The Tea Sandwich

As you are enjoying your afternoon cup of tea, you may be contentedly munching on a tea sandwich. This tradition began, as you might imagine, in Britain. Credited to an inventive British Duchess who found a genteel way to enjoy an afternoon snack, the tea sandwich comes in a variety of trappings, but there are …

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Tea and Exercise

By William I. Lengeman III The next time you’re exercising and you’re ready to reach for one of those sports drinks, you might want to think twice. There’s evidence that indicates that tea helps boost exercise performance and may even help us burn fat while exercising. A study done in Brazil found that green tea …

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Sugar Cubes

The story of the sugar cube is a bit of a love story. It began in 1843 in Dacice, Moravia, which is now the Czech Republic, when Juliana was preparing to have some of her friends over for a friendly, gathering. At this time, sugar refineries did not yet produce granulated sugar. Sugar was produced …

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Yellow Tea

by William I. Lengeman III Yellow tea? Really? One could safely say, for all intents and purposes, that there are five major categories of tea that are manufactured from the Camellia sinensis plant. Black and green tea are probably the best-known of these and the most popular. But oolong, white and puerh varieties have all …

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Tea — The Affordable Indulgence

Living the tea life can get a bit costly. (Have you shopped for fine teas lately?) On top of that, the economy is tough. Lots of people have either had their work hours (and pay) scaled back or were let go altogether. Time to economize and trim something from your budget. But what? If you’re …

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Tea Sommelier

by William I. Lengeman III The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines sommelier as "a waiter in a restaurant who has charge of wines and their service" or "a wine steward." Though this definition doesn't really leave any room for us to apply the word to tea culture, a number of tea experts have gone ahead and …

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Christmas Tea Guide

If you're anything like me, you know there are tons of Christmas teas out there. If you're even more like me, you know very little about what each tea tastes like and often struggle when picking one. So, with the holiday season right around the corner, I've put together a brief listing of a variety …

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Lu Yu and The Classic of Tea

As premium tea has experienced something of a resurgence in popularity in recent years, there has also been a corresponding increase in books on related topics. None of which is anything new, really. One of the first writers to expound upon the various fine points of tea and tea culture wielded his pen about 1,200 …

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Tea Chest – The Perfect Christmas Gift

Last year for Christmas I was thoroughly surprised by the gift I received from my eighteen year old brother, Sage. He gave to me a thoughtful gift which, to this day, I adore - a tea chest! Though I'm not sure he realized just how much I'd like the gift, it truly was the perfect …

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Tea Moments — Doing Laundry

By A.C. Cargill Much is said about “comfort food” such as macaroni and cheese, muffins, or chicken soup (all enjoyed with a piping hot cup of fresh-brewed tea, of course), but I have a theory that there are also “comfort areas” to nestle in and feel at peace. As one who lives the tea life, …

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