Kicking Tea Habits

Tea drinkers often fall into one of two categories: those with iron-clad tea habits and those without. These tea habits may involve drinking only specific types of tea at specific times, using specific tea wares with specific teas, or always steeping certain teas in certain ways. I certainly have some tea habits; however, they are …

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5 Conjurers’ Secrets So Tea Doesn’t Scare You!

So often I get comments from folks saying that they are scared to try various teas. Or scared of tea altogether…it’s too complicated…it can turn out bitter…it can get oversteeped or have no taste at all… and so on. But don’t let tea scare you! It’s really quite simple. No need for witches’ cauldrons, strange …

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Some History of Tea in Taiwan

There are a few significant tea producing countries or regions that have changed their name since tea began to be a significant industry there. Probably the most notable example is Sri Lanka. It used to be known as Ceylon, and to this day the tea produced there is known by the same name. And then …

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Some Thoughts on Tea Steeping Instructions

Hundreds and maybe even thousands of articles are written on how to steep tea. Plus a ton of videos. Even so, new information always seems to pop up in discussions with tea-loving friends online. A recent incident prompted me to put down some thoughts on tea steeping instructions, and I hope you will excuse any …

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How to Build Your Own Teamaker

Teamakers are becoming rather common these days, and there are some models that are quite elaborate, automating nearly every step of the teamaking process and then taking the dog for a walk when they're finished. I've used a number of these gizmos over the years, and they're quite fine, but I always seem to find …

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5 Ways to Get Cozy with Tea

Tea is the essence of coziness. Cozy isn’t difficult. Tea isn’t difficult. But there are still folks who need some assistance in achieving the state of existence where both are appropriately combined. To that end, I present you with five ways to get cozy with tea. 1 The Right Tea Believe it or not, different …

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“A Cup of Tea” – The Book (1884)

If you're looking for old books about tea there are plenty of them just a click away, thanks to the ongoing efforts to digitize what seems like every piece of printed material ever published. I've written about many of these over the years and keep waiting for the supply to run dry, but it hasn't yet. …

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The Teapot Tree…Real or…?

Is the teapot tree real? Or is it a myth, a legend, a figment of some moonshiner’s imagination? Time to go on the hunt and find out. Years ago the most beautiful and youthful Elizabeth Taylor starred opposite the very youthful Montgomery Clift in a movie called Raintree County. It’s a Civil War era romance/tragedy, …

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Recipe for Tea Lemon Raspberry Tart

This sweet tangy treat will look like you paid a pretty penny, instead it was thrown together in not time at all. There is a special ingredient in this called Manuka honey. This honey is harvested from the bees that feast on the tea tree plant. With a spot of tea as well making it …

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3 Tips for Blending Your Own Teas (and a recipe or two)

You see tea blends all over the place (for purposes of this article, I will include those “blends” that include non-tea substances). There are ones with marigold petals and ones with peppermint. There are some with dried pieces of apples and berries. Some have spices added such as cinnamon, black pepper, and cardamom. There are …

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