So you’ve brewed a few pots at home, sipped from your favorite mug before bed or after dragging yourself from it in the morning, but have you gotten a chance to go out somewhere and drink some tea?
Find a place that offers some really good loose tea and goodies to munch on, but try to avoid chains for a unique experience. Examine their menu, take a look at their social media platforms or website and see who is talking about them and what they have to say. Bring a friend, your laptop or a good book and settle in on a Saturday or Sunday morning for an hour or two.
That is exactly what I did.
I ordered a pot of Moroccan Mint, a green tea blend from China, and Julia got a pot of Sweet Strawberry and Ginger, a European herbal blend. We both ordered their cinnamon raisin bagels, one with crunchy peanut butter and Nutella and the other with cream cheese.
A good piece of advice given to me from the staff was to add some ice cubes before the hot water to avoid burning the leaves. I never thought of that- I experimented all week with steep times to see how strong/weak I liked my tea but I’ve been pouring almost boiling water onto my infuser!
We sat and absorbed the atmosphere, which was clean, bright and modern. Steap and Grind is a place I’d like to come and write about tea while drinking it.
While the staff (which are very friendly and helpful, by the way) recommended to let the leaves steep about two minutes before taking out the infuser, I left mine in a bit longer because I like my green tea strong. Thinking back now, if I didn’t have homework to do later, I would have stayed and tried another one of their green teas to compare. Next time I explore a new café I will order two or three of the same type of tea at once. But the point of this post is simply to inspire people like me who are new to tea to get out and immerse themselves in everything tea.
This took me back to my outings at Patisserie Valerie, a café/bakery popular in the UK, where you could pop in and get quality Afternoon Cream Tea (among other delicious cakes and pastries). I spent hours taking notes for a history paper there but I also took two good friends (including Julia) who were studying abroad at the same time, to witness my new-found obsession. It was experiences like that that have inspired me to create this blog.
And it is experiences like the one I had on Saturday morning to keep writing and developing this blog.
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