Way back in 1981 I was having a strange health problem and my doctor advised me to cut down on red wine (no problem, I didn’t drink it anyway), tea and coffee. I took the rather drastic action of removing both coffee and tea totally from my diet. Alcohol followed in about 1992.
I endured a few weeks of headaches, but that was it. I haven’t drunk coffee since. Tea’s another matter and in the intervening years I’ve sometimes gone back to (black) tea, but always quit again.
Then somehow a couple of years ago I latched on to green tea and now drink several cups per day. A person has to have some vices, after all. It’s usually a cheapo supermarket tea, but recently I was given a very delicious brew that turned out to be Teh Botol from Indonesia.
On Friday I met a friend for a meal at Midnight Espresso in Cuba Street. I haven’t been there for years and unfortunately it was not only very loud, but the food was pretty awful. We strolled about and called in at nearby cafe where I looked at their teas and thought Jasmine dragon pearls sounded interesting so ordered a pot. I was a bit taken aback to be charged $5 (rather than the $3.50 I expected) but paid up and drank my tea. It was exquisite.
I guess if I was to read the news now and again I would have known there’s a new tea supplier here in Wellington — after all, it was in Stuff late last year:
t leaf T … tea emporium opened last week in Dukes Arcade and offers a selection of 124 teas and infusions — from the well-known English or Irish breakfast and Earl Grey through to the exotic, weird and wonderful.…
Jasmine dragon pearls, at $40 for 100 grams, is one of the shop’s most expensive teas. Most varieties sell for about $10 for 100 grams.
t leaf T have a Flash website with smallish text you can’t resize, listing loads of teas, including some organic varieties and the Dragon Pearls Tea, that you can order online. I see a lot of green tea in my future…