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My friend Larry recently showed me his stylish, tres cool and very ingenious tea maker that he bought from Adagio Teas, an online purveyor of gourmet tea. Admitted, this segment doesn't make a dent on billion dollar brands like Lipton, but gourmet tea has a loyal fan following that is steadily growing. And we have Starbucks to thank for this actually as it was Tazo that first ignited Americans' passion for better quality tea.
Larry generously allowed me to sample some of the teas from his collection and to try out his new tea brewer which sat proudly on his desk. I had some rooibos earl grey (despite Larry's warning that it smelt kinda weird) that actually tasted a lot better than it smelt. It was robust with a hint of bergamot, just the way I like my earl grey.
The ingenuiTEA brewer is truly an innovation that simplifies the whole process of tea making (not that I don't like cleaning the tea strainer!) and makes it super-convenient to brew different types of tea all day long. Check out the video demo on Adagio's website to see just how stylish and fun this tea brewer is.
Given my obsession for tea, Adagio's website was pure delight. The easily navigable site seamlessly draws you into the worlds of many varieties of tea. Assam Harmony seems perfect for the mornings while chowing down cereal and catching the headlines on the WSJ before scurrying to work. Almond is premium black tea from China flavoured with slivers of roasted almonds that would be an ideal post-lunch pick-me-up. And Ginger promises to unwind all the tension at the end of a long working day.
Don't know if you guys agree with me that there's something magical when you sit down with a cup of tea that you just don't get with coffee. Tea seems versatile enough to get you going, soothe your nerves, help you destress and even get you ready to fall asleep. Coffee seems nothing more than a rude wake-up call in the morning.
Anyways, if you're as into tea as I am, you'll love all the banter and wisdom to be found in the community space at TeaChat. Be sure to browse through the TeaMap to find the nearest tea rooms in your neighbourhood.