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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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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A Few of My (Least) Favorite Tea Mishaps

When we're making tea sometimes things can go wrong. Fortunately, the stakes that come with these mishaps are not so high as if we were on an Alaskan fishing boat or a bomb disposal team. But they can be kind of a pain even so. So, without any further ado, here are some of my …

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A Pu-erh to Start Out With

There are black teas (what many in the world call “red tea”), green teas, white teas, rarer yellow teas, purple teas, hundreds of oolong teas … and then there’s pu-erh. Strange. Mysterious. Off-putting. But, as with anything new to you, starting out is easy – just take that first step. Here is a pu-erh (or …

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The History of the Perfect Cup of Tea

I write a few monthly columns for this site, one about tea books and one about tea gadgets and offbeat news. Though it might seem otherwise, I don't actually write on a monthly basis about perfect tea. But I've covered the topic many times already and I'm about to do it one more time. For …

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Black Tea – Meet Green Tea

Variety is the spice of life. It's a somewhat overused phrase, but when it comes to tea drinking it's true. I'm a black tea drinker first and foremost, and there's nothing I like more than a good Assam. But I also like to mix things up with other varieties of black tea from time to …

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Lining Up Your Arsenal of Teawares

Tea is said to soothe and invigorate. But it can do neither if you don’t line up your arsenal of teawares for a proper steeping. The basics are the same, but the details can vary, depending on which tea you are steeping. Start with the tea and the rest will follow. Black Tea Flavored or …

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7 Tea Leaf Styles That Steep Poorly in a Tea Ball

In 5 Reasons to Ditch the Tea Ball, I gave you just that. But if you need more convincing, here are tea leaf styles that don’t do too well in a tea ball (and, quite frankly, I don’t think there is any kind left that does do well). Here are the basic issues per tea …

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5 Reasons to Ditch the Tea Ball

Over the past year or so I have been listing 5 of this or 3 of that. From 5 signs that your tea time is morphing into something along this particular line or that to 3 reasons for doing something a certain way. It seems a convenient way to highlight the highlights, the salient points, …

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Should You Stir, Swirl, or Dunk During Tea Steeping?

Stirring, swirling, and dunking during tea steeping seem to be common activities. Are they done out of habit or necessity, though? A little bit of tea experiments might be needed here. What Are Stirring, Swirling, and Dunking? Basically, these are all ways to move the tea pieces around in the tea steeping vessel. Which you …

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