I am a tea drinker.
Other than my brief love affair with sweet tea while I was living in Florida, I drink hot tea exclusively. The cold bottled variety loses something in translation.
I start every morning with a cup of English breakfast with milk and sugar.
Sometimes when I'm cold at work I will have an herbal "tea" (not really tea at all but an herbal infusion or tisane) to avoid any additional caffeine.
When I decided, after finishing my last book, that I needed something more light-hearted to read, I picked up the next in the Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs. The series falls into the "cozy mystery" category, meaning that they are generally not terrifying or gruesome. The main character owns a tea shop, so there are fabulous descriptions of teas and tasty treats throughout the books. Reading them always makes me want to relax with a steaming mug of oolong, a snugly blanket, and a good book.
This morning when I got to work I decided to make myself a cup of Golden Tips (a loose artisan tea made by Numi). I can definitely feel the extra caffeine zipping through my system, but it was worth it for the yummy, full-bodied flavor.
I recently came into possession of a brand new, unused copper tea kettle (Revere Ware). Brand new from 1972, that is. It was apparently a wedding gift my parents received and has been collecting dust at my grandparents' house ever since. It is lovely. I've never owned any copper pots or pans, but I am anxious to get this one cleaned up so I can use it. Is there a specific method for cleaning copper?
I can't wait to drink my first steaming cup of tea made from the gleaming copper tea kettle that looks so snazzy sitting on my stove top.