Breakdown of Brands: Taylors of Harrogate

Charles Taylor, originating from Harrogate, England, founded Taylors of Harrogate in 1886. Now you can see where the name originates from. They are makers of both tea and coffee and pride their skillful hand in making the best of the best. Taylors has since opened a chain of coffee houses. Some coffee houses were so …

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The Original Social Media: Tea Rooms

The infusing of those magic leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush has been going on for a long time – over 5,000 years according to some historical records and archeological digs. They were not only capable of transforming water into a cup of flavorful aromatic liquid, but they brought folks together in a very social …

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Some Odd Things Teashop Owners Have Encountered or Done

Running a business, big or small, nation-wide or local, is no easy task. Teashop, tearoom, and café owners deal with an especially tricky set of circumstances. Some are odder than others, as shown here. They also can behave a bit odd themselves. Bugged by the Competition That’s ‘bugged’ in the literal entomological sense, not the …

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Is That Fancy Tearoom Experience Worthwhile?

Have you ever wondered if that fancy tearoom experience is worthwhile? The answer is, in a word, yes! In another word, no! Going to a fancy tearoom is an experience that many find worthwhile. And there are many of us who do not. It all depends on why you go there. The fancy tearoom has …

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Tips When Visiting a Tea Room

Plan your visit by deciding what type of tea experience you would like. A reservation is usually required twenty-four hours in advance for a full afternoon tea (tea, savouries, scones, sweets and dessert).  If you prefer a cream tea (tea, scones, jam and cream) or a light afternoon tea (tea, scones and sweets), a reservation …

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Tea Rooms, Tea Courts, and Tea Dances

In the late 1800s the best hotels in the U.S. and the U.K. began to host tea rooms and tea courts. The tea service served in the late afternoon gave the genteel Victorians a place to meet for a sip of tea and conversation. Many of these tea courts became the epitome of elegance like …

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Devonshire Cream Tea

Straight from our friend Gavin in the UK! The history associated with these most delicious and World Famous of Afternoon Teas is both long and interesting. It was in the mid 1600's when tea first became really "fashionable" in the UK, and that was all because of a Portuguese Princess, Catherine of Braganza, who loved …

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