With the garden ready for Spring, I set my sights on something that needed cleaning. No, not the windows, or floors or closet, this was a big job…
THE TEA CABINET! (insert detective drama music here).
I have a tea cabinet. Actually, I have 2. Actually I have 2 tea cabinets and a place on top of the countertop that is visible that is storing my new tea treasures. When I took over the bottom cabinet Matthew was ok with it, after all, I love tea. When I took over the 4 shelf cabinet next to the stove with tea, he gave me a side glance and a little mumble under his breath. When he noticed the tea boxes sitting next to the cooking utensils on the counter a few days ago he said “Really?”. Ok, Ok! I will clean it up. But I have so much tea. And it’s so pretty! And why are you making me do this! It’s so unfair. Can’t I fill the kitchen with tea?
So muttering under my own breath, talking sweetly to my teas, I ventured into the kitchen yesterday to finally straighten out the tea area. Boxes were recycled, teas were sorted by green and black, loose tea that is seasonal was moved to the back, teas that I will never learn to love were boxed up for tea loving friends and memories were had with each smell of the leaves.
If you’re a tea lover, then you probably know the feeling, which is why it’s a great time of the year to clean out your teas! By cleaning out your shelves you might find that special jasmine tea that you loved last Spring but totally forgot was there. Also, the more you clean out the more room it leaves to try new brands and varieties. No, I’m not saying fill up those cabinets again with tea, but when you’re browsing the tea aisle maybe you won’t feel as bad buying that one new box.
Which leaves me to my new tea love, teapigs. If it wasn’t for the cleaning then I probably would have never bought that pack of Green Jasmine pearls from teapigs. Which means I would have never found my current favorite tea. And that would be a tragedy! A little about teapigs, “Nick and Louise started teapigs in November 2006. They met whilst working for a really big tea company, where they learned all about tea and drank lots of it. And the more they learned, and the more they drank, the more they came to realise something: that there’s a whole world of quality teas out there that simply aren’t getting the attention they deserve. And so teapigs was born.” I found out about these guys in a local grocery store, and then randomly I was out our studio and someone had a box of it, and then I was in London and it was in Tesco’s when I was browsing the croissant section. I knew it was love to be when you start seeing each other around the world.
My favorites? Easy.
Jasmine Pearls: pearls of hand-rolled green tea infused with jasmine flowers
English Breakfast: Assam, Ceylon and a lovely Rwandan combined
Chocolate Flake Tea: gutsy assam with real chunks of chocolate
Earl Grey Strong: powerful Assam and Rwandan with the more delicate Ceylon and Darjeeling
Popcorn: traditional Green tea blended with toasted rice (I know, amazing!)
These’s others that I’d recommend you trying but those are my favorites that I start my day off.
Teapigs is awesome so they are giving readers to Brooklyn Farm Girl 15% off with code BKFARMGIRL at checkout. That means start cleaning out your tea cabinet!
Now ready for a tea party with me?
The picture above and below are of the Jasmine Pearls. It really is a elegant delicious tea. The pearls themselves are beautiful leaving all my tea guests to first marvel at the teabag.
Tell me in the comments.. have a tea problem? Have you tried teapigs? Do you have an excuse on how I can explain to Matthew why 1 person needs 20 tea mugs?