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

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A Tea for the Polar Vortex

When your phone says this—yesterday and today, even in late morning—you need a tea that will convince you that, yes indeed, you can manage to walk from your house to your car, assuming you walk quickly, because, yes indeed, that does actually say "feels like minus 36°"! And when your husband can throw out a … Continue reading A Tea for the Polar Vortex

A Holiday Filled with the Meaning of Tea

Christmas swept like a whirlwind through our house this year. The seemingly endless supply of ribbons and boxes and sparkly things finally exhausted even our cat. But running like a theme through all the feasting and cookies and snacking in our home? Tea. Assam, brewed western style . . . Dragon Well in the petite … Continue reading A Holiday Filled with the Meaning of Tea

Elephant Tea Tin Helps Real Elephants

Clearance sale? Heck yeah! Years and years ago, when I picked up this tin filled with teabags, I did so only because I bought it for next to nothing!I think I liked the tea, but I do remember that I nearly tossed the tin—but then stuck it in with Christmas decorations because, well, it's not … Continue reading Elephant Tea Tin Helps Real Elephants

Christmas Tea: Why Does It Contain Oranges?

Picture any holiday and I'll bet that specific foods are part of that snapshot. After all, holidays mean gatherings of people—and festive gatherings of people mean food and drink! When you think about this, it makes sense from many standpoints. The very evolution of our species meant learning to cooperate and share resources to ensure our … Continue reading Christmas Tea: Why Does It Contain Oranges?

A House with the Aroma of Pu-erh Tea

Wouldn't it be quite heavenly to live in a house that smells like tea? And by this I mean the fabric of the house itself. Tea offers an aroma that is generally delicate, often complex—perhaps faintly sweet or fruity or spicy or earthy or malty or a mingling of attributes. The fragrance alone seems to transfer … Continue reading A House with the Aroma of Pu-erh Tea

What Tea Is Brewing in My Cauldron?

Tonight, there are only two things to consider for my perfectly magical Halloween potion. And make no bones about it—these are absolutely paramount: name of tea (must fit the holiday) color of tea (must fit the season) Of course some might argue in favor of more morbidly mundane considerations. You know what I mean—the usual … Continue reading What Tea Is Brewing in My Cauldron?