08 September 2009

a moment of peace

The expression I've heard goes something like this: "Coffee turns your eyes outward; tea makes you look inward."

This is a Japanese saying, so perhaps this is specifically about green tea and not just any teas. In any case, I take this to mean that while coffee stimulates, tea calms down.

I got this special Japanese green tea from Cha Yuan. It is of very high quality; in fact, it's a much nicer tea than I'm used to drinking. It was definitely a splurge.

Of course, brewing and drinking tea should be a calming and luxurious experience even if it's not a really expensive tea. That's why I like my tea in the afternoon when I'm home alone. I don't want to be rushed. I don't even want to be interrupted.

Each and every sip should be like consuming the essence of peace. Inhale, and look inward. Now that E is in school, I can do that more often.


J. et K. said...

I love that expression. I do find that I drink coffee when I need to accelerate and tea to slow down.

cocopuff1212 said...


Another expression I've heard is that coffee works on your brain, tea on your heart. What do you think?