Anna Harper, AKA Tea Geek

Tea bowl, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 16th century AD, Mishima-hakeme type, buncheong ware, stoneware with white engobe and translucent, greenish-gray glaze, gold lacquer.

I first started drinking tea when I was a young girl. My mother loved tea and we always had a wide variety of teas in the house. It has always been something that I equated with comfort and sharing. I drink tea almost every day. To me it's a lifestyle choice.

Tea is the most interesting and mysterious beverage there is with ancient roots and customs. It has a very rich and colorful history. Historically at different times in China it was designated as currency and used as legal tender.

In western society it is considered a beverage to be consumed for health reasons as well a enjoyment. Ice tea was invented in America and is the most popular way to prepare tea in America. White tea has ten times the amount of antioxidants as ten cups of apple juice and it only takes 3 minutes of brewing time to release them into your cup.

It is one of modern societies most popular beverages, second only to water. An average of 3 billion cups of tea are consumed daily worldwide. All tea comes from the same plant, the Camellia Sinensis. Herbal tea is not technically a 'true' tea because it does not come from the tea plant. However, due to the many similarities I have decided to include it as part of my blog.

I don't consider myself a purest when it comes to tea, more someone who knows a good deal about it and truly enjoys sharing. I am always looking to learn more. Tea is a lot like wine the more you drink it the better your pallet becomes. I am happy to share my adventures in tea tasting and hope it is of value and interest to others.

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