Saturday, December 25, 2010

FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO (TEA) PARTY: GIVEAWAY TIME!


UPDATE: THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! We'll announce the winner this week, so check back!

I'm one of two people that I know that doesn't drink coffee.  For me, it's the caffeine: I crash and burn after a cup of coffee, and the two faces of Eve come out.  Numerous people - particularly those that love to prove me wrong - are quick to point out that tea has more caffeine than coffee, but: (1) that really depends on the type of tea, the amount of tea used, and how long it's steeped for; and (2) there's some conjecture that the absorption of caffeine in tea is much different, in that one slowly plateaus and descends from a more rolling caffeine high, as opposed to the quick spike and release of caffeine in coffee.  I'm no chemist, but if it helps me prove a point, I'll believe it.

For the tea drinkers out there, loose leaf tends to be where it's at, if only because it helps you control the amount of tea leaves involved.  I remember touring through China and seeing all sorts of people lug around reused jars filled with tea, somehow able to take a healthy gulp without swallowing a giant bite of the leaves.  I've never been able to do that, and it's a pain to take a sip, spit out some leaves, and repeat on an endless cycle. I'm not down with travelling with a strainer in my pocket, and luckily there's a solution.  By now you have probably seen portable tea mugs/glasses with built in strainers, a godsend to the lazier of us. 


 We've been test-driving the mugs offered by Libre, a local Vancouver company, and it's become part of my daily morning routine (word of warning: if you're inverting the mug per the instructions, remember to give a few minutes beforehand to avoid having the steam pop the lid off.  Or better yet, don't invert it at all).  The one advantage to the Libre mug is that it's BPA free: if you've been following the news, Canada's now the first country to declare BPA as toxic, after years of debate.

Libre's been kind enough to give us one of their glasses to give away to our readers.  So: leave a comment describing your perfect cup o' tea, and we'll pick the one we like the most.  The contest is open to Canadian and US residents until midnight (Vancouver time) on December 25, 2010 (in case you've got cabin fever after opening your Christmas gifts), after which we'll pick a winner.

NOTE: Remember to leave us some way to contact you if you win.  If you don't want to leave your email address in the comments, you can email it to us at sloppress@gmail.com
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38 comments:

  1. My favorite tea is chrysanthemum tea.

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  2. My favourite tea is (soy)milky, sweet and black. I'm not fussy, but probably earl grey (although right now I'm in love with the Kenyan Tinderet from David's Tea.) This tea glass would go great with my glass water bottle! There's something I love about drinking hot beverages from a glass.

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  3. My perfect tea is Market Spice. Anytime, anywhere, the fabulous smell perks me up, it's my go to bad day tea, or need to warm up tea. A tiny bit of sugar, and the mug I keep at work that my special someone gave to me is a perfect Monday pick me up.

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  4. A nice vanilla rooibos in my favourite mug given to me by my dad, drunk while curled up in bed on a cold winter day. With a cat sitting on my toes to keep them warm.

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  5. Perfect cup of tea would have to be Chai tea with a bit of milk... Yummm. Keeps you warm at night and without the caffeine as seen in some teas.

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  6. My favourite cup of tea happens whenever the teacup is nestled in my hands just so, treading the line between comforting warmth and scorching hot, while I inhale wispy wafts of bright grassy notes and take an impatient glug and maybe burn my tongue but feel imbued with the peace and calm- a certain mystical satisfaction that is the essence of tea.

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  7. My favorite tea is a big steamy cup of Ahmad with a few cardamom pods, and a tsp of honey - keeps me awake but not buzzing throughout the day.

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  8. A chilly winter day in Vancouver shouldn't go to waste without a cup of Earl Grey! It's a classic, and I love to add a quick swirl of honey for my sweet tooth!

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  9. my favourite cup of tea is simply green tea with a touch of honey :)

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  10. Ginger, lemon and peppermint for a pick me up anytime. Or any number of boxed herbal teas, depending on my day/mood. Warm tea always cheers me up and gets me through my day/night/life.

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  11. My mum's earl grey concoction with agave nectar and a bay leaf. Brings me back to my childhood memories on a dreary vancouver day.

