Coffee and Tea Industries and the Flavor Field

For every magazine you might happen across on a newsstand these days (be it an actual physical newsstand or its digital equivalent) there at least several other titles that you're never going to encounter - unless you happen to be a part of the specialized industry or business niche that they cover. In the past …

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Is It Time for a Tea Term Revolution?

A recent online search for another article on this blog popped up some results that has me calling for a tea term revolution. For all you folks who don’t like to read anything negative or even just a teensy bit harsh, here is a lovely photo of some roses my hubby bought me for my …

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Tea Review — The English Tea Store’s Organic Ceylon

Most of us have probably heard the term terra incognita, but perhaps you've never thought much about where it comes from. As the story goes, once upon a time the phrase was inscribed upon those areas of maps that were an unknown. Nowadays, of course, these areas don't take up as much space as they …

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Teas of the World: U.S. Grown Teas

In our exploration of teas of the world, we can’t miss out on those grown in the U.S. One tea plantation is fairly well-known, but others are only recently gaining any attention in the arena of tea. Time to pay them a visit. [Side note: Before we proceed, I wanted to state that when researching …

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Wild Tea – When Tea Grows on a Tree

From pictures in books, TV, and online, we are used to pictures of wide and beautifully styled tea gardens, with tea growing in bushes, usually no more than half a meter high, often less, with thin and tender trunks and branches, but in fact this is only half the story. The species tea, Camellia Sinensis, …

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Tea in the Tub and Other Silly Ideas

As much as I marvel at the creativity of mankind, especially when it comes to tea as seen in all the tea gadget reports that have been posted on this blog, there are times when I have to think that things have just gone too far. At least as far as I am concerned. But, …

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Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report V

These reports are a forum for discussing gadgets and offbeat tea-related news, but it seems that the coverage sometimes is slanted toward the former. So I'll start things off this time around with what I thought was a decidedly offbeat bit of tea news. According to this article, it seems that black tea - in …

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Why Do Some Teacups Have Feet?

Awhile back, a regular reader of this blog asked about teacup designs, having seen some of the articles about teapot styles. That led me to wondering about something that has puzzled tea drinkers like that reader and me for a long time: why do some teacups have feet? First of all, this is not like …

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On the Fine Art of Describing Tea

I'll bet I'm not the first person to remark that the spectacle of someone describing wine in flowery, high-falutin' language can be just the tiniest bit ridiculous. In fact, I know I'm not. I can't recall any specific instances, but I know it's the sort of thing that I've seen mined for comic effect on …

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More About Tea Time Fashions

Move over, all you fancy tea time dressers, your tea time fashion is about to get a tad…uh…unexpected! Set aside those flower-patterned dresses, white cotton gloves, and wide-brimmed hats with lace veils. Set aside, too, those neckties, you guys, and those business suits. A very different approach is needed here. Tea Dueler Fashion Take, for …

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