Tea and Coffee, . . . and Lung Cancer?

Say something I already agree with and I'm right there with you. Say something opposed to my beliefs, and well, sure you have a point but. Right? We argue that we are independent thinkers and open minded. Yet. It's sooo much easier to hear only what we want to hear. We don't have to think—or evolve—or … Continue reading Tea and Coffee, . . . and Lung Cancer?

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Tea in South Korea Had a Circuitous History

So much about tea is actually really depressing, both now and historically. There are conflicts over land, wages, profit, quality, quantity. Issues of weather and natural disasters. Combine those problems with how tea has been used to wield power—during times when tea is highly esteemed and even when it's disparaged—and you quickly realize how a … Continue reading Tea in South Korea Had a Circuitous History

Why Fingerprinting Tea Is a Good Idea

There's long been some suspicion about whether all "Darjeeling Tea" is really from Darjeeling. After all, Nepal tea gardens are a short hop from Darjeeling and if they are blended or substituted, how many of us would know—especially when we assume our tea is what the label claims? For tea gardens that produce high-quality tea, … Continue reading Why Fingerprinting Tea Is a Good Idea

Working from Home (in Theory) and Contemplating the Temperature of My Tea

Working from home. The words alone conjure up such a satisfying picture of amazing creativity, sustained productivity. A steaming cup of tea, natural light, a comfortable workspace, prevailing quiet. Except when it's not. When focused attention is punctuated by the dog needing to go out (my husband's duty most of the time, until this week's … Continue reading Working from Home (in Theory) and Contemplating the Temperature of My Tea

Three Reasons to Have Teabag Tea

As we might patronizingly explain to a bored friend, no, SFTGFOP1 does not mean Super Fancy Tea Grown For Other People (Specifically For That Grating Friend Or Pompous 1) but rather, indicates a quality that will never be found in that old box of teabags knocking around in your cupboard. And yet! For all us tea … Continue reading Three Reasons to Have Teabag Tea

Some Reasons Why Your Favorite Tea Isn’t Available

What Happened to My Favorite Tea?! If you've ever discovered that your all-time favorite tea is out of stock or—even worse—just gone, you are in good (although not happy) company. Three of my go-to teas are no longer available and, in my mind, they aren't really replaceable! Sadly, there are many reasons why a particular … Continue reading Some Reasons Why Your Favorite Tea Isn’t Available

Poison in My Tea?

TEA. Once relegated to the Poison Garden—then confirmed as providing multiple health benefits—and now with toxic contaminants? Troubling, and more than a tad ironic. However, this has been an ongoing problem, brought back to public attention whenever a new study comes out or another headline plays to your emotions (not unlike the headline of this particular … Continue reading Poison in My Tea?