Growing up in the south, I exclusively drank sweet tea. Classic bagged black tea with a mountain of sugar mixed in. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I discovered other kinds of teas existed. Loose leaf tea blew my mind.
On a trip to the mall one day, I discovered Teavana, a loose leaf tea franchise that features stores all over the country. There were so many types of tea: Oolong, black, blooming. My whole world opened up.
Since that initial discovery, my tea tastes have expanded tenfold. I have at least 15 different types currently in my house and a cup of black lemon currently in my lap. Tea is one of the great comforts in life.
I truly think that tea soothes the soul.
Tired, sad, cold, excited, whatever. There’s a tea for that. I greatly look forward to the cold months when drinking tea brings a different kind of comfort. But for now, I’ll just bump up the air conditioner and sip.