A British Classic: English Breakfast Tea

Previously, we looked at Rooibos tea so today we are going to explore a British classic in tea, English Breakfast. It is one of the most standard teas for tea lovers, ranging from beginner to connoisseur. You may have seen them in supermarkets here in the US, with a wide range in the tea aisle, …

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Recipe – Honey Cake

Are your cakes always sad in the middle? Do you despair of making a good cake that rises? Well fear not, this cake is supposed to be sad in the middle and it never rises  that much either! On the other hand it does taste delicious whether hot or cold!         You …

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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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Tea People: James Taylor (No, Not That One)

The name James Taylor probably isn't as popular as John Smith, but it's certainly not an uncommon one. For those of us who grew up in a certain era, James Taylor conjures up images of a tall, thin singer and songwriter of laid back pop/rock songs. Of course, the best known tea person to be …

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Sencha from Sri Lanka? Yep!

A vendor posted on Twitter that they carried in their product line a sencha that was grown and processed in Sri Lanka. Needless to say, that raised a few eyebrows, especially among those carrying and selling sencha from Japan. Time to take a closer look. First, what is “sencha”? Some sources say it simply means …

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Is Ceylon Tea an Aphrodisiac?

I've heard my share of extravagant claims for tea over the course of the years. Most of the time I just move on (nothing to see here). Once in a while I pause to engage in a bit of contemplative inner ridicule for a few moments, but every now and then I have to stop …

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Teas of the World: Mid-Grown Sri Lankan (Ceylon) Teas

The number 3 or 4 player in tea growing in the world is the island nation off the south coast of India. Formerly named “Ceylon,” it is now called Sri Lanka. The teas, though, are still referred to as Ceylon teas. They are used in many blends, including brands like Barry’s and PG Tips, instead …

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Tea Review — The English Tea Store’s Organic Ceylon

Most of us have probably heard the term terra incognita, but perhaps you've never thought much about where it comes from. As the story goes, once upon a time the phrase was inscribed upon those areas of maps that were an unknown. Nowadays, of course, these areas don't take up as much space as they …

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Ceylon Black Tea

Ceylon black tea is a real taste pleaser. The island nation of Sri Lanka has become a big player in the world of tea. They are ranked 3rd (or possibly 4th after Kenya which has increased its tea production greatly in recent years) in tea production worldwide. Most of the tea is processed as black …

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Pairing Tea and Food — Stuffed Bell Peppers and Ceylon Black Tea

Time for another recipe (the 3rd in a baker’s dozen). This is another that goes great with tea. Be adventurous and give her recipe a try with a pot of the tea named and assess the pairing for yourself. The recipe: Stuffed Bell Peppers with Ground Turkey and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Ratcheting up an old favorite …

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