Photographing, traveling, tea drinking and now: Coaching. I come from California and live in Berlin.
Brewing with glass
Tea is delicious, aromatic, and beautiful. Preparing teas in glass pots lets you see the range of character of the leaves as they open up. Pour into a second pot and see the depth of color and texture of the brew. Natural light illuminates the entire process.
You have the power to buy better tea. The points below will get you started. If your interest picks up your natural curiosity will take you forward to a whole new world.
Better tea bags exist
Mighty Leaf and Numi fill their bags with real tea leaves of good quality. This is the easiest way to enhance your experience to give you an honest flavor while still maintaining maximum convenience.
Buying loose leaf in a local grocery store
Grocery stores that have a large bulk foods section, such as Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco, sell a nice variety of loose teas at great prices. Some Whole Foods locations have bulk tea too. Buying bulk lets you see and smell the leaves. For a few dollars you can buy only a small amount to try. If you end up disliking it you’ll feel better knowing you only bought a small amount.
Buying sample packs online
Many online tea retailers sell sample packs. Everything from these two sources is excellent quality. Don’t dwell too much on the details, just pick something that sounds interesting: