FREE TEA!!! Now that I’ve got your attention… (Contest)

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Who Loves Tea? I Mean Really Loves Tea!
CONTEST CLOSED – As per my comment below –

Thank you to all that entered the contest. It is now closed a all winners will be contacted by Sunday 2/24/13 best case scenario or worst case Monday 2/25/13. If I don’t receive a response from the winner in a timely manner I will move onto another person. All winners will then be posted on a seperate blog post featuring their reasons “Why” they love tea, a few of my other favorite entries, and then my reason of course. I will also announce what FREE TEA the winners have won. Again, thanks for playing and sharing all of your wonderful reasons for why you love tea thus helping me feel so much better about my tea addiction.
Who loves tea so much that they consume more tea on a daily basis than water? Dream about tea, has the desire to visit a tea growing region and has done it? Who loves tea so much they write about tea, review it, spread their love of tea to friends and family? So much so that they’d rather score their next Puerh Cake than pay their electric bill?

I LOVE tea that much! I know so many others do as well. We are tea fanatics my friends. We love tea so much we’d sell our souls for the next best tea everyones been talking about. We are the ones that raid the blogs, the stores, and the websites for news about new and exciting tea and we don’t stop there. We collect tea accessories, tea art, tea books, and more.

It’s you I want to hear from.

I make new excuses for my daily obsession, do you? I create new justification to keep consuming and acquiring more, do you? I will always be reaching for my next cup as I am sure you be will too.

What I want to know is why? Not when you started drinking tea, or an inspirational story about the first cup you ever had. No, I want to know “WHY” are you still drinking tea and haven’t stopped? Why are you addicted to tea like a gamer is to his console, and a techie to his gadgets?

Contest Details:
Comment in this post “Why” you are addicted to tea. Give me your best excuses and be honest. Three random winners will be announced a few days following the close of the contest on 2/22/2013. Those winners will be sent FREE TEA!!! YES, your next score of those sultry intoxicating leaves to create the elixir you can’t get enough of. Lets get started but follow the rules, or no tea for you

Required: Comment on this blog post the reason “why” you can’t stop drinking tea. Be sure to leave an E-Mail address or I won’t be able to contact you if you win.

Bonus Entires (Totally not required but would be awesome if you did):
Plus you get an additional entry for each that complete for a maximum of 6 entires including your required comment. Don’t forget to leave a note within your comment on my post saying you followed and/or subscribed and include your name/handle or I may not know it and you won’t get credit. Don’t want that to happen.
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I know this seems like a lot but just think…FREE TEA!!! Remember you’ll do anything for tea. Lets face it so would I. Plus, I’d love to get famous for writing about it too and I need you my fellow tea fanatics to help me out. Remember we tea folks stick together.

Contest Ends: Friday 2/22/2013 Lets get commenting! Open to everyone, so not limited to just the US. Good Luck!

  50 comments for “FREE TEA!!! Now that I’ve got your attention… (Contest)

  1. C
    15 Feb ’13 at 6:44 pm

    I love drinking tea because it adds a bit of a variety to my day. With a couple hundred samples of different teas in my stash, it’s nice to have plenty of options. It’s one of the FUN decisions! Much better than choosing between boring coffees or a couple of boring choices of brand name sodas. Tea is also very calming.

    thanks for the chance to enter! I’d appreciate some new teas to try!

  2. Azzrian
    15 Feb ’13 at 6:50 pm

    Why? Because tea has more diversity than any other drink in the world. It is good hot, or cold, with sugar, or without, cream, milk, even flavored creamers. You can even make lattes with it! Tea is healing, calming, soothing, exciting, refreshing, and there are more types of teas to enjoy than one could imagine!
    Depending on the type of tea I can ease tension, become more alert, or relax. Tea really reflects and effects the mood of the person sipping it.
    Why Tea? Because there is much to learn from tea, from geography, culture, history, and even different methods of preparation!
    Tea is far less expensive per cup than any other beverage as well. Honestly tea needs no justification when you consider some are only cents per cup!
    I love tea.

  3. 15 Feb ’13 at 8:18 pm

    Early on, I got addicted to tea for its price and health reasons – I get lots of steepings, plus a non calorie, good tasting drink!

    Why my addiction has continued is that I began to love the variety tea offers – lots of great sellers, creative tea blends, so many different kinds of tea, and how I could steep a cup into something new each time.
    Also, as an artist, I love admiring how pretty tea is in its dry leaf and how it changes as it steeps with the colours that appear in the tea. I could stare at that light pu’erh colour forever.

