Raiding local trees and throwing their leaves in boiling water cuts down on aphid infestations, but it won't make a good cup of tea. Enjoy leaf-water made from ingestion-appropriate plants with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of tea from the Urban Cup Cafe Tea Company's online shop.
Urban Cup Cafe’s online store delivers a vast and varied assortment of international teas to customers’ front doors for their pekoe-brewing pleasure. Tea selection is seasonal, and leaves are sourced directly to ensure freshness and prevent harbor hijackings by angry Bostonians. Urban Cup offers numerous blends of black teas, including classic English breakfast ($7) and Irish breakfast ($7.50), a robust accompaniment to a traditional morning repast of shamrock-and-kidney pie. Green teas are lighter and more relaxing, with blends such as the color-blind ruby green ($8.50), which combines green tea leaves with hibiscus and safflowers. The Hansel & Gretel blend ($11), meanwhile, packs enough rejuvenating energy and antioxidants to make up for a diet rich in gingerbread awnings.
Red tea, or rooibos, contains all the rich flavor of a regular tea but without the caffeine buzz, and white and yellow teas will satisfy a more delicate palate. Teetotaling tea toters can enjoy a piece of the nightlife scene with wine-inspired teas ($18) such as white champagne raspberry or Sicilian Vespers, a contemplative bouquet of white tea, osmanthus flowers, royal chrysanthemum petals, and cabernet flavoring. After making use of the website's brewing tips for each tea category, sated sippers shouldn’t forget to read their futures in the cup’s dregs to predict the possibility of an early spring and the ages of Donald Trump’s next three wives.