Friday, February 6, 2009
Lots of glorious tea!
I drink black tea and I'm a big fan of Earl Grey with Irish Breakfast a close second.
A few months ago I found a coffee shop in Spencer run by a Russian lady who sold loose tea in cans. I bought a can of Earl Grey for $6.00 and I was a happy woman.
If you have never used loose tea, it is a little different than teabag tea. for one thing, the tea leaves themselves are bigger--teabag tea tends to be made of crushed up leaves that are then bagged. I suppose it makes little difference, but to me the loose tea has a brighter flavor and Ive always thought it was because of the leaf not being as crushed.
You can make loose tea by simply putting the leaves into a teapot and pouring boiling water over them (boiling, not boiled---the hotter the better), then using a strainer when you pour your tea. Or you can use a teaball to hold the leaves. The teaball is like a little closed strainer that will separate the leaves from the water so you don't need to strain your tea later.
To get back to my story...I ran out of tea a couple weeks ago. Crisis! The Russian lady's shop was closed and gone. Oh no!
A box of teabags held me over as I searched online for a good source of tea. I found tea for reasonable prices, but the shipping! Ack!
Then I looked on Amazon. Low and behold, for $24.66 I could get SIX cans (3.5 oz each, that's a lot of tea). And if the order was over $25, it qualified for free shipping! So I found something else I needed (wanted) and send off my order. The snow delayed things a bit, but before long my tea arrived.
I am now so stocked up with Earl Grey. I noticed that Amazon also offered Irish Breakfast ...another order?