Ti Kuan Yin Iron Goddess Oolong (Photo source: The English Tea Store)
Ti Kuan Yin Iron Goddess Oolong (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

Life gets more complex every day and so, it seems, does tea! No need to panic, though, it’s easy to sort out those complexiTEAs.

Dad used to fix TVs and radios on the kitchen table. Then, they got too complicated. Tubes were replaced by transistors and complex circuit boards. He also used to work on cars (engines, transmissions, brakes, and more) in the driveway of our house with whatever tools he had at hand (a collection that grew constantly). Then catalytic converters replaced carburetors and a lot of computer stuff got installed. He had to face the fact that they had gotten too complex for him to keep up with on top of a full-time job and a part-time job needed to keep paying the bills.

The other day I took a peek at the HTML code for the new blog template I had chosen. I wanted to make a simple change but couldn’t find the right spot in the code. I, too, had reached the point where the complexity had gone beyond what I cared to deal with, being more inclined to the aesthetic side of web site and blog design than the programming side. Oh well, so it goes!

Tea used to be a fairly simple beverage, but over the years it has grown increasingly complex. New cultivars. New processing methods. New teawares, gadgets (as now reported on monthly on this blog by a dedicated Tea Guy), and even ways to steep. It can be hard to keep up and make you feel like you’re on a treadmill going faster all the time. The good news is that you can still enjoy tea without keeping up with these latest developments. After all, you have better things to do with your time, such as crafts, your job, going for a bike ride, etc.

How to avoid complexiTEA:

  • Select a tea or two as your standard fare. A couple of good options are Yorkshire Harrogate Tea and Lemon Green Tea.
  • Be sure to keep a sufficient supply of these standards on hand.
  • Leave a corner of your mind open to try a new tea such as a nice pu-erh, but don’t overload.
  • Set up a tea routine so that you don’t have to put a lot of thought into it. You wanna cuppa. You steep a cuppa. You drink a cuppa.

Yes, tea can be complex, but you can choose to keep it simple. Enjoy!

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