For the last few weeks, I have been having a rather interesting conversation with a person leaving hateful comments on my blog, saying that I am not a real tea drinker if I drink tea from tea bags and don’t condemn the use of tea bags on my blog. I responded to her in an email the reasons why I won’t do that. The hate kept coming until I quit trying to have a conversation with her and blocked her. I am just done. If you don’t like the content on my blog, please keep scrolling there are other tea blogs out there that are more to your taste. I can even recommend several for you.
There are several reasons I will never hate on teabags or those who drink tea from teabags. The first reason is I am not a hypocrite. Although, I do prefer to drink loose leaf tea and do most of the time, I have several different kinds of bagged teas that I love. These teas include several that I buy at my local grocery store and will continue to buy until they discontinue the brand or flavor. Tazo’s Wild Sweet Orange and Passion flavors were teas I used to drink with my friend, Dawn, around the table at her farm. Those teas hold very warm and wonderful memories for me and will always have a special place in my tea stash.
The second reason I will never condemn the use of teabags is because it wasn’t all that long ago the 5-dollar box of Red Rose black tea I bought once a month was a real treat for me. One I saved my change for all month long to be able to afford. I started drinking loose leaf tea at the beginning of the pandemic when I was sent home by my job to work for extra pay because I am an essential worker. The only bills I had were rent, electric and internet. I could afford to try whatever teas I wanted and buy whatever tea gear and gadgets I wanted. Not everyone was or is so lucky. I will never condemn someone because they can’t afford what I can.
These are the reasons you will always hear me say if the tea you are making and how you make it is giving you a cup of tea you enjoy drinking you are doing it the right way. These are the reasons I will always post recipes with tea or tea leaves in them with bagged versions of the tea and loose-leaf versions of the tea, if I possibly can. I want A Cuppa and Conversation to be a safe, inviting and educational place for everyone, no matter where they are in their tea journey.