What’s Your Tea Mood?

Tea is said to help your mood, to stimulate, and to calm. It is supposed to enhance the mood you’re in or help you turn that mood 180 degrees around — from depressed or very sad to happy and in a positive frame of mind. But that’s not what a “tea mood” is. Your tea …

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Matcha vs Dust-in-a-Teabag

Someone asked the other day why dust in a bag is considered bad but powdered matcha is considered good, even premium. In other words, if whole or broken leaves are supposed to be better, why is matcha an exception? Great question, and one to which I flippantly answered: “Marketing and tradition!” Well, that question deserves …

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What Tea to Drink for Halloween

What tea you drink for Halloween and thereabouts might have a lot to do with whether you're human or creature. If you're not sure which side of the fence you fall on, I can't help you much with that. But read on and I'll try to cover a little bit of each. HUMANS As a …

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No Tricks, Just Tea Time Treats

Every year on October 31st (or thereabouts), it’s “Ding dong — trick or treat” time! Some of us, though, tend to hide out, keeping the lights down low or off altogether, and gobble up those treats in a special tea time (tea mishaps in the dark are a small price to pay). How piggish of …

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Aunt Martha’s Stories About Tea

In the time that I've been writing about tea I've run across countless books on the subject, but relatively few of them were geared toward a younger audience. I actually can't think of any at the moment, but that might just be a failing of my memory. I ran across one such volume not long …

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Sharing Tea

Have you ever tried to get someone you know into tea? I certainly have, and most of the time, it hasn't worked. But, like many things in life, often it is when you stop trying that you can actually succeed. Recently, I noticed that my brother was becoming more and more interested in my teas. …

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What Is a Veilleuse Teapot?

Just when you think you’ve heard about every kind of teapot out there, along comes the veilleuse-théière. When people know you are interested in tea and all things related, they start telling you about this and that — a tea room you gotta try, a new tea on the market, and of course a teapot …

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Can Green Tea Shrink Tumors?

I tend to be cautiously skeptical when it comes to the many and varied health claims for tea. For my money tea is just fine as a beverage and, if it happens to benefit my health in any way, I'll take that as a nice fringe benefit. As always, I caution the reader to approach …

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Prepping for the Holidays — Christmas Specialties

It’s not too early to start lining up your treats for the holidays. One that has a fairly long tradition is the Christmas Cracker. Another is the Advent Calendar. They both have an interesting history, something to make their enjoyment all the more meaningful when shared with your guests! Christmas Crackers The name can be …

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