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My Morning Cup of Tea: Guest Blogger

Have you ever wondered what you would eat for your last meal? Melanie Dunea has. When she’s not interviewing people for her blog My Last Supper, she spends her time as a freelance portrait photographer and casual instagramer. And this week, Melanie is sharing her favorite beauty, food, and photography tips on the Birchbox blog. 


The first thing I do each morning is brew myself a piping hot cup of tea. It doesn’t matter where in the world I am: A day that starts without tea is doomed.

I don’t use any old tea because I prefer Tetley’s, which comes in a nice round pod and is available at any local grocery story in England. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with U.S. manufactured Twinings or Harneys. But, to me, English tea just tastes better and stronger. I’m not a purist by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t bless my pot with a drop of hot water, and I use quite a lot of milk, which many deem a sin. Once in a while, I’ll go to the fuss of tealeaves, but usually only when I have a discerning or highfalutin visitor.

My morning tea is really the only ritual I follow. With each sip, my spirit and soul are calmed. It might be the only moment of the day when I’m not multi-tasking.


When I interviewed the Chef Patrick O’Connell about his last meal for my book My Last Supper, the Next Course he told me he would skip food and “just have tea.”

“…I would prefer to sip a meditative cup of aromatic white tea while reflecting on some of the more exquisite and memorable food experiences of my life — there have been many. It makes me feel that everything is going to be okay. Tea always seems to clear my mind, calming and energizing me at the same time.”

Oui, Chef. I agree.

We love a good cup of tea as well. Learn how to brew the perfect cup here.

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    You bother to say Tetley’s tea is your favorite over Twinning or Harney? Because their english tea is “stronger”. OH...
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