Review — The English Tea Store’s Chocolate Orange Black Tea

Name: Chocolate Orange Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black Tea, Flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: The holiday trifecta of diet doom is fast approaching: Halloween with its mini-candy bars, Thanksgiving with cornbread and candied sweet potatoes and Christmas, which supplies me with enough calories to hold me for a full year. I need some flavored …

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Is the Sun Setting on Britain’s Tea Empire?

There's probably no other nation that's more closely associated with tea drinking and culture than the United Kingdom. They've gone so far as to coin their own term for a cup of tea ("cuppa") and their annual per capita consumption (5.2 kg) is more than double that of the next closest contender (Turkey, 2.1 kg). …

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Tea Sampler Packs

If you are like me and hesitate to try new teas because of the high probably of spending the $$, only to be profoundly disappointed, have I got a deal for you. I just discovered the English Tea Store's Tea Sampler Packs. When I get set on something, I stick. I rarely change the arrangement of …

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Curds at Tea Time

Let’s face it ― the word “curds” tends not to stir the appetite. Maybe it’s because of the nursery rhyme (Little Miss Muffet on her tuffet eating those curds and whey ― cottage cheese to you and me). However, curd is quite a pleasant thing sometimes. There are two basic types of curds: dairy and …

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Tea and Adult ADHD

Tea is now being considered as a possible help for adults with ADHD. If you're like me, the acronym ADHD is one that you might not have been familiar with until recently. It stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), up to five percent of all children …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh

Name: Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh Brand: English Tea Store Type: Pu-erh, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: I do confess that I don't normally think of Scotland and pu-erh as having any sort of natural connection to each other, though perhaps that is due to a lack of imagination on my part. I'm glad, though, that …

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Tea Dilemma — The Awkward Bit

It can happen — that tea dilemma — and usually does when you least expect it. You go to pour a cuppa from the teapot, anticipating that flow of fragrant, delicious tea to fill your cup, but … agh! you barely get enough for a good swallow or two. That’s the “awkward bit” leftover from …

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Making a Pumpkin Pie for Tea Time

Those little pie pumpkins are popping up in grocery stores and farmers’ markets, signaling that it’s time to make a pumpkin pie for tea time! We picked our pumpkin and headed home to make this tasty treat that is becoming an annual tradition in our house (hubby baked pies the two previous years around this …

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Tea, Alertness and Sleep

One of the great attractions of tea is that it's good for a pick me up, thanks to its caffeine content. In this respect it's much like coffee, but with tea there are additional factors that make the boost it offers a bit more gentle. The first point to consider is that the average cup …

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Find Your Own Communi-Tea with Social Media

Community, according to Wikipedia, is a "group of interacting people, possibly living in close proximity…that shares some common values," and what better way to bring a group of people together than with a cup of tea? When I arrived in Australia, I had to start over: I had to find new friends, introduce my business …

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