The Perfect Water Temperature for Tea

In my last post I discussed how important it can be to brew different tea types using different water temperatures; the correct temperature can separate a passable cup of tea from an almost mind-blowing experience. However, the ideal temperature for different tea types ranges from 140º F to 212º F (boiling). With such a wide …

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Types of Japanese Green Tea

With all the information out there regarding the health benefits and correct preparation of green tea, rarely is a distinction made between Japanese green tea and Chinese green tea.  In reality, the two are processed in two very different ways, and have completely distinct flavor profiles. Like Chinese green tea, Japanese green tea is considered …

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Is English Cadbury Different Than American?

I know it is a bit unusual to post something unrelated to tea, but I feel it’s my duty to provide some info that many people might not be aware of—English Cadbury chocolate and American Cadbury chocolate are not the same! The English Tea Store website has a great article about Cadbury’s history. Toward the …

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Tea Blends vs. Single Estate Teas: Part Two

In Part One, I likened the flavor and drinking experience of blended teas to a symphony--many elements working in harmony for an immersing experience. If drinking a blended tea is like listening to a symphony, then drinking a great single estate tea is like listening to a virtuosic soloist. With single estate teas, you get …

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Tea Blends vs. Single Estate Teas: Part One

Although most tea drinkers are familiar with a terms like "breakfast blend"and "Margaret's Hope Darjeeling," far fewer could probably explain what exactly a breakfast blend entails, why it is that teas are blended, or what "Margaret's Hope" stands for. Understanding the difference between a tea blend and a single estate tea can enhance your enjoyment …

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The Benefits of Electric Kettles

There are a number of advantages to using an electric kettle instead of a conventional stove top kettle, and some are more obvious than others. The most easily recognizable advantages of electric kettles are those associated with convenience. Since they are specifically designed for the purpose of heating water, electric kettles tend to be much …

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