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While I enjoy the occasional cup of coffee, I am primarily a tea drinker. I drink green and herbal teas at work with a tea bag, but on the weekends I go nuts with my French press teapot and loose tea. Loose teas are the tea connoisseur's favorite, because they're fresher and you have more control over how strong you can make the tea. I will buy loose tea everywhere, from the cheap $3 fruity tins at Pearl River Mart to my favorite, Mariage Frères, but I'm always willing to try something new. Tribute Tea takes an Eastern approach to the art of tea-drinking, which appeals to my hippie-dippy spiritual side. They sell everything from the typical green, white, black, and oolong teas, to the more rare puerh variety, plus scented teas, herbal blends, and chai. For the novice drinker. each tea features detailed information on how to brew it; and, in case you're interested, there's information on which region each particular blend comes from. There are also all manner of teacups and teapots, plus incense and books, for the complete tea experience.

I'm particularly intrigued by the jasmine pearl tea, which is sure to provide for a nice presentation. It's a little on the pricey side, but jasmine tea is worth it.

The green apple oolong sounds like a nice blend of green tea and dried apple:

And this rosebud tea looks so elegant (unfortunately, it's not available at the moment):

For the full effect, you can serve your tee in an yixing teapot:

Tea might not pack the punch that coffee does, but I think it definitely comes with better accessories. Which is not a reason to drink tea, really, but for those who love the ritual, it makes it all the more special.

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