Tea Of the Month is a Great Way to Bring More Tea Into Your Life
Did you know that tea is the second most popular drink on the planet? Only water comes first! In most of Asia, people drink tea each and every day. In Britain, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, it is often the number one choice of beverage. In fact it is becoming more popular every day. If you’re not an avid drinker of this beverage (yet) then the tea of the month idea is a great way to start.
If you are a newbie or not yet into trying any different varieties than your usual cup, then this is a good way to bring more tea into your life. So how does this work? There are hundreds of websites selling every sort and variety of this delectable beverage imaginable. Some websites have a ‘tea of the month’ club. This means that they will send you a different sort every month to try. Leave the choice to them.
Not only that but there are ‘tea of the month’ clubs where you can choose to have a tea every month, whether it’s black, green, herbal or white. Some tea of the month clubs give you a random selection so one month you might receive a black variety and the next an herbal or tisane. Some clubs deliver it loose and others in bags.
Every tea connoisseur will tell you that loose is best. Today it’s also easy to handle. Many teapots come with a built in strainer. But you can even buy empty disposable tea bags and fill them yourself.
Many people make the mistake of packing too much in a bag – in fact many tea bags in supermarkets are like this and they mainly contain inferior low grade chopped leaves, including the twigs. Loose tea leaves need to unfurl and the hot water makes the leaves plump up as well. This is why you only need to fill your bag one-third full – to make room for this expansion. As a general rule, let the tea steep in the hot water for three to five minutes and then it’s ready to drink.
This is a wonderful drink and it’s so very diverse. Not only are there hundreds of varieties of green and black teas but herbal (often known as tisanes) ones as well. These are not strictly teas as they don’t come from the actual plant, camilla sinensis. They come from herbs and flowers – sometimes even the roots. They contain no caffeine and are very good for your body. You can also drink it cold. Let it cool down and serve over ice with lemon, for example. In the summer I keep a jug of herbal tisane in my fridge, ready to ‘dress up’ with fruit and/or herbs and ice cubes.
Now you have an idea what the ‘tea of the month’ means, I do hope you give it a try. It is good for you and your health.