How Lemon Came to Tea

Lemon and tea. They go together like, well, like birthday cake and mustard. But that's just my opinion. Yours may vary and for a lot of people lemon is an essential part of the tea-drinking experience. But how did this come to be? It might be a task for a mightier historian than yours truly …

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A Few More Tea Festivals

I wouldn't go so far as to say that there's a festival to fit every taste or interest, but there are certainly some offbeat ones. For example, there's the Underwater Music Festival, held in the Florida Keys, Australia's Tunarama, which features a tuna tossing event, and Mexico's Night of the Radishes. And of course, there …

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A Nation of Tea Drinkers? Us?

Is the United States a nation of tea drinkers? Most people who know anything about the topic would probably say that we are not. While we drink quite a bit of iced tea, at least relative to the hot kind, our overall consumption doesn't rank us among the world's great tea-drinking nations. In fact, our …

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“Tea-Drinking at Breakfast” by Leigh Hunt

According to his Wikipedia summary, James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784 –1859), better known as just Leigh Hunt, was "an English critic, essayist, poet and writer." His own work was overshadowed by that of his more famous friends, such as the poets John Keats and Percy Shelley, but he published a number of books in his …

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Fun with Tea Patents 1

I've written about tea patents at this site more times than I can count. If you're wondering how many tea-related patents there are, the answer is: I don't know. But there are certainly a lot. So many, in fact, that we've decided to start highlighting them on a regular basis, in a monthly column. So …

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Great Tea Masters : Sen Rikyu

The Way of Tea is naught but this: first you boil water, then you make the tea and drink it. -Sen Rikyu I have to admit that there aren't too many big names from tea history that I can name. Some of the best known are probably Sir Thomas Lipton and Thomas Twining, those great …

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If Great Books Were More About Tea

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." ― C.S. Lewis The great works of literature are the ones that withstand the test of time. They have probably done so for a reason, but that doesn't mean that they couldn't stand some improvement - if …

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Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report 23

Scotland's tea culture and consumption might be overshadowed by the likes of their neighbors, England and Ireland, but tea is certainly important there and there's even a Scottish Breakfast tea blend to keep the likes of Irish Breakfast tea and English Breakfast tea company. There are also famous Scottish tea people from history like James …

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Thoughts on the Future of Tea

If you wanted to make a few cautious generalizations about the future of tea – as I’m about to do – you could start by taking a look at the past. At its most basic, tea is a relatively simple thing, at least in comparison to something like a computer or an iPhone. Which is …

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Surprised By Tea

Sometimes a tea will surprise you. Not that this is necessarily a good thing. For me, at least, there have been good tea surprises and there have been bad ones. Obviously, I'd prefer the former but sometimes in this life we have to take the hand (or tea) we're dealt. I've learned to like Keemun …

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