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Why Tea? Why Now?

Shouldn't your tea selection match the quality of your cheeses and wines? Do you know the difference between a teapot and a teakettle, or between a tea and a tisane? How does one choose the best herbal for a bedtime beverage? Do you know how the enjoyment of tea can become a meditative practice?

Our meetup group will help demystify the tea shopping experience -- in a framework of friendly social events: Parties, samples, group tastings, swaps, door prizes and the occasional Tea Ceremony. Often, each meetup attendee receives a bit of new tea, or a teabag, to take home. Members and their guests have frequent opportunities to sample numerous types, flavors and styles of tea. Along with relaxing and drinking tea, we learn the sources of tea, it's history and culture, which give a rich context to the experience.

Tea is the drink of smart women, health-conscious businessmen, and internet technical wizards. It is replacing coffee as folks discover the health benefits and variety offered by tea, and the relaxation of tea culture. Get prepared for that new, trendy friend to ask, "Do you have tea?" (and they don't mean standard Lipton). Whether it's English Breakfast tea in ornate porcelain, Asian green in Yixing ware, or South American maté in a traditional gourd, tea is the discerning person's beverage of choice. And all can even be prepared in an ordinary "coffee press" -- if you know how to adjust the method for each type!

Why tea? Well ..... where to begin? Junk food cravings are tamed by choosing, instead, from a variety of tea -- sweet or tangy, spicy or mellow, punchy or delicate. Tea is proven to reduce cholesterol, and may reduce cancer risk. The caffeine in tea is "lower and slower" than that of coffee. Tea contains other alkaloids which de-stress, creating a more balanced effect. Towards evening, switch to caffeine-free herbal tisanes (some are even sleep-promoting). Bonus Points: Tea stays fresh many times longer than coffee.

Why Now? Unavailable just a few years ago, a wondrous variety of teas can now be found in online and local markets, as a response to the growing demand. An increasing amount of tea blending is being done in the United States. At the same time, newly-aware tea drinkers are keen to find out how to get the best from each cup.

Why join? To attend meetups and thereby increase the joy we experience together. To find the teas, and tea equipment. which best suit your taste, style, and wellness goals. To receive all the benefits of belonging. To offer your home once in a while for a meetup (not required, but appreciated) in addition to, or instead of, your suggested financial contribution. And there is more to which members may aspire.

"In my hands I hold a bowl of tea; I see all of nature in its green color.
Closing my eyes, I find green mountains and pure water within my heart.
Silently sitting alone, drinking tea, I feel these become part of me."

-- Soshitsu Sen, Grand Master, Urasenke School of Tea

Asian tea culture, especially, fosters the taking of tea as a meditative practice. Click on the "About" button (on the left) to read articles by the group founder about this aspect of enjoying tea. Check the Message Board for news about our Asian Tea Culture Special Interest Group (SIG).

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Tea, Health, and Weight Control February 7, 2011 10:44 PM former member
WEB STORE -- Shop and support your group! February 7, 2011 10:36 PM former member
Real Men Do Drink Tea June 16, 2012 11:05 AM former member
How We Got Our Start March 21, 2010 8:43 PM former member
Why Tea? Why Now? February 28, 2010 8:28 PM former member
The Opportunity of Tea, Beyond the Cup January 27, 2010 5:24 PM former member
Dax's Tea Group Philosophy May 8, 2010 6:02 PM former member
About San Antonio Tea & Herb Enthusiasts May 4, 2013 1:55 PM former member

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