The Thrill of Trying a New Tea!

We all like things that are familiar, comfortable, and known. But many of us also like something new. The thrill of trying a new tea is one such experience. It can be like opening that first gift on Christmas morning or taking that first ride in your new car…or better yet, spending the first night …

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Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report 21

There are any number of alleged uses for a used tea bag, including various cleaning tasks, soothing your weary eyes, and fertilizing plants. Tea has also been used in various ways to make art, and the same goes for tea bags. But what about making your own tea bags? Well, I'd have to say this …

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Exploring Silver Needle Tea

The best type of white tea is Silver Needle. It is a name derived from the basic appearance of the dry tea. The shape is like a needle. And the needles are silvery in color from the fine strands (called “hairs”) covering their exterior. But not all teas labeled “Silver Needle” are created equal. So, …

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Tea and Cupcakes – a Natural Combo!

Slide over, scone lovers, the cupcakes are taking over tea time. They’re a natural combo, so much so that they are even served on occasion in teacups! [Note: You should not pour tea into that cup while the cupcake is still in it. I realize that is probably self-evident, but it’s good to caution you …

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Don’t Tread on Britain’s Tea

There are a few countries whose citizens drink more tea than the British but none of them roll right off the tip of the tongue. If you're like me, when you think of great tea-drinking peoples throughout history you probably think of the British. Which is why the recent flap over tennis and tea there …

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How to Hold a Virtual Tea Party

Yes, there is such a thing as a virtual tea party! In these days where it seems that our entire lives are online, not holding virtual tea parties would be the odd thing. So, holding one seems a total no-brainer… but I beg to differ. It can be quite tricky, as you will soon see. …

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Recipe for Slow Cooker Tea Pulled Pork BBQ

With barbecue season in full swing, but not always enough time to break out the charcoal and get a fire started; this recipe will make your day.  Enjoy all of the wonderful barbecue flavor with very little effort.  To top off this simple dish, it is infused with the wonderful flavors of Puerh tea (such …

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Tea Room vs. Tea House vs. Tea Shop – What’s the Difference?

“Tea Room,” “Tea House,” or “Tea Shop” – what’s the difference? In the world of tea, words swirl and float and often have no firm shape. They are like clouds and mist instead of something solid and definable like a mountain or a car. As a result we have herbals being called “herbal tea,” Rooibos …

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Tea Catechins 101

With all of the attention to the many alleged health benefits of tea nowadays, you tend to hear certain terms a lot. One of those terms is catechins. Which leads to the obvious question - what are they? I have to admit that, as much as I write about tea, I wasn't completely clear on …

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Tea and Team Spirit

People get excited about things, passionate. Thanks goodness. Otherwise we might as well be comatose. It’s just good to hold that excitement, that passion, a bit in check and not go overboard. I think of this as several major and passion-inspiring sports events have come and gone recently: the World Cup, Wimbledon, and the Tour …

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