I spent a good chunk of last year working at a gigantic tea store chain. Since lots of great conversations happen over hot beverages, I’d associated tea with lots of special moments in my life, but I hardly knew anything about where it really comes from. From my first day on the job, I was given what was pretty much a tea intensive, complete with a little corporate-designed test I had to take before I could start selling the stuff. Those few days were interesting, but the real fun started when I was able to talk to customers about their tea preferences and make all kinds of combinations to try during my shifts. I will never be one of those people who partakes in a “tea tastes better than coffee” debate (is it really so novel to enjoy both!?), but I left that job a total tea addict and have never looked back. If you’re looking for something new to add to your routine, I highly recommend you take the plunge into trying new teas. There are hundreds of different flavors and variations to choose from, and unlike most yummy things, it’s actually good for you! Here are a few things I learned in my days as a tea girl to help you get started. Keep reading »
The only thing better than a good cup of tea is a good cup of tea that makes you laugh. Don’t think that exists? You’re wrong. The next time you’re entertaining guests or in the mood to sip on some loose leaf, consider one of these clever infusers to stir things up a bit. If you’re serving a group, bring them all out! You’ll be the talk of the tea party.
Tea: It’s good for you, but only if you don’t drink too much of it. And by “too much of it,” we mean a pitcher made with 100 to 150 tea bags. That’s how much a Detroit woman drank each day, and doctors eventually realized that her years of back, arm, leg, and hip pains were caused by the tea habit, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more…
My little tea time routine involves brewing some vanilla chai, putting on some chill music, eating a square (or three) of dark chocolate, and flipping through a fashion magazine. It’s totally relaxing, but you know what’s missing? Mr. T glaring at me from the side of my teapot. Yep, that would really take the whole thing to the next level. [$18, Etsy]
I just recently discovered the joys of tea, and oh how I love sipping English Breakfast in the morning and a soothing vanilla blend at night. What I don’t love? Taking out the soggy tea bag and leaving drips everywhere. That’s why I’m so excited about this ingenious — and cute! — tea dam cup, which has a separate little section for the tea bag. It also allows you to refill your cup to get multiple uses out of bags of strong tea. So long, wet counters and tea-stained clothes! [$10.25, Whole Latte Love]
Tea isn’t supposed to be exciting; it’s supposed to be soothing. Says who? This adorable yellow submarine tea infuser is guaranteed to liven up your cup. Just stuff some tea leaves inside and dunk in hot water for a few minutes. You will, however, be singing “Yellow Submarine” for hours afterward. Sorry.