A lot of people tell me they love tea and don’t know where to start. That’s why I’m here! I want you to see my journey and maybe it will help you with yours! Here is what I tell most people:
- It depends on your purpose. If you just want to drink better tea, drink better tea! Drink every kind you can find (and afford) and see what you like and don’t like! It helps to keep notes. Tastes change sometimes. You might want to go back to that green tea you hated, but you can’t remember what it was called or where it was from. If you want to make a hobby or a living from it, or just take it more seriously, drinking is going to be helpful…but so is research! You have to know about teas, not just what they taste like, but the process, the history. I read as much as I can as often as I can…and I am still learning so much!
- Find tea friends!! Ever since I joined Steepster, I have had so much guidance and made so many tea friends. It has really helped me to have people that I can talk to about something I love so much! Reading is great and so is reasearch, but you have to know tastes and teas. With Tea friends, I was able to buy what they didn’t want to keep (maybe they didn’t like it or maybe they won’t finish it before it expires) and sometimes you can trade!
- Ask questions! Learning is key! Know what you like, but know why. Maybe you didn’t like that Puerh because you steeped it without a rinse! I learned that from a tea friend and then read about it! Asking is always a good idea. Hence, number two. 😉
- Don’t be afraid to try things. Maybe even a couple times. I don’t like Rooibos. I know a lot of people do. I don’t. However, I have tried at least three. Just to make sure I don’t. And if I come across another one that is different, I might try again. Give it a fair shot before you shun it!
Overall, just have fun with it! Figure it out however feels natural for you!! 🙂