Afternoon Tea vs High Tea

  Did you know that all the different tea times in Britain have a specific name? Pretty neat. Afternoon tea and high tea are sometimes used interchangeably but if you really know your British tea habits, you will know they are nowhere near the same. Afternoon Tea is more for the non-working class or those …

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The Face Off: Coffee vs. Tea

Personally, I enjoy both coffee & tea but some greatly prefer one over the other for different reasons. It could be simply for the taste, for the caffeine amount or the ease of making it. As we are a tea store, we mainly focus on tea benefits but it is informative to compare the two …

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ETS Top 2 Christmas Puddings

  We are all about tradition here at the English Tea Store. English Christmas Pudding, also known as Plum Pudding or Figgy Pudding, is a delicious Christmas dinner tradition dating back to the 14th century! It has been changed & re-invented over the years. By Victorian times, it has molded into what they are today, …

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When Tea Bloggers Get It Wrong

Mistakes happen. It’s just part of life. This is true of those of us who blog about tea, too. So what should you do when a tea blogger gets something wrong? Well, as with many things, there’s the helpful approach and the not-so-helpful approach. The Not-So-Helpful Approach You see something wrong on a site and …

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Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of This Blog and 3 Years as Blog Editor

In January of 2009 the world of tea changed forever … well, at least up to today and hopefully for years to come. This blog was launched. About eight months later I was invited to join its team of writers. And about 3 years ago as of the posting of this article I accepted an …

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Tea Themes on Our Blog

Over the years, our blog has addressed lots of tea themes. From what tea is and how to prepare it, to different tea customs, history and teawares. We have looked at every twist and turn and nuance of tea and yet the articles keep coming. Why? Because that is tea – ever present and changing …

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Celebrating a 2nd Year as Blog Editor

One thing that is normal in any profession, especially where some creativity is involved (as is the case with writing), is personal growth and development. That has certainly been true for me. Reading back through some of my early articles can make me cringe. As the anniversary of my second year as editor of this …

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5 Issues with Tea Vendor Blogs

Many tea vendors have, in addition to their online store, a company blog about tea (pssst! you’re reading one now). Often, the goal is to increase the knowledge of tea among their customers so they feel more comfortable ordering teas outside of their normal selections. Considering the price of some of the more fine teas, …

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A Year of Great Blog Articles

From the World Tea Expo inLas Vegas to more tea-related info than you can shake the proverbial stick at, it’s been a busy year for our team of tea writers and for me as blog editor. Members of the team have drifted in and out, but through it all blog readership has grown, and we all …

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