The Perils of Incorrectly Having Tea!

Guest post by Alissa, of Lettered Madness Having been called away this week for pressing family matters, my lovely daughter kindly stepped in for me, sharing some tea superstitions that she dug up—perfect for October when we begin fashioning costumes and picking up our favorite Halloween candy! Tea ⁠— warm, comforting, calming. Or is it? … Continue reading The Perils of Incorrectly Having Tea!

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TEA: New Benefits Being Discovered, Yet the Plant’s Sustainability Is in Question in Some Regions of the World

Increasingly exciting results are coming out of research into tea as a beverage and/or medicine—even as tea as a plant is becoming embattled in many regions of the world. First the Good News: Tea Is Great!  Against antibiotic-resistant bacteria— Current headlines tout the efficacy of tea's main flavanol, epigallocatechin gallate or ECGC, in working synergistically with the … Continue reading TEA: New Benefits Being Discovered, Yet the Plant’s Sustainability Is in Question in Some Regions of the World

Blueberry Leaves Abound with Flavor and Antioxidants

It's well known that blueberries—loaded with antioxidants and nutrients—are particularly good for you. But what about their leaves? One study indicates that blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry leaves contain more antioxidants than the berries! Granted, I don't know if this would be true outside a lab setting, or if you'd have to eat the leaves rather … Continue reading Blueberry Leaves Abound with Flavor and Antioxidants

Why You Should Choose Your Teacup Carefully

When you reach for a teacup, do you ever have to think about it? If you're a somewhat tea-obsessed individual, yeah, you get this, and you may have joined me in pausing and deliberating. Aesthetics or just functionality? Match teacups to teapot? Or teacup to tea type? Serving guests or no? Drinking mindfully or absentmindedly? … Continue reading Why You Should Choose Your Teacup Carefully

Matcha, and Embracing Tea’s Bitterness

Living in a country where "matcha" too often means sweetened matcha lattes, how amazing to read about a place in Japan that offers matcha gelato—in seven levels of bitterness! If it weren't for Japan being a pricy 13+ hour journey from Michigan, I'd be sampling gelato today! Because matcha gelato is really fantastic. Actually, matcha … Continue reading Matcha, and Embracing Tea’s Bitterness

Nepali Teas Come into Their Own

Although few knew it at the time, a seismic shift took place when botanist Robert Fortune spirited high-quality tea plants out of China in the mid-1800s. Transplanting them into Himalayan soil, he opined that “a boon will have been conferred upon the people of India” if that country’s poor could be provided with an affordable tea, … Continue reading Nepali Teas Come into Their Own

How Tea Is Decaffeinated

Caffeine Most people have an opinion about it! Some of us require a dose (or two!) before facing our day whereas others avoid it. And many of us—to ensure that we aren't counting sheep all night—eschew caffeine in the evenings. So, How DO You Get Caffeine Out of Tea? Actually, it's rather tricky. Tea's caffeine rival—coffee—is a bit more straightforward in this regard. … Continue reading How Tea Is Decaffeinated