Thursday, April 8, 2010

In the quest for that perfect cup…

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. ~C.S. LewisI have a confession to make – Caffeine and I are no longer good friends. This happened about 5 years ago, after a cup of Joe or a chai tea latte I tossed and turned the entire night. Giving up on coffee wasn’t hard…I never did like that stuff much anyway but what broke my heart was giving up on the pure sheer pleasure of a hot cup of Indian black tea laced with milk and sugar and flavored with either ginger or cardamom – slowly seducing the senses to wake up and check out the sunshine outside, inviting me to walk out to the balcony and listen to the birds chirping and smell the wonderful fresh morning air…pure bliss!
I will let you onto another secret, despite knowing that Green Tea is good for me, I never did really get used to the taste of green tea – and yes I have tried many. In the past couple years I have gravitated towards herbal teas. I will go over my chronological favorites –

2006 – The year when we were waiting for K2 to appear, I was hooked on to Tazo Chai ( and my two favorite herbal blends were Refresh ( main note was peppermint) and Calm (main note was Chamomile). I liked to drink these teas with honey.
2007 – I was walking in the mall when my oversensitive nose caught a whiff of tea interlaced with blueberry…intrigued I walked into “Teavana” (…I was hooked on the sampler cup of the Blueberry Bliss Rooibos Tea. I absolutely loved the sweet nutty and fruity flavors singing to me … I ended up buying an 8 oz box for over $25 (the special tea tin was $10) and walked out of the store dazed…that was probably more than anything I had spent on tea in the past. I liked to enjoy this cuppa tea with German Rock Sugar Stir Sticks …it really made me feel like I was somewhat taking care of myself, after spending the entire day working, taking care of an infant, stressing about the above said infant’s food and “other” habits.
2008 – I discovered Mighty Leaves ( What grabbed my attention first were the beautiful silk pouches…my tea of choice was “African Nectar”…a robust Rooibos blend and it was a wonderful companion for almost a year.
2009 – This was the year where I introduced a little bit of Caffeine back into my life; what with early morning meetings and work overload…a girl needed some help. My go-to tea when I had time was “Society” ( Not really a spectacular tea but a tried and tested companion. It tasted wonderful brewed the Indian way with just a hint of ginger or cardamom and the best part…my mom made the tea for me ( and that my friends is the perfect way to drink a cuppa…over daily advise and chit chat with mom).
2010 – This is the year of experimentation. I am off Caffeine again…kills me when I have to get up early mornings for conference calls but I am surviving. The teas that I am experimenting with are green teas (infused with herbs). I recently purchased some of Zhena’s Herbal Teas ( The ones I am drinking right now is called Pink Tea for Women’s Health, Cacaoberry and Acaiberry (along with Green Tea, Rooibos is one of the key ingredients). I am not 100% sold on the taste but am getting there. I love the fact that its Fair Trade, 100% Organic, their tea tins while pretty are 100% recyclable.

I love to steep my tea exactly per instructions and then a minute more (I like it a little stronger). I add some honey and am ready to settle down for some downtime… How do you like to drink your tea?

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