5 Things That Can Make Your Tea Taste Awful

The list of articles that address the issue of how to prepare a proper cup of tea, be it British-style, gongfu style, or other, would probably fill a book as large as the phone directory for New York City, including the Burroughs. That’s a lot! There are also lots of articles about how not to …

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The Levels of Tea Experience

All due respect and perhaps apologies are due to William James, who wrote an influential book just over a century ago, called The Varieties of Religious Experience. You can approach tea from many different directions and there's hardly one true and proper path. But like most things in life, you typically have to start at …

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What’s the Easiest Tea to Prepare?

People often tell me that they don’t drink oolong and white teas because these teas are so difficult to prepare. So instead they stick to “easy” teas: black teas. Black teas easy? Are you kiddin’ me? After green teas, black teas are the touchiest and most persnickety of all the teas. Some of them are …

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Some Like It Hot

During a vacation several years ago, I found myself fussing with an in-room electric kettle that insisted on turning off long before the water came to a boil. My traveling companion was cross, noting that he liked to drink his tea as close to "boiling hot" as possible. In the months that followed, I began …

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Offbeat Tea Gadgets and Gizmos

When it comes to equipment, the process of tea preparation doesn’t have to be a complicated one. Boiled down to its simplest essence, at least for those who use teabags, the only equipment required is a kettle or microwave and a mug. Loose-leaf tea preparation doesn’t really need to be much more complicated than that. …

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The Samovar

By William I. Lengeman III If you're in the market for a gadget to help you prepare tea there's no shortage of choices these days. The most basic form of tea preparation consists simply of hot water, tea bags and a cup or mug. At the other end of the scale are assorted and sundry …

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