Tea Kettle Philosophy — Solar Flares

Waiting for the kettle to boil and then the tea to steep can seem interminable, like waiting at the doctor’s office. This is especially true if it is your first cuppa of the day. Thank goodness there is a huge universe out there to ponder. Like solar flares. Fascinating! We revolve around a fiercesome ball of …

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Rooibos Adventure

From the highlands of South Africa the Cederburg area comes a little plant that is taking the world by storm: Rooibos. Trying some proved to be quite an adventure for hubby and me. But what is rooibos? Rooibos (also called “Redbush”) is from the plant Aspalathus linearis. The leaves aren’t red on the bush but …

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Smoking Tea?

If you're in the mood to consume tea, there's a very good chance that you're going to drink it. That almost goes without saying. But drinking tea is not the be all and end all of tea consumption. As the growing number of tea-related cookbooks will attest to, you can also consume tea as an …

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Review — Ti Kuan Yin Slimming Oolong

Name: Ti Kuan Yin Slimming Oolong Brand: English Tea Store Type: Oolong Form: Loose leaf Review: Mmm. . .Ti Kuan Yin, my favorite tea! Also known as "Iron Goddess of Mercy", this Chinese oolong is a staple in the collections of many a tea lover. One of the things that I love most about this …

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Tea Moment — That Fall-time Frame of Mind

The calendar may say it’s still Summer, but my mind and heart are saying “Fall is here!” I’m in a Fall-time frame of mind, which means my tea time planning is being adjusted accordingly. There are certain things that we in the Northern Hemisphere and especially in North America associate with each season. Spring brings …

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A Scramble for English Breakfast Tea No. 2

I've been enjoying a bit of the English Tea Store's English Breakfast Tea No. 2 lately, and came up with a couple of pairings that I wanted to share. Back in June I tried this tea for the first time and found it to be tasty, though often best when served with food due to …

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Favourite Tearooms in Australia — Part II

In a previous post, I talked about a couple of Afternoon Tea places in the UK which I hold dear to me.  In this post, I’d like to share with you a couple of places that I had the privilege of going to here in Australia. Emporium Hotel is a five star luxury boutique hotel …

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Kuding — Is the Bitter Worth the Bite?

Tea has long had various healthful properties ascribed to it, but so have a lot of herbals, often labeled as “herbal teas.” Kuding is one such herbal. It is Chinese in origin and known as “bitter tea.” Judging by all the health benefits there are supposed to be in a cupful, this herbal should be …

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Tea Gadgets of Yesteryear

If you follow this blog at all, you may have noticed that from time to time we post articles featuring the latest and greatest in tea gadgetry. The articles just keep on coming, quite frankly, because the flow of tea gadgets keeps on coming. This has apparently been the case for quite some time now, …

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John Harney — Recognizing a True Tea Master

Cha Jing, the classic book of tea written by Lu Yu in the 8th century CE, is still read and revered by tea lovers the world over. It now lends its name to a tea industry award. World Tea Media, producers of World Tea Expo, introduced the Cha Jing Lifetime Achievement Award at World Tea …

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