Tea Plantations Teeming with Life

Tea plantations provide us humans with the second most popular drink on the planet, but they are popular with other species of critters for different reasons. Tea plantations globally are host to 1,031 species of arthropods alone, not to mention the thousands of other insect, plant and animal species that have made themselves at home …

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The Sweet Tea Debate Heats Up

The debate among tea drinkers over whether tea should be served iced and sweetened or not heats up as the weather does. Some avid tea drinkers don’t go much for iced tea or chilled tea, claiming that the flavor of such delicate teas as most white teas get distorted or lose their flavor altogether when they …

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Review of The Republic of Tea’s “Get Relaxed”

Name: Get Relaxed Brand: Republic of Tea Type: Rooibos blended with herbs Form: Paper tea bags (stringless) Review: Part of The Republic Of Tea's "wellness" blends, this tisane is made from a base of rooibos (which The Republic of Tea calls "red tea") and blend of linden flowers, passionflower, chamomile, lavender, rose and eleuthero root. …

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Tea Fakery

Fakery abounds in the tea world, as with many other products. Why not? Expensive teas, commanding prices in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars, are as tempting to counterfeiters as are the works of Gucci and other designers. They say that knowledge is power, though, so with a bit of knowledge, you can tell …

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On the Merits of Good Tea

So try this: go to Google and type "how to prepare the perfect cup of tea" (without the quotes). Or better yet, I'll save you the trouble — I did so, and Google was happy to supply me with a little more than two million results. Which tells me that there's a lot of interest …

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Tea Caddies

Since I nagged you all about proper tea storage for an entire article, I think it's only fair to point out some of the compensations of responsible tea leaf stewardship. While the less virtuous amongst us will have a cupboard full of boring boxes and packaging, we who care for our beverages can choose to …

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Cool Down with Curry

While you’re all going for cool treats like cucumber sandwiches, watermelon, ice cream, lemonade and iced tea, I’m going for the — curry!?! Yes, curry, as spicy as I can stand. Spicy foods like curry can be just what you need during hot weather. To many, it seems contradictory, but there is a lot of …

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Review — Republic of Tea’s Cinnamon Orange Red Tea

Name: Cinnamon Orange Red Tea Brand: The Republic of Tea Type: Rooibos, flavored Form: Paper tea bags Review: Those who are fond of rooibos (called "Red Tea" by the folks at The Republic of Tea), but don't like artificial flavors or sweeteners may find this conveniently packaged blend to be a good option. The Republic …

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All Flavored Teas Are Not Created Equal

Flavored teas have become increasingly popular in the tea marketplace. Florals, fruits, and spices are everywhere you look. This is not a new phenomenon, though, nor are all flavored teas created equal. There is a saying that “necessity is the mother of invention.” I counter that saying with “happy accidents are the mother of invention …

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HOB — The Uncozy

“Tea cozy” — the very name conjures images of knitting, quilting, and stitching, activities traditionally associated with the female of the human species (mainly because men get to do all the fun stuff like jackhammering!). It conveys to teatime the image of frilliness that some males find a bit off-putting. Then, along comes the HOB …

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