Tea Moments — The New Pot of Tea

There is a moment so special in the day of a true tea lover, so full of promise and expectations, that it is like a treasure trove to savor and enjoy. It is the moment when you have that first cuppa from a new pot of tea. With a little thought and awareness, you can …

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Profiles in Tea: James Norwood Pratt

Is there anyone in America – and beyond – who has not been influenced by James Norwood Pratt, “the guru of tea?” Or inspired by this knowledgeable and engaging writer, speaker, educator, businessman, and dedicated student of tea? English Tea Store blog published a wonderful article about Mr. Pratt some months ago. He recently, and …

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Tea Tale ― “Bob the Bunny”

Stuffed animals are not the exclusive province of the very young. Even those of us who have been around a few decades can still have a penchant for these cuddly and collectible critters. Nevertheless, what do they in general and one named “Bob the Bunny” in particular have to do with tea? Read this tea …

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How Do You Spell Tea?

According to Wikipedia, a style guide "is a set of standards for the writing and design of documents, either for general use or for a specific publication, organization or field." While there are many such guides in circulation nowadays, some of the best known are probably The Chicago Manual of Style and The Associated Press …

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Tea Princess Adventure — Jury Duty Summons

Jury duty is serious business, and this Tea Princess certainly understands that. Even so, when that jury duty summons arrived, my biggest concern wasn’t could I really sit in judgment on a fellow human being, weighing in a rational and objective manner the evidence presented to come up with a fair and just verdict. Uh …

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What’s the Easiest Tea to Prepare?

People often tell me that they don’t drink oolong and white teas because these teas are so difficult to prepare. So instead they stick to “easy” teas: black teas. Black teas easy? Are you kiddin’ me? After green teas, black teas are the touchiest and most persnickety of all the teas. Some of them are …

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Captain Scott and Tea in Antarctica

Tea had a landmark anniversary in January of this year: it was the beverage of choice on the expedition to the South Pole led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott, which his team reached in January 1912. An unopened tin of this tea, retrieved from the expedition’s campsite years later by Ernest Shackleton and taken to …

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Lowering Blood Pressure with Black Tea?

According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), about one in three Americans suffer from high blood pressure, which they call "a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems." Though many of these people have been diagnosed …

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Keen on Keemun Tea!

Ever since I tried Keemun tea, I have, as the expression goes, been keen on it! This black tea tickles my tastebuds in a wonderful way that makes a nice change from my usual morning cuppa Assam. Some tea experts describe the flavor this way: “A winey, fruity tea with depth and complexity.” “…having a …

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Chinese New Year, Chinese Herbal Infusions, and Marbled Tea Eggs

The Chinese New Year is a celebration of change which equates to the familiar saying, “out with the old and in with the new”.  I celebrated Chinese New Year for the first time in Brisbane, with these 10 points in mind. Make Time for family – I ventured down to Chinatown with my husband to …

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