Attention All Tea Snobs

I reported earlier that I have officially gone Full Coffee Snob, and I am now blissfully in love with my Chemex and my Tonx Coffee subscription.

But — if I am a burgeoning cellist or museum curator in the coffee department…

Well, in the tea department I’m basically a garbageman.

I have no technique when it comes to tea. No care for quality. I take a bag. Not long ago I microwaved the water and the bag together — now I’m actually at least using my swan neck kettle to pour the hot water over it. Then: milk. And I leave the tea bag in there the whole time I drink it.

My teabags are probably filled with pesticide-shellacked pencil shavings. It’s probably a 1:1 ratio of actual tea and somebody’s pubes. The gods only know what the hell I’m actually drinking.

I’m told many of these things are anathema to the true tea drinker, so much so that some of you right now are probably suffering Scanners-like head-rupturing effects. So, I’m talking to you tea-sipping snobs out there: what’s your tea ritual like? I’m looking for anything and everything I would require to join the Ancient Order of The Pristine Tea Leaf — where do you get your tea? How do you brew it? Is there a temperature thing? A technique?

School me, tea nerds. School me.

122 responses to “Attention All Tea Snobs”

  1. ” I like a nice cup of tea in the morning, just to start the day you see and at half past eleven, my idea of heaven is another cup of tea …….. ” the opening line of an old song played on BBC Radio 2 Jimmy Young show in the 1960s and 70 s

  2. Chinese tea culture has over 5000 years’ history. You can get all sorts of great tea product. I would suggest using purple clay teapot to brew some really thick oolong tea (TieGuanYin), It’s bitter at the beginning, but once you overcome the hard feeling in the beginning, you will get addicted to it. From then on you could forget all the troubles in the world after one little sip. Best wishes!

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