Storm in a Teacup

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New Jersey was hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy. I am still without power, heat or hot water but I consider myself lucky because there are many who lost much more than that. Atlantic City was badly damaged so the Coffee and Tea Festival has been postponed. I was disappointed but grateful that the storm did not hit while I was there. Thankfully the blog kept ticking since I had my posts scheduled ahead of time.

Tea and all of its trappings definitely helped me to weather the storm. I discovered that keeping my testubin (a Japanese cast iron teapot) under the covers with me was a wonderful way to keep warm. I spent a lot of hours reading and drinking lots of genmaicha.

Speaking of reading, I finally got around to finishing The Tea Companion by Jane Pettigrew. It was a fantastic read and I’ll be posting a review of it soon. I also read the latest Tea Magazine and an issue of Art of Tea that I had been meaning to finish.

Since I didn’t have internet, there were no tea reviews to write. I dug into my private stash and drank tea just for the heck of it. I forget to take breaks from reviewing sometimes and this was a great reminder that I should do it more often.

I’ve been touched by how many friends from the tea community tweeted and Google+’d to check on me. I hope that none of you were seriously affected. Things will hopefully start to get back to normal soon.

Addendum: If you are in the New York City area, Tea for Humanity is looking for volunteers and donations to bring tea to people staying in evacuation shelters.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.