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...

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...

Moroccan Mint Tea

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Feb 23, 2017

It may seem like we named this tea “Moroccan Mint” because they both start with the letter M.  However, have you seen how difficult it is to spell Moroccan?  Anyone who has seen me struggle to spell the name of this tea in the shop...

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...

What is Mate?

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Oct 18, 2016

Caffeine Without the Drop. Are you a coffee drinker looking to switch over to tea, but who still needs coffee-quantities of caffeine in your life?  Mate  (or Yerba Mate) may be the drink for you.  It’s a caffeinated drink from South America, but it isn’t...

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...

Have You Heard of Rooibos?

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Aug 03, 2016

Rooibos tea, also called red tea, is in fact not a tea at all. This herbal from South Africa is brewed like tea, and tastes similar, but comes from an entirely different plant. This low, grassy shrub is totally caffeine free, and has been making...

Buddhist Monks Drink Green Tea

Post by  Robert O'Brien Jan 19, 2016

Thousands of years ago. When tea started to become a popular drink, Chinese Buddhist monks discovered that drinking tea helped with their daily meditation. Meditation, they believed, was the source of all enlightenment.  If you have ever meditated, you've discovered that it is not easy. Your...