Gadgets, Gadgets and More Tea Gadgets

I report on tea gadgets here from time to time, as you may have noticed. If you're wondering why these reports turn up so often, there's a perfectly simple explanation — the tea gadgets just keep on coming. Whether they may be the good, the bad or the pointless, the flow of tea gadgets is …

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Louisville Stoneware

When you eat off a pottery plate, drink your tea from a pottery cup, and pour that tea from a pottery teapot, you are eating, drinking, and pouring from something that was once part of the soil around you. Granted, it’s a very special kind of soil, but still, that thought gives me cause for …

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Honeybush Adventure

A few years ago, in a tea store in Chicago, Illinois, I had a honeybush adventure. The aftermath is still with me now, haunting my dreams and reminding me of how much I’ve learned since then. The tea store was in a shopping center. Hubby and I were in Chicago to visit friends and couldn’t …

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Vanilla Tea

Few words are more abused than "vanilla." Despite the fact that vanilla is a prized and not-inexpensive flavor and scent, people frequently use it to describe that which is boring and bland. However, as anyone with a working palate knows, vanilla adds warmth, sweetness and spice to whatever it's blended with, and is particularly lovely …

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Devonshire Tea to Attempt Teamaking Record

Devonshire Tea is going to attempt to break the current world record for making cups of tea in one hour, using a team of 12 helpers. As of the posting of this article, the record is 491, so Gavin Sheppard, Debbie Kay, and the rest of the “D-Team” have quite a challenge ahead. You don’t …

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Sam Johnson Stands Up for Tea

One of the great men of English letters, Samuel Johnson lived in the eighteenth century and is arguably best known as the subject of one of the most famous biographies of them all — James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson. Much more importantly, at least for purposes of this article and tea culture in general, …

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Tea and the Pioneer Spirit II

In January of 2010, I wrote about tea and the pioneer spirit, where that sense of frugality which comes from people living off the land day by day carries through to my desire to get the most from my teas. Time to add to that story. My first sequel. Don't you just hate sequels? They …

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More Offbeat Teas

Tea is grown and produced in many countries around the world, but there are several tea-growing regions that are best known for turning out one specific variety of tea. Take Japan, for instance, which is known primarily for its many varieties of green tea and not much else. Or the state of Assam, which is …

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Tea While Traveling

Travel and tea drinking (at least in the United States) don't always mix. Loose-leaf tea can appear "suspicious" to airport security, American hotel rooms don't always offer electric kettles or teapots, and the recent trend toward drinking out of paper sippy cups doesn't do much for the flavor of tea. Here are some suggestions for …

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Tea Kettle Philosophy — Personal Taste

One thing that most tea drinkers treasure is their personal taste. They seem to have a favorite tea flavor, a favorite treat to enjoy with that tea, and even a favorite time of day to sip and munch. I see more limits being put on personal taste every day for reasons such as “it’s harmful …

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