“Is the Tea World Getting Silly?”

The other day someone asked me, “Is the tea world getting silly?” And I replied, “Gee, I sure hope so.” As a tea blogger whose tea review site is hosted by a talking teapot, I can also say I have contributed my share of silliness to the world of tea. But the roll call of …

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The Pros and Cons of Sun Tea

It's kind of sunny here in my part of southern Arizona right now, so much so that grown men are weeping and the trees are bursting into flames. Perhaps I'm exaggerating just a bit, but what better time to revisit the topic of sun tea, something that was touched on several years ago, in these …

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The Logic and Nonsense of Tea Infusion Period Instructions

“Put 1 teaspoon of xxx tea in a suitable vessel or teapot and pour over with boiling hot water and leave for ca. 3 minutes before drinking”. Who doesn’t know them, the omnipresent 1- or 2-sentence instructions commonly given by suppliers on tea packages, usually centered around, or even being more or less reduced to …

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Acquiring an Ear for That Tea Kettle Whistle

Awhile back I stated that I found the sound of a tea kettle whistle to be very annoying. Many of you responded that you find it essential to let you know when the water is boiling. Well, I am now finding myself on your side of things here, at least to a certain extent. It …

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Tea vs. Coffee in India

Statistically speaking, if you drink tea, there's a pretty good chance that it was grown in China or India. If it weren't for China, India would be the world's top tea growing nation, and between the two of them they grow rather substantial quantities of the stuff. Which might be why the growth of coffee …

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You Know You’ve Stored Your Teas Too Long When…

We all know that storing your teas is a task to be done with care. The nemeses of tea (air, light, moisture, odors, etc.) are constantly on the attack, and so our guard must never be down. Sometimes, though, our best efforts are just not enough. We dig out that tin of Harney and Sons …

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Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report VIII

Let's start with the offbeat news this time around. Does it get any more offbeat than breast milk in tea? Hard to say. I'm not sure who Mylene Klass is or what her claim to fame is. But apparently she's well known enough that the British press is abuzz of her recent revelation that when …

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Teas of the World: TTES Teas

Tea in Taiwan is serious business, so much so that they are constantly working on developing new cultivars of Camellia Sinensis (the tea plant) that will yield certain characteristics for both the grower and the imbiber. The results are usually sold with a TTES number on them, for example, “TTES No. 18.” But what is …

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On the Adolf Hitler Tea Kettle Controversy

Let me say, right at the outset, that the day (or days) in which the Adolf Hitler Tea Kettle Controversy erupted must have been kind of slow on the news front, to say the least. The whole big frenzy seems to have started sometime in late May. Or as Time magazine reported, the fuss got …

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The “Golden Pour” of the Year

Yes, I know the year isn’t even half over and, yes, I know there are many tea adventures to be had in the months ahead, but sometimes something comes along that is so splendid that it can’t wait for the end of the year. Besides, the end of the year is so full of “best …

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