A ritual I have when sitting down to write is brewing a pot of green tea. It’s the perfect thing to drink when it’s time to think.
Green tea is great because it contains just the right amount of caffeine that stimulates your mind without making you jittery. You can drink as much as you please and never feel any bad effects. The typical setup when working at my desk looks something like this:
Green tea has countless health benefits, google it if you need to, but the best effect is has on me is the mental stimulation. Tea will do this naturally, it is meant to be sipped, savored and enjoyed. It’s an exercise in mindfulness to immerse yourself in a cup of tea. A way to strengthen your concentration and really live in the moment.
The best teapot I have ever used is made by the company Bodum. It’s perfect design brews the tea evenly and efficiently while maximizing how much surface area of the tea leaves contact the hot water. Here it is:
The pot is clear so you can enjoy the color of your tea. Girls love this. When I brew them a pot of tea, they usually have never seen someone do it with a proper pot. I explain how seriously I take my tea and they appreciate it. Men should take things seriously, even if its a pot of tea.
The tea that you use should be loose, not in bags. The most high quality tea I have come across is made from a company called Harney and Sons. They ship the tea out in tins that keep it fresh for a long time and the tins look really good stacked in the kitchen.
My favorite and most commonly brewed is the Japanese Sencha:
In the morning, I like a good black tea from India, sometimes with a little honey and red ginger.
For nights where I’m relaxing, or when watching a movie with a chick, I stick to herbal teas without caffeine. All girls like chamomile.
And sometimes when I want to switch it up, I’ll do the caffeine free rooibos.
It makes a big difference when you drink out of a proper cup. For the green teas I always use a Chinese green teacup:
Tea brewing tips:
- Don’t brew green tea for more than 2-3 minutes. It gets bitter after that.
- Black teas and herbals can be brewed for 5-7 minutes.
- Green tea is very good when cooled down and poured over ice. It also stays good for many days.
- You can wash your face and hair with the extra green tea for immediate glowing skin and thicker hair.
- Read up a bit on the tea you get, tell girls about it, for some reason they get turned on by tea talk.
Thats about all you need to begin your own tea ritual. It’s something that has been a part of my life for more than ten years and I wish I had found it sooner.