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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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

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?

The Plight of Tea Workers in Nilgiris, India

The health benefits of tea make almost daily headlines these days: Lose weight! Loaded with antioxidants! Fight cancer! But what about the health of those who work in the tea industry? Here the proclamations are not always so glowing. Take the Nilgiris District of southern India, for example. Their Tea As a whole, southern India … Continue reading The Plight of Tea Workers in Nilgiris, India

Two Books to Get You Hooked on Japanese Tea

If you haven't experienced Japanese tea—the real stuff, not in a teabag—you are missing out! And don't think that all green teas are alike. If you've had a green tea from China, it won't be anything like one from Japan, and if you've had one type of Japanese tea, it will probably be very different … Continue reading Two Books to Get You Hooked on Japanese Tea

Mechanization Rolling into India’s Tea Gardens?

China—producer of the most tea in the world—needs more tea, particularly black tea. To tea drinkers in the U.S., where green tea is slowly being discovered, that may seem a step backward. Why drink black tea when you live in a country that produces some of the most exquisite green and oolong teas in the … Continue reading Mechanization Rolling into India’s Tea Gardens?