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    4 Simple Ways Restaurants Can Improve Their Tea Service

    I think almost every tea drinker I know has bemoaned the sad state of tea in American restaurants at one time or another. Even high-end establishments disappoint with tepid water and poor quality tea bags, although there are some rare exceptions like NYC’s Eleven Madison Park. I’m always confused by this because very often the same place will offer coffee from one of the so-called “third wave” vendors. Here’s the thing, making tea isn’t hard. It doesn’t require a gargantuan effort. There are some really simple changes a restaurant could make to transform the customer experience. Don’t Make It an Afterthought Tea is usually found at the very end of a menu, often as…


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    5 Practical and Inexpensive Ways to Up Your Tea Game

    When I first got into tea I was overwhelmed by all of the gadgets and gizmos that can go along with it. Looking back, I think I purchased everything related to tea that I could find. Luckily I had some really wonderful folks who set me straight before too much damage was done. You don’t actually have to spend a fortune on stuff in order to make a perfect cuppa. Here are a few practical and inexpensive ways to up your tea game: 1. Thermometer For a lot of folks, one of the major realizations when it comes to tea is that they shouldn’t all be made with boiling water. You can buy…

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    Podcast Episode 23: 4 Ways to Brew Loose Leaf Tea

    September was an extremely busy month, both on the blog and personally. I was on my way to a wedding on October 1st when it dawned on me that I never actually made a podcast episode for the previous month. Oops! I’ve been trying to be more on track with that but one slips through the cracks every once in a while. I’ve gotten a few requests lately for a video on how to brew loose leaf tea. Since most of my YouTube channel viewers are very new to tea, I decided to focus on some of the easiest ways to get started. All of these options can be found for less than…

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    How to Train Your Palate for Tea

    Detecting complex aromas can be difficult when we first get into tea. I know this issue was something I struggled with and it is probably one of the things that I get asked about the most. So first things first, you are not alone! Although some people might be naturally better at tasting food and drinks the truth is that you absolutely can get better at it by training your palate. I don’t mean the board artists put their paint on or the wooden flats used for shipping. Your palate is located on the roof of your mouth where it separates the oral cavity from the nasal cavity. In most cases when we say…

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    Why Tea Shouldn’t Be Made in K-Cups

    Can tea be made in K-Cup? Of course it can! That doesn’t mean that it should though. I’ve tried them while staying in hotels across the country, at friends houses and in office break rooms. Convenience sells but I’m here to tell you that K-Cups are quite possibly the worst thing to happen to tea since the invention of the tea bag. I don’t mean to come off as a tea snob but they simply don’t work. Here’s why: They’re Poor Quality While it’s certainly possible to make a K-Cup with a high-quality tea, it just isn’t very likely to be found on the market. The whole principle behind the product is for them…