Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How to Get Started with Tea – Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

No matter what your obsession may be, there will always be a pretentious snob that tells you that you are doing it wrong. With tea it’s very easy to get bogged down in measuring leaves and perfectly calibrating your water ratios. It’s not that these things aren’t important but they can get in the way. Sometimes you have to just wing it, for better or for worse, especially when you are just starting out.

The point is to enjoy your tea, to savor the tranquility that comes from sipping a delicious cuppa. I was lucky enough to have someone teach me that right at the beginning of my journey with tea. Don’t be afraid to use too much leaf or steep it in water that isn’t exactly the right temperature. I think that kind of experimentation is the most valuable tool you’ll have in learning about tea.

Click here to read part three of this guide, Tools of the Trade