As promised from my last email, I spent 4 days drinking just ONE tea, no other teas allowed.
And you know what was even better? A whole bunch of you guys tried it out too!
(Congrats, challenge finishers!!)
This method, which we called the one tea focus method, is designed to really push your relationship with a tea to the limits.
No safety nets here.
You see, most teas are pretty good in passing. Even Lipton teabags can be pretty bearable when you have them just once in a while at Aunt Margot’s house. It takes a lot for just ONE cup of tea to be offensive.
And if it’s that disappointing we can always run back to the safety of our tea collection, no problem. Just move on to the next tea!
Once you strip away the crutch of novelty though, that’s when things get interesting.
Like people, there are:
- teas that are nice enough (“cool, let’s hang out sometime”)
- teas that are incredible (“wow, I could just listen to you talk forever!”), and
- teas that seem nice at first but actually, you’re OK not really seeing them again (“well, it was nice meeting you…”).
And just like with people, it’s impossible to tell which teas are which when they’re all jumbled up together.
When we drink a whole bunch of teas in one sitting, it’s like they’re all talking at the same time. You can’t tell exactly who is wearing that hideous cologne, and who you’re actually having a good time with.
This is where drinking just one tea for three days can help. Kinda like getting stuck in an elevator with someone, you get the full picture: the good, the bad, and the ugly, not just the face they put on for the party.
And you’ll understand exactly how you and that tea relate, whether it makes you feel relaxed, anxious, pumped up, or nothing at all.
This is important because while it’s good to have lots of friends, it’s good to know which teas have your back when things are tough.
The teas you could be stuck with for days and not be bored of. The ones that don’t require you to be in a perfect place to brew them well. The unconditional ones — and objectively, the ones you would feel absolutely confident investing hundreds of dollars in, because you just know.
That’s what the one tea focus method can help us do.
You’ll get better at separating the “nice enough” and the “put a ring on it, ok?”, and isn’t it nice to be confident about what you like?
If you’re curious about the processes underlying this method and would like to learn more, I really recommend joining me and our friend, pu’erh specialist Jeffrey McIntosh (who introduced the “three day rule” to me in the first place!”) Saturday June 6, at 1 PM PST on Instagram Live.
We’ll talk about the practical roots of the method and how Jeffrey developed it in the first place, and also about how tea can affect us physically and mentally over time.
We had Jeffrey on for our pu’erh interviews but again, this method was SO impactful to me that I just want to dig deep into it and learn more from him ASAP. I invite you to do the same and share your experiences.
I only wish I tried it sooner!
P.S. Can’t make the live? Subscribe to the Tea Curious YouTube channel to catch the replay.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about the tea I wanted to put a ring on after so many days together, it was Denong’s 2019 Jade Leaves Sheng, which is just incredible for the price (and also the first sheng pu’erh that Steven fell in love with!) As always, no sponsorships or tea commissions here: we just freaking love this stuff and if you’re in the market for a cake you can’t go wrong with this one.