How Much Tea Should You Be Drinking?

So, how much tea should you be drinking? The question is subjective, and each person will have their own answer. But are there any guidelines? It's safe to say that you shouldn't be drinking 150 tea bags worth of tea in a day, like the Michigan woman who did so for 17 years and ended …

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Teas of the World: “Black Oolong” Teas

To some of us the term “black oolong” can be a bit of a puzzle. We know black teas as one thing and oolong teas as another. Time to take a closer look. First, we here in North America and much of Europe know black tea as a fully oxidized tea where the dry leaves …

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Tea Quiz: Can You Match the Tea to the Leaves?

In a previous article I had shown some photos of tea leaves and asked if you could identify them. Some were easy and at least a couple were difficult. One responder commented that a look at the steeped liquid helps when identifying teas from photos. I thought it would be good to see how this …

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Stephen Twining – 10th Generation Tea Guy

Many decades ago, for a school assignment, I undertook the task of seeing how far back I could trace my ancestry. Given my limited resources, I was only able to go back a few generations but it was an interesting project nonetheless. In this particular respect I find it a little hard to relate to …

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5 More Surprising Things About Tea

Tea is not just a beverage but an object of study for hundreds of people world-wide who specialize in its cultivation, processing, and enjoyment. Earlier I presented 5 Surprising Things About Tea that were rather light-hearted. Here are five more surprising things but in a more serious vein. 1 Moisture in, moisture out! While tea …

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The Chinese Method of Preparing Tea

If you're ever in the mood for some truly offbeat reading, you could head on over to Project Gutenberg and take a look at a curious 1854 book by one Rev. I. Platts. It's called The Book Of Curiosities: Containing Ten Thousand Wonders and Curiosities of Nature and Art - which is a somewhat abridged …

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Tea Kettle Philosophy — The Too Handsome Actor

Time spent waiting for that water to boil in the kettle can be a pure waste. So can that time waiting for the tea to steep in the teapot. Fill the void with another round of Tea Kettle Philosophy, this one inspired by a movie I saw recently (Those Lips, Those Eyes — a sort …

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Theine, Theanine, and Tea

It's a bit of a paradox that a drink that contains caffeine can often impart to the drinker a feeling of calm and relaxation. That drink is tea, of course, and the calming compound contained therein is known as theanine. As I noted in an article I wrote here about theanine a few years ago, …

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Starting Out on the Wrong Foot with Tea

If you are so unfortunate as to have your first taste of a particular tea be a very bad one, you can get started out on the wrong foot with that tea or with tea in general. So, starting out right can be important. This was clearly illustrated to me a few weeks ago when …

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5 Herbal Infusions I Would Like to Explore More

Hearing things mentioned or coming across them online or in stores can catch my interest and get me in the mood to explore them more, such as these herbal infusions:1 Yerba MateThis South American plant has become something of a trendy beverage in many Western countries, renowned for its coffee-like ability to wake you up, …

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