Making A Start

January 4th, 2017 – Making A Start

Before I set sail in this journey of exploration, I thought it best to take stock of what I actually have in the tea department – as you can see from the picture below, there’s not a lot to go on. These teas are all gifts, minus the Clipper (bought for my boyfriend, I’ve never tried it). My current favorite (and only one I’ve been using) comes from the beautiful Alice In Wonderland Tin (by New English Tea, courtesy of my friend Teesh). It is English breakfast at its bagged finest! Really it is.

Current Selection

Now this isn’t about becoming a hoarder of teas I don’t drink – which is what I currently am on small scale. At the end of this year I don’t want to be armed with a cupboard of 100s of teas, more a small trusted selection of teas that have purpose and that I enjoy.

In fact, that’s what I aim to be the end product of this – a capsule tea collection!

Have you heard of the phrase capsule wardrobe? If not, the very awesome blog un-fancy, explains it all – essentially a guide to crafting the perfect collection of seasonal clothing without a) breaking the bank and b) hoarding! I was inspired by this blog to write a piece for XoJane, which looked at the premise of building out a capsule wardrobe, through memories & associations. Clothes are sorted into three piles of memories: Memories to love, memories to  make and memories to shake.

So this theory I’m now trying to apply to tea, in some form! But, before I get into that, I need to go back, way back, to understand where tea actually comes from, and what it actually is.

Until then, cheerio!

Elizabeth c(_)

New Year, New Brew?

January 3rd, 2017

When I say ‘I’m a bonafide tea-addict’ I should be more specific for the purpose of this blog post:

I’m a bonafide English Breakfast Tea-addict’

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fairly rigid in my approach to tea. I tend to go for Traditional English Breakfast tea, via a bag (Twinnings tends to be my choice) and if I’m feeling adventurous, loose leaf from Whittard. I do love Peppermint tea, and occasionally try Green Tea, however if you broke down the quota, it’d be 99% Trad eng.

I’m sure any tea connoisseur would be rolling their eyes at me right now… but I’m holding my hands up. It is time for a change, a BIG change.

So with that in mind, here’s what I want to achieve in Twenty SevenTEAn (see what I did there?!)

  • Learn about the history & origins of Tea
  • Discover the perfect methods of brewing
  • Understand the different types of tea
  • Make my own tea
  • Expand my horizons and taste experiences
  • Appreciate, and fall back in love with the rituals of making tea

That just about covers it – and will form the core subject matter of this blog.

I’m really excited to embark on this journey, and I hope you are too!

Elizabeth c(_)