The British Navy, after defeating (or, perhaps, nature's defeat) the Spanish Armada, was in prime position, and the Queen sanctioned the development of a private trading company. Supported by contributions from private investors, which – though she could not have known it – impacted the...

Another War Fought Over Tea - The Opium Wars

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Mar 14, 2017

The American revolution was not the only war fought over tea.  Britain also fought two separate wars with China in the 19th century, over trade disputes about obtaining tea.  The first Opium war lasted from 1839-1842. China was reluctant to trade with Britain, having seen...

How to Host British Afternoon Tea

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Feb 28, 2017

The moment I started drinking tea, my mother immediately began calling me “the British child.”  I am of the opinion that, if you’re going to attach cultural stereotypes to things, you might as well do it correctly.  The first thing to know about British tea...

Books and Tea- Jane Austen

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Jan 20, 2017
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Books and tea go together like peanut butter and jelly, or warm afternoons and sleeping outside in the grass.  As such, we’ve decided to run a quick series on famous authors, and the types of tea which they likely drank, starting first and foremost with...

A Good Cup of Earl Grey

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Oct 08, 2016

A Brief History of Earl Grey - the Black Tea and the Man Earl Grey is any black tea flavored with bergamot.  This is a traditional British tea, associated with a certain poshness.  It’s flavor is sophisticated, citrusy, and begs to be consumed on a gloomy afternoon,...

Chai Tea- Not Just the New Fall Trend

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Sep 29, 2016

Before your local Starbucks, coffee shop, tea house, and even quiet local diner got in on the chai tea craze, it was already culturally important to the people of India.   Chai tea, if you’ve managed to avoid it thus far, is a black tea...