I love tea and have for the last few years, but it hasn’t always been so -- oh my loyal readers and only friends. Freshman year at the Big O, I still hated tea and coffee is dead to me. This left me in a precarious position in that I did not have a hot beverage of choice. Our culture values hot drinks. Look at all the movies where people go on dates by “going for a cup of coffee”. There are hot coffee mods in our video games. In smarmy books highly intellectual stuff is discussed over tea. Briton, China, India, and Japan have whole cultures built around tea. Let’s face facts, hot beverages are the new water. We value place high importance on having a hot beverage of choice, and I was missing out. So I started to force myself to drink tea. I can’t drink coffee because it tastes like chalk. That left tea and tea alone. So every lunch and every dinner I started chocking down the stuff. It was a loosing battle, until I discovered fruit teas. I was brought to the hot beverage promised land thanks to apple, lemon, orange, cranberry, and mixed fruits. Soon I was keeping a water bottle in my room and right along side it was my giant Oberlin mug filled with a yummy fruit tea (usually apple). Then I discovered green tea in Japan when I visited Dave, and since that day I have come to realize there is but one hot beverage and green tea is its prophet.
My favorite is green tea lemon mix. That is some pretty amazing stuff. I am also a fan of the finely ground granular green tea (matcha) mixed with the tea leaves. It is only good for one cup, but it is one intensely good cup.
The moral is don’t add sugar to green tea.