Matcha: The One Healthy Tea to Rule Them All?

Here's my oft-repeated opinion on the health benefits of tea, condensed to one sentence: I don't deny that there's evidence that tea can be healthy, but there's no shortage of people who are eager to stretch those claims in the interest of selling tea. While many claims for tea's benefits center on green tea, there …

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Has London Gone Bubble Tea Mad?

by Guest Blogger Sarah Rosalind Roberts London loves tea and with the growing variety of cultures in the population, it's no surprise that there have been international influences on its tea consumption. It's always good to try new things and what is life without variety? Don't get me wrong, I love a traditional cup of …

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8 Things to Know About the Irish and Tea

Ireland and tea go together like holly and ivy, like Wooster and Jeeves, like flowers and vases…well, you know what I mean. Time for some more details just in case you end up popping over there for a cuppa some day. 1 Ireland has fallen to #3 world-wide for tea drinking per capita Well, it’s …

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Recipe for Tea Pappardelle Almond Pesto Pasta

Pasta can be rather bland by itself, but that very quality makes it ideal for combining with stronger flavors, such as Darjeeling tea. 2 tbsp Darjeeling Oolong (light colored liquor with sweet herbal notes) ¼ cup olive oil 1 ½ cups all purpose flour 1 ½ cups semolina flour (plus some for dusting) 5 eggs …

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A Pu-erh to Start Out With

There are black teas (what many in the world call “red tea”), green teas, white teas, rarer yellow teas, purple teas, hundreds of oolong teas … and then there’s pu-erh. Strange. Mysterious. Off-putting. But, as with anything new to you, starting out is easy – just take that first step. Here is a pu-erh (or …

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Even More Offbeat Tea Patents

Nowadays there are nearly a half million patent applications filed every year in the United States alone. That number surely must have been smaller in previous years, but it's safe to say that there are a whopping number of patents in the files by now. Of these, there are plenty that have to do with …

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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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5 “Lucky” March Teas Not to Miss!

The third month of the year is beginning, and here’s hoping the weather is more like a lamb than a lion…and definitely not as tough on some of you, especially in Southern and East Coast states, as last month was. Green is the color most associated with March, due to that special day when everyone …

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