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  12. My "current" favourite cup of tea is a chocolate macaron concoction with peony flowers from the urban tea merchant...but i drink pretty much any kind of tea depending on my mood!

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  13. wow I like some of peoples' favorites mentioned here, I like a plain rooibos, no fuss, I have thrown in a cardamom, but straight up is nice, some roasted green teas are nice flavour but I avoid caffeine.

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  14. I like a plain rooibos, with a bit of manuka honey. mmm

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  15. I like granny tea ... aka breakfast tea with lotsa milk and sugar!!

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  16. My perfect cup of tea is steeped Sencha Green Tea. I love drinking it on a cold winter's day when I am on my way to class or when I feel like I might be getting sick. No Milk or sugar thanks!

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  17. I enjoy Jasmine Green Tea on a nice afternoon.

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  18. My perfect and favorite cup of tea is Dragon Green Tea..... it has the best aroma!

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  19. I like fruity tisanes - not really a tea drinker at all ... Thank you for the giveaway and happy holidays!
    paulamb at shaw dot ca

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  20. I really love Mighty Leaf's Green Tea Tropical Tea, and Tazo Tea's Passion tea!

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  21. my all time favourite is green tea chai at east is east.. but to make at home i usually always have genmaicha. i could drink bucketloads of that stuff.

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  22. I'm new to drinking tea, but my absolute favorite right now is called Manitoba Organic Rooibos, from a local shop called Cornelia Bean here in Winnipeg. It has rooibos, rosehip, rose petals, lavender, dried currants, elderberries, labrador leaves & linden flower. It is so good! I really am enjoying trying different rooibos teas-perfect way to relax at the end of the day!
    xjanelle@hotmail.com

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  23. My all time favorite is jasmine with chrysanthemum. =)

    octaviay@gmail.com

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  24. I've been drinking tea all my life and my hands down favourite would be Chinese lychee black tea with absolutely no milk or sugar. Perfectly bright and clean, it captures the essence of what good tea is. Paired with orange madeleines and good conversation, a steaming mug is ideal for easing away those winter blues.

    zeegedeer@gmail.com

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  25. I'm not a big tea drinker, but my wife has gotten me to try various rooibos teas lately. They're actually quite good! The "Oh Canada!" rooibos tea from David's Tea is nice-the smell is awesome, and it tastes even better!. I'm not a coffee drinker, and used to say I wasn't a tea drinker, but not anymore!

    dkomaran@gmail.com

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  26. I've become a fan of 'Lady Grey.' It's a bit harder to find than the Earl, but totally worth it!

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  27. A quality, authentic Chai Tea or London fog. It's hard for me to get away from the warm dairy on a cold and dreary rain filled day.

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  28. I'm a huge fan of Genmaicha or Japanese green tea with roasted brown rice. The rice adds a really distinct toasty and nutty flavour to the crispness of the green tea. I also love the look of the Genmaicha, with the roasted rice looking like little kernels of popcorn mixed into the tea leaves. I have even tricked a few friends into thinking those were actually popcorn.

    nomadicjess@gmail.com

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  29. tie guan yin oolong with a teaspoon of citron tea
    very refreshing and great with food.

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  30. Tea is something I have to make sure I have time to enjoy. I don't like the idea of rushing around with hot liquid in my hand, so the moment usually dictates the perfect cup. In this case, it would be a strong cup of jasmine tea. It reminds me of the first time I visited China, saw a tea plantation, and observed the art of preparing tea. People of all walks of life could be found sitting around anywhere with a glass of jasmine in hand. The loose leaves would unravel and come to life when hit with hot water. Little green tendrils dancing in the clear glass. One cup can evolve into many levels of flavour, as you continue to introduce hot water to the same loose leaves. I recommend leaving the third or fourth re-fill to chill in the fridge, creating a perfect crisp floral iced tea. So, yeah the perfect cup is the one that is able to impart a new experience with each sip!

    jessicajang@hotmail.com

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  31. One of my favourites at home on a cold day and it's not that special is just Earl Grey with a slice of lemon and a little bit of honey. Otherwise when I head to school, I sip on some loose leaves of oolong green tea while avoiding all those java-heads on my commute. =)

    k_fcong@hotmail.com

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