How do you take your tea?

The Paris Way


As a student writing my thesis for a Masters in literature in Paris, I used to wake up early and start writing where I had left off the day before. Often I would spend three or four hours reading and writing before breaking for lunch.

During those intense hours of work, I began to use a cup of green tea to help me take a mid-morning break.

It took a few minutes for me to pour the water into the pot, put it on the stove to boil, pour it into the mug with the tea bag, let the tea steep as the water turned a light yellowish green, and then let the steam escape as it cooled to a comfortable temperature, before finally drinking it.

I wouldn’t take my mug back to the computer, but would stand at the window sipping on it and letting my mind gently wander…

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