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...

Russian Tea Culture

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Mar 30, 2017

Tea is remarkably prominent in Russian culture.  This is largely due to the fact that tea is hot, and Russia is cold.  Thus, tea there, as it is consumed in most places in the world, is consumed hot.  It was introduced to Russia in the...

Lipton's Tea-How the American Working Class Discovered Tea

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Mar 29, 2017

While today, it may be owned by the same megacorporation as Pepsi, Lipton tea began with a single grocery store, founded by the Irish immigrant Thomas Lipton.  Before this man came into the tea industry, tea was a luxury good.  It was difficult for Americans...

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...

A War Fought Over Tea- The Boston Tea Party

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Mar 10, 2017

How much do you care about tea?  Now, how would you feel if an arbitrary, distant government which you had no say in imposed a tax on it?  How upset would you be?  Probably, not very.  However, at one point in history, this was the...

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
  • 1 comment

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...

What is Yixing?

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Oct 23, 2016

Do you have a favorite tea?  Something that you drink every day?  Something that people who really know you know is your tea?  A Lapsang Souchong to your Sherlock Holmes?  An Earl Grey to your Charles Grey?   If so, you may be interested in...

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...