How to Screw Up a Cup of Tea

It might be overstating the case a bit to say that brewing a great cup of tea is like alchemy, but it’s a statement that’s not all that far off the mark. Of course, if you’re looking to screw up a potentially great cup of tea, it’s not really that hard to do. It basically …

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Starter Teas

Scenario: A friend tells you that they want to “start getting into tea.” They ask you to recommend a few good loose leaf teas to get started with. Which teas do you recommend? As a “teavangelist” myself, I love helping tea-newbies begin their tea collections. I like to recommend teas that are at once delicious …

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Metal vs. Porcelain and Bone China Teapots

Teapots at 20 paces — march, turn, steep! Wait a minute. This isn’t a fair contest. Different teapots steep differently and are, therefore, suited to different teas (all the more reason to have a bevy comprised of at least one teapot for each type of tea you have). Case in point: metal teapots vs. teapots …

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Non-Tea Uses for Teabag Holders

Teabag holders are handy devices, ready and waiting for that used teabag. For those of you using teabags (instead of steeping loose leaf teas), the last thing you want is to leave one in the cup too long. It could result in oversteeping, bitterness, and a big just-sucked-on-a-lemon pucker when you take a sip. (These …

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