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There are a lot of factors in creating a perfect cup of tea. The age of the leaves, the processing technique, and the water temperature. Yes, the water temperature.

The taste of tea is affected by even a 15 degree difference in the temperature of the water you use. Lawrence Zhang of A Tea Addict’s Journal, explains, “The effect of cooler water is a lower extraction rate from the tea, and it also opens up the leaves slower. It means that for teas like puerh, you’re not getting everything out of it at once. This does decrease the amount of bitterness and roughness that you might get from the leaves, but it also means you’re not really tasting everything you can.”

It also affects the mouthfeel — that is, the phyiscal sensations in the mouth — of the tea. Lawrence explains it in more detail in his blog entry here: http://www.marshaln.com/2013/03/water-temperature/

Click on the link above to find out more about how temperature affects the experience of tea!


california-tea-house-teacloset-constructing-spaceHave you ever wanted to have your own personal space for tea? A place to sit down and enjoy your cuppa before “officially” starting your day? Don’t we all do?


While some of us reserve a comfy couch and a side table, or a dedicated spot on the breakfast nook, Hster of Tea Closet literally has a small home for her tea collection.


It’s still a work in progress, but it’s definitely something many of us could only dream about. She’s planning on having all her tea in a small space in her garden, and will also install an outdoor sink for brewing.


Sounds like a dream! Click on the link to read more about her tea space.


Last week, I shared George Orwell’s essay on making a proper British tea. Well, he’s not the only one who has rules about. Apparently, it appears that a lot of British people have different ideas, and they’re all very passionate about their own methods. This is Scott Bryan of Buzzfeed’s take on the issue.

instagram.com / Via gramfeed.com



1. leave the kettle alone when boiling tea.
2. brew for less than 3 minutes.
3. leave your teabag in the mug.
4. use Millac Maid sachets.
5. put the sugar teaspoon into your tea when you’re not done getting sugar.
6. use a different type of milk other than the recommended.
7. pour the milk in first.
8. use microwave to reheat tea.
9. not clean up!

Click here to read the whole article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/scottybryan/9-essential-rules-for-making-the-perfect-cup-of-tea#2y7cohh


california-tea-house-george-orwellSo you want to be an expert in making proper tea the way the Brits do it but you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry because in the land of the Queen, tea brewing has apparently always been a controversial topic of debate.

George Orwell, the man behind the classic novel, "1984" — and the novel that spawned the never ending Big Brother reality shows, actually wrote an essay about getting tea right. He wrote his own eleven golden rules, seven of which are popular, while four of them are rather controversial, as much as tea brewing goes.


Read his essay and his eleven golden rules here: “A Nice Cup of Tea”.





Last month, I talked about great tea-related subreddits. This week, let’s head on to Tumblr for our tea fix. Tumblr is a great place for a good laugh. It’s full of crazy people with crazy ideas on the most mundane things. AND, more importantly, it’s also filled with people who enjoy tea.


I love browsing teastuff on my computer while drinking tea — it’s a huge part of my morning routine. Usually I just sit around and look at my phone, but sometimes when I try to get some work done before finishing my drink, I end up sitting on the computer and browsing through tea porn on it.


The site that goes best with my morning cup? Tumblr. Seriously, it’s like Instagram on steroids! The photos are a lot larger, a lot less over-processed, and it gives the bloggers bigger room to write things about the photos too.


While there are a lot of tea things on my dashboard, here are my top 3 favorites:


1. Tea Territory 


This blog keeps up with it’s tagline, “All tea all the time”. It is literally jam-packed with tons of tea porn: tea cups, tea-themed accessories, and even geeky teaware like this Tardis tea set:


Tardis Tea Set


SOURCE: http://teaterritory.tumblr.com/post/92576234098


Tip: View this blog on its own as opposed to viewing it on your dashboard. The blogger’s attraction to saturated colors and yellowish tones create a motif on her overall page and is best appreciated when you look at the page itself. When I want to evoke feelings of warm summer mornings or cold Christmas nights, I go to her main page to get my fix.


2. Books and Leaves 


Books and Leaves is about, well, books and tea leaves, but mostly tea. I love this blog because it’s full of tidbits about different kinds of tea from all over the world. As a tea noob, I learn a lot of stuff here without feeling overwhelmed because the information provided is written in a short and concise manners. Like this short piece about matcha tea. Plus, it has lots of pretty pictures across the page.


3. Tea is My Cup of Tea 


This blog is an amalgamation of all things tea. From cultural tidbits about tea, portraits of people all over the world enjoying tea, to cute tea-related artwork and funny and interesting trivia about tea.


Like, have you heard of the mustache cup? Apparently in the Victorian era, protecting your mustache from the steam of tea was a thing.


Mustache Tea Cup


SOURCE: http://teaismycupoftea.tumblr.com/post/96388343210 


Don’t doubt it, the Mustache Cup is in Wikipedia. [Tweet this!]


If you want to drown in tea cultures, pretty photos, and crazy trivia, “Tea is My Cup of Tea” is for you. But who says you can only choose one of the three? Go ahead, create an account on Tumblr and follow them all!

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