How Does Decaf Tea Compare to the Real Thing?

"Decaffeinated" with "tea" is an ill-suited pair in my mind. Because no, I can't live without caffeine (my family will attest to this). Still, there are several flavored decaf black teas that I've found quite acceptable. But what about classic teas, those teas without flavor additives? Can those withstand the decaffeination process? Decaf tea itself is … Continue reading How Does Decaf Tea Compare to the Real Thing?

Is Sun Tea a Good Idea?

I just saw yet another recipe for sun tea—made by putting tea leaves or tea bags into a container full of cold water and then letting the thing sit in the sun for a few hours to brew. But sun tea is a terrible idea! And although this particular article (Carr 6/1/20) claims that bacterial … Continue reading Is Sun Tea a Good Idea?

How Many Teapots Are Too Many? A Review of “Inside the Head of a Collector”

I'm most definitely not a Marie Kondo-type of person. Many—many—things bring me joy, or, often, too much guilt to allow me to discard (kids' artwork). But am I a collector? For most of my life I would've said no. I pick up whatever I find particularly appealing and within my means but I've rarely sought out … Continue reading How Many Teapots Are Too Many? A Review of “Inside the Head of a Collector”

COVID-19 Research Includes Tea

Wouldn't it be nice if a cure or treatment for COVID-19 were something simple, something already sitting in our homes just waiting to be discovered? Something as simple as a cup of tea? Well, reality is rarely uncomplicated or easy, especially when it comes to fighting viruses that are tough, adaptive, and tenacious. So if … Continue reading COVID-19 Research Includes Tea

Chamomile Tea: A Help for Sleep and Stress?

The news is impossible to ignore these days. While I wouldn't describe myself as much of a worrier normally, if I think about what's taking place outside my door, "sobering" doesn't even begin to describe it. "Terrifying" might be a more apt descriptor. Especially when my mind strays to all those dedicated health care workers, to … Continue reading Chamomile Tea: A Help for Sleep and Stress?

Amid This Pandemic, a Look at Tea and Its Effect on Viruses

I find it interesting that, when investigating viruses, researchers often turn to tea—possibly to drink, but generally as something to analyze. It's way too early to know if this will hold true for COVID-19, but here are a few examples of how tea and its abundant polyphenols have been studied and may someday be part … Continue reading Amid This Pandemic, a Look at Tea and Its Effect on Viruses

Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, a Look at Tea and Stress

With coronavirus COVID-19 a global pandemic, medical and science personnel worldwide are in the forefront as we all await news about treatment, cure, vaccine, anything promising. Many aspects of our lives are on hold as we worry about the health of those we love, and as we wonder how businesses will survive, how employees without … Continue reading Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, a Look at Tea and Stress

Sediment in Your Tea?

Ever wonder why sometimes there's a bit of sediment in your tea cup? Or speculate as to what exactly it is? Since customers evidently prefer that their tea beverages be clear rather than murky, manufacturers of ready-to-drink tea beverages have long looked into tea sediment, which forms simply from the binding of polyphenols to proteins … Continue reading Sediment in Your Tea?

Why We Love Flowers, Including in Our Tea

With Valentine's Day upon us, it's time to turn our attention to flowers. (Yes, I know the day's nearly over, but there've been technical difficulties. . . .) So flowers. A really nice thought for those of us in the northern climes, who, aside from evergreens, are largely bereft of foliage this month. But why … Continue reading Why We Love Flowers, Including in Our Tea

Does Tea Help Prevent Alzheimer Dementia?

This week, yet another study was published in which tea makes its appearance. Should we be excited? Should coffee drinkers throw up their hands and join the tea cohort? Can we use this as an excuse to buy that pricy tea we've been eying? Well, like the tea-longevity study that I recently looked at (Drink … Continue reading Does Tea Help Prevent Alzheimer Dementia?