Ever since I figured out that drinking coffee was giving me stomachaches, I've been drinking tea. I have to admit, I'm not much of a connoisseur; at work I drink tea made from microwaved water with store bought tea bags. But at home, I do enjoy fresh tea made with a kettle and tea leaves.
My inlaws know I enjoy tea and are often at a loss for what to buy for birthday or Christmas, so as a result I have three tea pots. I received the third pot from my MIL this Christmas. While it was a really cute clay pot with bamboo on it, I kind of felt like it was a little extraneous. Today, however, I was reading my book on tea, and it described a special kind of pot -- a Yixing pot, which is made from a special kind of Chinese clay. You brew tea in this pot and never wash it (you just remove the leaves and rinse it out). The result is a tea that takes on a special flavor as the pot ages. I thought "Wow, that's kind of neat. I'd like to have a pot like that." Imagine my surprise when I found out that the pot my MIL had given me was a Yixing pot. So now I'm really excited. Not only is my new tea pot cute, it's also a special tea pot for tea connoisseurs. I plan to use it to brew my green teas. Too bad I don't really have anyone to share it with.
And, for a fun fact of the day: did you know the Irish drink more tea per capita than anyone in the world? They drink almost 4 cups per person per day. Second are the Kuwaitis, who drink 3.20 cups per day per person. So, next time you sip that cup of tea, think not of the Chinese or the (East) Indians, but the Irish and the Kuwaitis!