Rinsing Tea Leaves

Many people believe that "rinsing" tea leaves prior to use is a good practice.  Rinsing tea leaves is the practice of pouring hot water over the tea leaves, then immediately pouring out that water and adding more hot water to actually brew the rinsed tea leaves. Some people rinse their tea leaves to reduce caffeine …

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How to Host a Tea Party

Serving tea to guests is a time-honored tradition across the world. Indeed, in some countries if you do not partake of tea offered to you by your host, it is considered a very large breach of social etiquette, such as in parts of Morocco and Ireland. However serving tea to your guests helps to ensure …

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Shelley Teacups

[Editor's note: This article has been updated for style and content accuracy.] Shelley teacups are among some of the most collectable types of china. Beautiful, surprisingly thin and yet strong translucent bone china, Shelley tea cups come in a huge variety of shapes and patterns including chintz, floral, and art deco. The most famous shape …

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Tea and Meditation

Tea has been used as a tool of meditation for centuries. Even the popular tea ceremonies of Japan and China have a meditative feel about them. One can witness for themselves the zen-like qualities which are present in a tea ceremony by watching the following video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tt7NBIVeMY However, using tea in your own meditations does …

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Russian Tea Blends

This is part two of my look into Russian tea and tea culture. Though Russia didn’t get introduced to tea until the 17th century from China, it seems that tea didn’t become very popular in Russia until the 19th century. The tisanes they drank before they were introduced to tea, was called Sbiten - a …

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Russian Tea Part I

Russia, believe it or not has been tea drinking country unique in its own respects. The Czars and upper echelon, loved their tea, and it was often had on special occasions. Their tea was also served quite strong, but with a bowl of hot water so they could dilute the tea down to their preferred …

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Fair Trade Tea

Tea, as the story goes, is the second most popular beverage in the world, after water. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that large numbers of people derive their livelihood from growing and producing it. In the past many of these people have not always been well-treated, a fact that helped …

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Fine Bone China : Humble Beginnings

Josiah Spode came from humble beginnings while growing up in England, and was at the tender age of six-years-old when he lost his father. Little Josiah watched his father being buried in a pauper’s grave; a basic burial with no frills or even a headstone, given to poor people of that era who couldn’t afford …

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Giving the Gift of Tea

In America avid tea drinkers are sometimes looked on as odd - considering the typical Americans idea of tea comes in a bag that has been sitting on a shelf for ages. But occasionally someone comes up to you asking if you could find a tea that they would enjoy. Or for a present you …

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