Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Steep Thoughts- The 'Why Tea Is Better For Me' Edition
Rishi Organic China Breakfast is my go-to morning tea. It's strong, with a good bold flavor, and is very smooth. It's also easy to find at my corner store, so I can replenish when necessary and not wait for a delivery. There are other Yunnan teas that I love for the morning, but China Breakfast has just been my recent favorite.
Nowadays when there is a lull in our morning craziness I prepare it in my tumbler, take out the strainer, and tote it along to work. I like to sip it while I'm on the train so I can relax for a few minutes and read a book. So by the time I get to the office I'm almost sane, and awake.
I had an accidental experiment the other day- there was a large amount of coffee left over from a brunch party, and I decided to take some in my tumbler instead of my morning cuppa tea (I know that is blasphemy, but I don't like to waste things). I sipped the coffee on my morning commute, and I didn't have the overall feeling of peace I usually do while I'm drinking tea and reading my book. Sitting on a crowded (and often smelly) train is not exactly setting the stage for relaxation, but good tea plus a good book usually does the trick. But when I arrived to work, I felt anxious, and unsatisfied. It didn't occur to me until later that it was the coffee! I brewed some coffee the next day, and tried again. Still anxious and unhappy. Today I switched back to my usual tea, and voila! Such a better morning. Even though I was up at 3am with an antsy toddler, I still felt more relaxed than if I had a cup of coffee.
So today as I steep my second cup of Yunnan, I am thinking about how tea enhances my mornings, keeps me more aware, at peace. Tea friends, what is in your morning cup?