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Tea Culture

What is Monkey-Picked Tea?
2 months ago

What is Monkey-Picked Tea?

Tea leaves picked by monkeys? Sounds great! But not too fast… Most tea experts and sellers agree that monkey-picked tea is just a legend. Let’s unpack the history behind this …
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Political Turmoil Jeopardizes Second Flush Tea in Darjeeling
4 months ago

Political Turmoil Jeopardizes Second Flush Tea in Darjeeling

Tea is and has always been a political commodity. From the days of the East India Tea Company’s trade monopoly and the Boston Tea Party to today, tea continuously finds …
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History 101: The Boston Tea Party
5 months ago

History 101: The Boston Tea Party

By  •  History

As you celebrate the 4th of July, take a few moments to think about how tea is responsible for the freedom you enjoy every day. We’re talking of course about …
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How to Read Tea Leaves
5 months ago

How to Read Tea Leaves

You may be able to predict the future just by looking in your teacup.

That’s the idea being tea leaf reading, also known as tasseography or tasseomancy. Those fancy words come from …
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The Rise of Tea Plants in the United States
7 months ago

The Rise of Tea Plants in the United States

For a long time, the Charleston Tea Plantation was the only commercial tea producer in the United States. But as Americans drink more tea, leaning into foreign flavors like matcha …
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Tea Smugglers: 18th Century Bad Boys
10 months ago

Tea Smugglers: 18th Century Bad Boys

By  •  History

It’s very easy to get a cup of tea in England. But it wasn’t always that way. In the 1700s, tea was so expensive that only aristocrats could afford it. …
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How Taking Tea Sans Sugar Meant Opposing Slavery
10 months ago

How Taking Tea Sans Sugar Meant Opposing Slavery

By  •  History

Today, sprinkling a spoonful of sugar into your tea doesn’t say much about your views on human trafficking. But in the late 18th century in England, it did.

In 1791, …
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Artwork Every Tea Lover Should Know
10 months ago

Artwork Every Tea Lover Should Know

To the avid tea-drinker, your cup of tea may be a personal work of art.  Maybe the sunlight hits your saucer just right in the morning, or perhaps the clinking …
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How Tea Will Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions
11 months ago

How Tea Will Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions

As the New Year approaches, it’s time to set goals for 2017. There are a number of prevalent resolutions made by people from coast to coast and farm to city, …
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Cool Tea Bag Art Pieces to Inspire Your Inner Matisse
12 months ago

Cool Tea Bag Art Pieces to Inspire Your Inner Matisse

Here at the Tea Kitchen we’ve written about using tea as a beverage, beauty product, and cooking spice.  Now we’re here to tell you about another cool use for tea: …
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