I think I have always been more inclined to have tea rather than coffee, or any other kind of drink, really… Except for plain water.
If I had to make a list of what I would be more likely to drink (that does not contain alcohol) at any given moment in time, I would say 1. Plain water, 2. Tea, 3. Hot chocolate, 4. Some fizzy drink and 5. Coffee. Of course it would also largely on the time of day, what the weather is like, what the situation is and how my mood is. I will only have coffee in the morning (anytime before 11am), for example… and am more likely to have hot chocolate in the evening.
Tea, however, is special. As a kid I remember being fond of peppermint tea and fruit tea, which would really only be available whenever we were in Germany. At some point I loved Earl Grey tea, and as a general rule, I would almost always have Iced Lemon Tea with my orders at restaurants. Or hot green tea at sushi places. In Singapore, teh tarik was my best friend… This stayed with me even after the Singapore days… Until one day I was told that Teh Tarik was lowering my blood pressure and causing my headaches. But I still love black tea with sugar and milk every now and then.
Coming to Switzerland was like coming to tea paradise for me. After all, back home we mostly have only black tea available, or imported flavoured tea that is ridiculously expensive… And I would always refrain from buying these different sorts of tea because the high temperature makes it in general highly unlikely for me to prefer drinking tea anyway, and then they would just be sitting in the cupboard… But here… Well, paradise! Tons of flavours, affordable prices, perfect temperature, even a set tea break time at the office!
Add to that the wonderful discovery of tea tags and round robins at the postcrossing forum and I’m officially a tea-addict!
Today, I found a website just for tea addicts — Steepster. I’m looking forward to journaling my tea adventures there, and also here!
For starters, I received 5 new teabags in the mail today (Postcrossing!) from The Netherlands:
Pickwick Dutch Tea blend
Pickwick Chocolate Mint (!!)
Tea Delight Rooibos Cinnamon
Albert Heijn Kauwgomballen (Bubblegum!!)
Albert Heijn Groene thee Honig & Citroengras (Green tea honey and lemongrass)
AND, it’s a wonderful rainy afternoon. The only question is… Which flavour do I start with?