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Tea Vs. Coffee (On My Plate ... Another Helping)

March 16, 2012 - Phyllis Sigal
Coffee is fast, furious. Tea is slow and relaxing.

I want a cup of coffee when I want to wake up and get going. I want a cup of tea when I want to sit down and sip and savor.

Coffee is noisy — with its grinding and its perking. Tea is quiet. It just sits there and steeps.

Coffee names are tough: Caffee macchiato, frappuccino, cappuccino, affogato. Coffee is dark, bold. Strong.

Tea sounds soothing. Take Celestial Seasons tea, for example. There's Sleepytime, Blueberry Breeze, Honey Vanilla Chamomile, Mint Magic. Tummy Mint Wellness tea.

There are tea rituals. Tea ceremonies. Tea sets. Tea parties. Tea lights.

There are coffee breaks.

"How about a nice cup of tea?" That's what we ask. Does anyone ever ask if you want a "nice cup of coffee"? No.

Not that coffee isn't nice. I love a good cup of dark roast, with its bold flavor. Although, to me, the taste of coffee never quite lives up to its gorgeous aroma.

Tea on the other hand, tastes like it smells. Sometimes, the flavor even surpasses the nose, I believe.

But recently, I had a nice cup of tea. Two, as a matter of fact. I had a couple of cups of Kusmi tea — Rose Green Tea and Bouquet de Fleurs.

Mmmmmmmmmm. They tasted like spring.

While I love steeping loose leaf tea, sometimes lack of time and need for convenience forces me to use tea bags. And what I love about Kusmi tea is that the tea bags are little muslin sacks of tea leaves, with a crocheted string that attaches the little tag to the bag. It's very, well, natural. It made me feel as if I was drinking loose leaf tea. Loose leaf varieties are available, too, and come in pretty tins.

Here is a little about the tea:

"The luxurious brand specializes in teas such as: Russian, Green, Black, Decaf & Red, Herbal and Wellness. These assortments are recognized for their perfect balance of savory and herbal essence to the smell and taste. All tea leaves are gently hand-picked then cultivated to later delicately blend into a Kusmi masterpiece. "The closely guarded century-old recipes for Kusmi’s Russian Blends are the foundation of their on-going success. Created from premium black tea leaves of Ceylon, India and China, the tea leaves are combined with luscious perfumes to achieve perfection. Whether the bouquet highlights sun-ripened mandarin orange, bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, or lime, or the intoxicating scent of vanilla, cinnamon and clove, Kusmi’s exclusive Russian Blends is an indulgence for all. Kusmi’s Russian Blends include Anastasia, Bouquet de Fleurs, Kashmir Tchai, Petrushka, Prince Vladimir, Samovar, St. Petersburg, Troika and Zoubrovka."

And about the green teas:

"Kusmi’s Green Teas will grace the tongue and convey a smooth taste. The smells will bring a familiar yet exceptional feel to mind, with invigorating aroma such as mint, almond, citrus and the extraordinary jasmine-flowered scents, which are infused into the incomparable green teas." Can't you just smell it and taste it now?

I don't know about you, but I'm off to steep a nice cup of tea. And relax.

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