The Challenges of Tea for One Sets

Living alone has given me a keen appreciation for "tea for one" sets. Not only are these sets often quite cute, they also are the right size for preparing tea for one person. (Except when they aren't.) One troubling feature of many tea for one sets is that the tea pot has a much larger …

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Following Directions or Not?

Is it always a good idea to follow the preparation directions on tea packages? In my experience, not always. One of the joys of making tea is that you get your cuppa the way you want it. You can use as much leaf as you choose, control the water temperature, and steep it until it …

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The Absent-Minded Tea Drinker

Rush, rush, rush — especially during the holidays, and if one tends to be a bit absent-minded anyway, teatime can be somewhat surprising and challenging. Tea preparation is a fairly orderly business. Certain steps are required in a certain order. The steps and the order might vary by the type and specific tea being prepared. …

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Bad Milk = Bad Tea

Many tea drinkers throughout the world consider milk an essential part of their tea enjoyment. Others wouldn’t let that white liquid near their teacups. To each his own. One thing is for sure: bad milk in your tea is a total bummer. If you don’t use milk in your tea, you can stop here and …

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Time to Time Your Tea

The tea’s in the pot and the water is heated to just the right temperature — that means it’s time to time your tea. Goldilocks went around the home of the Three Bears, declaring, “This porridge is too hot. This porridge is too cold. This bed is too hard. This bed is too soft.” Without …

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Online Tea Gadgets & Games

Never let it be said that the Internet was brought into existence so that human beings might while away the days of their lives in frivolous pursuits. But it’s true, at least to some extent. If killing time is what you've got in mind, of course, the Internet is a great place to achieve your …

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Assam Makes a Sturdy Brew

This tea is grown in the Assam region of India, the largest tea-growing area in the world. Assam tea is much favored by those who enjoy a strong, brisk tea, as well as by those who just have to enjoy their cuppa with milk and sugar. Flavor Profile: Good Assam is a strong tea, with …

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Tea Experiment — Steeping Times

There’s a buzz around that people are steeping their teas too long, resulting in bitter tea “liquor” that they blame on the tea maker. So I thought a little experiment was in order, having observed that some of the tea samples I’ve been trying taste better or worse depending on how long they are steeped. …

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Why Your Black Tea Tastes So Lousy

You could safely say that black tea is the old warhorse of the tea world, that it still reigns supreme in many parts of the Western Hemisphere. While green, oolong and various other teas have begun to make inroads here recently, black is still the one most people in this part of the world probably …

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Tea Timer

If you love your tea, then you know exactly how long you want it steep. You know the brand and flavor of tea that you want to drink, and you know how hot you want your water to be for steeping. Of course, you could always use your watch to time your tea, or you …

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