Tea Moments — Filling (Not Pushing) the Vacuum

Life in our modern times, with all of its labor-saving gadgets, is a busy one, sometimes even a whirlwind. Even so, every now and then we just seem to run out of things to do — our lives develop a bit of a vacuum. Why not fill that vacuum with a quiet tea moment? A …

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Steep Tea, Tea Mattresses & Other Offbeat News

In late breaking news from China, here comes a report that claims that some of the more rare varieties of spring harvested tea are apparently fetching prices that literally make them worth their weight in gold - or even more. Among those varieties, a Longjing (Dragonwell) green tea from Zhejiang province, which is selling at …

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Teas with Something Extra

Whether you call them “flavored,” “scented,” “crafted,” or just plain “modified,” these teas offer you something extra. For almost as long as man has been drinking tea, he has been adding that additional touch. Some of these have come about by accident, but many are the result of dedicated tea professionals trying different combinations to …

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Tea Travels

I am a traveller (you can tell this in part from the fact that I spell “traveller” the British way!).  One of the biggest challenges when travelling (again, the British spelling!) is to maintain some normal routines so you do not feel too destabilised and completely surrounded by the unfamiliar. For me, an important routine is …

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Tea Pioneers: Thomas Lipton

If you ask the average person on the street to name a brand of tea, chances are pretty good that they're going to come up with Lipton. Which is not surprising, since, as the company points out at their web site, "Lipton is the world's best-known and best-selling brand of tea." But of course it …

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Tea and the Strange Transformation

A strange transformation has taken place in our house over the past few years, and it’s all due to tea! The change has been in two main areas: what we consume overall and what we talk about. What We Consume Hubby and I grew up in a pretty typical fashion where not every food choice …

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Split Personali-Tea

The more you learn about tea, the more likely you are to develop a split personali-TEA! And, no, we’re not talking about a high-calorie dessert made with bananas, ice cream, strawberries, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries. But now that you mention it… uh, back to tea! Tea has a pretty strong cultural element. …

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“The Preparation of Japan Tea” by Henry Gribble

When it comes to tea books of yesteryear, it seems that China and India get much of the attention. That's based on my own decidedly casual and unscientific observations, and it's not really surprising, given that they've been the world's top producers for a long time. But it also led me to the tentative conclusion …

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Chamomile-Tea Blend for the Moving Body

“Chamomile tea is something I have great use for as a dancer.” If that sentence describing chamomile as a “tea” raised a red flag for you, then you can count yourself as a well-versed tea drinker. There has been much discussion on this blog about the distinction between a tea and an herbal infusion, or tisane, …

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Tea Auctions

Tea auctions are one of those behind-the-scenes things that most tea drinkers shopping for their favorite brands are not even aware of. Yet, they are a vital part of the process of going from tea bush (Camellia Sinensis) to tea cup. And they are part of the traditions and culture of tea. Tea Auction History …

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