Tea use to be quite foreign to me. Seriously. When I worked at Starbucks I was told to make a big quart of ice tea because we were running low...I took one big pouch of passion tea-ripped it open and dumped out the insides into a container and filled it up with boiling water to steep. As you can see, I had no idea how to make tea!
I have come a long way since that day at Starbucks. I have even attended a Tea 101 class at our local tea shop Serene Teaz...so I kinda know what I am talking about.
I think because an amazing tea shop is right in my downtown (maybe 2 miles away) it made me want to love tea. I would walk through their shop, gazing at all the little packets of loose tea-sniffing the sample jars and wishing I knew what I liked when it came to this sophisticated little drink. When I was pregnant I tried to ease up on the caffeine and that is when I first fell in love with tea. South African Roobios to be specific. That brewed with a little bit of honey.....oh man!! It still is a household staple around our house and I am 6 months postpartum.
It can be hard to find what teas you like, especially when you are a tea drinking novice like I was. However, I will say that Serene Teaz is where it is at for first time (or a million time for that matter) sippers. Their shop lets you sample literally every single type of tea they have for sale. It helps you be willing to spend money on tea when you know for sure that you like it!
Now if you are new to tea drinking I doubt that you ever drink loose leaf tea, or maybe did not even know there was such thing. Guess what...it does not all come in packets. I know-the Earth just shifted right?! (actually, you probably ALL already knew that and are realizing just how SLOW I truly was in the tea department...oh well...no judgment here) But might I recommend you try it loose if you never have. If you live locally it is especially easy for you to just pop over to this shop and give it a try. After watching the tea people give me sample after sample from this little wonder of a tea dispenser-