|Oct. 29th, 2012 01:36 pm VeganMofo 22: Tea|
I admit it, I am a tea snob. Once discovering the superior results of infusing tea leaves in water of the proper temperature for the proper amount of time, I could never happily go back to dunking a common tea bag in tepid water.
For the last several years I've been ordering loose-leaf tea from Adagio. My favorite blend is Irish Breakfast, which I enjoy every morning with a spoonful of turbinado sugar and a splash of soymilk, as illustrated above. boyziggy prefers Earl Grey, with a bit more sugar and vanilla soymilk. Neither of us likes the other's preferred morning choice, but we will often share a pot of other kinds of tea in the afternoon or evening.
We use an ingenious teapot for infusing and dispensing. An electric kettle heats water much more quickly than the stovetop, but ours is currently acting wonky and will be replaced shortly. I have also used Adagio's electric tea maker, which was a big hit amongst the tea drinkers at my office back when I still had a day job.
I am always in search of the perfect nondairy chai latte, and try one at nearly every new cafe or restaurant I visit. I'm concerned I may have to curtail this practice somewhat as I'm sensitive to caffeine, even though I never drink coffee and black tea has considerably less of that stimulant. Fortunately, I can still enjoy rooibos and other herbal teas in unlimited amounts.