Quiz: How Are Your Tea Time Manners?

The question of manners at tea time comes up online and in the real world. In fact, some feel rather more inclined when enjoying tea to follow certain social conventions and even tea rituals and ceremonies. From the way the tea is prepared to what foods to serve to how to pour and enjoy the …

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How Tea Became Hip

How did tea become hip? Hold on a minute. Things have improved in recent years or perhaps even decades, but one could still argue that tea is suffering from an image problem. You know the one - staid tea rooms frequented by ladies of a certain age, neatly trimmed crustless sandwiches, and so on. Not …

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Here Kit-tea Kit-tea!

There’s something about tea that attracts cat lovers. Or maybe there’s something about cats that attracts tea lovers. Clearly there’s something … because so many of us dearly love them both. It’s certainly not because tea-drinking is easier with cats around. Cats sniff or bat at the tea leaves, even try to eat them. (Although …

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When Tea Is Not a Beverage

The link between tea and literature is a long one, with tea being mentioned in countless novels as well as a long list of books written about tea. I recently read Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie (working my way through her whole series) and came across a scene that at first caused confusion and …

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Gong Fu Tea Ceremony with a Dash of Milk

Ever since I became professionally involved with tea, I’ve had many people approach me to tell me their horror story of being pulled by the arm when they’ve visited China; being taken to a room where a Tea Master makes the tea, they receive a thimble of tea and are then charged “an arm and …

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The Tea Princess and the Chinese Restaurant Tea

A sudden craving for Chinese food drove this “Tea Princess” and her hubby from hearth and home out into the wilds of the city to satisfy our appetites. Little did we realize the tea disaster awaiting us! In case you haven’t been following my “Tea Princess” adventures, it all has to do with the dearth …

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5 Ways to Keep Your Pot of Tea Warm

For those of you who like to steep up a nice 4- or 6-cupper potful of tea the problem of how to keep the tea warm in-between cupfuls is a well-known issue. Different ways have been devised over the years to handle this and keep your pot of tea warm. Here are five of the …

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Pairing Tea and Food — Stuffed Bell Peppers and Ceylon Black Tea

Time for another recipe (the 3rd in a baker’s dozen). This is another that goes great with tea. Be adventurous and give her recipe a try with a pot of the tea named and assess the pairing for yourself. The recipe: Stuffed Bell Peppers with Ground Turkey and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Ratcheting up an old favorite …

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The Growing Popularity of Matcha

When I began exploring tea and tea culture about seven years ago the only thing I knew about matcha was that it was a powdered Japanese green tea used mainly in the Japanese tea ceremony. While it may have had other uses in Japan and elsewhere, here in the U.S., as far as I was …

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Review of English Tea Store Darjeeling White Tips

Basically there are two types of white tea leaves available to the consumer: the kind with long, thin silvery (sometimes downy) leaves, and the kind with leaves of varied sizes and colours, sort of like what you might find on a forest floor. The catalogue photo for this tea depicts the former, while these Darjeeling …

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