Fave “Gulper” Teas for Breakfast

Busy lives need fuel to get the day started out right. For tea devotees, no breakfast is complete without a brisk cuppa. “Gulper” teas are best, usually having a bigger caffeine punch and stronger flavor that goes well with many typical breakfast foods like waffles and eggs and bacon. Awhile back I divided teas into …

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Darjeeling vs. Ceylon Teas

Teas from Darjeeling and Ceylon are gaining prominence among tea drinkers the world over. No big surprise, considering the amazing level of expertise, quality, and variety the tea growers have developed in a relatively short time (when compared with those in China). Tea used to be grown almost exclusively in China, a well-guarded secret that …

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Tea and Gluten-Free Muffins

I decided mid-morning to give lessons in enjoying teatime to my three-year-old grandson. I had found no advice to aid me in this endeavor—I did actually look around on the web. But all of the tea blogs I read spoke of the glories of adults sharing tea, or the quiet contemplative moments over tea, or …

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Ceylon Tea and Honorable Women

For the past year I have grown to favor Ceylon Tea, and most recently the loose leaves from the Lover’s Leap Estate. The leaves that made the hot tea in my cup near at hand have been grown on moist mountainous land more than halfway around the world from me on the small island nation …

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The Sustaining Power of Tea

Do you like old movies? I adore them. I mean black and white ones, not the color ones from the sixties and seventies that are often passed off as classic. I was watching an old one the other evening: In Which We Serve. Filmed in 1943 and written by Noel Coward, it is a classic …

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Tea and the Pioneer Spirit — Getting the Most Out of Your Teas

By A.C. Cargill Tea is a precious commodity, one that you want to get every drop of value from. It takes a lot of labor, time, and effort to get those magic little tea leaves from the tea fields to your table. As one who lives the “tea life,” I appreciate this very much and …

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Tea Scents Wafting My Way, Part I

By A.C. Cargill Tea scents wafting my way are one of life’s great pleasures, especially since I have a very sensitive nose. Very. No, it’s not grossly oversized like Rostand’s fictional character, Cyrano de Bergerac, or even as large as one-time Vaudevillian and comic actor Jimmy Durante or singer/actor Barbra Streisand. Quite the contrary. It’s …

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You Say Sri Lanka, Tea Drinkers Say Ceylon

A small island nation, Sri Lanka is located off the southeastern coast of India. A former British colony, Sri Lanka was called Ceylon before it became a republic and took on a new name in 1972. For almost one hundred years before that Sri Lanka produced the commodity it's best known for today - a …

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