Tea shops are a rarity but is this soon to change?
I woke up last Saturday at 7:30 with a fresh mind ready for my morning park run. Kettle on! Free runs on and out the door!
When I made my arrival, I lined up to the start line and then 3, 2, 1, BOOOM! we were off!
It was a very muggy day. The humidity worked up a sweat within the first few minutes but I stayed focussed and remembered what I learnt from a recent running book I read.
I perfected my stride like a Tarahumara tribesman and crossed the finish line in 5th place. Being in the top 10 for an early morning kick off is always a positive way to start the day.
My little tea discovery
To get to my local park I need to pass through the town and then back again on the way home. After such an intense run my tongue was dryer then old rustic sandpaper. I needed a drink desperately so I took a random turn into a local cafe and oh my I think I may have hit gold!
There was a selection of tea on the menu. It wasn’t the most extensive menu but better then anywhere else. Excited by this discovery it would now have to be my very own little local tea shop.
I was very content as I could now have a cup of Rooibos which is my favourite tea and a cheese toastie 😛
I just chilled and in some weird way it restored a little faith in what shops could offer as part of their tea selection. Even if it was just adding a few out of the ordinary teas.
The rise of the tea shops
If you want to feel merry or drown your sorrows after a bad day in the office the UK has a huge choice of fine pubs. If you want to meet-up with a friend you have coffee shops. But this raises the question – where are all the tea shops?
It can be a hard task finding a tea shop though it can actually also be a rewarding one. Just because we are thirsty tea drinkers in the UK and love our tea with milk there is also some fierce competition with coffee. I believe that over 80% of the world’s instant coffee is exported to the UK.
Despite the competition between tea and coffee I do expect to see a rise in the number of tea shops.
I would never advocate tea as a diet substitute but the way trends are going the health conscious are on the outlook for the next big superfood. Tea does have a miraculous amount of health benefits so expect there to be an outcry for Matcha due to it’s potent antioxidants. Teas like Matcha are becoming more & more celebrity endorsed on reality TV shows and if this continues we could see a few new tea shops opening in the near future.
Tea shops are a place of solitude
I have without fail been able to relax quietly and enjoy my cup of bliss in any tea shop I have visited. Tea shops are a place to socialise and is like a meditative retreat to quieten down the mind. The more life expects from you, the more we want to resist and find a few brief moments for some alone time. Tea is very good at helping you to quietly reminisce and think about the good times.
The key to a happy life is to take things slow and steady. Remember that!
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