An Overview of World Tea Expo 2011

The Summer version of the World Tea Expo was held June 24-26, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. Each summer a large contingent of representatives from the different sectors of the worldwide tea industry converges in Las Vegas for World Tea Expo. There are other large tea-industry trade shows held throughout the year, but World …

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The Importance of Water

I'm sure this won't be the first time you've seen a discussion about the importance of using the right water for tea. In fact, there have been similar posts on this very blog, but it's an issue important enough to bear repeating. Tea is, of course, largely water by volume, so it makes sense that …

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More About Sun Tea

This is a follow-up to the article that I wrote on the dangers of sun tea, The Dark Side of Sun Tea, this past June. While I still hold that it's wise to avoid making tea by this method, there is less clear evidence about the topic than I had previously been led to believe. …

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The Humble and Excellent Brown Betty

Despite its humble appearance and role as default teapot in so many English cupboards, the Brown Betty is a much more interesting piece of tea ware than one might assume. The ancestral forms of the Brown Betty came into production and use in England near the close of the seventeenth century, when craftsmen began using …

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An Introduction to Japanese Green Teas

A tremendous amount of media attention has been devoted to green tea in the past few years, most of it centered around claims that everyone should drink gallons of it per day for health reasons. The overall impact of this hype is probably good since it may lead consumers to try some teas that might …

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Agony of the Leaves

If you have ever immersed yourself into the exciting world of higher quality teas, you will surely have heard frequent recommendations to avoid tea bags in favor of loose leaf teas. This is sound advice, and there are many reasons for it. One of the most pragmatic and somewhat obvious reasons for this is a …

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