How to Handle Your Teabag

To dunk or not to dunk? To squeeze or not to squeeze? I suspect that for many people who use a teabag to prepare tea it's probably quite common to dunk the bag repeatedly and to squeeze it when you're finished. There are even specially constructed tongs that are designed to assist with the latter …

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“The Leading Teas of the World – Ceylon” by Herbert Compton

Once upon a time the country off the southeastern coast of India that we now know as Sri Lanka had another name. It was called Ceylon and though the name would eventually change the tea that is grown there still bears the old one. Ceylon tea is a relatively new development, coming to the island …

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Some History of Tea in Japan

In an article I recently wrote on tea drinking in the American colonies and the early United States I mentioned that a significant quantity of Japanese green tea was exported here during the latter part of the nineteenth century. Which led me to think that it might be interesting to look at Japanese tea history …

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Cold Infusing Tea 101

There many ways to prepare tea. You can do it the old school way with a tea kettle and a teapot. You can do it in a more newfangled way (guilty) with water heated in a microwave and a gravity type infuser. Or the even more newfangled method of using a fancy gadget that does …

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How to Steep Your Tea

There are many resources nowadays that claim to tell you the secret of preparing perfect tea. I remain skeptical that such a thing exists. But if you're willing to settle for a great cup of tea, I'd suggest that you focus on a few key factors - the quality of the tea, the time spent …

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Recent and Upcoming Tea Books 20

Writing a bunch of monthly columns about tea books, as well as some miscellaneous articles about tea books, I assumed that I was aware of absolutely every tea book that's been loosed on the world in recent years. But that's not quite true, as I realized when I was contacted recently by a company that …

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Steeping Tea – How Low Can You Go?

Far be it from me to set the rules for preparing tea, a beverage that’s probably consumed by more than a billion people around the world each and every day. But I can’t help finding myself a bit disconcerted at the trend toward shaving seconds – or even minutes – off of how long it …

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Magical Mystical Darjeeling Tea Estate

Quick - name a tea estate. Yeah, me too. Even though I've written about tea for nearly a decade, I find that I'm a bit stumped by that one. The few exceptions would be Tregothnan Estate in Britain, and our very own Charleston Tea Plantation, located in South Carolina. Though admittedly these stand out more …

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Curious Medical Treatments Using Tea

The word is that tea can be good for your health. You might have already heard that one. Or you might have read some articles on the topic, such as the ones we have listed here. But as I was sorting through patent records recently, something I do from time to time, I discovered that …

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Some History of Russian Tea

Ecstasy is a glass full of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth. – Alexander Pushkin If you're like me, then when you think of great tea-drinking nations, you probably think of the United Kingdom. Who are actually topped in tea-drinking by countries like Turkey, where they consume nearly three times as much …

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