I am passionate about drinking tea. I can’t get enough of it. I consume tea the way that some people drink juice or coffee or water.
Over the years, I have tried a variety of morning hot beverages. I’ve had coffee, Horlicks, Bournvita, and several variations of tea. These days I start my morning with a strong cup of coffee at work, followed by another 4 cups of green tea throughout the day. After returning home in the evening, I consume another 2 cups before getting to bed.
Hmmm, is this an addiction? Perhaps, but a healthy addiction, I would say. A little research will reveal hundreds of websites and studies touting the health benefits of green tea. Full of antioxidants, vitamin C, heart healthy, etc, etc!!
But that’s not why I love it. I love tea because it makes me feel so absolutely wonderful. Yes, the health benefits are a great bonus, too. I used to buy really expensive tea every other month from the popular tea store near my home. Oh god, I love that store. I would enter and feel like I belonged there. I would easily spend almost $300 on two months supply of Gyokuro green tea. I’d buy the less expensive Sencha if I couldn’t afford my favorite blend that month.
Gyokuro is Japanese for “jewel dew”. Even the translation reveals its subtle nature. Gyokuro is very luscious and smooth. Consuming it is such a sensual experience. Besides, I told myself, I don’t spend money on anything else for me. This was my one true love. I had to have it everyday, all day.
After several months I realized that this relationship could not continue as it was. I was slowly going broke trying to bankroll this high maintenance love affair. I had to compromise and lower my standards. I had to stop patronizing the tea store. I had to sever ties with Gyokuro.
I have not been the same ever since. Cutting back on my expenses, I have started to purchase green tea from the supermarket (oh!). Even this was touch and go for awhile as I searched for a suitable replacement for my beloved jewel dew. Eventually I settled upon a much less expensive alternative befitting the reality of my finances, but reasonably satisfying.
I try not to go past the tea store anymore. The temptation is too great to slip back into my old expensive habit. In the meantime, I try to stimulate and nurture a new relationship with a different brand. I think we’ll be very happy together.