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Tea Love

Tea Love

Tea for me is like wine or coffee for other people. It puts me in a blissed-out state no matter the time or the day. But my favorite tea ritual is when I roll out of bed, turn on my electric kettle, and pour a fresh teaspoon of sencha into my tea basket. The day is young (sometimes still dark out) and brewing fresh tea is a respectful nod to a newborn day. 

Though the first couple sips are a tad too hot, drawing the mug to my lips and tasting the first vegetal, grassy notes of the sencha does just enough to wake me out of my still-bleary self. And as it cools, the heat gives way to more intense vegetal flavors, the caffeine kicking in slowly and evenly.  

White chrysanthemum tea at Out The Door on Bush Street in San Francisco. 

White chrysanthemum tea at Out The Door on Bush Street in San Francisco. 

I like my tea a bit bitter now, but I didn't used to. When I started drinking loose-leaf tea almost a decade ago I could only handle herbal varieties, with spoonfuls honey, more than I'm comfortable admitting to. But now, over the years, I like it stripped down, clean, pure. And unless I'm getting dim sum or boba, or exploring the many amazing tea houses here in San Francisco, green is always my go-to, particularly smooth, grassy sencha.  

Because alcohol doesn't agree with me, and coffee is more of a fun ritual, tea is my main girl, not only my daily ritual, but my source of comfort and escape. What are your rituals, be it tea, wine, coffee, or otherwise? 

Tea and snacks at Samovar Tea Lounge in Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco after a rainy day visit to SF MOMA. 

Tea and snacks at Samovar Tea Lounge in Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco after a rainy day visit to SF MOMA

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