The water is boiling, the pot ready and pre-heated, I put the filter and the tea leaves, pour the water.. three minutes, and my morning treat is ready. Fragrant and delicious, golden-brown-colored, delicately steaming. A warm mug in my hands. No better way to begin the day.
A cup of tea, to me, is one of the greatest pleasures. It is the one thing that will always comfort me. Help to write, calm down, wake up, make beautiful moments perfect and a chat with a friend even more precious. Stir memories like a “madeleine de Proust”… My days are wrapped around many cups of tea, from morning to night, from scented black Kusmi tea to multifloral herbal infusions, cacao tea, Rooibos, spicy Chai, fresh mint, ginger broodings.
This love goes far back. As a fifteen-year-old, I invented the in-bed music-and-tea-time: Tea in a thermos beside my bed, the walkman programmed to the actual favorite song – when the alarm went off at 6.30 am, I stayed some precious moments in bed with tea and music. A tiny break between dreams and daily countdown for school.
No wonder some cultures have built elaborate rites around drinking, enjoying, celebrating tea. For lack of something like this around, I sometimes love getting all into an old english novel with its ever-returning tea times and tea-things (invariably brewing even more Earl Grey as usual along the pages…)
So, I think tea will be one of the ever-returning subjects of this blog. I’d like to share some great shops and brands, and some recipes, either. Beginning today! (in the next post..)
PS: Love those pages above, from Marie Claire China (8/2012), a “Time in Downton Abbey” Editorial