Tea Snob? Me? Absolutely.

I love tea. I love tea cups. I love the whole tea making process. 

I'll also be the first to admit, I'm a bit of tea snob. Microwave a cup of tea? That's barbaric. Order a cup of tea at a restaurant? No thank you (their water comes from the equivalent of a hot water tap). Tea must be properly boiled (a "rolling boil") where you can see and hear the water bubbling in the tea kettle.

The pot should be warmed before you add your tea leaves (or bags) and once the lid on, a cozy should be put over the pot to keep it warm.

I also like to warm up my cup before adding my milk (always pour your milk into the cup before the tea) my sweetener and raw sugar. Of course, the strength of your tea depends on how long you let it steep. For me, the longer, the better. I like very strong, dark tea. 

And finally, make sure, when possible, your cup is made of china. Don't ask me why, but it always tastes better. 

All of this might sound a bit...complicated, or time consuming, but what it all comes down to is taking the time to appreciate something you enjoy. And in a world that demands our immediate attention, or responding to a text or e-mail as soon as it arrives, isn't it nice to take a few moments to anticipate something you know you'll enjoy? That's what tea is all about.

Dan Mitchinson

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