I give you permission to do things a little different – a little different from the way you do them, a little different from the way others do them, or a little different from the directions. When you dare to try new things, you never know what you might discover.
While cleaning out some of the final boxes of items from storage, I found my mom’s spiced tea infuser – at least that’s what I remember her using it for when I was growing up. It was always exciting for me to see the container come out because I knew the treat that would be around the corner.
I love sipping on warm drinks while I write. Coffee is great for the early mornings, but when my husband gets up and the pot is empty then he begins to worry. I don’t worry . . . although I do hit a speed of going that often ends up in a collision.
Coffee all day will make me nauseous no matter how good the coffee.
An alternative became a necessity if I was going to work beyond lunch (and it turns out I’m supposed to do that).
Brewing one cup of tea at a time was not an option. I want to take a break, walk into the kitchen, and refresh my cup without an hassle. I tried brewing a pot of hot tea after the coffee ran out, but I forgot to tell my husband. It turns out if you are expecting coffee and get tea, it’s a shock to the system.
We received a second coffee maker from a family member. It was white. It was perfect. I know could brew tea to my heart’s content.
I then found my mom’s infuser and everything changed. The tea bags I had were quickly put to work and it was time to find a better way to brew the tea.
Did you know they make loose leaf teas? I didn’t. I found a new world of flavors when I discovered these wonderful delights.
The first time I brewed a pot, I used about a half a cup of blend. I put the infuser in the pot and then ran the water through the coffee maker and let the hot water steep with the tea. The result was a dark purple – almost black – liquid with magical properties. I drank a few cups, added some more water to the pot and brewed some more.
It was still thick and when I finished the pot I left the infuser to brew a second pot the next day.
Today I used only ¼ of a cup and it was the perfect amount.
How I Do It Different
- Add a little hot tea to the sweet tea for a tasty blend.
- Add a little cayenne pepper when you are feeling rough. It’s a great healer.
- Change it up. Follow the directions the first time (if you must) but be willing to change it up until you find the perfect level of flavor for you.
- Mix it up. You can blend blends with blends to blend the perfect blend for you need. You can also add spices to existing blends.
If you have been trying to find a good alternative to coffee then I recommend checking out the different flavors from Tiesta.