The Art of Tea

I love a good cup of tea and I average about two cups a day. I tend to drink mostly herbal/fruit blends with little to no caffeine because caffeine gives me a headache. Lately the dandelion tea bags I found at my local grocery store, the loose leaf Milk oolong from Capitol Teas (here) and the Dragon Fruit Devotion from Teavana(here) have been in heavy rotation at casa Ofthecomely. 

I prefer tea bags for when I’m traveling because all you need is a cup of hot water. I like Teavana’s cup with strainer and Capitol Tea’s magic tea maker for when I’m in the mood for some loose leaf tea. They’re also great for the office because they don’t take up much space. The Breville Tea Maker is the most recent addition to my tea making arsenal. I’d been thinking about getting one for about a year and finally pulled the trigger due to a Teavana store closing discount. With the Breville I can simply set the time and the temperature for the best brew of the type of tea I’m making and the machine will let me know when it’s done, and keep it warm for up to an hour. I can also program it so that it will have a pot of tea brewed for me when I wake up in the mornings just like a coffee maker. 💘 I know right!! I have achieved team making nirvana. As happy as I am about my new found tea bliss I have to admit that the circumstances that made it possible make me sad.  All of the Teavana stores in the US are being closed. Teavana was bought by Starbucks in 2012 and per my local Teavana rep Starbucks has made the decision to close down all 379 of the Teavana stores due to under performance. I found an article about the store closings (here). I don’t drink coffee so I appreciated having a dedicated store like Teavana for my tea fix.  I’m going to miss them. 

Most of my friends in a birds of a feather flock together type of situation are tea drinkers.  But according to the statistics we are in the minority.  I’m curious about you guys. What’s your hot beverage of choice coffee or tea? 




  1. Nerline Germain
    November 6, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    I introduced my 10-year old son to green tea. Now he drinks it more than I do. Forget about the tea, I want that tea maker! It is tout ce qu'il faut. It's too bad Starbucks is closing these stores. But I can understand why. They are in the money making business, not the other way around. I love to travel with my tea bags too. Great post and presentation. Well done!

    • Of the comely
      November 7, 2017 / 1:56 am

      I'm glad to hear your son loves green tea. The tea maker is worth the investment in my humble opinion. Thanks!

  2. Mango Fudge
    November 9, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Oh my! Are we literally on the same astral plane?! I was thinking about making a post with the same title as recently I bought Milk Oolong Tea by Newby after really liking Whittards Milk Oolong blend but, not wanting to spend so much on it! Not sure, if you heard about a Youtuber channel called Mei Leaf – he really goes into the difference between teas, loose vs bag etc. (he owns his own shop and has been in the game for years – really opened my eyes) Since I live in Britain – tea is the drink of the day but, I've never been a fan of it until I started to broaden my horizons beyond PG Tips (ugh). I'd say Taylor's Green Tea with Spear Mint was the game changer that got me liking Green Tea and Tea other than mint/chamomile etc. in general. Since, then I'm converting to loose leaf (bought myself one of those glass tea pots). If you're ever in the UK you should check out Whittards Store where you could test out the teas etc. :)Great post! Sad about all the closures – I'm not a Starbucks person either (I don't really like Coffee) apart from their Frappuccino which is basically like a thick milkshake! That Breville looks nice it must make the perfect teas! 🙂

    • Of the comely
      November 26, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      Yeahhh to being on the same astral plane! We are all connected. Bush tea, tea bags you name it. If it was a leaf and it wasn't poisonous I've probably had it brewed (LOL!) I love mint and ginger teas. I have not heard about that Youtuber so I'm going to check him out later. Similar to you coming from an English Caribbean colony tea is what I'm used to. When I was writing this post I consulted with the encyclopedia Google. Turkey kept coming up as the country where people drank tea the most. For some reason I thought it would be India. Yeah the Teavana closings are sad. I think a lot of it has to do with marketing. Coffee has great PR. Everyone is always holding a cup of something or going to grab something in the movies and TV. Very rarely do I see anyone sitting down for tea on this side of the pond. The only show that I've seen characters consistently drinking tea on is The Big Bang Theory. I never see or hear them putting on the kettle but they always have a tea bag hanging from their cups.The Breville Tea Make was worth the investment. I hope all is well with you.

    November 14, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    I used to be a big hot chocolate drinker but have started to drink tea quite a bit and the good old Lipton tea is my favorite.Very beautiful tea table/layout here.

    • Of the comely
      November 26, 2017 / 2:33 pm

      Thanks Beauty. Lipton is a classic for a reason. I like mine with a little lemon. Have a great week!

  4. sugarcitee
    November 26, 2017 / 4:07 am

    Love the set up.

  5. sugarcitee
    November 26, 2017 / 4:09 am

    I love love the set up. Hoping that I'll get invited for some tea.

    • Of the comely
      November 26, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      Thank you. You are invited.

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