A 2020 Treatise on Tea
What a year! What a ride! Tired of hearing that yet?
This is the time of year when all blogs and publications like to take a moment to muse about what the past year has meant to all of us, and here at Geek Steep, it is no different. Not only was this the year that Kelly and I launched our weird passion project, but it was the year when reflecting on life purpose and meaning became all too prevalent. Tea is a wonderful companion to such musings.
Our love for tea knows no bounds, and began long before 2020 reared its ugly head. But boy oh boy, were we both grateful to have our cups full of this delightful beverage this year. In the year that everything changed, having a warm cup of comfort, an excuse to try carbonated cold brewing, finally start that Kombucha, bring the Matcha whisk out of early retirement and reflect on all the things that were invariably forced upon each and everyone one of us, I can firmly state that 2020 is the year when I have never been more happy to have tea as my chosen career path and obsession.
To me, tea brings people together. It allows you to ponder your existence in solitude. It provides a moment of tranquility and peace in the chaos. It energizes you and allows you to get on with the given task at hand. It provides you with a fantastic excuse for self care. It makes you reflect on the bigger picture. This highly adaptable beverage ignites the mind yet calms the spirit. It can be, through its more than millions of permutations, the most adaptable beverage on the planet. It has been the second most consumed beverage on the planet after water for a reason: there is a tea for every situation, moment and person. Need a moment to yourself to relax? There's a tea for that! Need to impress your future mother-in-law at brunch? There's a tea for that. Need to find a reason to get out of bed and get the day started? Yup, you guessed it, there is definitely a tea for that.
This year, each of us has undoubtedly had more than a few moments filled with trepidation, fear, loneliness, discovery, joy and upheaval. Each of us has dealt with it in their own way. And I truly believe that many of us are looking to 2021 with excitement at all the possibilities.
We hope that our top picks for teas will allow you to reflect on what has been, help determine where to go and really appreciate what you already have. Here's to you dear readers and listeners, we wish you all the best for 2021. Raise your mugs and may your cups runneth over.
Teas drunk during recording:
Kelly: Soocha Teas Mistletoe
Marika: David's Tea Jasmine Black Pearls
Kelly's Top Tea Picks for 2020:
David's Tea Cranberry Pear
QNTM Leaf Tea GABA Oolong
Adagio Teas Seahawk The Pirate
Marika's Top Tea Picks for 2020:
David's Tea Salted Caramel Oolong
Camellia Sinensis Nadeshiko Organic