Crafting with Tea Leaves

Generally I do one of two things with spent tea leaves: toss them into the begonia, or just throw them into the garbage can. A few years ago, a tea friend came up with a more creative idea for using infused tea leaves. She sent me a greeting card that she’d created by incorporating used …

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Serving Tea Elegantly: Tiered Serving Stands

I’d like you to try something for me. Close your eyes and picture a table set for afternoon tea. In your mind’s eye, what do you see? A teapot, probably in a cozy. Place settings of teacups, plates, and flatware. But I’m sure that’s not all. If you’re like me, the picture of “afternoon tea” …

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Removing Unwanted Tea Stains

Every so often someone asks me how to remove tea stains. I guess they figure if I know how to create tea stains (via tea-dyeing fabrics) then I must know how to get the stains out. Well, some I do and some I don’t. So I did a little research into it, and discovered that …

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“Shopping” in Your Own Tea Cabinet

We moved from the NYC area to semi-rural South Carolina a little over seven years ago. Up north, we were living in a post-war garden apartment complex; the apartments, although well-constructed with thick brick walls that provided good insulation and kept most of the tenants’ business private, were not exactly spacious. To store my teas …

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Cooking with Tea: Late Summer’s Bounty

Many vegetables reach their peak as Summer starts drawing to a close. Amongst these are fresh corn, sweet bell peppers in assorted colours, and various kinds of hot peppers. When vegetables are in season I like to eat them as often as I can in as many ways as I can dream up. One year …

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Oh How Tealightful!

Recently I participated in an online tea-tasting organized by Annette Y. Cowell, owner of Tea with Annette. It went like this: Each person had chosen the tea they would taste some weeks earlier, then Annette mailed samples out to us with steeping instructions. She thoughtfully enclosed a couple of disposable tea filter sacks too. At …

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Profiles in Tea: Jennifer Petersen, The Cuppa Countess

I’ve known Jennifer Petersen for many years, and it seems like every time I talk to her she’s involved in some exciting new project. If you ask Jennifer what she does, she’ll tell you simply “I network. I love meeting people and listening to their stories.” Recently I asked Jennifer to tell me her story. …

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Tea Review: English Tea Store’s Izu Matcha

(This is a review of a specific tea. If you would like more information about matcha in general, please see “The growing popularity of matcha” or follow the link below to product information for ETS’s Izu matcha.) Located about sixty miles southwest of Tokyo, the Izu Peninsula is a resort area favoured for its beautiful …

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Simon’s Crumbs

At some point everyone who enters the realm of estate and single-source tea – that is to say, good tea – encounters the leaf debate: Is whole-leaf tea the best form for making the best tea? The purist’s argument goes that broken leaves have too many surfaces that allow all the tasty and aromatic oils …

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Movin’ on … TeaGuide Tea Room Directory Closes

It was a little over sixteen years ago when I first discovered tea on the Internet. In those nascent times people met online via newsgroups, with its tons of topics about everything under the sun. From a tea newsgroup I found the Teatime listserv, originally created by a tea chemist for tea professionals but later …

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