I remember wanting to like tea sometime during middle school, when my friend Ashley and I set out to sample every kind of tea in our pantry - green tea, black tea, herbal tea. We steeped a bag of each kind - and probably let it sit way too long - and tasted a bit of each. As we sipped each cup one by one, our faces twisted in disgust as we echoed, "How could anyone drink this stuff?!" It tasted like dishwater. Or worse.
Fast forward to senior year in high school. I didn't really drink tea or coffee (which is hard to imagine at this point) and I happened to get a $100 gift card to Starbucks as a graduation gift. Amazing! Except I didn't like tea. Or coffee. Or even the flavor of coffee. So I wasted the gift card buying mugs that never got used, pink lemonade, and muffins. I'm still feeling remorse over this.
Fast forward again, this time to my first year in Chicago. While strolling in Water Tower Place one day, exploring my new surroundings, I was offered a sample at Teavana. I thought, "I don't really like tea, but whatever" and let me tell you... it was heavenly. The sample ploy worked that time and I bought "whatever that was" along with a plug-in tea pot for my room. I was hooked.
Today, I'm a 5- or 6-cup a day kind of girl. I try not to be snobby about it, but I will say that bags of tea from the grocery store do not even compare to loose leaf tea. If you don't like tea, it's probably because you've never had real tea in the first place.
I'm thankful to have a truly wonderful tea shop here in Franklin.
Franklin Tea is charming and packed with delicious teas. It's located in downtown Franklin - which is charming and delicious in and of itself - and the staff is so friendly and knowledgeable and the tea is excellent. These are my favorites - the pantry staples, if you will:
Rooibos Orange Cream
Strawberry Green Tea
Do you have a favorite coffee or tea shop in your neighborhood?