    I retweeted and shared this contest thread

  4. KS
    15 Feb ’13 at 8:22 pm

    I am amazed that the leaf of one plant can produce a seemingly endless variety of tastes. The art of tea growing, and blending blows me away. I love it because it can be in your face or extremely subtle. I love it for its depth and complexity. I love it because some how it fits whether I want to sit and ponder or run and gulp. I love it for the history and culture. I love it because I am always learning something new. Mostly, I love it simply because it tastes so good.

  5. KiwiDelight
    15 Feb ’13 at 8:38 pm

    (I signed up for the newsletter!)

    I started to truly love tea because of the taste and the aestheticism attached to it (thanks to matcha and the Japanese tea ceremony!). When I first read about tea, I discovered that it is a huge part of so many cultures, that it has a long, rich history, and that the cultivation and production processes are incredibly complex. Thereafter, tea became my passion! It’s mind-blowing to think that tea has become so influential, so philosophical. That we have spent all of this time trying to perfect the taste, that so much can be achieved by drinking one cup.

  6. Stephanie
    15 Feb ’13 at 8:44 pm

    I am addicted to tea because there are SO MANY different kinds to try and I want to try them all!!!

  7. Crystal Rodriguez
    15 Feb ’13 at 9:11 pm

    You ask why I would want to win free tea!!! Well let me tell you ! If I won free tea it would give me the love to overcome all obstacles , the strength to overcome my enemies and the would restore my faith in humanity! All the things a lonely lady in a house full of coffee drinkers could ever aspire to have! Why, i would be so grateful for free tea…I just wouldn’t be able to contain my excitement !!!!!!

  8. notesontea
    15 Feb ’13 at 10:42 pm

    I still drink because of my favorites and all the tea out there I yet to drink. Plus the tea community is a nice one!
    (p.s. following @notesontea)

  9. Shadowfall
    16 Feb ’13 at 1:18 am

    I’m addicted because it’s so much better tasting than coffee (For me at least). Not to mention there’s so many different varieties, and things you can add, and combinations to mix. It’s a nearly unlimited number of different experiences to try. So I’ll never get bored of drinking it. The health benefits are also a plus. And it reminds me of my Mom and how we’re always sampling and trading tea with each other.
    And the fact that it’s so darn tasty. Lol.

  10. 16 Feb ’13 at 3:50 am

    I’m not entering the contest, but I love looking at all the answers. Fun question Rachel. As to why we’re still drinking and haven’t stopped? We’re alive and kicking, right? Best reason there is to go on sipping.

  11. 16 Feb ’13 at 4:25 am

    That’s it. ‘Creamer’ has been mentioned.
    Rachael, you are going to have to cancel the competition. In fact “flavored creamer”, which seems to suggest that this revolting product also comes in no doubt artificial flavours”.
    I can’t stop drinking tea because I’ve stopped drinking practically everything else. Coffee, hot chocolate – why waste the opportunity to drink tea? Cordial: why, when you can have iced tea? Soft Drink (soda) why drink some crappy cola when I can make a syrup out of tea and sugar and carbonate it with my soda stream.
    And as for water, who in their right mind drinks that? It’s basically unflavoured tea.
    There’s a tea for every occasion. EVERY ONE.
    I guess I’m going to tweet this too. And G+ . In my own way!

  12. thomas
    16 Feb ’13 at 8:29 am

    I drink tea because I Love it and I think it is beautiful, I can’t stop drinking it because I don’t want to, I don’t want to stop because I’m addicted, I’m addicted because again I Love it and it is beautiful to me. thats all I got

  13. yogru
    16 Feb ’13 at 9:10 am

    I’ve always hated the taste of coffee and never drank it. I’ve given up sodas and don’t drink milk. I had basically been drinking water and juicing for “drinks” in my life. When I found tea…then started exploring the many varieties and blends…WOW, a whole new world opened.
    I thought for a while I was just in the “new” phase of it and I’d eventually settle down to a cup of so a day. But it has instead become an addiction. My “tea shelf” turned into my “tea shelves” and then into my “tea cupboards and counter”. Over half my dirty dishes now are tea cups when I wash. I don’t really see an end in sight…and the worst part is I don’t WANT to see an end in sight anymore. It sort of sucks you in. I imagine it’s something like a drug addict might feel. To give you an idea, it’s currently 1:06am. I’ve been up all night drinking tea and searching tea sites and am now writing on a tea blog. This isn’t abnormal behavior for me these days.

    It went from a drink, to a hobby, to an obsessive passion for me. I’m just thankful there are a few others on the internet I can relate with so I don’t feel so odd about it.

