Much as I love coffee, and I really really do love coffee, I’ve been drinking more tea -green tea- for over two months now. I started with inexpensive teabags but I have since moved on to the better and far more superior option, loose tea.
During a visit to a Japanese grocery some weeks ago, hubby convinced me to buy loose tea and a strainer for steeping the leaves. He actually wanted me to buy a teapot that already has a strainer insert but I held off buying and just settled for a strainer. Last week, I decided I was ready for a nice teapot and new green tea flavors. I found everything I needed at Wholefoods Market.
I love that I didn’t have to limit myself to just one type/flavor of tea since at WholeFoods, I can by tea by the ounce. I felt like a little kid in a candy store as there was just so many flavors to choose from! I got myself 3 kinds of tea: Organic Green Tea Mint, Maghreb Mint and Sencha Superior.
Some of you might not be very familiar with Maghreb and Sencha like I was a week ago. So here’s a bit of info about the two…
Sencha is “the first and second flush of green tea, which is the most common green tea in Japan made from leaves that are exposed directly to sunlight”.
Maghreb Mint, according to the manufacturer, Rishi Tea, “is exotic with a full-bodied sweetness, bold mint flavor and zesty notes of cardamom, ginger and spices. Maghreb Mint can be infused like tea or boiled North African style with sugar, water and/or prepared with milk like Indian Masala Chai. Made strong and sweetened, this blend soothes the sinuses and throat.”
I haven’t tried the Sencha tea yet but the Organic Green Tea Mint and Maghreb Mint became my instant favorites. I used to be uanble to drink tea without sugar. Now, I very well can…hot or cold!
We keep the green tea in the same cupboard where we keep Hubby’s coffee beans. Yesterday, he made a joke about how the aroma of green tea mint now overpowers the nice aroma of his coffee beans. Hee hee.