Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cheap Pot (the tea kind)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Who says great pot has to be expensive?
  • Who says great pot has to be expensive?
I’ve been getting into teas lately. Okay, that’s dorky and not true, but my one real New Year’s resolution was to finally kick diet soft drinks, and to help manage the cravings I’ve been experimenting. At this point in the process it’s truer and probably healthier for me to say something like, “I’m getting out of artificially sweetened crap-waters,” but that's all beside the real point which is, with the purchase of this mildly modern, super cheap ES tea pot from Viet Hoa on Cleveland, I'm moving my tea-lationship to the next level.

When I started subbing tea for soda I made a mental note to buy a nice tea pot and turn the whole tea-making process into as ridiculously elaborate a ritual as possible. The goal: to beat back convenience with a heady mix of tradition and science, to make everything about tea the opposite of dropping a couple of grubby quarters into a vending machine. Nuking office-water in a chipped, constantly moldy “Treasure of the Incas” commemorative mug just wasn’t going to get this job done.

There was one flaw with my master plan though. I could find tea pots that I liked and tea pots I could afford, but these sets never crossed over. Then, as if on cue, the ES appears like a vision among the hot pots and rice cookers, and for less than the price of two El Biggos at Starbucks, I have everything I need to tide me over until I'm ready, once again, to level up.

Yes, I know hardcore tea enthusiasts will mock my new pot’s metal mesh strainer basket because it leaves a funny taste in the brew. This isn’t something someone who’s spent 30 years sucking chemically enhanced bilge from an aluminum can really notices. What I do notice is that there’s more flavor in a 6 oz mash-up of black tea and Bergamot oranges than there is in an entire 12-pack of sugar- free cola.

I still want to invest in a nice piece of practical art some day. But I like my Cleveland pot a lot. It set me back all of $8.99; a bargain, like so many things at the always interesting, and interesting-smelling Viet Hoa.

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