The Rolls Royce of Tea Gadgets?

I'd like to think I haven't become too jaded about the wonderful world of tea gadgets. Even though I've run across a zillion or two of them in my time and even though I write a monthly column on the topic. Yes, a zillion or two might be a bit on the high side, but …

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College Dorm Teatime

College dorm rooms tend to be tiny, so it is important to make every inch of space count. Tea loving college students, particularly those who favor loose leaf teas,  need to be smart about their teaware, as too many items leads to clutter. When selecting some items for a dorm room, it's a good idea …

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Getting Started with Loose Leaf Tea: Basic Equipment

Loose leaf tea is a different world from teabags. It's also a lot of fun, as loose teas can be much more tasty and interesting than bagged teas. To make the most of your tea adventure, stock up on a few basic supplies that can help you consistently brew up delicious cups of tea: Teapot: …

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Tea Station Interlopers

For those of us who live the “tea life,” one element is just as essential in our kitchen as a stove or a refrigerator: a tea station. As a true, diehard tea drinker, I have one prominently placed for easy access whenever the irresistible urge to indulge strikes (which is several times a day). “What’s …

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Metal vs. Porcelain and Bone China Teapots

Teapots at 20 paces — march, turn, steep! Wait a minute. This isn’t a fair contest. Different teapots steep differently and are, therefore, suited to different teas (all the more reason to have a bevy comprised of at least one teapot for each type of tea you have). Case in point: metal teapots vs. teapots …

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Non-Tea Uses for Teabag Holders

Teabag holders are handy devices, ready and waiting for that used teabag. For those of you using teabags (instead of steeping loose leaf teas), the last thing you want is to leave one in the cup too long. It could result in oversteeping, bitterness, and a big just-sucked-on-a-lemon pucker when you take a sip. (These …

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Tea Accessories Just for the Heck of It

Tea accessories are often just too tempting and cute to resist, even when they aren’t, strictly speaking, necessary. You can always set them around the house as decorations or put them to a use other than the one intended. Of course, your other alternative is to hold more tea parties so you have an excuse …

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Tea-for-Two Sets

Just as tea-for-one sets provide a cozy tea moment, tea-for-two sets provide that coziness for you and a special someone. Thank goodness there are some really, really cute tea-for-two sets out there. Tea-for-two sets generally are a small teapot, two cups (or two mugs) and a matching tray to set them all on. They make …

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Tea-for-One Sets

We’ve all heard of tea-for-two, but sometimes your tea moment calls for solitude. Tea-for-one sets to the rescue! They are a visual representation of how separate pieces, useful on their own, can join together to make an even more useful whole. (There’s a moral in there somewhere, I think.) Like Russian Matrushkas, where each doll …

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