Cappuccinos are commonplace, but new gourmands get their caffeine fix from tea. After falling out of favor during the Revolutionary War, tea is experiencing a comeback in the US; sales have tripled since 1990 and gourmet tea can cost thousands per pound. Portfolio pours a cupful of tips for would-be drinkers:
- Beware the bag: Bagged teas are usually considered lower-quality.
- White never goes out of style: The inside of your cup should be white so you can assess the tea's color, an indicator it's been properly steeped.
- Drink it straight: Adding milk and sugar to specialty teas is a no-no. You want to taste the tea itself.
- Brew it right: Start by heating the water, hardly the no-brainer it sounds; use boiling for black tea, but not for green or white.
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