Earlier tonight, I went to a Chinese restaurant with a Chinese friend of mine. We went through the normal motions of taking our seat, asking for the "Chinese people" version of the menu, and placing our drink order while we were contemplating what we might order. My friend, Hefei is his name, decided to order some hot green tea because he wanted something warm and he knows that I enjoy tea. Well, also because he's Chinese and thus drinks a lot of tea anyway.
The tea quickly made its way to our table and the metal tea pot was glowing with heat while the little teabag string just hung there on the verge of catching on fire. While I was thinking that sentence in my head while looking at the tea pot, something occurred to me. All these years, many of my friends have probably had the wrong impression of what good Chinese tea is.
For the most part, my circle of friends consists of iced tea drinkers - okay, sweet tea - because this is Texas and it gets really hot during the summer. Who wants a 175 degree cup of hot tea right after mowing the lawn in Houston? I would wager to guess fewer than 0 people, that's who. When I bring up my trade to my friends, they immediately start in with the whole, "I know Lipton isn't real tea but it's good. I drink green tea at Chinese restaurants sometimes." It seems as though pretty much everyone I know gets their fill of "real tea" at Chinese restaurants. (By the way, if you were wondering what I tell people when I explain what I do, I prefer the title Tea Monger because I imagine that's what Martha Stewart would call me.)
So, we're sitting there with this pot of tea between us on the table and as I'm checking it to see if they let it steep before they brought it to us, I realized that the tea served at most Chinese restaurants in the suburbs is terrible and should not be served to people whom you love.
I poured us each a cup and sat there staring at the clear film of hard water on top of the tea in our cups. I'm such a tea snob. Seriously, though, this is just my attempt to persuade you to broaden your tea horizons and let you know that the green tea at your local Chinese restaurant is not exactly what tea lovers would consider "real tea." I mean, it is real tea in that it is made from real tea leaves and so is Lipton. But, it's just such poor quality tea that we don't recommend making up your mind about whether or not you're a tea drinker based on it.
Instead, please spare a buck and order one of the samples on our site. We even have live chat to help you make up your mind and find a tea you're likely to enjoy. When you think about it, a $1.00 sample is probably less than you're spending on Chinese restaurant tea or a cup of Lipton at your local eatery. So, why not order something nice for a change? It's good to treat yourself - you deserve it! If you don't like it, it's only a buck... if you're really turned off, we'll even refund your money.
Our mission is to share our love of good tea with everyone. So, that's why our prices are fair and our selection is controlled to only those teas we drink or our customers request. Give it a shot - you might discover that you've been a tea drinker this whole time!