In Search of the World’s Oldest Tea Tree

Where does your tea come from? Well, to start with it comes from a plant called Camellia sinensis. Statistically speaking, based on production figures, that plant is most likely to reside somewhere in China, India, or Africa. The actual plant the tea was harvested from probably took the form of a small, rather neatly manicured …

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Getting MisTEA-eyed

Tea is said to invigorate and soothe, but it can get you quite emotional to the point a being misTEA-eyed. You know, that state where you feel that lump in your throat and are bursting with such happiness that yours eyes tear up ever so slightly. Yes, tea can evoke such a state of being. …

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Tea Tourism Revisited

I'm pretty sure there are no statistics available on the topic, but I'd be willing to bet that tea tourism doesn’t quite stack up against other types of specialty tourism - at least not yet. To quote one of the authors of a recent article on tea tourism in India, as mentioned below, "It's not …

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Teapot Styles — Art Deco

Teapot styles tend to parallel the styles of other objects, from buildings, to art works, to furniture and clothing. The Art Deco period is one that especially stands out and that was reflected in teapot designs. Those designs had a wide range of approaches and materials. Time to go exploring. When someone thinks of art …

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Painting with Tea: Tea Dimensional Art

I love crafting with tea, and never tire of designing new ways to incorporate tea into my crafts. I’m also interested in others who use tea in their creative arts. So I was very excited when artist Mary Pagón connected with me about two years ago. I immediately fell in love with her strikingly colourful …

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Tea Kettle Philosophy — A Sense of Life

Time to stare off into space and think deep thoughts as the kettle meets the heat on the stovetop and the water soaks that heat up. Soon will come the boil, but meanwhile, I indulge in introspections. As a kid, I used to get quite distracted by wallpaper patterns. Whenever there was a time when …

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Teapots, Dutch Style

Unsurprisingly for a blog devoted to tea, this one has seen numerous articles on teapots. Whether about yixing, places to pick up a pot, or the merits of different styles, the articles are out there. There’s even one on Amsterdam teapots. However, on a recent visit to the Rijksmuseum, I came face to face with …

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The REAL Tea Boat!

Tea boats are very handy for those gongfu teatimes, as many of you who steep that way will attest. I first learned about these useful items from a tea lover on Twitter. Since then, I have acquired some Yixing clay teapots that are best used with a tea boat, but alas I have none. No …

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Everything I Didn’t Know About Korean Tea

Pull up a chair while I tell you everything I know about Korean tea. Although you probably wouldn't have time to sit down. As for the title of this article, I'm not going to actually attempt to tell you everything I don't know about Korean tea, because that would be a lot. So I'll confine …

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The Tea Princess Throws a Tantrum…Sorta

Before we begin, let me caution you that the behavior described below is not at all what’s expected of a Tea Princess. For all of you Tea Princesses and Princes out there, all I can say is that I promise it won’t happen again. Well, not any time soon, at least. On with the story. …

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