Tearoom Review – Sugar N’ Spice in Brisbane, Australia

I first came across Sugar N’ Spice in 2010 when I moved to Brisbane and spent an afternoon scouting for tearooms. I wasn’t disappointed. Mark, the proprietor is passionate about tea, coffee, chocolate, places great importance on great products, and excellent customer service, which is something that has been lost for many years in the …

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Tea and Art in Australia and China

My mission is to ensure that everybody has a better cup of tea in their cupboard, and what better way to raise awareness about good tea than through tea and art? I was invited by the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) to take part in an exhibition commissioned by world renowned artist, Cai Guo-Qiang. …

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Introduction to Hong Kong Tea

The inspiration for this article came when my parents visited Hong Kong for several weeks to visit family and have a holiday.  When I spoke with them to see how they were getting on, my mum said to me she couldn’t wait to get to Australia to see me.  A smile graced my face until …

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A Vanilla Tea I Liked

I recently reacquainted myself with flavoured teas and I was ever so tea-lighted to have come across another flavoured tea (specifically, a vanilla tea) that I like. A flavoured tea in the true sense of the term is a tea that has had a fruit, herb or spice added to it. How to tell that you have …

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Herbal Infusions Are Teas, Too!

Herbal infusions are teas, too. Now, I’m probably going to upset a lot of tea lovers for making this bold statement and in fact, if you’d have said “herbal infusions are teas” to me a couple of months ago, I’d have found it difficult to agree with you. Why this sudden change of heart you …

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Gong Fu Tea Ceremony with a Dash of Milk

Ever since I became professionally involved with tea, I’ve had many people approach me to tell me their horror story of being pulled by the arm when they’ve visited China; being taken to a room where a Tea Master makes the tea, they receive a thimble of tea and are then charged “an arm and …

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Tea Education Through Pictures

There is a Chinese proverb that says “One Picture is Worth Ten Thousand Words”.  The modern take on this proverb has reduced the number of words to a mere thousand but the meaning is essentially the same. When it comes to tea education, there is nothing more compelling than a few pictures to illustrate precisely …

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Falling Out and Making Up Over Tea

I am extremely privileged to have met so many wonderful tea friends over the years from the States, Canada, China, UK, several countries in Europe, India and Australia and I often reconnect with these friends through the world of Social Media. With a large group of tea friends though, there is bound to be a …

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Tea Appreciation Classes with a KISS

In my former life as an IT trainer, I remember the first few days of training to become a certified Microsoft Applications trainer.  Every class started with KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid.  The premise behind the acronym is when delivering a training course to ensure that you speak in layman’s terms: speak in a language that …

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