Time for Tea Drinkers to S.E.T.T.LE

Things in the world of tea can be very turbulent, with bad weather, labor strikes, low prices at auction, factory fires, and a host of other ills befalling those who work hard to bring those tea leaves to market. But the ones who suffer most are the tea leaves themselves. Yes, I said the tea …

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Interview with a Tea Dabbler

While some of us immerse ourselves in tea all day, every day, others merely dabble. So what do those who like tea but don't love it (yes, this is apparently possible) think about the wonderful world of tea? This is by no means a comprehensive, or representative take on the views of those who only …

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Some Popular Taiwanese Oolong Cultivars

The more I look into the details of tea, the more complex it is. My recent foray deep into the “jungle” of information about oolong cultivars revealed even more complexity. There is quite a variety of oolongs made from an array of cultivars of the tea plant Camellia Sinensis. So much for that outsider’s image …

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Discourses on Tea and More

Tea was still relatively new to England in 1750, when Thomas Short wrote about it. It was not yet the runaway hit it would later become, but tea's popularity was already experiencing a marked upswing. With a title like Discourses on Tea, Sugar, Milk, Made-wines, Spirits, Punch, Tobacco: With Plain and Useful Rules for Gouty …

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Tea vs. Terrorism

To say that tea can help fight against terrorism is perhaps not completely accurate. But over the course of the years there have been several studies that have found that tea can be of some use in fighting against one of the more unpleasant manifestations of terrorism - chemical and biological weapons. Most recently, scientists …

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Oh How Tealightful!

Recently I participated in an online tea-tasting organized by Annette Y. Cowell, owner of Tea with Annette. It went like this: Each person had chosen the tea they would taste some weeks earlier, then Annette mailed samples out to us with steeping instructions. She thoughtfully enclosed a couple of disposable tea filter sacks too. At …

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Tea Takes TEAmwork!

How do you get tea leaves from the bush to the cup? With TEAmwork, of course! The old saying is still true: “There is strength in numbers.” Setting aside the issue of labor and treatment of workers on tea plantations (also called tea gardens) as serious as these things are, I want to celebrate all …

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Teas from Africa: Kenya, Malawi, Uganda

As shown in my previous article about African teas, the countries of Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda are key producers of tea on the continent of Africa. Malawi, relatively small in land area, was the first country on that continent to start growing tea commercially in 1878. Their tea is an important component of tea blends, …

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Great Tea Races of Yesteryear

As a non-smoker, I wouldn't walk a mile for a Camel, as the old ad slogan goes. But a cup of tea, that's another story entirely. If the prize were a pound of tea, I might even consider entering a race for it. Which is a not so graceful way of steering the discourse to …

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Changing the Perception of Tea Drinking

While folks like me are busy writing about how tea is a great cuppa instead of the usual coffee that so many folks turn to here in the U.S., a certain company that sells lots of coffee drinks here is trying to change the mindset of the tea drinking public in China. The key to …

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