Why Soft Drinks Are NOT a Substitute for Tea

When you’re out and about and feel the need for your fave tea but can’t get it, don’t fall into the trap of having a soft drink (soda, pop, coke, soda pop, fizzy drink, tonic, seltzer, mineral water, sparkling water, carbonated beverage, or whatever you call it). You will be tempted. After all, soft drinks …

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Tea History – The Commutation Act of 1784

The notion of tea as anything but a relatively inexpensive commodity is something of an unfamiliar concept to most modern-day tea drinkers. Yes, there are plenty of varieties that you can lay your hands on these days that are quite expensive, but it doesn't have to be that way. If you're looking for a passably …

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Tea in the Movies — “If Winter Comes”

Another great tea moment popped up in a movie I was watching a little while ago. Maybe as I have evolved into a more involved tea drinker, I am just noticing these things more. Whatever the case, I sat up and took notice of the tea moment in “If Winter Comes.” This is another of …

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Frustrations of Online Searches for “Tea”

Online searches can be fairly frustrating, with results (called “hits”) coming up that have little or nothing to do with what you’re looking for. And there you are, sitting in front of your computer screen scrolling through screenful after screenful of links to irrelevant stuff. Some of that irrelevant stuff: Woman's name: Tea Town name: …

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Tea Pioneers: Richard Twining

Say what you want about a company that's been around longer than the United States, but you've gotta assume that they're doing something right. There may be other tea companies that have been doing business as long as Twinings of London but I'm not aware of any. The firm got underway 307 years again, in …

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Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report 9

I recently wrote an article in these pages about the pros and cons of sun tea, which is made by leaving tea leaves and water in a jug to steep in the sun. For an interesting variation on this theme, check out this solar kettle that claims to be able to harness the power of …

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Teas of the World: Silver Needle Versions

Silver Needle (Baihao Yinzhen) is one of the finest white teas available. As such, teas are popping up everywhere on the market bearing the name “Silver Needle.” The question is: how many versions of this tea are out there? Of course, we then have to ask: are these versions really “Silver Needle”? I’m not sure …

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Dunoon Tea Mug Design Classics

Some of my favorite tea mugs are from Dunoon. I have sipped many a hot cuppa with meals or by itself, during stormy weather or clear, in beastly heat or bone-chilling cold. Those mugs have never let me down. Time to check out some of their classic designs and see which you might want for …

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Ice Tea or Iced Tea? – A Matter of Semantics

It occurred to me recently that I've seen the type of tea that we drink chilled referred to as both "ice tea" and "iced tea." It's not something I ever paid close attention to and I'm pretty sure that the latter spelling is the more popular but I thought it merited looking into a little …

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Can You Win in the Tea Market Through Quality?

Awhile ago, a tea grower/vendor said that they really focus on quality products that will be winners in the marketplace. That brought to mind a question: Can you win in the tea market by presenting a quality product? Some of you might immediately answer, “Yes!” And I am one of those who certainly thinks that’s …

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