The Mettle of the Kettle

Question: What’s one of the most basic and oldest items in the arsenal of someone living the tea life – whether you’re just starting out, are a tea aficionado, or are a real tea gourmet? Answer: The tea kettle. As Alton Brown would say on his show “Good Eats,” the tea kettle is a “uni-tasker.” …

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Tea and the Infuser Experiment

An idea has been rattling around my brain for awhile (sort of like a dried pea in an empty jar): an infuser that’s as large as the interior of my cup will let the tea leaves have exposure to the water the same as if they were loose in that same cup. I even jotted …

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Cast Iron Teapots

When you think of a teapot, what do you envision? Do you see a practical ceramic teapot like a Brown Betty? Or do you see a hand-painted floral-ensconced bone-china teapot like Hyacinth Bucket sported on “Keeping Up Appearances”? Do you see a tea kettle and not a teapot? Many wish for the durability of a …

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Bevy of Teapots

Every self-respecting tea drinker knows the essentials of their tea arsenal. One of the most important is having a bevy of teapots on hand. Yes, I said “bevy.” For each one is a beauty, as any tea implements are to one living the “tea life” where tea is more than just a beverage. You probably …

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Using the Right Water for Tea

Everyone knows that good tea leaves are essential to making good tea. But what some folks forget is that the tea in our cup is mostly water, making the quality of the water as important as the quality of the leaves! Here are some water-related tips to help you get, and use, the very best …

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