Life Hack: Tea Kettle Cleaning

You love your tea kettle. It is there for you when you are happy, sad, angry, or need a good pick-me-up. It brews the hot water for your tea, coffee, cocoa, and many other things to make that special drink for you. But sometimes, your tea kettle may need a bit of love and care …

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Hydrating Teas for the Winter Months

Depending on what the weather is like where you live, you may find that it is easy to become dehydrated at this time of year. Most of us are pretty good about staying hydrated in hot weather- it is easy to identify thirst, and we are aware of our bodies losing water as we sweat. …

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A Primer on Water Types and Tea

[Editor's note: See a list below of more articles on this blog about water, including recommendations on which is best for your tea.] Water should be a fairly simple thing. You use it to wash your cat and to fill water balloons and most importantly, you use it to make tea. But of course when …

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Is Replacing Your Water Intake with Drinking a Lot of Tea a Good Idea?

(Tea in this article means tea in terms of tea, the old Chinese cult beverage gained from different varieties of the Camellia Sinensis plant and processed in various different ways. Separate considerations would have to be made to cover this question for tisanes instead.) If you’re a true tea geek, you must have come across …

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Water and Oxygen and Tea

Water and oxygen and tea are like this super triumvirate. Combined, they do much more than when separate. Combined the right way and they guarantee a wonderful tea experience. Let’s look at each in turn. Water A lot has been written about the quality of water as related to your tea. A big issue is …

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Tea — The Ultimate Hydrator?

Somewhere out there the idea that tea made you dehydrated caught hold and spread. Recently, though, studies like this one have been coming out to show that tea could be the ultimate hydrator instead. Good news for those of us who imbibe a fair amount of tea on a daily basis. One thing we can …

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Tea, Exercise, and Hydration

You don't need to be an expert in human biology to understand the importance of staying hydrated while you're exercising. Of course, it's important to stay hydrated all the time, but that's especially the case when you're exercising. As the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) notes, body weight can decrease anywhere from one to …

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Aqua Vitae

I come from a country which is very aware of the importance of spring water. The Scottish whisky industry has grown up along side the burns and springs of the countryside and the difference that it makes is instantly clear in the product. Without varying the production method much at all a single malt whisky …

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How to Screw Up a Cup of Tea

It might be overstating the case a bit to say that brewing a great cup of tea is like alchemy, but it’s a statement that’s not all that far off the mark. Of course, if you’re looking to screw up a potentially great cup of tea, it’s not really that hard to do. It basically …

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Water Water Everywhere

Tea and water – it’s a match made in heaven. You can't have a cup of tea without water and, by the same token, you’re not about to have a good cup of tea without good water. But what constitutes good water from a tea drinker's perspective? One of the first commentators on the critical …

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