Lining Up Your Arsenal of Teawares

Tea is said to soothe and invigorate. But it can do neither if you don’t line up your arsenal of teawares for a proper steeping. The basics are the same, but the details can vary, depending on which tea you are steeping. Start with the tea and the rest will follow. Black Tea Flavored or …

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The Rise of Matcha?

Every now and then a few members of the media get it in their heads that certain types of tea are poised to be the next thing. I don't know if this was the case with green tea way back when, but it's safe to say that anyone who predicted the immense popularity of this …

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5 Signs That You’re “Going Texan” at Tea Time

Everything is bigger in Texas – at least that’s the standard saying – and tea time is no exception. So it seems logical that largeness would be one sign that you’ve “gone Texan” at your tea time. But there are other signs, some more subtle and others – well, they’re definitely Texan! However, as a …

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Afternoon Tea Is No Trifling Affair

Popular history is nearly always wrong; or perhaps not quite right. Many people now know that, no matter how many thousands of times it’s repeated on the internet, The 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna Russell, did not ‘invent’ afternoon tea – which is often incorrectly called ‘High Tea’, just to add to the confusion. The …

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The IngenuiTEA – A Tea Steeper Supreme?

Move over, teapots, there’s a new steeper in town – well, not exactly new, but certainly not your everyday teapot. It’s the IngenuiTEA. Is it really a tea steeper supreme? It’s fans certainly think so. How the IngenuiTEA Works The IngenuiTEA, a patented tea steeper manufactured in Taiwan, is said to reduce infusing loose teas …

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7 Tea Leaf Styles That Steep Poorly in a Tea Ball

In 5 Reasons to Ditch the Tea Ball, I gave you just that. But if you need more convincing, here are tea leaf styles that don’t do too well in a tea ball (and, quite frankly, I don’t think there is any kind left that does do well). Here are the basic issues per tea …

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A Primer on Water Types and Tea

[Editor's note: See a list below of more articles on this blog about water, including recommendations on which is best for your tea.] Water should be a fairly simple thing. You use it to wash your cat and to fill water balloons and most importantly, you use it to make tea. But of course when …

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5 Reasons to Ditch the Tea Ball

Over the past year or so I have been listing 5 of this or 3 of that. From 5 signs that your tea time is morphing into something along this particular line or that to 3 reasons for doing something a certain way. It seems a convenient way to highlight the highlights, the salient points, …

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Green Tea Throughout History

Americans have probably consumed more black tea than any other kind over the course of the past few decades. But one of the more interesting facts I've run across in the years I've been writing about tea is that in earlier times we probably downed as much green tea as the black kind or perhaps …

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Recipe for Tea Mac-n-Cheese

As cold weather sets in, visions of comfort food embrace your thoughts. What is better than home-made, creamy macaroni and cheese with bacon, of course! Oh yes, even when using tea, bacon still makes everything better. Green tea is used in the water you cook your pasta as well as in the milk used for …

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