Many years ago I moonlighted for a local coffee and tea merchant. I was tasked with packaging fresh roasted coffee (yum) and blending their tea. I learnt how to make Earl grey, English and Irish breakfast by blending loose varieties of tea leaves in a device resembling a cement mixer.
It was great fun, although a little taxing on the senses. I instantly fell in love with loose leaf tea and quickly accumulated a large collection that I still maintain. I can't remember the last time I used a tea bag, and I honestly believe that loose leaf is by far superior.
Now that the weather is finally starting to cool off, I'm finding myself craving more tea. During the cooler months, my teapots are constantly out on rotation. I often make several cups a day.
I used to drink a lot of coffee. That is until I had stomach ulcers... twice. I found myself craving something hot, flavoursome and soothing on the stomach. My 'go-to' tea is often fresh ginger or peppermint for stomach complaints or anxiety.
Every kitchen needs a teapot, especially if you love loose leaf tea. I have a huge collection, each unique and perfect for different uses.
It's an absolute must to own a good quality plunger, they are great for tea or coffee and are easy to clean. I often seep peppermint tea in cold water and chill in the fridge for something cold and refreshing in summer.
I also have a collection of ceramic teapots that are fantastic for nearly any tea, as long as you don't mind straining out the leaves. I usually don't bother and just let the leaves accumulate in my cup.
I'm currently in love with my little glass teapot. It was a gift from my fabulous best friend from T2. The spout is tall, which makes it easy for pouring, and it has a little inbuilt detachable strainer which is perfect for adjusting the strength of the tea and cleaning.