Tea Musings

Is Rinsing Tea a Necessary Practice?

Is Rinsing Tea a Necessary Practice?

Depending on how long you’ve been drinking tea, or how deep you’ve immersed yourself into tea culture, you may or may not be familiar with tea rinsing. Submitting your tea leaves to a quick rinse is a fairly common practice among loose leaf drinkers, but if you are new to the world beyond teabags, or only hearing about this for the first time, you might not know why we rinse our tea.

What is a Tea Pet?

What is a Tea Pet?

Tea pets are a common addition to many tea drinkers collection of tea ware and loose leaf teas. These often adorable figurines make for great companions to keep on your tea tray as you drink and indulge in your favorite past time. But this begs the question, why and where did the tea pet come from? Does it serve any purpose beyond looking awesome? Let’s steep ourselves in the subject of tea pets.

What Happened When I Only Drank Tea for a Month

What Happened When I Only Drank Tea for a Month

In an effort to continually improve how I feel, I used the beginning of the year to set several resolutions. One of those goals was to only drink tea as my source of caffeine for the month. Since I don’t really drink much outside of water, caffeinated beverages, and alcoholic beverages, this effectively meant I was setting forward a path that had me only drinking tea and water for the month of January. Let’s take a closer look at the outcomes I noticed.

Lion’s Mane Matcha Tea Review

Lion’s Mane Matcha Tea Review

If you search the web for “Health Benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushroom”, you’ll be met by numerous lists of touted health benefits that will have you thinking it’s a miracle food that will make you live forever. However, much research remains to be done, and it may be too early to declare direct causation in some of these studies. What seems to be clear is that Lion’s mane mushroom does have anti-oxidative properties, that with regular consumption could help prevent inflammation as well as number of degenerative brain diseases.

Tea Meditation Guide

Tea Meditation Guide

Brewing and drinking tea can be a procedural, and repetitive process. The idea behind incorporating an activity like making and consuming tea into meditation is to have just enough controlled activity that you can practice awareness in a task. 

Teavana closing down is both good and bad for the future of tea

Teavana closing down is both good and bad for the future of tea

I believe that one of Teavana's biggest downfalls was being owned by Starbucks. They have a very good format for approaching coffee retail and service, with 57th top brand recognition globally for 2018. Where they succeeded in creating a successful coffee brand clearly didn't fully translate to the world of tea, either by nature of the product itself, or the method in which they approached selling it.

Where to Buy Loose Leaf Tea?

Where to Buy Loose Leaf Tea?

Last night I was chatting with someone I've connected with on a LinkedIn Tea Group I started a while back (feel free to join!). We hadn't talked in a few months, but he had good reason to, he wanted an answer to what should be a simple question, "Where should I buy Loose Leaf Tea?". For the most part, this acquaintance of mine has been drinking common tea bags, and wanted to expand his palate, and see what else what out there. 

Develop a tea-drinking habit to improve your life and health (with 7 easy strategies)

Develop a tea-drinking habit to improve your life and health (with 7 easy strategies)

Considering switching out your morning quad venti carmel machiato for a soothing cup of tea but you just aren't sure where to start?  Our morning beverage habits to jump start our day can define the days outcome, and affect our health in the long run. So just how do you switch out one detrimental habit for a positive one? Let's look at some ways to make the switch to tea effective and lasting.

9 Tea-inspired Instagram accounts you should be following

9 Tea-inspired Instagram accounts you should be following

Lately I've been spending some quality time on Instagram. Posting about the work we do here at Tea by the Sea and sharing our journey. Along the wa...

Black Tea - How is it made and why it is different from other teas?

Black Tea - How is it made and why it is different from other teas?

Due to the processing, black tea can be brewed at a higher temperature than it’s green or white tea counterparts. Using water at 200 degrees Fahrenheit and an initial steep time of 60 seconds is advisable. Black teas typically will have higher caffeine content due to processing, steeping temperatures, and steeping times, but caffeine content can vary widely from batch to batch. Due to it’s more robust flavors, many people take their black tea with milk and sugar, enhancing their beverage to their personal preference.

What makes Green Tea a “Green Tea” anyway?

What makes Green Tea a “Green Tea” anyway?

At the most basic level, Green Tea is appropriately named, for in both it’s dried and brewed forms it exhibits a wide range of green colors. From a mellow dull green to extremely vibrant variants, the color of the tea stays close to it’s plucked form due to the series of processing methods it undergoes. 

Defining Tea: All tea comes from the same plant

Defining Tea: All tea comes from the same plant

...what remains are White, Black, Green, Oolong, and Pu’erh teas. All of these varieties of tea are made from the same plant, known scientifically as the Camilla Sinesis. The tea plant itself can vary greatly, just as grapes can be red or white, with a few distinct species that have evolved regionally.