Review of Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha

Name: Japanese Sencha Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Green tea Form: Silken pyramid bags Review: I've always found Japanese tea to be a tricky brew: I love the mouth-filling qualities of a good Japanese green, but often manage to produce a bitter, disagreeable brew when I try to make it for myself. Fortunately, our friends …

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Review — Harney & Sons Organic Green Tea with Citrus and Gingko

Name: Organic Green Tea with Citrus and Ginkgo Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Green tea, Chinese Form: Silken pyramid tea bags, also available in paper tea bags, as a loose leaf tea, and in large "brew bags" for iced tea. Review: Organic tea lovers unite! Harney & Sons is working hard, it seems, to source …

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My Tea Pantry Has Its Own Zip Code

As tea drinkers try more teas, they get more favorites, and their tea pantry grows. Sometimes, that tea pantry can get, well, a tad overly large, to the point of taking over your house. Decades ago there was a joke about the Hearst mansion being large enough to have its own zip code. Lately, it …

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For Chilled Tea, Go with Basic Black

Sometimes basic black is best — an axiom that’s true for cocktail dress, tuxedoes, limousines, and teas to use when you want a brew to “beat the heat.” Just as most hot tea consumed in the U.S. is black tea, most iced (chilled) tea is made from black tea. And most of those are bagged …

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Top 9 YouTube Tea Videos

This post came to be called "Top 9 YouTube Tea Videos" when I was unable to post a link to a 10th tea video which, while hilarious, contained some offensive language. If you are interested in viewing this 10th tea video, I'm sure William, who may be found at Tea Guy Speaks, will be more …

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The Three Rs of Tea

With summer fully settled in, most people's thoughts are far from the schoolroom. Yet, my thoughts can never quite go completely on summer vacation, and I'm always trying to think of unique ways to make learning a bit more exciting. This summer, I have been taking a class on how to teach science. We've designed …

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Tea Sampler Heaven

More and more tea vendors are selling sample sizes of their various teas. For all you tea drinkers out there who want to try new teas, this news should make you feel like… “Heaven, I’m in heaven, and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak…” That Irving Berlin song, sung by Fred Astaire …

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A Brief Guide to Black Tea

Ask a tea drinker in the United States, Great Britain or any one of a number of other countries in the West to picture a cup of tea and they’ll probably imagine that old tried and true of the tea drinking world - black tea. Yes, the times they are a’ changin’ and tea drinkers …

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Getting the Temperature Right with Tea Thermometers

All you diehard tea drinkers know that different teas need different water temperatures. Too hot and your tea ends up being cooked instead of steeped. Too cool and the flavors inside those wonderful tea leaves won’t be unleashed. So, how do you know when it’s right? Tea thermometers, of course! Some tea aficionados say they …

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Book Review — “Tea Travels” by Ellen Easton

I have three passions in life: food, tea, and books. When all of these can be combined, I'm in seventh heaven. They often meet in the form of cookbooks, and when I find a new cookbook, sometimes I am hard pressed to resist. The cookbook shelf in our kitchen overflows, and still, I just can't …

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