Fathers Need Tea Gifts, Too!

Contrary to the opinion some people have of it, tea makes a manly Father’s Day gift. Considering all they do for us, father’s certainly need an uplifting cup of this centuries-old brew. Yes, it’s once again time to look into your tea gift options. They’re not as limited as you might think. Father’s Day in …

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Tea Moment — Bird Bath Brouhaha

Tea and bird watching are natural go-togethers. Some birds stay here year round, so the fun never ends. However, now that Spring is here, the “deserters” (who traveled southward when the weather turned cold) have returned and made our backyard quite a lively sight, birdwise. First, a tea moment treat. One of my favorites is …

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Take Tea with The Leaf Magazine

Looking to get your tea knowledge in magazine form? You could start with this list of fine tea magazines. If you're looking for an English-language magazine that takes an in-depth look at fine teas your choices are going to be more limited, but fortunately you can avail yourself of a publication known as The Leaf. …

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A Serving of Vegetables in Your Teacup

You may not know it, but your cup of tea has in it the nutrients of a serving of vegetables and then some. Before I go further, due to confusing terminology commonly in use among sellers of teas and herbals, I need to clarify that I am talking about true tea made from the tea …

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Tea and Smoking

Can tea help you stop smoking? Maybe. Can tea help guard against lung cancer, one of those rather nasty downsides that comes with smoking? Perhaps. Let’s tackle the second question first: it’s thought that the beneficial components that contribute to making tea a healthful drink may also help guard against the ill effects of lung …

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Putting Typhoo to the Test

Members of the Executive Team and the Blender Team at Typhoo Tea imbibe tea in her or his own unique way. It got me to wondering how Typhoo would taste prepared according to each person’s preferred method. Time for a Typhoo Taste Test — woohoo! First, a reminder that this tea is processed to minimize …

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The Book of Tea

If you keep tabs on the great wide world of tea, you'll probably have noticed that the swell of interest in tea in the West lately has given birth to a number of great books on the subject with more sure to follow. After all, tea is rather a vast topic and not one that …

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Chamomile Basics

It’s a hectic world out there — small wonder that chamomile is so popular. After fighting traffic to and from your job, meeting deadlines at work, chasing a child around the house who doesn’t want to take a bath or even wear clothing, or whatever your day is full of, a cup of chamomile is …

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Vanilla — A Tea Favorite

No, it’s not a mummified green bean — it’s vanilla! One of the most common flavors in the kitchen is also one of the most heavenly when added to tea, proving that vanilla isn’t just for baking. Remember cooking class where one of the standard tasks was measuring vanilla extract carefully before dumping it into …

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Bringing Out the Dragon at Tea Time

Nine Bend Black Dragon Tea brings out the dragon in me at tea time. My recently purchased 4-ounce-sized pouch has been sitting quietly in the corner, tempting that dragon to come on out. The time is now. The name of the tea is a combination of two things: the Nine Bend river that runs through …

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