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    7 Clues You Have a Tea Buying Problem

    There comes a time in every tea drinker’s life where we must admit that we have a problem. Our friends and family will notice what is going on long before we do. Luckily for us, tea is a healthy indulgence (except for where our wallets are concerned). I thought it might be fun to put together a list of some of the “symptoms” of being a dedicated tea buyer. 1. You could really use a new pair of shoes but your favorite tea vendor is having an awesome sale.  I’ve often have friends tell me I’m not a typical girl because I don’t buy new shoes or purses very often. What they don’t realize…


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    What I Look for When Buying Tea

    Buying tea is a bit of a crap shoot, especially over the internet. It’s hard to know what you are getting until you drink it for the first time and by then it’s too late. Of course seeing and smelling a tea in person is always preferable but for a lot of people there just aren’t any local options. After drinking tea for so many years I’ve got a mental list of things I look for before ordering tea. Hopefully it will help some of you to weed out the not so great options. A picture says 1,000 words. I absolutely will not purchase a tea online if there is no picture of…

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    10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Drinking Tea

    1. Don’t be intimidated. The world of tea is massive and I was definitely intimidated when I first started. It took me a few years to figure out that it’s all part of the journey. Everyone has their own path and the experiences along the way are all part of the fun. 2. Have fun with it. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in all of the little scientific details like weighing leaves and measuring milliliters of water. The truth is that tea doesn’t need to be so serious, especially when it’s not for a review. Standards have their place but the whole point of drinking tea is to enjoy it. 3.…

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    Why Microwaving Tea is a Bad Idea

    I get asked a lot about whether you should microwave water for tea. It took a while for me to post about because I was worried about unintentionally offending someone. For that reason, I’ll put in a disclaimer right now: tea is best consumed how you prefer it! That being said my goal is always to make the best cup of tea possible. Of course, there are times when we aren’t in a position to make tea in an ideal way. I’ve used hotel room coffee makers, my mother’s soup pots and any number of improvised methods when I had to. When you’re at home though I would never recommend microwaving your tea.…

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    How to Store Tea

    I think that every tea drinker has the same problem. What is the best way to store all of the tea that we accumulate? The main enemies of tea leaves are heat, light and moisture. There’s a handful of exceptions to that rule but this applies to most categories of tea. I find that a lot of people tend to keep tea in their kitchen but that’s not always the greatest location. Heat and strong aromas from cooking can accidentally ruin your tea-vestments. I’m pretty sure that puerh cake that I have on display in my home will taste like bacon some day. Tea frequently comes packaged in paper bags with fold over…