How do I learn about tea?
Do you want to learn about tea? Here is a good way to start.
- Drink tea.
- Drink tea every day.
- Pay attention while you are drinking tea every day.
Pay attention to the water. Pay attention to the color and texture of the dry leaves.
Pay attention to the infusion process - stay with it and be there for every infusion. If you desire, infuse multiple time until you are unsure whether it is tea, water, or the universe you are drinking. That is a long conversation where you will really get to know a tea. Try different water temperatures and infusion lengths. Note how it changes the result.
Pay attention to the aromas as while you infuse, as you prepare to drink, and while you drink.
Pay attention to the color and texture of the tea liquor. See how it changes after each infusion depending on what you do to it.
Breathe in and out with your mouth closed, then open. What does it feel like?
Finally the hardest part. Still yourself and pay attention to how tea makes you feel. Are you breaking a sweat? Do you feel warm? Cool? Anxious? Chatty? At ease? Sleepy?