Scones, Clotted Cream, and Jam — Oh, My!

Scones, baked fresh and then split open like we would an American-style biscuit, then topped with clotted cream and jam are the quintessence of Afternoon Tea heaven. Yet, there is some discord out there among aficionados about which to plop on that scone first: the clotted cream or the jam! A real dilemma. The operative …

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Crafting with Tea Leaves

Generally I do one of two things with spent tea leaves: toss them into the begonia, or just throw them into the garbage can. A few years ago, a tea friend came up with a more creative idea for using infused tea leaves. She sent me a greeting card that she’d created by incorporating used …

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5 Top Rules of Tea Tasting

Tea tastings are all the rage at tea shops and tea rooms. You’ve booked your space and paid out the fee, so you want to get the most out of your tea tasting experience. The rules are simple yet amazingly overlooked by some to the chagrin of their fellow attendees. For your sake and for …

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Scotland and Tea

Is it a coincidence that a number of key figures from tea history hail from Scotland? Perhaps so and perhaps not, but it's true. Take for instance the man who gave the tea world what might be one of its most recognizable names - Sir Thomas Lipton. Several decades before Lipton became a household name …

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Teas from Africa: Mozambique, South Africa, Mauritius

Two more countries that are notable tea producers on the African continent are Mozambique and South Africa, with the island nation of Mauritius, off the continent’s east coast and directly across from Mozambique, being generally included in this category of teas. In March 2012, Mozambique sold over 67,000 kilos of tea leaves at auction, a …

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Tailoring Your Tea to Your Water

Different regions have different types of water. This may be an obvious thing to point out, but since water is essential to drinking tea, this simple statement has implications for tea lovers everywhere. As our editor pointed out in a recent article, your water could be the reason that your tea didn’t taste quite like …

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Fall Is in the Air at Tea Time!

Fall is in the air, and tea time shows it. From the choice of teas served to the flavors of the foods with a harvest theme, tea time is a great way to celebrate the change of seasons. Fall Tea Time Teas While warmer temps lead people to lighter flavored teas, as the weather cools …

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EGCG: A Closer Look

If you've been following the numerous reports about tea's alleged health benefits in the media (including the ones at this site) in past years, then you've probably encountered a mouthful of a term known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate. Which is one of the most often cited beneficial compounds found in tea and one that's typically shortened to …

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The Tea Princess Has a Nightmare

Bad things can happen at tea time. Any Tea Princess knows that. But anticipation of the worst possibilities is a real nightmare. Some event could go wrong and ruin the entire occasion. Of course, there’s going wrong and then there’s going totally horribly out-of-control over-the-edge wrong — sorta like the shower scene in Psycho. Well, …

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Serving Tea Elegantly: Tiered Serving Stands

I’d like you to try something for me. Close your eyes and picture a table set for afternoon tea. In your mind’s eye, what do you see? A teapot, probably in a cozy. Place settings of teacups, plates, and flatware. But I’m sure that’s not all. If you’re like me, the picture of “afternoon tea” …

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