Peppermint Tea

by Lisa Richardson [reposted from our sister blog] Peppermint tea is a refreshing drink that many tea lovers adore. It is made a variety of ways, including from peppermint leaves or from blending peppermint with traditional tea blends. Sometimes, spearmint is also used, giving a different minty taste to the tea. Peppermint tea is sometimes just …

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Matcha: The Heart of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

In 1168, a Buddhist priest named Myōan Eisai became disillusioned with the state of Buddhism in his homeland, modern-day Okayama, Japan, and set out in search of Mt. Tiantai, China, which was the birthplace of his religious sect. It would be the first of two visits that Eisai would make to Mt. Tiantai, and when …

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What’s All the Fuss? Part II

By Stephanie Hanson To pick up where we left off, in 1773, the Americans had become “frenetic tea drinkers.” They were also extremely independently-minded after having been largely left to their own devices since the arrival of the first settlers nearly two centuries earlier. They considered themselves British citizens, but had enjoyed a very low …

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