The Revival of Tea in Georgia

Ups and Downs If asked to list the countries that produce the world's best teas, Georgia probably doesn't cross most people's minds. In fact, many of us probably haven't had Georgian tea—or even realized that tea is produced there. Now I'm not referring to the sweet tea that's popular in our southern states, such as … Continue reading The Revival of Tea in Georgia

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Poison in My Tea? Redux

This week brought several news articles relating to toxins that might be lurking in your tea. I've addressed this issue before (Poison in My Tea?), looking at research and considering some of the avenues for contamination, but here's the latest: New Lawsuit This week, Yahoo Finance reports that the Organic Consumers Association has sued Twinings … Continue reading Poison in My Tea? Redux

Caffeine: You Think It, You Feel It?

In The Music Man, Professor Harold Hill charmingly dupes the River City populace. He first takes their money for musical instruments and then purports to teach their kids how to play said instruments. . . . by telling the kids to simply think of the notes . . . and then play them. With Professor … Continue reading Caffeine: You Think It, You Feel It?

Tea Saves the Day for Museum Replica!

When giving a see-through bespoke dress its finishing touches, you . . . dunk it in a vat of black tea? Turns out that tea—English breakfast blend to be exact—neatly provided the antique look required for a museum reproduction of a 2100-year-old silk dress. The original, along with a second gown, was found in Xin … Continue reading Tea Saves the Day for Museum Replica!

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?

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