Simple Pleasures: Nirvana In A Cup...The Simple Joy Of (Organic) Green Tea.



My first love was, and still is, coffee. The intoxicating aroma that arises as it brews makes waking up seem worth it, and that first sip of my morning cup brings a smile to face every day. I truly love my coffee. But I have a confession to make. I've been cheating. Yes, it's true. I've been cheating on my true love, and I won't hide it any more. Because I have fallen in love all over again - with tea. Green tea, to be specific.
My attitude about tea used to be that it was something to drink when one was home sick with the stomach flu. Moving past an occasional cup of cream tea and biscuits, followed by my first authentic High Tea experience, my tea attitude slowly started to change. But it was the Japanese green tea that got me. My first taste of the pale golden-green
elixir had me hooked. This was like no other tea I'd ever had.
What was this stuff? What made it so different?
And where had it been all my life!?
Turns out this is no infatuated crush - I am absolutely in love with green tea and it's associated culture. Just as with my other loves (the regional, organic, fair-trade coffee beans, the organic, high cacao content, varietal-bean chocolate I simply must have and the undeniable joy of a good glass of wine), I found that teas also had their pedigrees and quality hierarchies. A good cup of green tea is never bitter, but has, dependent on the variety, flavors that range from light, grasslike to richer, somewhat caramel-ly overtones. There are quite a
few different varieties, and they further vary in their method
of preparation of the leaves. Taking the time to enjoy a
cup of tea is a simple pleasure often overlooked.
Green tea has wonderful health benefits.
As with other 'gifts from the earth', green tea has
antioxidants, phytonutrients and low amounts of caffeine.
The ease and brief time it takes to prepare,
is also a boon to a busy day.
Tea, properly prepared, can de-stress, calm and soothe you.
Take the time to sit, relax, take a deep breath
and enjoy a small respite from tasks.
Tea can provide a sweet little oasis of calm to your day.
My hope is that you'll consider trying green tea, or perhaps
you're already a green tea devotee. I've included the link to one of
my favorite tea companies, The Tao of Tea, in Portland, Oregon.
Their practices for doing business, the quality, the respect for the earth
and those they work with make them my top choice.
There are other teas that have made it into my repertoire,
but we'll talk about that another day. It's time for my tea break.

(Deja vu? This is an encore post. For some reason,
it just kept calling to me to go out again!)

6 comments

  1. Stephanie, I too am in love - with the intoxicating pleasure of teas ..

    Mornings become a pleasantly unperturbed awakening experience as I savour the luxurious aroma of coffee .. I choose a blend from various beans and decide whether to use the cafetière or let it drip slowly into the pot filling the room with a heady sense of anticipation .. however, my first cup of the day is always tea ..

    When I lived in the States I never drank tea .. oh, I kept some Earl Grey in the cupboard for times when the occasion called for it, and enjoyed visiting my favourite Japanese restaurant to be treated to the ceremonial aspects as it was prepared while sitting on cushions around the table, but not for me those weak leaves – I was a coffee drinker and went through several pots a day .. when I moved to England I was immediately presented with the choice – strong brewed tea or instant coffee .. instant simply wasn’t going to work for me, so I developed a liking for tea and soon learned to distinguish the many varieties and distinctive flavours ..

    However, several years ago I came down with a terrible flu, the first time I had been ill in ages, and I discovered the healing effects of green tea as its natural properties worked wonders to revive me .. and oddly enough, since then I’ve never taken milk in any tea – in fact the thought of it now turns my stomach .. though I do like a slice of lemon straight from the tree outside ..

    Now, I have my routine with coffee, and love that feeling of deep relaxation – I enjoy every cup, but alternate with teas from the local market and benefit from having many types on offer, so I appreciate the sentiment you express here ..

    I too no longer hide my affair with this lovely elixir for the body and mind from my significant other, they both have a place in my life and I love them equally .. Ahh but Stephanie, a woman who smiles first thing in the morning ? now that’s a luxury I would value .. {;o)

    BTW: Have you read my poetry piece on coffee ..? can read it here: http://www.kevinwallacepoet.blogspot.com/2010/04/magic-beans-cafe-dreams.html

    Apologies for my lack of brevity my friend, but once again you’ve touched on a subject close to my heart ..

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  2. @ Kevin- enjoyed this post, and thx for letting me know of your appreciation for mine. thanks! And I can hardly imagine having to choose waking up with only tea or INSTANT coffee??! ..(ohh,the horror!) no, that surely would leave me not only not smiling, but probably crying most mornings!

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  3. I do not like the taste or smell of coffee, so I don't drink it. Tea -- I drink a cup very rarely. But your calming description sounds nice.

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  4. MikeB - no, not everyone does. What is it that you enjoy drinking?

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  5. I like water. I enjoy guava juice, grape juice, and strawberry/banana juice. I also occasionally drink cranberry juice. Once in a while I have a coke, especially when I need to stay awake. Apparently, what little caffeine there is in a non-diet coke wakes me up right away when I feel like I am starting to get sleepy but I do not want to fall sleep (like when I am driving from the San Francisco area to the LA area).

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  6. MikeB- all wonderful drinks, that I also like- with the exception of the coke- no longer drink any sodas (although I do make my own with juices and plain seltzer water!) I used to love to drink Jolt Cola to stay awake on long nights in the recording studio... that's a soda that has the slogan: 'All the sugar & twice the caffeine' ...you might like it on those long trips! ;-D

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