Minimalist Teaware

by Adam Yusko So many people love teapots because they seem to add a certain character to the brewing ritual, and fit the stereotypical image of making and serving tea. But in all honesty teapots and other accessories are simply more things to clean and worry about breaking, not to mention their sheer bulk. Personally, …

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Twinings

by Adam Yusko Twinings Tea has been a staple in my cabinet since I first became an avid tea drinker. It seems that Twinings tea has always offered a consistent quality, and a large enough variety to fit any mood. I have a fondness in my heart for Twinings, as its gotten me through many …

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Minimal Tea

by Adam Yusko Many teashops are now selling more teas that are blended with fruits, candies, flowers, and oils. While I don't doubt that such combinations can be tasty, sometimes we need to ask ourselves, is this really tea? I mean, sure it has tea in it, but how much of the tea are you …

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Tea and the Weather

by Adam Yusko Why is it that a cup of green tea is never as refreshing on a dreary February day when you're trapped inside a cold house, while that steaming hot cup of Assam feels oppressive in the summer heat? Don't get me wrong, those of us that love tea will find a way …

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Kettle Spouts – Pouring Matters

by Adam Yusko The spout of the kettle might just be the most important part, or else we might as well be using sauce pans. The spout focuses the pouring water and directs it where we wish. But are all spouts created equally? In my experience, no; a narrow spout usually achieves optimal results. Why …

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Russian Tea Blends

This is part two of my look into Russian tea and tea culture. Though Russia didn’t get introduced to tea until the 17th century from China, it seems that tea didn’t become very popular in Russia until the 19th century. The tisanes they drank before they were introduced to tea, was called Sbiten - a …

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Russian Tea Part I

Russia, believe it or not has been tea drinking country unique in its own respects. The Czars and upper echelon, loved their tea, and it was often had on special occasions. Their tea was also served quite strong, but with a bowl of hot water so they could dilute the tea down to their preferred …

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Giving the Gift of Tea

In America avid tea drinkers are sometimes looked on as odd - considering the typical Americans idea of tea comes in a bag that has been sitting on a shelf for ages. But occasionally someone comes up to you asking if you could find a tea that they would enjoy. Or for a present you …

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Breaking the “Rules”

There have been a lot of posts talking about the proper way to brew tea.  All of them basically giving the same basic ideas, sometimes slightly different with brew times or temperatures , but what happens if you throw the rules out the window all together? I know many people whose ideas on how to …

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Tea to Go

While bagged tea is quite an invention, which depending who you talk to is either a rejuvenation or a bastardization of tea. But what if you are a firm believer in the superiority of loose leaf tea, but still want an enjoyable cup while away? For an English style cup of tea, it might just …

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