Stitch and Sip

By Stephanie Hanson Lately, there seems to be a big return to handmade and textile arts. I am in full support of this movement, and as everything in my life has to be about tea, I started thinking about ways to blend the two hobbies. I'm a firm believer that any occasion can be turned …

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Spreading the Joy of Tea with Tea Gifts

by A.C. Cargill What better way to spread the joy of tea than through a tea gift? And what better time of year than now? As one who lives the “tea life,” I tend to advocate for others to learn more about tea and thus improve their enjoyment of this beverage imbibed around the world. …

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A Cup of Memories

by Stephanie Hanson For some people, tea was a discovery of adulthood. For others, tea goes back to earliest memory. I belong to the latter tea party. My grandmother always had a pitcher of sweet tea in the fridge, and I would drink it out of Dixie cups sitting on her screened in back porch. …

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Ah, Assam!

There is nothing quite as satisfying as a full-bodied cup of rich Assam tea, especially as the days get chillier. The flavor complements a wide variety of foods, from hamburgers to lasagna, from morel mushrooms to Mexican foods, from pecan pie to Crème Brûlée, and much more. For me, it’s especially good with a tasty …

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Christmas Cookie Exchange Tea

There are Christmas Tea parties, and then there is the Christmas Cookie Exchange Tea, a new tradition in our family. This is a wonderful occasion for the ladies of the family to get together (although you don’t have to ban the gentlemen if you don’t wish to do so) without the pressure of gift giving. …

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Drink to Your Health

by Stephanie Hanson It’s that time of year again. Cold and flu season. It’s been rather overshadowed by the great H1N1, piggy flu. But in any case, people are dropping like flies from this virus or that virus. Including, unfortunately, this author. But there’s nothing like a good cup of tea to make me feel …

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Tea Moments — Being Thankful

By A.C. Cargill The abundance of teas and foods available online and in the brick-and-mortar stores makes me thankful. Especially since I have seen first-hand places where that was not the case. A little over a decade ago, I visited Prague, Czechoslovakia, which had only a year or two earlier broken away from the Soviet …

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Japanese Green Tea

While tea from China comes in many colors including white, green, brown (oolong) and black, all tea from Japan is green. There are three main types of green tea from Japan. Sencha is the most common tea served as an every day drink in Japan. While there are high-quality Sencha tea leaves that are plucked …

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Think Tea: Tea and Your Brain

by William I. Lengeman III Can a cup of tea be good for your brain? There have been a number of studies published over the course of the past few years that suggest that drinking tea might be beneficial to brain functions in a number of ways. According to one recent study, the results of …

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The Big Steep

Often I am asked about the best way to steep tea. And what’s best depends on what type of tea you are drinking, what kind of equipment you own (or are willing to buy) and what fits most into your lifestyle. TEA BAGS: The easiest and most popular tea delivery method. Pros: Produces a clean …

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