Monday, April 12, 2010

Ritual in a Cup of Tea

If you are someone who enjoys a cup of tea regularly then you may not realize it but there is more to tea making than just dropping a tea bag into a mug, adding some boiling water and giving it a stir. There are many people for whom the ceremony of making tea is almost as important as the drinking of the subsequently. If however you do want to make your tea in a slightly more special and meaningful way then you need to gather together the important tools associated with the making of a proper cup of tea.

The first component that you need to decide upon, and in many ways perhaps the most important, is the actual type of tea that you prefer to drink. Fortunately there are many different types of tea ranging from English Breakfast through to a number of exotic Chinese teas. You can usually find a wide selection at your local specialty tea shop.

You will also need a good quality teapot, perhaps even one with an infuser, although as we shall find out you do not necessarily need an infuser, allowing the tea leaves to float freely within the water is just as good if not better. You will need a tea strainer, especially if you choose a teapot without an infuser. Tea strainers are not as common as they used to be in the not too distant past as they have largely become redundant following the spread of the tea bag.

You then need to select your favorite cup to pour the drink into and you are almost done. Making a cup of tea is a very therapeutic process. It can take you out of the day to day hustle and bustle and allow you a little bit of time alone to gather your thoughts and to relax a bit. It is well worth trying.

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