January is National Hot Tea Month
January can be cold, dreary, and damp even here in Southern California. The early darkness each night is yet another reason to sit back with a nice hot cup of tea. What a perfect month to celebrate this excellent, warm concoction.
My wife recently switched from coffee to tea as her main morning (and evening) drink of choice. She explained to me, “Because of our trip to Wales a few years ago, I enjoyed having tea with my breakfast — which I never would have done here in the States. A couple of months later, when I was suffering with the flu, I didn’t drink my usual coffee for a week. Even when I felt better, coffee still seemed too harsh, and tea became my new habit. While I still drink coffee on occasion when visiting my family in Sicily, I am a confirmed tea drinker now.”
How to celebrate National Tea Month:
- Find a good tea shop near you
- Try to find tea other than the typical tea bags you find at your grocery store. Do a quick Google Search for “fine tea” and add our location to the search to narrow it down to stores or tea rooms you might visit locally. In a pinch, I found a decent selection of teas at my local Whole Foods store. Check out health food stores in your area. Of course, you’ll also come across dozens of online tea purveyors in your search, if you don’t live in a major metropolitan area with close access to a fine tea shop.
- Google Search for Fine Tea
- Learn about tea and how to properly brew tea
- Brew Guide: Hot Tea and Iced Tea from Stash Tea
- How to make tea from Tevana.com
- Learn about tea from Art of Tea
- Learn about tea from In Pursuit of Tea
- Host your own tea party
What do you like most about tea? Share your comments here!