Amy Eddings is the local host of “All Things Considered,” which airs from 4 PM until 8 PM weekdays. She started hosting in 2004, after long-time host JoAnn Allen left for the West Coast. Before ATC, Amy was a reporter. Her favorite topics were--and still are--garbage and recycling, which she still reports on whenever she can get out of the studio.
It's All About the Tea Cozy
Or, Ilya Marritz was right.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
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.