Lapsang Souchong and “Fahrenheit 451″

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which books burn. In Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag is a fireman whose job it is to burn those offensive and illegal items. Fahrenheit 212 is the temperature at which water boils. Pour that over some leaves of Lapsang Souchang tea, and you’ve got the perfect complement …

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Porcelain vs. Silver Teapots

Porcelain and silver, or silver plated, are both traditional teapots in England. One should note that these teapots are not designed for direct heat, due to the possibility of melting or cracking. But what are the pros and cons of these two types of teapots? Silver is a precious metal, and as such tends to …

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Observations of a Tea Drinker: Lizard on a Rock

By A.C. Cargill Our vacation last year was spent driving in a big loop from our home on the East Coast to visit friends in several states and then back here again. Tucson, Arizona, was one of our stops (it was a big loop). We visited friends and dined with them at the Tohono Chul …

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Bevy of Teapots

Every self-respecting tea drinker knows the essentials of their tea arsenal. One of the most important is having a bevy of teapots on hand. Yes, I said “bevy.” For each one is a beauty, as any tea implements are to one living the “tea life” where tea is more than just a beverage. You probably …

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Tea for Your Teeth

By William I. Lengeman III An apple a day might help keep the doctor at bay but when it comes to cutting back on visits to the dentist you might want to reach for a cup of tea. Don’t go rushing out to replace your toothbrush with a tea cup just yet, but there is …

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Kettle Spouts – Pouring Matters

by Adam Yusko The spout of the kettle might just be the most important part, or else we might as well be using sauce pans. The spout focuses the pouring water and directs it where we wish. But are all spouts created equally? In my experience, no; a narrow spout usually achieves optimal results. Why …

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Fall Is Just Around the Corner

By A.C. Cargill The temperatures are still in the upper 80s, the grass still needs to be mowed, the leaves on the trees are still a glorious chlorophyll-induced green. So why do I have that “fall feeling”? It’s an undeniable urge to rake leaves (gasp!), start planning for Halloween, cook up a nice acorn squash …

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Blueberry Herbal and “Journey to the Center of the Earth”

Jules Verne’s classic story, Journey to the Center of the Earth, is a panoramic tale of voyage and fortitude. It’s also a mixture of charm and density of detail, to which Blueberry Herbal is the perfect tea-companion. In the novel, the story is told by Axel, the nephew of Professor Otto Lidenbrock. He reluctantly accompanies …

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Tea Garden

by Stephanie Hanson Gardening season is drawing to a close for many here on the East Coast. Fall flowers are in full bloom, and we still have apples, pumpkins, and root vegetables to look forward to. And yet, its almost time to start thinking about next year’s garden, thinking about what could be improved. Or …

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Tea in the Movies

Confession time: I’m a movie addict. Romance, comedy, drama, mystery, historic, sci-fi, romantic comedy, dramatic romance, mysterious sci-fi, romantic historic, sci-fi comedy… well, you get the idea! We can learn a lot about life and lifestyles from these movies. Some try to depict how we really live. Others show how they think we live. Still …

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