There is no doubt I am addicted to tea ware as I have been known to be up all night looking for new teapots, matcha bowls, tea cups, etc. online. As I rearrange my tea stash and tea ware on my shelf, I notice that over time I have accumulated quite a bit of items. Everything from tea trays, infusers, scoops and even matcha sifters. I really love having pretty tea things that can add to my tea experience and be a beautiful display in my home. However, that is not always needed. I still enjoyed my tea immensely back when all I had were three essential tea tools.
A common question I get from those just starting to get into tea is something along the lines of “what do I need to make tea?” With so many creative and fun tea products out there, it’s easy to get lost from the simplicity of tea and just want all the new gadgets and designs. It can also be somewhat intimidating to see all these products and not know where to begin exactly. What you actually need, especially if you’re just beginning in the world of tea, are things you probably already have at home. I’m outlining the three very basic, yet, essential tea tools that you should have to get started on your tea journey. You don’t need a lot of things to have a wonderful tea experience. This was all I had years ago, so I know it works!
– 3 Essential Tea Tools –
Whether it’s a souvenir mug or a vintage tea cup, something to hold your tea is a good place to start. Some of my favourite homes for tea are mugs and tea cups that hold special memories. Nowadays, my cupboards are full of mugs of all shapes and sizes –tall, skinny, wide, short, square, round– but when I started with tea I just had a simple round, porcelain white mug. Of course, I dreamed of having a glass mug or a fancy tea cup, but it didn’t change the taste of my tea and the overall feeling I was experiencing.
Tea is mainly water so there is no doubt that you’ll need it and, of course, you’ll need something to heat your water as well. A kettle is the best place to start. However, it doesn’t need to be the fanciest, most expensive one out there. I’ve been drinking tea for years and it wasn’t until last year that I finally decided to get a variable temperature kettle. Before then, I had a simple stove top tea kettle (with the loudest whistle possible, seriously!) that I used to heat my water and sometimes, if I remembered, I would get my tea thermometer out to get an exact temperature before steeping my tea leaves.
So you need something to hold the tea… check!
Then you need something to actually steep the tea in… check!
Let’s not forget about the actual tea leaves!
Like most, when I started my tea journey, tea bags were what I used before I knew about loose leaf tea. At first, I remember being confused at the thought of loose tea leaves. I didn’t know how to steep them without a bag of some sort, so I had just placed the tea leaves directly in my mug and poured the water. That’s really all there is to it! I was very satisfied with the results, until I tried that with a rooibos blend I picked up at a local tea shop then. Truthfully, you don’t need anything else to make and enjoy your tea. But, if there is one other item you want to add, an infuser basket to sit in your cup or mug will be helpful especially for those smaller tea leaves or tisanes that you don’t really want to steep and drink without straining.
If you are just beginning, try to experience tea with just these three essential tea tools and see where that takes you. Even if you’re not a tea beginner, put aside your fancy gadgets just once to go back to the basics and where you first fell in love with the beverage.
What is another simple tea essential you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments!