Steeping tea can take a little time, from heating the water and prepping the teapot to the actual steeping. How long it all takes depends on the tea being steeped. The longest steeping time I’ve done for a single infusion was ten minutes for Young Pu-erh. It was an experiment to see if the tea could take it. It could. Considering that the instructions recommend 2 to 10 minutes, I was happy to confirm it. It did leave a bit of time on my hands, though. What to do…what to do…
Some of the things I came up with:
1 Cruising YouTube.com for Music Videos
From ABBA to Fleetwood Mac to Loreena McKennitt, I take a few minutes to enjoy hits from the past. There is an amazing array on the site now. Type in the artist’s name and get a selection from which to choose.
2 Reading Another Chapter in the Book You’re Reading
Some books are total page turners. Impossible to put down. So grab a few minutes while the tea steeps to read a few pages or even a whole chapter. I’ve gotten through a number of books this way. Steep. Read. Steep. Read.
3 Practice That Tap Dance Step Again…and Again
Constant repetition can be the key to perfecting some skills, and tap dance is one of them. Gregory Hines, a fabulous tap dancer known for his ability to improvise, spent hours rehearsing to make it look easy. The same is true of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Michael Jackson, and other great dancers. I don’t know if they practiced while steeping tea, but you sure can!
4 Contemplate the Space-Time Continuum
How do you think Einstein, Sagan, and Hawking came up with all those great ideas about the universe? Yep, you guessed it, while steeping tea (at least, that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it). Or you can come up with a solution to string theory.
5 Teach Your Child How to Turn Paper into a Teacup
A bit of crafting can come in handy anytime, so this is a skill your child will carry with them for years to come. You can end up folding a whole set of teacups over time.
By the time you’ve finished reading this, your tea is probably steeped and ready, so I guess reading this article and others like it is another option. Cheers!
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