The Switcheroo: Coffee to Tea

by William I. Lengeman III Tea has made considerable inroads in North America in the last decade or so, but it's still safe to say that the beverage of choice here is coffee. As tea has increased in popularity, one could also safely say that many newcomers to tea have been recruited from the ranks …

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Review — Buckingham Palace Garden Party

The Subject: Buckingham Palace Garden Party from The English Tea Store. Water temperature: 212° F Steeping time: 5 minutes Tea type: Black Scents, flavorings, etc.: Earl Grey, Jasmine Aroma, dry: Strong floral (rose, lilac) with hint of citrus Aroma in the cup, plain: Strong floral (rose, lilac) with hint of citrus Taste, plain: Strong floral …

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Just Add Heat: Roasted Tea

Heat is an integral part of the process of making many varieties of tea, with the amount of heat applied varying according to the type of tea. There are some varieties of tea that go through another stage of firing, one that qualifies them to be known as roasted tea. While many of these teas …

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Digestive Tea

Thanksgiving is almost here and everyone is thinking about “the big meal”. Throughout the week, it’s perfectly normal for passing acquaintances to jokingly bestow the warning, “Don’t Eat to Much!” Whether you are the one hosting the dinner or simply show up for it, for most Americans, Thanksgiving is about one thing: food — and …

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Tea and Fatigue

by William I. Lengeman III If you were to make the observation that tea can be helpful in reducing fatigue, you might be accused of restating the obvious – and rightly so. For so many people who drink tea the ability to impart a little bit of pep is one of the beverage’s most appealing …

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Frugalitea

by Stephanie Hanson In these tough economic times, the aphorism “waste not, want not” is being applied in more and more households. For example, sales of sewing kits are up as people choose to mend their clothes at home rather than go to a tailor or just buy a new outfit.  On top of that, …

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Tea and Arthritis

by William I. Lengeman III Arthritis, in a variety of forms, is a condition that is quite widespread, much to the dismay of those who suffer its ill effects. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that rheumatoid arthritis plagues 1.3 million people in the United States. Another 27 million Americans live with a more common condition called …

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Chinese Herbal Tisane

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. Consult your physician before starting any herbal tisane regimen. by Chris Robideaux [reposted from our sister blog] Also known as medicinal herb “tea,” Chinese herbal tisane has long been touted as having healing and detoxification properties. Primarily made from herbs found in the Guangdong region of China, this type of …

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A Teacup for Every Tea

Some teacups seem to go naturally with certain types of tea. Green tea seems best in a handleless cup, for example, while a hearty English or Irish Breakfast tea isn’t quite the same if not served in a sturdy mug. As I learn more about teas and living the “tea life,” my collection of teacups …

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English Chocolate

by Stephanie Hanson I have a confession to make, a confession that I am almost ashamed to make. I am an anglophile. I always think people obsessed with other countries are rather silly, after all, you should love the one you’re in unless it’s very horrible. Which our country is of course not. But we …

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