Skimping on the Tea Leaves

The economy is down, but you don’t want to miss out on that special tea you love so much. So, you skimp a bit on the amount of tea leaves you use when steeping. Very understandable. Your tea purchase goes further. There’s one catch: you’re also skimping on tea flavor and therefore short-changing yourself. Steeping …

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Gadgets & Offbeat Tea News Revisited

Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door, or so the old saying goes. While the pursuit of innovations in mousetrap design may not actually be the road to success and untold riches these days, it seems that there's always someone trying to come up with a better automatic …

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Would You Drink a Tea with a Name Like This?

Tea vendors sometimes think that coming up with rather esoteric names for their teas, especially their blended and/or flavored teas, helps make those products be memorable in customers minds. But do they go too far? Would you drink a tea with a truly “out there” name? Hubby, who has quite the sense of humor, and …

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“Letter to a Friend, Concerning Tea,” by John Wesley

Anyone who has ever heard of John Wesley (1703 - 1791) probably knows him as the prominent theologian who, along with his brother Charles, is credited with being one of the founders of the Methodist branch of Christianity. What few people are probably aware of is that Wesley wrote about tea, most notably in his …

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All a-Twitter About Tea

The so-called “social media sites” like Twitter and Facebook have been around awhile and have had a definite impact on people’s lives. This tea lover is no exception. Almost three years ago now I began to delve more deeply into knowing about a beverage I had enjoyed all of my adult life: tea. That led …

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On the Adulteration of Tea

For tea drinkers these days it's probably a pretty safe bet that if you're dealing with a somewhat reputable tea merchant you'll get the tea you're paying for. In other words, you'll get the tea leaves that were advertised without anything else added to the mix. Which wasn't always the case. Once upon a time …

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You (Tea) Animal!

[Editor's note: I usually don't layout articles like this (photo-text-photo-text-etc), but the last time I tried to do something snazzy, WordPress messed up the image sizing. These teawares are just too cute (I want them all!) to risk that happening again. Enjoy!] A lot of people collect “stuff” with animal motifs. A lot of tea people …

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Really BIG Tea Mugs and Cups

If you’ve ever experienced empty teacup syndrome, you know the importance of a really BIG tea mug or cup. Some are big enough that, when they’re brimming with tea, you need two hands to bring them steadily to your lips — or you can leave yours sitting on the table or counter and sip from …

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More Bumper Stickers for Tea Drinkers

Awhile back my tea lover’s brain got inspired by a bumper sticker that said something like “Honk if you like cheese” to start thinking of ideas for bumper stickers that my fellow tea lovers could display proudly for the world to see. Lately, more ideas have come to mind, so it’s time to present another …

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Green Tea for Oral Health?

Is there any miraculous health benefit that has yet to be laid at the feet of green tea? Aside from curing bubonic plague and the gout, it seems like just about everything else has been covered. To paraphrase the old advertising slogan about orange juice, "a day without a report about green tea's health benefits …

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