  14. Cody
    16 Feb ’13 at 6:08 pm

    I drive my wife nuts with the sheer amount of tea I have. Tea bags, loose leaf, cast iron brewing tea pot, 2 tea sets and countless individual tea cups. I love the taste of it, the healthy qualities it has, and conversation it causes. I’m always looking for new teas and getting my hands on teas. I even went so far as to buy a tea plant that was from/like tea plants that are grown in the northern most regio in the world, Sochi, Russia. Just so I can begin to grow, harvest, and dry my own tea in a year or so. (With plans to buy more plants lol) I just love tea and the many varieties of it. I even got my little brother addicted to tea! Tea is just something that helps me relax, focus, encourage conversation, pretty much whatever mood I am in to be honest!

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  15. HisProperTea
    16 Feb ’13 at 6:38 pm

    A good cup of tea is a thing of beauty to be enjoyed with abandon and sheer joy.
    A middling to mediocre cup of tea is easily doctored (sugar, cream) and drunk while channel-cruising the tv, chasing children, or giggling with a close friend over squirreled away treats in the middle of your sleeping house about “acting like naughty twelve year olds” between startled jumps from the horror movie you’re both watching.
    A GREAT cup of tea can be as good as a sensuous, all-engulfing session with your partner – but it’s safe and legal to do in the middle of a restaurant! (Having him stare back at you with the same glassy-eyed face of one gone brainless from pleasure.. that’s the moment of “I knew we were soulmates.”)


    Because you can stare into a single kaleidoscope for a full day and never see the same pattern twice.
    Because something as simple as changing the shape or material of the pot and cup shifts the kaleidoscope of flavors to a subtly but entirely new – experience.

    Because I can.. Taste. So. Much.

    ..and all it takes is waking up a cluster of leaves gone to sleep.

    I’ve also followed on Twitter (The American Gothic/TAGchirp), Facebook (Strange Angel), and signed up for your newsletter (Kat Mayfair)! 🙂

  16. Jenn
    16 Feb ’13 at 6:51 pm

    Why can’t I stop drinking tea? I’ve been drinking tea since I was little. I loved Hong Kong Milky tea. Then flowery ones like jasmine. Then chai. It’s just a hot comforting drink. I need this daily comfort. It also provides variety in my mostly office job life. It stimulates me mentally as I take pleasure in analyzing the flavors and textures, figuring out how the region, altitude, processing style affects flavors. Tea is wonderfully diverse, engaging and comforting.

  17. janita
    16 Feb ’13 at 8:18 pm

    I love that relaxed yet alert feeling that a nice cup of tea will give you nothing better!

  18. 16 Feb ’13 at 11:23 pm

    I drink tea for many reasons, but mostly for the ritual. I can stop my hectic day for a few minutes to steep and enjoy. It gives me time to reflect. I also need to caffeine in the morning! I also love trying new teas from around the world!

  19. 17 Feb ’13 at 12:55 am

    I love tea because it adds a little bright spot to every day! No matter how down I’m feeling, a cup of tea always cheers me up… especially trying out a new kind, which is why I order so much! I can never look at a really interesting blend and say “no, I don’t need that.” I always have to have it!

    I also am a tea addict because of the community. I have met some amazing people via tea, and made real-life friendships even closer by sharing the magical world of tea. All things considered tea drinking is a relatively low-budget hobby that brings me happiness, health, and new friends!

    (I also followed you on Twitter as Alphakitty27, FB as Leah Bayer, and subscribed to your mailing list! Thanks for offering this contest~)

  20. 17 Feb ’13 at 2:37 am

    I started drinking tea with my grandma when I was a little girl. Sweet Iced Tea was one of her best recipes. I always picked out a different herbal tea bag and added a splash of lemon. Then my grandma and I would enjoy time talking at the table or sitting outside on the patio. I cherish those memories. I have continued to drink tea because it tastes good, there is countless variety and it makes me feel healthy and happy. I think I’m addicted to it. I always buy it, can’t stop thinking about it. I recently was given loose leaf tea from Teavana as a gift and now I can’t stay away from the new variety in my life. I am loving loose leaf tea and wonder how I could have been missing out all these years. My favorite way to enjoy a cup of tea is with a really good book.

    I am following you on Pinterest

    my email is booksnobsblog at gmail dot com

  21. 17 Feb ’13 at 3:20 pm

    I cannot live without the wonder of tea! I have been drinking it since I was little thanks to my English father and Southern mother…lots of hot and iced sweet tea for me! I love it so because it is so diverse and each new type I try brings a wealth of flavor and in many cases rich history. I tend to research each new type to get the full experience too ^_^

    I also followed you on Facebook, Pinterest (azhuresjewels) and your newsletter

  22. 18 Feb ’13 at 2:55 pm

    I still drink tea to this day for several reasons:

    There’s always a new blend or new take on an old favorite coming out it seems by the day!

