In true British Blogger style I have decided to write an ode of some sort to the wonder that is tea. I know that tea isn’t everyone’s… cup of tea? But I for one adore it, and I thought I’d share a few of the many reasons why.
There’s that age old issue of Brits abroad struggling to find a decent cup of tea and I am totally one of them. Although when in a roasting hot country I’m not always gagging for a cup of tea there’s something comforting about continuing in my little routine of having a cuppa in the morning with my breakfast. Each person has a specific way of making their tea and I find that getting that perfect brew makes me feel awfully happy. Home comforts and all that jazz, eh?
IT’S A TREAT
Well, at least it is for me when you pair it with an entire packet of biscuits. A cup of tea is such a simple pleasure that can still be made even better based on it’s accompaniments. If it’s a trip in to that fancy tea room for a spot of Afternoon Tea or just stuffing your face with a packet of Asda’s own chocolate bourbons then it really can be considered a special treat. At the moment my favourite pairing is a good old builder’s brew and some chocolate chip shortbread. In particular I’m really enjoying Walker’s Gluten Free shortbread* as I can devour an entire box of deliciousness without feeling that awful bloated way afterwards. Walker’s Shortbread is one of the best shortbreads on the market (it always reminds me of my gran’s homemade shortbread) so it’s really nice to see them incorporate a gluten free range that doesn’t feel like you’re eating cardboard!
IT’S CHEAPER THAN PUTTING THE HEATING ON
Hashtag student life. It’s getting a bit warmer now, but over winter I was drinking tea constantly just to keep myself warm! There’s something really cosy about snuggling up in your pyjamas with a cup of tea, like I said before it can be pretty comforting, and it’s not all that costly to make.
I think this may relate back to the comforting, but there’s something about the routine of making a cup of tea that’s quite relaxing. Sitting down in front of the TV or curling up in bed with a good book and a cuppa is a nice way to unwind at the end of the day. I for one love precariously balancing my mug on the side of the bath whilst I sink in to a sea of bubbles. The warming sensation that a cup of tea provides is something that other drinks struggle to provide, although maybe a nice hot chocolate comes close, I just wish I could have a tap that was programmed to dispense my perfect cuppa…
IT HAS HEALTH BENEFITS
Okay… maybe your standard cup of builder’s brew doesn’t do all that much, but some do! There are so many varieties of tea out there that boast numerous benefits to your health, and I think they can be a really easy way to up your vitamin intake. A firm favourite of mine is Raspberry & Echinacea which claims to help boost your immune system against those pesky colds whilst also tasting delicious. I’m not a big fan of mint, but I know that Peppermint Tea can sometimes work wonders for those with a poorly stomach. Then there’s that infamous Green Tea, which in it’s typical state doesn’t really taste all that nice, but you can get some delicious blends with things such as lemon which are bursting with high levels of antioxidants to help fight off free radicals.
Are you a tea fan, or is it not for you?