“The Past and Present State of the Tea Trade of England,” by Robert Montgomery Martin

When setting out to pen a book on tea, writers of previous centuries didn’t really concern themselves much with coming up with a snappy title. I've written about a number of such tomes in the past here and the subject of this article is hardly no exception. Then again, perhaps a title like The Past …

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Tea and Agatha Christie

There’s nothing like tea and a good book. The Grand Dame of Mystery, Agatha Christie, wrote her delicious little mysteries from 1920 to her death in 1976. Not as long as mankind has been enjoying tasty tea, so folks had to read something else at tea time before 1920. A few months ago, having never …

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The Consequences of Missing Tea Time

Yesterday was another one of those days … a day when I had so many errands to run that I never got around to having tea. On a normal day – that is, a day when I’m working at home, or can finish my errands in short order – I consume between 24 and 72 …

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How to Include Tea in Your Tailgate Party

How do you combine your love of sports and tailgating with living the tea life? This is a good question to ask during football (U.S. Style) season. Tailgate parties abound. But how do you fit in tea? Many people, when they think of tea, envision Victorian-style parlors with horsehair-stuffed chairs in which everyone would sit …

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Tea in Strange Places – Hawaii

With all due respect to the good people of our fiftieth state, most of us in the other forty-nine and likely much of the world at large probably think of it as a sun-drenched vacation spot whose main exports are pineapple, macadamia nuts, and a high grade of coffee known as Kona. But in recent …

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It’s Always Tea Time at Our House

One of the great things about our world is all the time zones. That means it’s always tea time somewhere on the planet. In our house, though, we don’t need a variety of time zones, just the right attitude — one that says “It's always tea time at our house.” As I said in a …

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Ode to the Infuser Mug

Sometimes forgotten, often underrated, the infuser mug is a teaware item that I feel does not get its due. It is often compared unfavourably to the illustrious teapot, being considered an inferior way to steep tea by many devoted tea drinkers. But while there is some truth to the claim that teapots will steep tea …

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5 of the Most Embarrassing Tea Moments

Life is full of embarrassing moments, and some of the worst are embarrassing tea moments. There you are, enjoying this wonderful beverage, and you may have even taken time to steep it up gongfu style. Then — yikes! — that embarrassing tea moment happens. 1 The inopportune laugh — You take in a big mouthful …

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Tea Review: English Tea Store Golden Heaven Yunnan

I consider myself to be a rather avid fan of Assam tea, a black variety that hails from the Assam region of India. Although I'm always careful to note that Assam teas are definitely not all created equal and some of them are rather yucky, to be quite honest. But I'm such a fan of …

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Tea Moment — the Visiting Relatives

Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, those visiting relatives can certainly make for some interesting tea moments. Or make you slip away to a quiet corner to have a private, nerve-calming tea moment. Either way, choose the right tea and possibly the perfect munchie, and your tea moment will be divine! In my younger …

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