    For me making a cup of tea is a relaxing ritual no matter when I’m making the cup or pot of tea.

    I like sharing tea with my friends…some of the best conversations I’ve had started over a cup of tea.

    Last but not least it is fine stuff!

  23. 18 Feb ’13 at 2:56 pm

    Oh and I follow you on all social media. 🙂

  24. Michael
    18 Feb ’13 at 9:18 pm

    I drink tea every day because it calms me down. Not just sipping hot tea, but the act of brewing it at well. Coffee has too much caffeine for me, but tea has just enough to enhance my focus without making me jittery. Aside from that, I really just can’t get enough of all the different flavors and variations available. I’m always finding a new tea to try!
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  25. Charisma
    18 Feb ’13 at 10:55 pm

    I love tea because it is a daily habit. I always drank bagged teas, but my obsession didn’t start until the year I went on a volunteer trip in Africa. Over there, people drank tea daily and even 2+ a day. Once I got back home, I wanted to find that tea and wanted to try other teas as well. Now I am addicted to tea and trying new teas and flavors.

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  26. yssah
    19 Feb ’13 at 3:37 am

    why do i love thee? 3 whys: the feeling that i get when you are near, warming me and making me sigh in satisfaction

    the flavor that delights my tastebuds!

    the sweet, enticing aroma. need i say more?

    gettin in all social media for full points, Rachel…and thanks! this was fun 🙂

  27. incendiare
    19 Feb ’13 at 4:39 am

    Why am I such a hopeless addict? Because tea adds variety to my life. Amongst the stress, I can take a minute or two to breathe, choose a new tea, and enjoy. The health benefits alone is another reason why I justify continuing to drink it. Drinking tea makes me feel great, physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

    I’ve followed you on Twitter under the same name and on FB (Janelle S).

    Thanks and good luck to everyone!

  28. Crystal Rodriguez
    19 Feb ’13 at 5:01 pm

    Im posting this again, in hopes of bettering my odd of winning cause Im desperate !! Yes Im desperate !!
    :You ask why I would want to win free tea!!! Well let me tell you ! If I won free tea it would give me the love to overcome all obstacles , the strength to overcome my enemies and it would restore my faith in humanity! All the things a lonely lady in a house full of coffee drinkers could ever aspire to have! Why, i would be so grateful for free tea…I just wouldn’t be able to contain my excitement !!!!!!

  29. 21 Feb ’13 at 1:22 am

    Why can’t I stop drinking it? Well, I did. And regretted it. So to avoid that feeling of regret I started again and don’t plan on stopping.

    That and I love the shock value when I tell coffee drinkers that I don’t touch coffee. Only tea for me, please.

    I follow you on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+. Everything except the newsletter.

  30. 21 Feb ’13 at 4:18 am

    The main reason why I don’t stop drinking tea is because it turns me from a radioactive hulking nightmare into a mild-mannered, spectacle wearing regular person. In other words, I do it for the good of all humanity. That is all.

  31. Jackie T
    21 Feb ’13 at 3:55 pm

    I am addicted to tea because it has gotten me through my hardest times. It has been my source of comfort and healing and has brought me to the wonderful community of Steepster!!

  32. Robyn
    21 Feb ’13 at 4:17 pm

    I think I am addicted to tea because it evokes so many good memories of drinking tea at my Great Grandma’s house, and of having tea with my family in France. Also I find it very relaxing, and when I need an energy boost it doesn’t make me jittery. It also comes is so many flavours that there is something for every mood! It creates addiction that way…

  33. Robyn
    21 Feb ’13 at 4:20 pm

    I also just followed you on pinterest, facebook, and twitter under Robyn Schwarz(-Pimer…I haven’t quite got around to changing my name on every site so it may just be Schwarz or my married name +Pimer). See above comment for why I can’t stop drinking tea…

  34. 21 Feb ’13 at 7:42 pm

    I think I am addicted because now all of my facebook posts, instagram photos and my own blog is all about tea. WhenI get to work I crave that first cup of tea….regardless of kind. But also get really excited when I have my favorite tea. Its also all I talk about with family and friends lately.

    Also very cool contest idea!!!

