• Blogging

    5 Things You Might Not Know About Me

    If you read this blog, you more than likely already know that I love to drink tea…a lot. A friend pointed out that it might be interesting to let my readers get to know me a bit more, outside of tea. I’ve got to be honest, it actually took me a while to come up with enough things for this post. Tea really does dominate a large part of my life but people are like onions and ogres, we have layers. ☺ I’m a bookworm Long before I discovered tea, reading was something that I have always really enjoyed. I held the class record for Pizza Hut certificates from BOOK IT! and was thrilled…


  • Teaware and Gadgets

    Confessions of a Teaware Hoarder

    When starting any hobby I find that we all tend to indiscriminately collect anything and everything related to our new passion. I’ve been through this phase in the past with other hobbies (such as collecting Breyer model horses when I was young) but nothing could have prepared me for the overwhelming miasma of stuff that the tea world has to offer. Teapots, teacups, gaiwans, books, and gadgets; if it was related to tea I just had to have it. After a while, I actually ran out of room to store and display everything. A normal person might have said, “Enough is enough.”. I, on the other hand, went to Target and simply bought…

  • Blogging

    My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

    This past year has been a bit of a whirlwind for me. I got engaged and spoke at World Tea Expo. The direction of the blog also changed a bit. I find myself doing fewer tea reviews and putting more effort into writing informative posts instead. A big part of that is because of my own changing tastes and preferences. According to my Google Analytics, these are the ten most popular posts in 2016: 5 Buzz Words Tea Companies Should Stop Using Why Microwaving Tea is a Bad Idea 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Drinking Tea Chinese vs Japanese Green Teas What Makes Tea Bitter 7 Clues You Have a Tea…

  • Social Media

    What Tea and Social Media Means to Me

    Last week was spent in Las Vegas at World Tea Expo (you all expect in-depth coverage next week). It’s an event that I look forward to every year, mostly because it’s a time of connecting in person with those who I usually only converse with online. I thought this might be a great opportunity to share my thoughts about what tea and social media mean to me. The topic is particularly timely because I just gave a seminar on this very subject. When I first discovered tea, I was living in a bit of a vacuum. Dorming at a college about forty miles away from home meant that it was just far enough…

  • Blogging

    Saturday Surprise (Or Why There Wasn’t a Round Up This Week)

    Yesterday I realized with a feeling of horror that I had completely forgotten to put together the Friday Round Up. A number of thoughtful folks even tweeted letting me know about my faux paus. I’m generally pretty on top of things but it’s been a crazy week. The April issue of Tea for Me Please Quarterly was my largest edition yet. A lot of late night sessions were spent trying to pull everything together. My work schedule has been pretty hectic lately as well. Life outside of the blog was bit of a whirlwind this week. My boyfriend Jason popped THE question! There was much excitement and celebrating, all of which kept me away…

  • Tea Tips

    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.…