How Many Different Teas Can You Name?

With hundreds of teas available out there, both straight (nothing but tea of a particular type), blended (various teas mixed together), and flavored (non-tea “stuff” added to the tea), it’s hard to remember them all. As an exercise of your memory, see how many different teas you can name before reading on. It’s okay. I’ll …

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The Colors of Tea

Tea is a colorful sort of substance, as you may have noticed. But forget about the many colors of our teaware and all of the other ancillary equipment that comes with tea drinking for a moment and think about the actual colors of tea itself. There's black, of course, the old tried and true workhorse …

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Tea Kettle Philosophy — The Knowledge Scale

“Ponder ponder full of wonder” — my version of that chant over the boiling pot witches are often seen to be stirring in cheesy Hollywood movies. I’m chanting over the tea kettle while it sits on the stove burner and seems to be refusing to come to a boil. I’ve stood here many times, from …

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Being an Observant Tea Drinker

Have you ever lifted a cup of hot tea to your lips, took a big gulp and — Yow! — got a scalded tongue? Never happened to me. Uh uh, no way, those stories are totally untrue. Well, okay, there was this one time… oh, and then that other instance… but I’m a lot more …

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Starter Teas

Scenario: A friend tells you that they want to “start getting into tea.” They ask you to recommend a few good loose leaf teas to get started with. Which teas do you recommend? As a “teavangelist” myself, I love helping tea-newbies begin their tea collections. I like to recommend teas that are at once delicious …

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Tea 101

Once upon a time, tea drinking was a relatively simple thing. If you lived in the East and drank tea it was likely to be green, while those of us in the West tended to favor black tea. Here in the United States tea drinkers were likely to take it black, in iced form, and …

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