Tea Room vs. Tea House vs. Tea Shop – What’s the Difference?

“Tea Room,” “Tea House,” or “Tea Shop” – what’s the difference? In the world of tea, words swirl and float and often have no firm shape. They are like clouds and mist instead of something solid and definable like a mountain or a car. As a result we have herbals being called “herbal tea,” Rooibos …

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Tea Bar Frenzy – from Minimalist in San Fran to Warm and Welcoming in Zhongshan Port, China

Shiny surfaces, bright lighting, and basic materials seem to be hallmarks of the tea bar – the latest frenzy (it’s too fast-paced and seemingly long-lasting to be called a “fad”) in the world of tea. The high-tech yet minimalist design at one end and a warm and welcoming Asian motif at the other. They have …

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Tea Bars, the $5 Cup of Tea & the Future of Tea

If you pay attention to what the media has to say about tea - and I do - you might have noticed that they were beside themselves not so long ago over the news that a certain coffee retailing giant recently made a move into tea selling by opening a "tea bar" in Manhattan. Said …

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