Tea and Toast

Toast at teatime is a long-time tradition, starting in the early 1840s with Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, and her gathering of the ladies of the court around the teapot in the afternoon. Small wonder. There's something very homey about the smell of toast. And bread baking. Which we experienced big time while in …

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Boulder, Colorado, Tea Houses — Part I

I recently had the opportunity to visit Boulder, Colorado, when performing there with a dance company. Our schedule left me with time during the day to explore Boulder and, in addition to hiking in the Rocky Mountains, I discovered two lovely independent tea houses. The first (addressed here in Part I) was the Ku Cha …

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Really small Teawares

Having recently expounded on some really BIG tea cups and mugs, I thought I would look at the other end of the size spectrum and showcase some really small tea cups and mugs. Immediately, though, I ran into a snag: the search results for “small teacup” popped up some unexpected results. I kept seeing links …

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Jonas Hanway’s Essay on Tea

It's probably not surprising that so many English commentators of yesteryear felt compelled to pick up a pen and share their thoughts about tea. After all, tea was a relative newcomer to their island nation, only turning up in the middle portion of the seventeenth century and not really hitting it big for at least …

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Working with Chari-Tea

What better way to build your tea business than to collaborate with an organisation or a movement whose value­s your tea company identifies with.  Here are just a few ways a tea business can work with charitea. Monetary Donation When a natural disaster occurs such as the Japanese earthquake and tsunami what was wonderful about …

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St. Patrick’s Day Tea Time Goes Green!

St. Patrick’s Day is here again. Don some green apparel to symbolize the “Emerald Isle” called Ireland. Break out the green goodies like cupcakes covered with green icing and sugar cookies in the shape of shamrocks and adorned with green crystal sugar coloring. Then, steep up some green tea for a special St. Patrick’s Day …

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The Ultimate Teamaker

If you clicked on this article in breathless anticipation, hoping that I was going to lead you to some fabled gadget which merits the name "The Ultimate Teamaker," then I'm afraid you're going to go away disappointed. But I do have a few ideas along those lines. I've used a few of the more newfangled …

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Spring Fever!

The floral harbingers of spring – daffodils, forsythia, and periwinkles – are in full bloom. Peach trees, plums, and beautiful Bradford pears (no pears, just flowers) scent the air with their fragrant blossoms. Bird feeders welcome robins, cardinals, finches, and not a few greedy squirrels. Garden snakes emerge to warm themselves in the sun. Our …

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How Crafty Can You Get with a Teapot?

Teapot usage swells and wanes over the years. The advent of the teabag has seemingly relegated these steeping wonders to the back of the cupboard in favor of your favorite sturdy mug, especially when you’re going for a quick cuppa. Still, the teapot inspires those among us with an affinity for turning one thing into …

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Tea Terms: Fermentation vs. Oxidation

Among the more tricky issues when it comes to writing about tea, or for that matter, when it comes to being a tea lover in general, is that there are many popular myths that have sprung up about tea — not to mention the fact that the terminology of tea is not always as exact …

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