Saturday 16 June 2012

A Cuppa A Day

I am going coffee-free for a month. For several years, I have been more of a tea person than a coffee person, but every now and then, I get a bit too dependent on coffee for my liking. My health issues lately have been causing me to live in a state of constant exhaustion. The one coffee per day I have been allowing myself is not actually making me feel any more energetic. And I am just over it.

I have a lot of different kinds of tea in my pantry. Actually, it's not in my pantry. I have a special cupboard dedicated to my collection of teas (and one or two kinds of coffee). This cupboard is next to the one that is dedicated to displaying my collection of teapots and pretty vintage tea cups. Which is next to the one that is for regular tea cups and mugs. I planned it that way when I designed our kitchen during renovations a couple of years ago. Oh my word. I like my tea.

Lately, hubby has been teasing me about all my kinds of tea. In my defence, hubby is also a tea drinker, and enjoys a range of teas also. He thinks I am a bit over the top about tea, however. He teases me that I don't drink more than one or two kinds on a regular basis, and I'm ashamed that lately I have been a bit boring in my hot drink choices.

I have decided to mix things up a bit and enjoy at least one cup of different tea each day. I invited one of my sisters to join me in this little adventure, and to my delight, she accepted! We are not buying new kinds of tea, just using the ones that we already have between us. She usually visits once a week or once a fortnight, but during our "tea month" she will be out of town more than she is in town. So I have compiled a little list, and packed her a little tin of the tea that is already in bags. I do have a lot of loose leaf tea though, so I am thinking of trialling this cute tutorial from A Beautiful Mess blog.

Image by Elsie Larson, via A Beautiful Mess blog
I started yesterday, by drinking Strawberry, Cranberry and Raspberry herbal tea. Today was supposed to be Lemon and Ginger, but I had a hankering for Peppermint with English Toffee instead. My sister and I were going to have the same tea on the same day, but if today is anything to go by, I suspect I may not always feel like the scheduled tea for that day, so I think I'll change the rules and make it that we just pick whichever tea we feel like that day.

Do you want to join us in going coffee-free and having 'A Cuppa A Day'?

  1. You can have more than one cup of tea per day, but there needs to be at least one new tea each day.
  2. We are counting iced tea separately, so you could have a hot lemon tea one day then a cup of iced tea with lemon the next day and it will still count. 
  3. Sit down while drinking your tea. Savour it! 
  4. Sign up in the comments section, and tell me which tea you will start with! 
I intend to do a review of the month once it is done, as well as some updates in my regular posts. I hope you will join us!


  1. Well, Candy, you can only imagine how I applaud you for taking this on. There are 52 kinds of tea in ArtfulTea's inventory...and generally speaking I tend to stick to drinking about 6 of them over and over. Hmmmm...

    1. I'm curious Karen - which is your favourite??

  2. That is a great thing to do Candy,I am sure it will benefit your health. Plus there are so many lovely, health enhancing teas available.
    I do drink herbal tea and I love the whole "ritual" to making and drinking tea. Nothing will tempt me to leave the "dark side" of long black coffees though, not even for a week.
    I support you in spirit though.

    1. Thanks, Kate. I'm not missing my coffee too much yet, and thoroughly enjoying the minor excitement each day of 'what tea shall I drink today?' :)

  3. Wow Candy, it was only today that I was thinking I need to kick the coffee, and here today I find myself at your blog faced with a challenge!

    I accept :)

    1. Yay Vanessa! How are you finding it so far?

  4. Oh ive been coffee free for two weeks now – im doing the ‘Clean’ program and have another week to go – its not too bad! I still miss my coffee but it’s the milk that’s the nasty stuff! Ive been having Green smoothies instead and herbal teas for those ho-hum moments when you feel something is missing….
    Goodluck!!! You can do it!

    1. Wow, green smoothies - impressive! I'm finding I'm actually not missing the coffee much at all so far, but it's only been 5 days. There are just so many interesting tea blends to try. :) Thanks for the encouragement!

  5. Fun idea! I don't drink coffee or tea, but I still think is a great, innovative idea!


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