Tea and Tea Blending – The Book

If you pick up the book Tea and Tea Blending expecting to read about the latter topic you might come away mildly disappointed. There are only a few brief chapters of this 151-page book devoted to the topic, but that doesn’t mean it's not worth taking a look at. If you're looking for more of …

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Teapot Styles — Bone China Beauties

The popularity of tea through the ages has spurred the development of new materials, plus new techniques for working with them, to create perfect steeping and pouring teapots. Bone china is one such material — a result of experimentation and lots of sweat and ingenuity. First, let me answer that oft asked question: Yes, there …

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Tapping for Tea

I have to admit that the practice of finger tapping when tea is being poured is something of a mystery to me. Which probably makes sense since as far as I'm aware it's a practice that's primarily confined to certain Asian countries and most notably China. But when I ran across an article recently at …

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Love at First Taste

We have all heard of love at first sight, but what about love at first taste? Whether or not you believe in love at first sight, love at first taste is an entirely different kettle of fish…or pot of tea, as it were. Have you sipped a tea for the first time and been completely …

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Tea Developments, Monthly Report April 2013

Here’s a quick look at some tea developments that may not necessarily be new but are still not in the mainstream of tea drinkers’ awareness. Tea Harvests Progress First flush teas are generally harvested in March and April, depending on their location. In China: Pre-Qing teas are harvested from about March 30th through April 5th, …

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Organic Tea – Great Reassurance or Just Another Word in the Marketing Jungle? Part 1

In our modern world and economy, the “healthyness” of food products has become a great concern for the majority of consumers. This applies especially for the so-called developed countries, where food products are a huge and highly differentiated industry, and where consumers have the choice between a wide range of prices, qualities and sets of …

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Losing My Taste for Flavored Teas

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A ton of “stuff” that smothers the tea taste. (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved) A ton of “stuff” that smothers the tea taste. (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

My taste for flavored teas has for the most part faded like a cheap rug in the sunlight. The reason is pretty simple but takes a bit of explaining and some examples.

Once upon a time, Earl Grey was my favorite tea. I was gaga over it. Wouldn’t drink anything else. Then, I started branching out into other flavored teas. A spiced tea that folks in the U.S. call “chai” but that is more correctly called “masala chai” or “spiced tea” was the next one to grab my interest. It all started at an Indian restaurant. My love for curries, chutneys, and other Indian foods is by now well-known to everyone around me. A nice cup of masala chai seemed a natural beverage to have, therefore, with that spicy lamb vindaloo. Normally…

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Losing My Taste for Flavored Teas

My taste for flavored teas has for the most part faded like a cheap rug in the sunlight. The reason is pretty simple but takes a bit of explaining and some examples. Once upon a time, Earl Grey was my favorite tea. I was gaga over it. Wouldn’t drink anything else. Then, I started branching …

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The Other High Tea II

After writing an article on some fine tea-related offerings on British Airways and a few Asian airlines I thought it might be interesting to revisit the issue of tea in high places. For starters, I thought I might see what some of the big name airlines offered. Not that I was expecting much, given that …

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Using Tea to Promote Growth in Other Plants

That “green thumb” urge strikes when the weather turns even slightly more Spring-like. And tea can be your garden’s best friend. Whether in compost or a liquid fertilizer, using tea to promote growth in other plants is becoming increasingly touted. And it’s no small wonder. A lot of good stuff gets infused out of those …

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