Tea for Two: Featured Community Member Jess Humble

Tea for Two: Featured Community Member Jess Humble

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Name: Jess Humble

Where do you live? Monroe, Louisiana
What’s your favorite Plum Deluxe blend, and why?

This is a tough one! But if I really had to pick one, I think I'd pick the House Blend Black Tea. I typically tend to choose tea that has fruit in it, but this is hands down the best black tea I've ever had. The flavor is strong yet so very smooth. It just makes me close my eyes and sigh just thinking about it! This is truly the best tea I've tried yet!

Do you have a tea-time recipe you can share with us?

Crockpot Apple Butter

  • 1 dozen apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Set in the crockpot on low and leave overnight.
You can eat it as is or blend it for a smooth apple butter. Pairs perfectly on homemade bread with a nice cuppa!

Tell us a story about a special piece of tea ware.
I have a small collection of tea cups and saucers that were passed down to me from my great grandmother. She gave them to me before I had an appreciation for tea, and they are even more treasured now that I appreciate tea! I've packed them away safely for now, as I have a toddler who likes to get into things, but when she gets older, I'll give her a proper tea party using this special tea ware.

Share a special tea memory or moment you’ve had.
I can't say I have one particular moment that comes to mind. I just have many treasured memories of warm, heartfelt conversations while sharing a cup of tea. I love how it unites people and creates a safe haven.

What is the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you?
I was in the midst of a challenging season a few years ago, and while ringing up my purchase in a bookstore, the cashier, without me saying anything besides good afternoon, encouraged me and told me things would get better. It was a very simple thing really, nothing extraordinary, but it was very touching. Its the perfect reminder that regardless of what happens in the world, there are still so many good, kind hearted people out there.

Ciaran Keast

Ciaran Keast loves art, semicolons, books, cats -- and all the tea, ever. When they're not posting tea photos on social media, you'll catch them at almost every Plum Deluxe event.
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