When Tea Was Brought to the Western Hemisphere and a Bit of History

We’ve all heard of the Boston Tea Party, but tea came to the Western hemisphere long before that. Time to follow that trail and see just when tea was brought here and by whom. Once upon a time (some say as long as 5,000 years ago), a studier of plants in China was boiling some …

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Does Tea Need More Caffeine?

People have different reasons for drinking tea. Some do so because they grew up in a tea drinking household and that's just the way things were done. Some people drink it for the taste - a group that I'd put myself in. Some like the contemplative aspects of the tea experience and the ritual of …

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Introducing Friends to New Teas (and Herbal Infusions!)

There is a certain satisfaction to be gained from introducing people you care about to things that you care about. Tea is no exception, and it is always extremely rewarding to introduce friends of mine to teas. This could mean introducing them to a certain blend of tea, a new type of tea (green, white, …

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