January 2021 Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

The pandemic has passed its one-year anniversary as many of us still hunker down, venturing into public places only when necessary. Unprecedented numbers of us are working from home, and in lieu of gathering round the office coffeepot, are making our own beverages. And discovering that we want the indulgence of high quality and taste. … Continue reading January 2021 Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

May Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

As we navigate new social norms, hoping to prevent infection spikes, and as economies look to recover, it's time to revisit the tea industry. There's both good and bad news, although for India, there's far more bad than good news, even now. Japan In Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, although the tea festival that kicks off the … Continue reading May Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

Update on Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

I never picked up a 2020 calendar for our household use, so, a few weeks ago, I simply canceled the year officially. At least in our kitchen. As many of us continue to be under stay-at-home orders, the ramifications of COVID-19 are becoming clearer, broader, often scarier. We wonder what the lasting effects will be—on … Continue reading Update on Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

Our world has been completely upended by COVID-19. Here in Michigan we are entering three weeks of a stay-at-home order, following nearly two weeks of partial shutdown earlier enacted. At the moment, we're ranked #5 of the fifty states for confirmed virus cases and #2 for number of deaths. Grim statistics. Concomitant with worry about … Continue reading Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

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

Purple Tea: A Healthier Tea?

Michigan maples are already flaunting their riotous oranges and reds!A fitting time to look at purple tea—tea leaves whose distinct purple hue is due to the same antioxidant that makes autumn foliage so breathtaking! Sounding vaguely like a toxin rather than a health-boosting antioxidant, anthocyanin is technically the "blue, violet, or red flavonoid pigment found in plants." … Continue reading Purple Tea: A Healthier Tea?

The 12 Teas of Christmas: Drumming up some winter magic

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me twelve drummers drumming—and perhaps some holiday fatigue. According to PNC's Christmas Price Index, that true love had to cough up a whopping $34,558.65 for all twelve gifts this year ($157,558.00 if you count all the repetitions). This is a 0.6% increase from last year … Continue reading The 12 Teas of Christmas: Drumming up some winter magic

The 12 Teas of Christmas: On the 6th day, a goose egg?

On the Sixth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me . . . six geese a-laying—which brings to mind our neighborhood's terribly brazen geese that tenaciously protect their young, going after any innocent passerby with raucous honking and hissing. But when the 12 Days of Christmas was sung, geese were commonly kept in … Continue reading The 12 Teas of Christmas: On the 6th day, a goose egg?

What Is Honeybush Tea? A Treat!

Honeybush. The name itself sounds sweet and pleasant. Honeybush (Cyclopia sp.)—also known as mountain or cape tea—probably takes its name from its yellow, honey-scented flowers. Native to South Africa, there are 23 documented species of honeybush, each thriving in a specific environment, from coastal to mountainous. Today, 70% of the honeybush produced comes from these … Continue reading What Is Honeybush Tea? A Treat!

What Is Rooibos Tea?

ROOIBOS: Truly a Red Tea! If you haven't had rooibos yet, now is the time—especially if you are looking for a delicious tea that doesn't have caffeine. Well, actually it's a tisane Although rooibos is commonly called "tea," it is really an herbal tisane. While true tea is produced with Camellia senensis, rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) … Continue reading What Is Rooibos Tea?