Tea, Chocolate, and Chili Peppers (divine combined!)

There were, in the early 1600s, women who "by the use of chocolate had correspondence with the devil." Riiiight. But this claim, as related by A. Saint-Arroman in his 1852 book, Coffee, Tea and Chocolate: Their Influence Upon the Health, the Intellect, and the Moral Health of Man, vividly illustrates how a seemingly innocuous choice to drink … Continue reading Tea, Chocolate, and Chili Peppers (divine combined!)

Reviewing “The Wellness Tea” (with an objective look at health claims)

My late mother-in-law chided me for being skeptical, a trait I attributed to:  –my science background (must be data-driven and reproducible!) –the fact that my mother was an auditor (look for misrepresentations or falsified info!) –my years as an editor (identify all errors and weak arguments!) but my MIL was correct: I tend to start … Continue reading Reviewing “The Wellness Tea” (with an objective look at health claims)

Saying Goodbye to 2020, with a Look at Tea from Vietnam

My recent posting frequency hasn't been stellar as of late. Along with many of you, I'm weary. Of loss. Of grief. Of the long winter stretch ahead of me, with little to motivate. The holidays, such as they were, are behind. And ahead? Anything? Anything at all? Some nights it seems there is little incentive … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to 2020, with a Look at Tea from Vietnam

Can Tea Relieve Migraine? A Look at Herbal Tea

The Issue I know the season of thanks–giving probably isn't the best time to rant, but I was recently asked yet again to send someone a sample of tea with "medicinal qualities." So here goes: All tea as well as most herbals provide health benefits (unless, of course, they contain high levels of contaminants, which is why … Continue reading Can Tea Relieve Migraine? A Look at Herbal Tea

Does Your Clay Teapot Change the Taste of Your Tea?

Making tea should always be easy. Pick a tea, heat the water, steep, and pour. For each particular tea, if you keep brewing parameters the same and use a neutral teapot, such as glass or porcelain, you'll get consistent results. For delicate white and green teas, glass and porcelain teapots are ideal because they are … Continue reading Does Your Clay Teapot Change the Taste of Your Tea?

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?

This Teapot Needs No Handle

The great thing—or the downfall, depending on perspective—about being a fan of tea is that you can justify buying lots and lots of tea ware! Sure, you only need one vessel that withstands hot water and you're adequately equipped, but there's tremendous appeal in having teapots in different styles, materials, and sizes. And we human … Continue reading This Teapot Needs No Handle

Forget Bubble Tea—Make Tea Bubbles Instead!

Who doesn't want to eat tea bubbles?! And I'm not talking about tapioca pearls, fruit jellies, or popping boba that are commonly added to bubble tea. Agar Fruit Tea Bubbles Lisa (owner of TeaHaus, Ann Arbor) and her sons are always cooking up new things with tea, and they recently made bubbles, or pearls—not for tea, … Continue reading Forget Bubble Tea—Make Tea Bubbles Instead!

Find Your Balance with Ayurvedic Herbal Teas

Despite the fact that summer stretches a full three weeks into the month, September has long signified the start of autumn, the school year, harvest time, warmer clothing. It’s the end of vacations and the beginning of study.  It’s also the perfect time to think about bolstering our health, what with both coronavirus and this … Continue reading Find Your Balance with Ayurvedic Herbal Teas

The Teacup Can Mislead Even a Tea Expert!

Why are we sort of gratified when we hear about experts being stymied? Is it because we find certain experts somewhat intimidating, or irritatingly self-assured, and so we enjoy seeing the playing field leveled for once? Is it because sometimes we feel that our own opinions are just as valid as that "expert" one? Watching … Continue reading The Teacup Can Mislead Even a Tea Expert!