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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…


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    Is Tea Really Picked By Monkeys?

    One of the oldest myths in the tea world is the one about tea being picked by monkeys. The usual story goes that since the best leaves grow at the top of the tree, monks trained monkeys to climb to the top and pick the tea for them. Another version says that they would anger the monkeys, causing them to rip off branches and toss them at the monks below. I hate to break it to you all but this fable is simply not true. Chinese tea culture is full of myths and legends that may contain grains of truth but unfortunately this is not one of them. Although monkeys are very intelligent…

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    Reader Questions: Do You Ever Get Tired of Tea?

    I think this may be the question that I get asked most often, especially by non-tea drinkers. It’s an understandable thing to wonder about. I started this blog a little over seven years ago and to date I’ve reviewed over 940 teas. When I first started this journey I assumed that there would come a point of saturation. How much tea could one person drink? I’m happy to admit that I was very wrong about that. The world of tea is seemingly small but in reality it is unfathomably huge. It’s also constantly evolving. Although there have a been a handful of repeats for me, they have been fairly far and few between.…

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    What Countries Grow Tea?

    One question I often see asked in online forums is what countries grow tea? China, India, Sri Lanka and Kenya make up the largest portion of world production but tea can be found in over 60 different countries. The list is constantly changing and expanding, especially under the pressure of climate change. After doing a bit of digging, I’ve started a spreadsheet to keep track of them all. It is embedded below and I’ll continue to update it as new ones are discovered. Let me know in the comments if I missed anything! Did you enjoy this post? Click to tweet so that you can share it with your friends! How many countries…

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    Reader Questions: Is It Possible to Drink Too Much Tea?

    A few people have asked this question so I thought that I should address it as best I can. I’m not a health professional and you should speak to your physician if you have concerns about tea and your health. That being said, I consume large quantities of tea on a daily basis and have never had any negative side affects because of it. I’ll usually drink between four and eight cups along with several cups of iced tea throughout the day. Overdosing on caffeine is possible but fairly hard to achieve. There are no black and white rules when it comes to tea. For years the industry parroted antiquated beliefs that white…