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?
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
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!
I recently purchased some Ya Shi Xiang oolong from Zerama Tea, figuring I should try some Dan Cong as I haven't had any. I really love the oolongs that I typically drink and haven't strayed much past them, but it was time to sample something new. Even a characteristically dry scientific article noted that Phoenix … Continue reading Finding the Best Teapot for the Tea: Ya Shi Xiang Oolong
Do you have a favorite cup, and if so, what makes it your favorite? My dad has a favorite coffee cup based on its shape and how the lip curves in just the right way. My husband's favorite is simply the one that holds the most liquid! Back in the 700s, during China's Tang Dynasty … Continue reading Do You Need a Green Teacup for Green Tea?
When you reach for a teacup, do you ever have to think about it? If you're a somewhat tea-obsessed individual, yeah, you get this, and you may have joined me in pausing and deliberating. Aesthetics or just functionality? Match teacups to teapot? Or teacup to tea type? Serving guests or no? Drinking mindfully or absentmindedly? … Continue reading Why You Should Choose Your Teacup Carefully
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
In under a century, Turkey launched, nurtured, and created a robust tea industry—and now boasts the highest per capita tea consumption in the world (see previous post)! Yet when Turks developed their tradition of making and drinking that tea, they drew on centuries of history. First off, Brewing the Tea Similar to how Russian tea is made in … Continue reading How to Make and Drink Turkish Tea
In matters of your teacup, COLOR matters. If color didn't matter, marketers wouldn't be investing research dollars to optimize the color of that kid's cereal box or the upscale restaurant menu. We are easily swayed by our own perceptions, with a 2014 study showing that a cup's color influences how people rate the flavor of coffee … Continue reading Does Your Teacup Matter?
comfortable shoes? √ sunscreen? √ a lot of time? √ Then you are ready for the Ann Arbor Art Fairs—because I guarantee you will (1) walk for hours, (2) see a staggering amount of amazing artwork, and (3) meet some incredibly creative artists who love what they do! So, as a continuation of my last post … Continue reading Still Enjoying Tea at the Art Fair!