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.
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?