Tea Essentials

The weather finally got cold this weekend. I even saw a few snowflakes! And then it rained. And then it was sunny and almost 50°F. I present to you… life in the South.

On cold days, there’s nothing I love more than a cup of hot tea. I grew up in a tea-loving family. My mother — being from South Africa, where teatime occurs several times per day — has probably drunk 100,000 cups of tea in her life. Her mother probably had twice as many. And my sister and I fall far behind still! Earl Grey, Rooibos, Chai, Jasmine… You name it and I’ll drink it. Preferably with milk and a spot of sugar. Or lemon and honey. (It totally depends on the kind of tea.)

Tea Essentials — everything you need to become a tea drinker (via Feast + West) // @feastandwest

For this month’s Essentials post, I thought I’d show you a few of the things my mom and I swear by. Coincidentally, January is National Hot Tea Month. (I swear there’s a month/week/day/hour/minute/second for everything.)

For starters, you’ll need tea. Fresh tea. Not tea that’s been sitting on the shelves for forever. I challenge you to seek out an independent tea shop, like Goldsmith Teas, who can help you find teas you will like. (This is absolutely not a sponsored post — I just love how passionate Goldsmith is about sourcing their teas!) Let your tea shop teach you about looseleaf teas and bagged teas, too!

You’ll also need a kettle — electric or stovetop. Just a way to boil water — a pot on the stove or even the microwave will do in a pinch. Teapots are great if you’re making more than one cup of hot tea, but they’re not necessary. Lastly, you’ll need a mug to drink it in! I think tea tastes better in a pretty mug, but any mug will do. The rest is all to your taste!

Whether you’re having a cup for one or a tea party, I’m pretty sure you’ll like something in this round-up! I’ll be toasting you on my next cup of tea. // susannah 

P.S. Don’t miss all the other guides in the Essentials series!

Tea Essentials — everything you need to become a tea drinker (via Feast + West) // @feastandwest

1. Cordless Electric Glass Kettle by Chef’s Choice // 2. Raw North Carolina Sourwood Honey by Bee Raw // 3. Charlotte Street East Mug by kate spade new york // 4. Good Grips Twisting Tea Ball by OXO // 5. Michael Graves Teapot by Alessi // 6. Lucite Tray by Kraftware // 7. Earl Grey Tea by Goldsmith Teas // 8. Cream and Sugar Set by Chemex // 9. Weave Teapot with Porcelain Infuser by Crate & Barrel // 10. Vitreous Mug by Erika Gibson // 11. Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties by by Kevin Gascoyne // 12. Good Grips Travel Mug by OXO // 13. Lucite Tray by Kraftware // 14. Dark Roast Coffee Spoons by Dot & Bo

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