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The Art of Tea Drinking

July 20, 2015

My regular readers will know that I don’t drink coffee, but instead indulge in the art of tea drinking. You may rightly ask why I refer to it as an art?

For me tea drinking has always been something nurturing, ritualistic, special and healing. My knowledge and passion for it has grown over the years and I invest in tea ephemera as well as the best loose tea I can find and afford. I drink various teas according to the time of the day, the healing properties or simply for the taste of it. Today I introduce you to some of my favourite teas and places you can buy them from.

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Dried Rose petals found at Neals Yard // Moroccan mint from Fortnum and Mason.

the art of tea drinking | colourliving
Postcard Teas
– Sobacha//Green Mulberry

the art of tea drinking | colourliving
Verveine tea//Tilleul tea from La Maison des Plantes

the art of tea drinking | colourliving
Hibiscus Infusion from La Fromagerie // Skin tea no longer available.

the art of tea drinking | colourliving
Camomile – from left: wild camomile grown on my roof terrace//dried normal version found at Neals Yard//dried white from La Maison des Plantes

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Jing Tea set My daily routine. I usually will infuse more than once, hence the decanting into another glass vessel before drinking.

the art of tea drinking | colourliving

the art of tea drinking | colourliving

For travelling I like to use unbleached teabags and fill them with my favourite teas. Like this I always take away a bit of home with me and make sure I get to have nice teas on planes, in hotel rooms or wherever I might find myself.

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Jasmine pearls from Jing tea//unbleached teabags from Baldwins

For a great little film on three tea emporiums (London, Berlin and New York), why not watch this Monocle Retail Special.
How do you take your tea?

This post will stay live until Monday 27th July.

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  • Reply Parisbreakfast July 21, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Lovely pics
    Have you tried Tea Fortè organic teas?

    • Reply tina August 3, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      No… but thank you for sharing. Will check them out:-)

  • Reply Holly July 21, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Such a nice resource this is. Those jasmine pearls have got my attention 🙂

    As I mentioned on IG, Oolong teas are my favourite, also decanting with several infusions.

    Even though we are coffee obsessed in our household, we do really love tea, actually maybe even more now than ever before. We’re more sensitive to taste and how origins and processing affects that. Same goes for chocolate. We’re trying all different kinds 😉 It’s fascinating.


    • Reply tina August 3, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      I know you love tea but of course coffee is at the moment your main focus.

      Oolong teas are lovely. It’s nice to be discerning, selective and try new kinds in everything from coffee, tea, chocolate, olive oil, wine et cetera.
      Thank you Holly. Glad you like the post xx

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine July 26, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Beautiful photos Tina. I’m also a tea drinker. I love to go to this little shop where they have tins to choose different loose leaf teas. I hardly ever buy boxed tea sachets, it’s so fake. Also have different sizes and kinds of pearls that open up but save those for tea parties with friends. Japan as one of the renowned tea countries is high on my wish list. Would love to experience a tea ceremony one day.

    • Reply tina August 3, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you!

      Oh, a tea ceremony in Japan is also HIGH on my list. That would be one of the first things I would do if I went.
      I agree, choosing loose leaf teas is so nice.

  • Reply Jocelyn Hefner July 29, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Hello Tina,

    I love this post not only for the beautiful photos but also for the meaning behind tea for you. For years I drank tea, it was pretty much all I had during the day and it simply made me happy. While I “need” coffee these days and enjoy the taste of quality coffee there is nothing quite like a mindful cup of tea. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Jocelyn x

    • Reply tina August 3, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Hello J,

      I had no idea you drank so much tea. Was it when you lived in the UK.
      Ha. You ‘need’ coffee. There are so many great coffee roasters around and although I don’t drink coffee I ABSOLUTELY love the aroma and smell when I make it for
      friends and guests.
      Kisses xx

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