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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Rock and Roll Tea Shops

Is there anything more rock and roll than tea? Umm. Well, if the truth be told, tea is probably still suffering from something of an image problem. You know the one — elderly women in festive hats gathering in stuffy tea houses to drink so-so tea and eat those little sandwiches with the crusts removed. …

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The Earl Grey Tea House

Many tea lovers are probably aware of at least the bare bones of the Earl Grey story. Earl Grey, the tea, for those of you who may not be clued in yet, is a type of flavored black tea that has been doctored up with the highly fragrant and distinctive oil of bergamot. Bergamot is …

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The Rise and Rise of Tea Houses

Tea has always had the element of the social about it. The Chinese tea ceremony originated around appreciating art and poetry in groups, the Japanese samurais adopted it and used it to come together and discuss tribal conflicts peacefully. All over the middle east tea is associated with hospitality and the welcoming of others in …

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Going Out For Tea

Tea is hot – if you’ll pardon the expression – and it seems a pretty good bet that it’s going to get even hotter in upcoming years. As interest in tea has surged in recent years there has been a corresponding increase in the number of tearooms and teahouses where we can go to enjoy …

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How to Start a Tea Business

With interest increasing in specialty tea, it should come as no surprise that more people are interested in starting a tea business. The Tea Association of the USA estimates that the industry here increased from $1.84 billion in 1990 to $6.85 billion in 2007, with an estimated 2400 specialty tea rooms and retail shops now …

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