  35. Infusin_Susan
    21 Feb ’13 at 11:06 pm

    Tea is satisfying. It’s warm, it tastes good, and it’s one of the few things you can consume these days that isn’t bad for you — it actually has health benefits. There are so many different kinds of tea, and there’s always something new to discover or try. It’s a fun and low-maintenance hobby. And sometimes, drinking a cup of tea keeps me from stuffing myself with things I shouldn’t be eating!

  36. James Chapman
    21 Feb ’13 at 11:14 pm

    I’m addicted to tea because I have a hyper addictive personality and frankly need something to be addicted to. Its a better hobby than most others. And its delicious!

  37. James Chapman
    21 Feb ’13 at 11:16 pm

    I’m addicted to tea because I have a hyper addictive personality and frankly need something to be addicted to. Its a better hobby than most others. And its delicious!

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  38. Corinne
    22 Feb ’13 at 3:59 am

    (I already follow you on pinterest (Corinne Braun))

    I love the flavors, the subtle perk, and the warmth that it brings to my day!

  39. Sil
    22 Feb ’13 at 12:21 pm

    Tea is an addiction for me for many reasons. It’s a calming comfort when things aren’t going well. It’s daily reminder to take pleasure in life’s simple gifts. Every cup is a unique story, if you take the time to listen, and even when i’m rushed and only have time for pieces of the story, it brings a smile to my face. I take joy in the simple preparation of a cup of tea. I look forward to what has become my morning ritual. I find stability in knowing that with each morning, there will be a cup as part of my story. I love that even though i’ve tried a great many teas, i could spend my entire life and never get to the end of the list. I continue to drink tea because it makes me happy. From start to finish, even with a cup of tea that i might not love, everything about it is a smile waiting to happen.

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  40. Jessica
    22 Feb ’13 at 1:57 pm

    I started drinking tea about 3 & 1/2 years ago, and the word I typically use to describe this transition is “revolutionary.” Everything about tea is appealing to me from the comforting warmth of the mug to the soothing chilled glass. Practically every other drink has its peak yet monotonous taste, whereas tea allows the brewer to experiment for new blends as well as providing variety depending on your mood – AND the nuances of each steep make drinking tea an experience rather than a thoughtless activity. I love the ritual of making a cup by hand as well as the modern efficiency of the Breville maker. I have turned my friends onto tea and their family members as well, and perhaps more than any other, it is the true communal drink. Drinking tea has both become a necessity and a luxury in my life, and I can’t see it any other way.

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  41. 22 Feb ’13 at 4:49 pm

    I am an earnest tea drinker and I have been drinking tea for as long as I can remember. I like tea hot not cold. I prefer tea in tea bags because it is simpler/easier to make and quickly.

    For me drinking tea is equivalent to having a glass of water only it is hotly boiled with some flavoring added in; and that is why I drink tea. The body needs water to sustain and for me it is tea.

    Thank you and best in all!

  42. Josie
    22 Feb ’13 at 7:12 pm

    I LOVE tea because it’s the perfect beverage of choice for me. I have never like coffee or soda, and tea tastes so much better than just plain water. I like that it can warm me up or cool me down depending on the season. Tea can also get me going in the morning or calm me down at night before bed. It’s a great excuse to sit down and catch up with friends and family, or just have some quiet time alone. My day is not complete without tea!

  43. 23 Feb ’13 at 1:44 am

    Because I can. ♥

  44. 23 Feb ’13 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you to all that entered the contest. It is now closed a all winners will be contacted by Sunday 2/24/13 best case scenario or worst case Monday 2/25/13. If I don’t receive a response from the winner in a timely manner I will move onto another person. All winners will then be posted on a seperate blog post featuring their reasons “Why” they love tea, a few of my other favorite entries, and then my reason of course. I will also announce what FREE TEA the winners have won. Again, thanks for playing and sharing all of your wonderful reasons for why you love tea thus helping me feel so much better about my tea addiction.

  45. 24 Feb ’13 at 6:24 pm

    Winners of my contest have been notified via E-Mail. Please check your email and respond. Thank you.

  46. 26 Feb ’13 at 1:03 am

    I’ve sent out a ton of emails to those who participated in my contest. Please check your SPAM box as it appears many emails have ended up there. Thank you!

  47. 26 Feb ’13 at 1:17 am

    Wow, this contest garnered a lot of comments. I got your email thanks. Your consolation prize offering is great. Hope everyone makes use of it before it expires.

  48. Sil
    26 Feb ’13 at 1:53 am

    hmmm totally didn’t see the consolation prize that Jackie mentioned. I check my spam on a regular basis (think hourly) but didn’t see anything come from you Rachel.

  49. 26 Feb ’13 at 3:40 am

    I resent the email. Did you get it @sil

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