tea for two

by Grace Bonney

After a truly epic six-month coffee binge, I’ve decided to give my beloved lattes a rest, as they introduced an equally epic era of heartburn. Try as I might, I can’t embrace tea in quite the same way, but I’m trying my best. As much as I don’t love tea, I do love tea and tea-related accessories like teapots, saucers and stirrers. This Mother’s Day card from W+K honors those accoutrements in a letterpressed card designed by Sarah Hollowood. If you need a nice way to say “Happy Mother’s Day” this year, click here to check out and order a card online. xo, grace

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  • If you have a tea shop nearby, may I recommend seeing if they have a Tea 101 class? During a local class, I found out what the varieties of tea are and how to prepare them. I also tasted of a lot of teas. I hadn’t really been a fan before, but during the class I realized I loved certain types of green and white tea. (I realized I had been using water that was far too warm and steeping it too long, making the tea bitter.)

    And local tea shops also generally have some *wonderful* tea pots and accessories.

  • I feel your coffee-pain. It clearly does not agree with my body, and yet I have nothing but love for the beverage. I’ve switched to tea during the week, and only drink lattes on weekends when we go out for breakfast so they’re more of a treat these days.

  • I love the card! Try PG Tips with a little milk. I like to think it’s the coffee of teas. Also, when I drink it before bed, sometimes it gives me really crazy/entertaining dreams. Good luck!

  • Go to In Pursuit of Tea in Soho. Ask for Ana. They will find you a tea you can love. They are amazing. And I’m not schilling for them either.

  • Here in Canada we have DAVIDsTEA, which has the most amazing tea blends I’ve ever tasted! They also have an online store and ship to the U.S.A for only $5, worth a look I think? They even have a coffee-laced tea…


  • I too didnt like tea. Reminded me of when we were sick as a child. Tea and honey-yuck!! My daughter introduced me to peppermint tea and i love it! Brings back lots of Christmas memories! Tho’ you hafta try different brands. Some taste and smell like a barn!!

  • There are so many crappy teas for sale in America. Walk down to Porto Rico Importing Co. on Grand between Manhattan and Leonard. They’ve got a really nice selection and you can of course smell everything before you purchase anything. Sadly, some of their accessories are a little tacky. Also, I think the best tea importer on the east coast is Mark T. Wendell, and all their teas (especially their HU-KWA) are available online.

    Good luck finding out which kind of teas are your favorites!

  • I am a tea expert that used to be a coffee drinker. I liked both for a long time. However, coffee got the best of me and I had to quit just like you. There are thousands of teas on the market. Hopefully you will find one that you love soon. If I can help, let me know. I recently did a tea tour of NYC for the IACP’s Annual Conference. If you are NYC, there are many great tea places to choose from. BTW, love the card!

  • When I run detoxes one of the biggest withdrawals (aside from gluten) is from caffeine and coffee. It is a toughy to give up- but I think you will find eventually reaching for your morning cuppa green tea does as much and more than a cuppa joe ever did! Also love the tea accessories, I was *this* close to taking my sommelier certification in…Tea! We have that in Toronto, isn’t it sweet?! Good luck giving up coffee, it will be worth it, I promise!

  • My wife has found respite from belly troubles related to coffee by drinking cold pressed coffee (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_brew_coffee), because of the lower acidity levels. Classic Rock Coffee Co. sells it as a concentrate by the gallon jug & it keeps well in the fridge, easily turned into iced lattes on a busy morning. There are also brewing stations for sale online for anyone willing to invest the 12+ hours into the process. Gives options for the days when tea just can’t hit the spot.

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