Tea Talk: The Art of Pairing Books and Tea
Books and tea – is there any better pairing? I think the great C.S. Lewis said it best when he stated, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
Each week, I try to carve out time in my schedule to spend an afternoon catching up on reading while enjoying copious amounts of tea. The only challenging part of my weekly tradition is deciding which of Tea Queens delicious teas will complement my literary choices.
Some teas are an obvious choice, as they were inspired by specific books (I’m looking at you Wizard of Oz Rooibos, Alice in Wonderland Rooibos, and Highland Breakfast). However, there are times where one must carefully consider what mood you need to set for whatever adventure you are about to embark upon. For example, when reading Jane Austen, with her classic English wit and charm, I love to sip on on something that transports me back to 18th century England, such as Creamy Earl Grey or Royal Rose. With thrillers and adventure novels it’s hard to know whether to brew some Lavender Honeybush to keep me calm or if I should be adventurous and try something I’ve never brewed before to enhance the suspense.
Of course, there are times in life when reading is an exhausting pursuit. When your children are asking you to read them the same book for the millionth time, or you are trudging through a textbook, I recommend brewing some Peppermint Maté or Wake Up herbal blend to provide the energy to soldier on. Whatever you decide to pair, you really can’t go wrong as long as you have tea in one hand and a book in the other.
– Rebecca Shadburne, Independent Tea Consultant, OR