All that changed when I went to Teavana. Teavana is a tea bar/emporium whose name is meant to imply that it is the “heaven of tea.” I was aware of the store’s existence, and always enjoyed seeing the pretty tea accoutrements in its window as I passed by, but had never gone in.
Well, I was window shopping one evening, and was greeted at their entrance with an offering of tea. Of course I accepted, and from that first sip I was hooked. I sampled each tea they had available and each one was better than the last. Of course I had to buy some. After a tough deliberation, I decided to try four ounces of the tea that had brought me into the store in the first place, a delightful acai berry and tropical fruit-flavored white tea called Youthberry.
The salesperson opened a large canister of tea and I noticed that it looked nothing like any tea I had ever seen before. It looked more like an arrangement of dried fruits and herbs. I could actually identify the fruits that were in the tea.
This was a far cry from the tiny little particles of tea “dust” (as he so eloquently put it) that I was used to seeing in my tea bags.
The salesperson explained that loose teas are less processed, and retain their unique flavors and health benefits better than commercially produced bagged teas. This is quite logical when you consider that any whole food is healthier and more flavorful than its processed counterpart.
I took my canister home and immediately tried the tea in the little tea ball I already owned. The large pieces of fruits and tea leaves hardly fit into it, and I ended up with a mess, just like I did with my previous loose tea experience. I remembered seeing pretty tea infusers on Teavana’s shelves, so I figured that would be a better method for me than my little tea ball. Larger tea balls are available than the one I had, but since I like to have a few cups at a time, an infuser would brew a larger quantity than the ball.