Some Tips When Collecting Teacups

Cups and saucers make wonderful collectibles for any tea lover. They are easily found at antique stores, flea markets, estate sales and online.  There is a large price range (budget to exorbitant) and a variety of styles and colors, which means something for everyone.   There is nothing lovelier than a grouping of pretty cups on …

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Tea Drinkers Awake

Cross an alarm clock with a tea maker and you end up with a teasmade, a device that’s also referred to as a teawaker. These gadgets are relatively rare in many parts of the world, but teawakers have long had a considerable following in the United Kingdom. The device is so common there that it …

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Hi, I’m “Sir William of the Leaf”

[Editor's note: William Dietz, aka "Sir William of the Leaf", has moved on to other things. We wish him all the best.] As a first post, I would like to start out with an introduction. My name is William Dietz, alias "Sir William of the Leaf." I am eighteen years old and currently live in …

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Tea Taste-Killers

Wondering why your tea is tasting strange all of a sudden? Here are some common tea taste-killers along with suggestions for their elimination: 1. Your Palate: If your tea is suddenly tasting funny or "off," it may be that something is affecting your palate. Oftentimes this can be something as simple as toothpaste residue, mouthwash, …

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Review of Tiger Wing’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonfruit

Name: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonfruit Brand: Tiger Wing Type: White tea and mate blend, flavored Form: Paper tea bags Review: Tiger Wing is a new tea brand that offers fun blends in convenient, paper tea bag form. Tiger Wing is a sister company to established tea retailer, Golden Moon, and takes a decidedly irreverent approach …

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Drinkable Desserts (Teas as Good as Dessert)

What’s life without dessert, especially when it’s drinkable? No, we’re not talking about milkshakes, hot cocoa, chilled mocha drinks, or pie that’s been given the blender treatment (what, you’ve never puréed pie?). We’re talking tea! Yes, some teas are so yummy and sort of sweet that they are dessert-like. Vanilla and fruit flavored teas are …

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Bubble Tea: The Fun Tea

Bubble tea comes from Taiwan and made its way to the United States in the 1980s. It contains tapioca balls (the fun part) called boba, which I think of as the bubbles.  Boba literally means big pearls.  Actually the real bubbles in bubble tea is the foam that appears when the ingredients are shaken together …

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Tea Moments — Finding a Shady Spot

Tea moment snapshot: A tall glass of chilled tea, a shady spot, and naptime! Of course, to transition this imagined scenario into reality you first have to find a shady spot. (There’s always a catch!) If you’re a princess like me, it has to be just the right shady spot. Let’s examine some options. You’re …

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Tea in the Atlantic

A word of explanation is in order. Contrary to what the title might suggest this article is not about drinking tea in the Atlantic Ocean or even on a boat on said ocean. The Atlantic referred to is, along with Harpers and the New Yorker, one of the nation's preeminent weekly newsmagazines dealing with culture, …

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Really Steep Tea

When it comes to tea, the word "steep" can have several meanings. The most common of these, of course, is as a verb - to steep your tea by soaking the leaves or a tea bag in hot water so that you can drink it. You could also use "steep" as an adjective, as in …

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