I’m interrupting my weekday posts of Returning Home to talk about tea. Tea is an essential part of my day. It helps me think… and write!
First up, Pu’erh tea. Ever heard of it? I hadn’t until last summer. My education began when I walked into Tupelo Tea Company in Copperhill, Tennessee. I was looking for a tea with less acid. The tannin in teas can be harsh for me (maybe because I drink so much tea; go figure), so I asked the store clerk for help. She led me to a small section of her assorted teas, where I learned about pu’erh, a tea that is fermented in China. I’m a fan of fermented foods, like sauerkraut and kimchi, but the tea I bought, Chocolate Orange, was rather drab. Maybe I tried a mild flavor, or maybe pu’erh isn’t to my taste. Anyway, links are provided if you want to decide for yourself.
My second tea has been a home run for months now because it tastes like coffee! Okay, okay; don’t get too excited. I haven’t had real coffee in a long time, so my taste buds aren’t primed to the level of avid coffee drinkers. Further, I’ve shared Teeccino with a handful of my best buds, and the results are mixed. It doesn’t matter; I love this tea/coffee drink! I first heard about Teeccino from Dr. Berg on Youtube. I started with the sampler to–uh–sample this “miracle.” The one that made my eyes light up was the French Roast. In the months since my introduction to Teeccino, I’ve found two stores in my area that carry it. I buy it coffee bag-size now in the coffee section. Yes, I add cream. I’ve even been known to splurge with a little monkfruit sweetener on occasion.
My third and final lovely tea for your drool-reading enjoyment is a roasted grain that was more of a total experience than a taste test. So, I really, really like Korean foods. I mean, I crave them. Knowing this, Realm’s co-worker took us out to a restaurant which was supposed to be the best Korean food in town. I was game, and as I slurped my steaming Yukaejang soup, our host brought me a nice, fat mug of tea. (I love tea cups, but–let’s be real–they just don’t hold enough!) The flavor was so cozy and so roast-y. I was converted on the spot… to Roasted Barley tea and the restaurant. Yes, I bought a 2lb bag. I needed it. And during this time of quarantine-ishness, it is comforting and delicious. I make it and keep it warm in my coffee pot throughout the day.
Have any suggestions on what teas I should try next?