It's All About the Tea Cozy

Or, Ilya Marritz was right.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

I've succumbed to tea gear mania: my SoHo teapot (Amy Eddings/WNYC)

Remember when I couldn't stand the thought of dropping my coffee habit in favor of more healthy, less caffeinated, tea?

Me neither. But I've drunk the (Earl Grey, bergamot-flavored) Kool-Aid.

Helping my transformation has been the discovery that tea requires a lot of gear. 

I like stuff for my habits and hobbies. I love the process of choosing a new tennis racket. I keep notes on different swing weights and composition materials and string gauges. 

Tea drinking has pots and strainers. And tea cozies, as WNYC colleague and tea drinker Ilya Marritz told me about.

My new tea pot has the tea cozy built into it -- through a nifty, lined stainless steel lid.

I've even gone so far as to buy a special whisk, called a chasen in Japan, to stir up finely-ground matcha green tea at home. (Here's a nice primer on Japan's green tea ceremony.) Wait until you get a load of the little ceramic stand that goes with it. And I got a measuring scoop, too, called a chashaku. A teaspoon would work just as well, but why not embrace tea in all its specialness? 

It makes the finished product taste even better.


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Comments [1]

Brian J. O'Malley from Cherry Hill, NJ

I had to smile at this article. I'm an expert in green teas, and I completely understand where you're coming from. At first, you enjoy the green tea for its taste, but after a couple of weeks, the process becomes a part of your life that you really enjoy almost as much as the tea itself.

The Asian cultures first used green tea for medicinal purposes mostly. But, just like you, they came to enjoy the taste and then the process. I think it's because the tea makes you feel so good afterward, but who knows? So in Asian culture, it basically transformed from an elixir for the body then to the joy of taste and ultimately a spiritual practice. It's a fascinating phenomenon.

We recently published the Official Green Tea Diet at but we didn't go into this aspect of green tea drinking when we did. Most would find it difficult to understand, since Americans aren't really familiar with quality green tea to begin with. I'm really glad you brought it out in this article though. In many ways, it's the most special part, but our audience is mostly interested in safe weight loss. They'll get it once they get into the diet though.

Aug. 04 2011 08:15 PM

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