Rare Tea or Raw Deal?

The term “rare tea” is being bandied about a lot these days on Twitter and Facebook, and it has been touted by tea vendors for quite a few years. But what are “rare teas” and when you get sucked into buying them, are you getting what some call a “raw deal,” that is, buying something …

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Bringing Tea to Darjeeling

As far as I'm aware the Darjeeling tea industry doesn't have a slogan, but if they did, perhaps something along the lines of "quality, not quantity" would be suitable. The total output of tea produced in this region of India is pretty much a drop in the bucket when stacked up against India's other great …

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The Art of Tea Packaging

Packaging is all about branding and marketing, and, like just about anything that can be bought and sold, tea has not escaped the branding phenomenon. Some might consider all this packaging to be highly unnecessary. After all, all you really need are the tea leaves, and buying them in bulk is often cheaper and more …

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You Can Win the Drink Wars in Your House: Coffee vs. Tea

Your sweetie drinks coffee and you drink tea. How do you cope? Before total war breaks out — like the kind in the movie “The War of the Roses” where dividing marital assets during divorce negotiations were taken to a ridiculous extreme — let’s see if there is some way to keep the peace. Barring …

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What’s in a Name: Tea Rooms v. Tea Rooms

Oh joy! A new tea room opened in your neighbourhood and you can’t wait to stop in for afternoon tea or a great cuppa. You make your reservation, grab a friend, and off you go. When you get there, you find that their idea of “afternoon tea” is what you call lunch, and the only …

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Bulk Tea — Not Just for Tea Shops

Can’t get through the day without at least one potful of English Breakfast tea? How about your daily cuppa Gunpowder or even a classic like Earl Grey? Some tea drinkers like a lot of variety. For them, buying in smaller quantities assures freshness and not having “tea ennui” set in. Others are creatures of habit, …

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Tea Pioneers: Horniman’s Tea

Tea companies come and tea companies go, though it's worth noting that there are several such firms that measure their age in centuries rather than merely in years. If you'd been drinking tea in the nineteenth century, chances are you'd have been aware of Horniman's Tea. Though they only got started in the early nineteenth …

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5 Steps to Easing Your Online Tea Order

Ordering online is quite commonplace nowadays — the change from store hopping (driving from one store to another) to web site hopping (cruising online from one web site to another) has been relatively swift. Thanks to this wonderful development, we lovers of all things tea have a plethora of choices at our fingertips. There are …

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A Narrative of the Conduct of the Tea-Dealers

There are those tea merchants who pride themselves in cutting out the middlemen and dealing directly with the people who grow tea. But there are probably more cases in which tea goes through at least one of those middlemen before it gets into the hands of the people who sell it to us, the consumers. …

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The Mystery of Milk Oolong

Milk oolong is a tea that has generated a loyal following, but also a lot of controversy and confusion. There are countless online discussions asking, “what is milk oolong?” and about as many conflicting answers. Even on this blog, writers have given several different explanations of milk oolong. Of course, it doesn’t help that the …

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