The Search for the Perfect Cup of Tea
The truth is that every cup of tea has the potential to be the “perfect” one. That’s because few beverages are so capable of transforming into exactly what you need, precisely when you need it. Tea’s extreme versatility shouldn’t be surprising. After all, the familiar spectrum of black, green, white, and oolong teas all come from the same leaf on the same plant, Camellia sinensis. Small changes in harvesting times and treatment methods produce big differences in flavor, caffeine content, and overall experience, even in siblings of the same variety, like black teas. But that’s only the beginning of what tea can do.
Numerous types of herbal teas provide soothing experiences free from caffeine. I have never met a tea myself that didn’t offer complementary experiences hot or cold. Teas respond well to garnishes (citrus and mint, for example), and some like Earl Grey become famous the world over due to their signature pairings with bergamot oil or other notes. Even after tea undergoes its journey from Camellia to cupboard, there are still countless ways to influence the final product just to your liking.
When it comes to tea, how you brew it is nearly as influential as what you brew. Sachets, bags, and loose-leaf teas each have their own merits when it comes to flavor and convenience. Strainers, teapots, variations in steeping time, and even water temperature further influence the result. Simply put, tea can be as simple or complicated as you choose to make it. But it is always satisfying. And no matter the time of year, time of day, or type of experience you’re looking for, your perfect cup is never more than a few minutes away.
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Tea and Tea Accessories
Because tea makes everything better.
1. Handcrafted Teapots, at NOVICA
These beautiful handmade teapots are works of art. Crafted by talented artisans from regions around the world, their designs run the gamut from whimsical to timeless style.
2. Earl Grey Crème, at Art of Tea
With just the right blend of bergamot and French vanilla, this might just be your new favorite tea. Made in small batches from highly sourced organic teas and botanicals, Art of Tea offers an extensive selection of custom teas and herbal blends.
3. Fellow Corvo EKG Electric Kettle, at Food52
What we love about this kettle is the ultra-precise temperature control setting. It lets you get the perfect water temperature for whatever type of tea leaf you’re steeping.
4. Matcha Tea, at Harney & Sons
Whether you’re new to matcha or a seasoned expert, Harney and Sons has everything you need to make a great bowl of matcha green tea. With a range of matcha grades and accessories to choose from, you’re sure to find something to fit your taste. And while you’re there, be sure to check out their Matcha Tea 101.
5. KINTO Amber Glasses, at Food52
These amber-toned mugs show off a sleek, modern design. Made with heat-resistant glass, they’re microwave-safe and dishwasher-friendly. With the right tea, what more do you need.
6. KINTO Porcelain Leaves-to-Tea Teapot, at Art of Tea
This is a small teapot, but just the right size for a second cup. With a drop-in spacious strainer, it’s designed to bring out the best in your tea leaves. It has a sleek yet minimalist style, giving it a modern look.
7. Island Inspired Teas, at Hawaii Coffee Company
These tropical teas are the next best thing to vacationing in Hawaii. With exotic fruit and natural fruit flavors like mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and guava, they’re perfect whether you’re making iced tea or hot.
8. Handblown Glass Pitchers, at NOVICA
Serve your iced tea from any one of these fabulous handblown glass pitchers. Made from recycled glass, they feature a wide array of vivid colors and energetic patterns.
9. Tea Towels, at Made Trade
Handcrafted by artisans using sustainably sourced materials, these stylish tea towels are the perfect accent for your kitchen. Here you’ll find hand block printed designs on organic cotton, muted colors of stonewashed linen, as well as towels woven on traditional looms.