I am in love with David

It’s been 3 months since I fell in love.  It all happened one cold November evening when I went to the Cote Saint Luc library for an event to learn more about tea.   You see, there is a new kid in town.  His name is David and he sells tea.   A lot of tea.  Really good tea.

Before I came to know of David and his tea, I only drank it occasionally.  I always loved the idea of tea but I guess I never really truly loved the taste.   Tea is packed with a plethora of antioxidants that are good for our bodies.  But if doesn’t taste good who is going to drink it?

It turns out, as I learned that November evening, I was brewing tea all wrong.  You can’t poor boiling hot water over green tea or it will turn bitter!  The water has to cool down to approximately 80 degrees Celsius first.  The girls that gave the workshop that night explained about water temperature, brewing time and the health benefits associated with the different teas.  All of this information can be found at DAVIDsTEA.  This website has a wealth of information pertaining to a variety of tea.

The truth is, I haven’t actually met David.  But I am still in love with him anyway.  He has brought the best possible tea to the masses.  According to the website he started this business in 2008 at age 27!  He opened up his first shop in Toronto and 3 years later he has over 40 stores across Canada.  How cool is that?

Back to the tea.  What I learned that evening was fascinating.  Depending from where on the plant the tea leaves are harvested, determines taste, caffeine content, oxidation and health benefits.  For instance, white tea has less oxidation therefore its leaves are lighter in color.  White tea leaves are also harvested when they are younger from buds that are higher up on the plant.  In contrast, black tea is highly oxidized with that characteristic dark color, caffeine and  stronger flavour.  You can pour boiling water on black tea.

I tasted four different teas at the library that night.  They were all very aromatic.  They smelled divine and tasted heavenly.  I was instantly hooked.  The very next day, I headed over to David’s head office on Paré where they also have a store front.  I was not prepared for that experience.  I expected to go in and ask for 2 of the teas I had sampled the night before.  But the girl at the counter started asking me what I like.  I wasn’t sure what she meant but when I said I liked chocolate she took down a canister, opened it up and instructed me to smell.  Wow!  I had never smelled anything like it before.  It was a rooibos (red tea) blended with chocolate tea and cinnamon.  This is how you choose tea at David’s. You tell them what you like, they bring you a canister and then you smell it.  If you like the aroma chances are you will want to take some home.  That is the only danger with David. That first day I left with TEN pouches of tea.  I was back there 2 weeks later for more. The tea is sold as loose leaves.  You tell them how many grams you want and they put it in these airtight bags or canisters.  You can steep it in reusable mesh teaballs, cups or compostable tea bags (my preference).

Aside from the antioxidants, tea is beneficial because it keeps you well hydrated.  Water is very important for our health yet most people walk around dehydrated.   Even though tea has caffeine you will not get the jittery feeling that coffee gives you.  It seems that the caffeine in tea doesn’t get absorbed into the body the same way caffeine from coffee does.

I have been sharing my love for DAVIDsTEA with all of my clients, friends and family. One of my client’s has taken it a step further and is using tea to curb her appetite through behaviour modification.  She was overeating and now instead of doing that she takes a plain hot tea.  She has created a new healthy ritual!

I contacted the nice people over at DAVIDsTEA and told them how impressed I was. Guess what?  They sent me their New Years Resolution Collection to give away to you!!! All you have to do to win it, is follow me on Twitter, post a comment on this blog, a comment on my Facebook page and finally a comment on DAVIDsTEA Facebook page (if you can link Montreal Nutrition and DAVIDsTEA together on Facebook I’ll count your entry as 2!). I will randomly choose a winner on February 3rd! Good luck.

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21 thoughts on “I am in love with David

  1. Hi Caryn,

    we haven’t talked about this before – but I finally made it to Davids Tea Shop, left it loaded with tea and do nothing else but drinking it – I even skip my lunch coffee for it! I love the Vanilla Oolong the best, the smell, the taste! So thanks for introducing me to that awesome tea-shop!! And David has a great Website as well, I already made my list for the next shopping trip to his shop!

    Karen

  2. Hi Caryn, I’ve always loved tea. I’m British, can’t help it. Never was a fan of green/herbal tea’s though until my brother gave me a sample pack from The Mighty Leaf Tea Company, out of Vancouver. Superb teas. Love to try David’s though. Always willing to check out new teas :-)))

  3. Love David’s Tea! Just finished some Bear Trap tea in my Aqua Ovo mug from David’s, and feeling very relaxed. The quality of David’s tea is beyond compare! The White Tiger, Peppermint Amour, Some Velvet Morning, and Three Lemon Green are my favourites! There is a tea for any personality, mood, time, and day! I will definitely continue to be a fan of David for a very long time! 🙂 Fingers crossed for this contest!

  4. I follow you on twitter, am posting this comment, commented on your facebook page and commented on the DAVIDsTEA facebook page. Keeping my fingers crossed! This is a great giveaway!

  5. It seems I too have fallen in love with David. Our love affair started about 4 months ago. I’m a convert. Regular old bagged tea just doesn’t cut it anymore (not that it really did before). Loose tea is definitely the way to go, and David has mastered the world of teas, from the great selection and superb customer experience, he has definitely got a good thing going on.

  6. Hi Caryn,

    I too am in love with David. Sadly my tea collection is growing and busting out of the cupboard it calls home.

    Terri

  7. All great but does he have any teas that taste like coffee?
    I’ve fallen deeply in love with Mr. Coffee, guess I just play on the wrong team for you tea lovers. Is my situation genetic or can I be converted to your team?

    Hopelessly in Love with Jo

    1. Try the Coffee Pu’erh from DavidsTea… luscious mixture of rich coffee and sweet chocolaty taste. All packed up in a tea that’s good for you! 😉

  8. I am a tea-a-holic. Although my tea of choice is Earl Grey, I just discovered Teavana in the US and I bought one of their tea blends – which is super amazing!
    I just discovered David’s Teas but I have never actually ventured into the shop… But Caryn, you have made my mouth water with your description on Facebook and now I really need to try some. Can’t wait!

  9. I admit, I am hooked too. I tried to make the switch from coffee to tea last year, but the options got old fast… Orange Pekoe, Earl Grey, or Green. Needless to say, the switch didn’t last long. Then, David opened up a shop nearby, and so long, coffee! With all of these great choices, David has made sure this switch will stick.

  10. Last year I decided to quit coffee and replace it with tea. I haven’t missed coffee at all, especially when there’s DAVID’s tea and tons and tons of tea choices.
    I would love to win the DAVID’s tea prize. I’ve followed and commented twice!

  11. Can’t agree with you more. I’ve always been more of a tea drinker over a coffee drinker, but now DavidsTea has made it even feel more like a treat. I even can replace my dessert after my meals with DAVIDsTea. I feel better, and it really brings people together. Friends want to come over for tea time.
    The New Year’s Resolution package looks great 😀

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