I’ve been in Rome a few weeks now and have come to a startling revelation – this is not a tea town. It’s a coffee town through and through. Which I can appreciate – I enjoy my espresso every morning. It’s just what I need to get me going.
But right now I need tea. Like a warm and soothing and good-for-helping-a-sore-throat kind of tea. Because my throat is scratchy and a wee bit sore. The good news is that they do offer tea at the hotel I’m staying at. You get hot water from the same machine as the espresso (sometimes with a little bit of milk accidentally added in – which can be perfect!). Then you choose from about five varieties…Twinings English Breakfast Tea, Twinings Earl Grey, a chamomile blend, a black tea, and Twinings Green tea with mint.
I chose Green Tea with Mint this morning in the hopes of it helping my throat – and it did! It was delicious! I really had no way to control the temperature of the water other than letting it sit. It seemed pretty hot – but I added the tea bag right away and had no bitter taste. It seemed perfectly brewed. The gentle mint with the earthy greenness of the green tea works really well together. I wish I could get my hands on some now! Even though it’s about 80 degrees right now outside, I think I’d still enjoy it due to the refreshing taste of mint.
I let it brew for about three or four minutes then used a nifty trick a friend showed me (you’ve probably already figured this out). You take your spoon, put the tea bag in it, and then wrap the string around it to wring out some of the water. It saves your fingers from burning.
When I get home, I’m getting a box of this to keep in my tea basket.
Till next time,
P.S. I’m looking for places that sell tea, or a coffee shop that has a good selection. So far all I have come across in my meanderings is two tea rooms that look a bit pricey. We’ll see if I can splurge