Lest you think that the tea cabinet is completely snobby and just full of loose leaf teas, you would be very wrong. We also have a fine collection of tea bags to choose from when we make tea. I like to think of them as comfort teas, the ones you turn to when you are in a huge hurry or just want something very easy.
I often work outside of the home at a coffee shop while my daughter is in school. This coffee shop with the mermaid logo serves Tazo Tea and it is how I discovered it. I am normally a venti Zen tea with no sweetener kind of gal. It is a nice green tea flavored with lemongrass, spearmint and lemon essence. It is definitely my favorite in the Tazo line.
Yesterday I had a chance to try Tazo China Green Tips. It is Mao Feng green tea that has a very refreshing taste. They have a wide variety of black, green, white, rooibos and herbal teas to choose from. They also have loose leaf teas too, which I have yet to try. Available only during the holiday season is Tazo Joy, a blend of Darjeeling, Oolong, Nuwara Eliya, and Yunnan teas. Try it now or miss out till next year.
Do you have any favorite Tazo teas in your tea cabinet? Tell us about them in the comment below.
Monday through Friday I have to drive my daughter to school, so morning is a rush. I seldom like leaving without a travel mug full of fresh brewed tea in hand though. The mornings are pretty cold right now and it is nice to have something warm to drink for the drive. I typically brew my tea inside of a teapot, but in the morning I am in a hurry and don't want lots to clean later.
My solution for brewing loose tea to go is an infuser basket and a stainless steel travel mug. Why stainless steel? We tend to avoid plastic in our house for a variety of reasons. They do make some lovely glass travel tea mugs, but I'm a huge klutz so I'm guessing it wouldn't travel for long (for me anyway). Stainless steel is a great choice because it is resilent (within reason of course), cleans up easily and retains heat for a long time.
I use this one and really like it. It has a 20 oz capacity so I can make a really big cup of tea to get me through the morning. Plus it can also be used at my local coffee shop for their venti size drinks. I like to go green whenever I can. I then start my kettle, set the infuser basket to rests on the rim, fill with some loose tea, and steep for a few minutes. When it is done I just remove the infuser basket, put the lid on and go. Very easy and minimal cleanup.
That is how I enjoy a nice cup of loose tea to go. You can save even more time by setting up everything the night before, including putting the tea in the infuser basket.