The Good, The Bad, The Iced

We're just about a month into summer now and it's pretty much the peak of iced tea season. In the United States, iced tea still makes up the overwhelming majority of tea consumed. Of course, that's with good reason, as you surely know if you've ever downed a glass or five on a sweltering day. …

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Tea Showdown — Eng. Breakfast Blend No. 1 vs. Scottish Breakfast

Not all breakfast teas are created equal. Some are pure Assam, with a malty allure that makes your senses of taste and smell go on high alert. Others are blends that can start with Assam and expand with the addition of Darjeeling, Keemun, or other black teas. They dance around on your tongue with happy …

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Chef’s Choice Electric Glass Kettle 679

Some electric kettles are plain, no gadgets or gizmos, they just boil water. Others have more extra features than a Swiss army knife. But if you're looking for a simple, easy  to use electric kettle, I recommend the Chief's Choice Electric 679 Glass Kettle. This kettle has many useful features, and a few problems. The lid …

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Review — Sunshine Lemon Rooibos

There’s nothing finer than being greeted by the morning sun, except perhaps, opening a whole bag of sunshine in the form of a tea — or herbal infusion, as the case may be. Many people I know find it challenging to want to drink hot tea in 89-degree weather, and well, who can blame them? …

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Who Grows Your Tea?

Until relatively recently eating food that had been grown locally was the only game in town for most of the world's peoples. With the advent of modern transportation methods these practices fell by the wayside for many of us but have seen something of a resurgence in recent years with the so-called locavore movement. All …

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Full of Infusiasm for Tea

I’m full of infusiasm for tea, and there’s more than a few reasons why. For one, if you want to keep your teatime neat while still enjoying fine loose leaf teas, an infuser is your best friend. For another, as a tea lover who prefers to let those lovely tea leaves float free in the …

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What Do Monkeys Have to Do with Tea?

If you’ve been drinking tea awhile and have been exploring beyond the basic black, you’ve come across teas with “monkey” in their name. For example, there’s White Monkey Paw Green Tea and 100 Monkeys White Tea, both from China. This leads to the question: What Do Monkeys Have to Do with Tea? Several things, actually. …

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All the Tea Books on China

It should come as no surprise to anyone that there are a number of excellent books about the role tea has played in China. After all, China is generally accepted as the birthplace of tea drinking and culture and is still one of the top producers of tea worldwide, not to mention the point of …

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Cautions About Tisanes and Herb-Flavored Teas

Disclaimer: This is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician for your particular needs. I get a lot of questions from people asking whether a certain tea, or tisane, is "good" for treating a particular medical condition. While I always tell people that they should drink something because they like the way it …

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