by tea alberti
1. How did you start your story with tea?
- I’m not quite sure if I understand your question properly. Do you mean how I first started drinking tea? I actually talked about it in the Wall Street Journal article if you’d remember… I was seeking for truth about life and knowledge of Self during my college years. I met a Korean Buddhist monk at a temple in Los Angeles who introduced me to Korean organic green tea.This was my first encounter with Asian tea and learned not only how to drink it but also what drinking tea could mean. Drinking tea can be a “spiritual” experience to bring the body and awareness together and it has been a critical part of my daily life since.
2. What’s your favorite tea blend?
- I haven’t found really good blended tea that appeal to me yet. I’d like to learn more about different types of tea blends or infusions but I haven’t really explore much of them. I tend to like a single flavor to savor thoroughly. Once I find a good tea, I focus more on enjoying it as completely as I can, making the best of the experience.
My favorite tea is Korean organic green tea. I want to call it “a divine tea” as I find this tea to be nothing less than sublime in its subtle and smooth taste and detoxifying effect.
Instead of buying expensive cosmetics, I mix green tea powder and water to make a facial treatment for deep cleansing. I also at time take bath infused with green tea without using a soap and I feel so cleansed and detoxified. I found this to be better than any bath products I’ve ever used. Most importantly, this tea keeps me straight when time gets tough. I prepare Korean organic green tea when I feel lost and confused inside and need to find a way to myself again.
3. What’s the best marriage you tried or imagined?
4. How do you usually takes your tea?
5. What is your ritual of tea?
- When I drink Asian tea, I do not take anything on the side. These organic and earthly tea types need to be taken by themselves to get the best experience. Drinking tea in the Asian tradition embraces certain inner or spiritual experiences. You maybe drinking tea as a way to center yourself and bring your awareness to hear and now. I ususally have this kind of tea experience alone. I do not keep to any ceremonial rules but pay complete attention to every motion involved and quiet my mind as I drink it. After drinking a cup of tea in this manner, I always feel more centered, calm, and clear-minded.
When I drink a red tea like Ceylon or Darjeeling, I enjoy the European style, preparing them in fancy handpainted China with sweets on the side. When I have friends over, I serve tea this way and talk, laugh, and enjoy ourselves over tea and dessert and bask in the joy of the moment. The European style of drinking tea tends to me more social and satisfies the senses. I cannot say which cultural style is better as I appreciate both and need both types of fulfillments. Somedays you want to be pampered and fulfill your sensual cravigns, some other days you want to let go of everything and be cleansed physically or mentally.
Tips for beginners I’d like to suggest people to drink tea not only for its taste but to enjoy a moment with yourself. Try paying attention to the act of drinking tea, bringing your senses and awareness to this moment, to yourself. You’ll learn about yourself and the magic of being at the moment will reveal itself to you!bio http://blogs.wsj.com/scene/2010/11/05/an-artist-on-the-art-of-tea-drinking/
Thank you Debbie!!!!