my daily cuppa. it’s ritual thing for me too – i loved reading about yours.
    (as i read this i was enjoying my cuppa from a pretty little yellow polka-dotted tea cup – my fave)

  • Trina
    Commented on June 11th, 2013 at 10:45am

    so glad to provide some reading while enjoying a cuppa and fun to meet a fellow miffer! xo . t

  • Brittany
    Commented on June 6th, 2013 at 1:56pm

    Oh I love a good cup of tea :) I like a good English Breakfast in the morning, and in the afternoons or evenings I lovelovelove Cream Earl Grey. So delicious :)

  • Trina
    Commented on June 11th, 2013 at 10:45am

    ooh, i’ve never hard of cream earl grey…who makes that? xo . t

  • Brittany
    Commented on June 11th, 2013 at 10:50am

    @Trina, I’ve never found it in a grocery store, but any place that carries loose leaf tea place should have it. I’ve found mine in gift shops & tea shops mainly – usually around $5-$10 for 100g. I don’t know if there’s a particular brand, I just buy it from a local store when I run out! haha

  • Melanie Yarbrough
    Commented on June 8th, 2013 at 4:00pm

    Ah, you and I are kindred spirits. I drink tea more than anything else. If I don’t have my cuppa Tetley in the morning, my day goes down hill. I simply cannot pass up anything tea related. All my tea things take up an entire cabinet in the kitchen –totally my weakness! My favorite tea biscuits are Bourbon creams (found only in Great Britain WELP), Tunnock’s teacakes (World Market in the states, everywhere in GB), and TimTams (World Market or in Australia).

  • Trina
    Commented on June 11th, 2013 at 10:39am

    hello kindred! thanks for the tips on biscuits. i haven’t tried them except for the TimTams which i love. i bought a tin in england that says “biscuits” and littles are so confused about why cookies are in there and not biscuits :) xo . t

  • mohammed andejani
    Commented on September 5th, 2013 at 1:45pm

    please can i have tea english that you put apicture

  • Trina
    Commented on September 5th, 2013 at 3:05pm

    @mohammed andejani, the black english tea that i like is
    http://www.amazon.com/Taylors-Harrogate-Yorkshire-Gold-160-Count/dp/B000XEV9YE

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