Winter is going!
It doesn’t get very cold in The Bahamas during the winter months, actually, if it drops below 75C I’m doing the happy dance all over the lawn. Yet, despite our winter heat, I always use it as an excuse to indulge in something that is not so much fun in the summer. I’m talking about tea drinking. I’m a tea-snob, who’d have thought?
For this obsessed post I’m sharing some tea books and accessories that I found fun, interesting and just plain ole’ wonderful to explore.
The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide
Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss
This book is a good reference for all things tea. It’s big like a coffee table but informative enough to actually have merit on a book shelf. The Heiss team write a lot about tea and it helped me figure out this stuff with water temperature, steeping time and so on. That and I’m a geek for the history of things.
So what kind of tea do you like?
Tea: The Drink that Changed the World
Laura C. Martin
One of the greatest moments I’ve had was sitting in an anthropology class and realising, wait, objects have history too. I know it’s cheesy, and it’s a bit of a hand-palm moment too, because of course things have history. But I never realised it and it was at that moment that I became hooked, I was determined to see how things changed us, and how we in turn changed it.
This book is a more social and historical take on tea, not only speaking on its biological and health properties, but also how it changed us and how we think of the drink.
Now get a teapot, or an infuser or your favourite bag (I prefer an Earl Grey, loose leaf please, extra bergamot), steep it for a bit and curl up in the couch with your current read and enjoy!
I know I’m tea crazy but I realise that there are actually people out there who may not feel as I do. It’s a shame huh? Who here likes tea? Or are you a coffee person (now that stuff I can’t stand…)