I am quite passionate about tea and because i hugely enjoy both drinking it and talking about it i have "sat down" together with some lovely tea drinking ladies and asked them a few questions about their relationship with tea.
This time it is sweet Sonya and i who are having our tea-time together.
V: I already know that you are a coffee lover who also enjoys a cup of tea, i am curious to get to hear about how long you have been drinking tea? And what about coffee?
S: First, thank you for inviting me to do your tea conversation. I was so happy to be on your blog. I started drinking tea when I was in primary school. We would have cups of tea with toast, or chamomile tea to sooth a sore tummy ache, or for a sore throat with honey. I started drinking coffee in high school. Especially when a new girl that lived over the fence read coffee cups. Turkish coffee, (the type you boil on the stove top and it leaves a lot of coffee ground in your cup) so I drank a lot so she could tell me about the future with my latest crush.
V: You are from Melbourne and i actually know very little about the tea traditions in your country. Can you share a bit about that with us?S: Tea is big in Australia, people will always offer you a 'cuppa' (a cup of tea). People will always ask if you would like a tea or coffee and put some biscuits out too. There is a huge selection of tea, there are many tea shops and lots of people sell and make there own blends. There is so much to choose from in the supermarket too.
V: What are your favourite tea(s)?
S. Lady grey, I love the orangey/flowery flavour. I also like english breakfast with a touch of milk. I love chai, especially Otway chai, an organic homemade brew, in Victoria.
V: Do you prefer loose tea or tea bags?
S: In a quiet and not so busy life, I would prefer loose tea. It is almost a ceremony, a time to sit down and relax, or catch up with a dear friend, but everyday it would have to be tea bags.
V: When in the day, and also why, do you mostly chose a cup of tea instead of coffee?
S: I would choose tea over coffee in the late afternoon, because I drink herbal tea to wind down.
V: Do a lot of your friends and family drink tea?
S: My family (traditionally, my parents are from Macedonian) are coffee drinkers, turkish coffee. A lot of my friends do drink tea.
V: Does your drinking of tea depend upon which season it is? Are there a specific season that you drink more tea?
S: I enjoy tea more in the winter, to warm up. It is a comforting drink, a drink that almost feels like a tonic/cure for anything you are lacking at the time. It can help with moods, it can enhance your food, it can soothe an ailment. It is almost like a little cup of magic.
V: Do you drink iced tea too or only warm?
S: I love iced tea, it is so refreshing and light.
V: Do you have any favourite cups or mugs?
S: I like big cups for herbal tea, special cup and saucer when I have a friend over with a pot of tea. Thank you again.