5 Ways Tearooms Can Improve Their Service

Tearooms dot the landscape here in the U.S. from coast to coast, but quite often their service is really lacking. As a public service for both patrons and owners, I present my personal tips for improvements I’d like to see. 1 Be Congenial A short time ago I came across the story of a tearoom …

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Tearoom Review – Sugar N’ Spice in Brisbane, Australia

I first came across Sugar N’ Spice in 2010 when I moved to Brisbane and spent an afternoon scouting for tearooms. I wasn’t disappointed. Mark, the proprietor is passionate about tea, coffee, chocolate, places great importance on great products, and excellent customer service, which is something that has been lost for many years in the …

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The Non-endangered Species “Teaprincessica normalis”

Let’s face it — the species Teaprincessica normalis is definitely not endangered. There are plenty of us out there with special tearooms, a collection of unusual yet useful teawares, a penchant for finding great places to take tea, and so on. And based on what I see on Facebook and other sites, the tea party …

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Stopping for Tea in the Netherlands – Part 3

Part 1 and Part 2 recounted some tea adventures in Amsterdam. Part 3 takes us to Delft, a small town about an hour outside of Amsterdam. Delft is most famous as a centre for ceramic production, specifically as the origin of the iconic Delftware. The town is also known for being the home of painter …

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Stopping for Tea in the Netherlands – Part 2

After having stopped in a lovely chocolaterie and tearoom in Part 1, I wasn’t sure what the next chapter of Dutch tea adventures would bring. But, as luck would have it, the very next day we stumbled upon another tearoom. And this time it served—yep, you’ve guessed it—loose leaf tea! Rejoice! This was quite an …

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Stopping for Tea in the Netherlands – Part 1

We all know how well chocolate and tea go together, so Pompadour’s description as a “chocolaterie patisserie tearoom” can only mean good things. And, as I found out for myself when stopping in there on a recent trip to Amsterdam, it does. Before I go any further, I will admit that they do not serve …

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Some Quirky Teahouses

Oh, the teahouse. According to one informed source, the number of tea houses here in these good old United States alone is somewhere around three thousand, a huge jump from a modest number about a decade and a half ago. Worldwide, there's no telling how many tea houses there but "a whole bunch" or "more …

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Afternoon Tea in a London Tea Room

With so many wonderful places to stop for tea in London, I am hard pressed to settle on a favourite. However, Camellia’s Tea House is definitely one that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good tea spot. It is both a good spot for tea and a spot for good tea. As well …

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Tearoom Manners

Tearoom manners are a breed all their own. But even regular manners are tricky business. What’s rude and what isn’t seems to change daily. Gents tipping their hats to ladies. Ladies wearing gloves everywhere they went. And so on. Even so, some things are so steady that they are “givens” in polite society and need …

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Organizing a Tea Room Crawl

Can you think of anything more fun than getting a group of tea lovers together to share a good cuppa? How about many good cuppas at several different locations? Yes, we’re talking about a tea room crawl! In the late 1800s, the term pub crawl was coined to described a bunch of “gentlemen” who’d start …

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