As if America didn't give it a hard enough time; a culture already skeptical of tea sees the idea unceremoniously bashed from every direction: philosophers, television stars, coffee drinkers, political parties invoking its name, even our own history. America has not historically been a nation of tea drinkers, it's well known.
While that reality is beginning to change, it may be years before we overcome our craving for instant gratification, drinking for the desired effect (caffeine, relaxation, buzz, sleep, digestion, cancer preventative) rather than the experience of drinking something for the sake of drinking it.
But there is one part of America's reluctance to tea that cannot be stood for: the “feminization” of tea. Not only is it a sexist attitude, portraying femininity as weak, frail, delicate, flowery, even gossipy, but it's one that breeds an unnecessary stigma of the drink based upon its supposed character... more >
No foolin’ readers, Earth Day is serious fun and, we think, should be celebrated every day. We’re delighted there’s a national push for Earth Day to honor our planet, protect our resources and learn how to use (and reuse) natural products.
Whether you have a window box of flowers, some pots of tomato plants on the balcony or the luxury of a full-bore vegetable garden, your plants will benefit from great compost. Perhaps the most welcomed addition to a compost pile is spent tea leaves because worms love tea and worms make the richest, nutrient-filled compost.
Our very clever ingenuiTEA teapot helps you collect tea leaves neatly and compactly for distribution into the compost. Here’s how it works. Place the loose leaf tea leaves into the pot, pour on hot water and allow to steep. Then (and this is the magic/fun part), place the pot on top of a cup and the valve at the bottom opens up, allows the tea to pour through and you have a perfect cup of tea, or two. The teapot holds 16 ounces for a generous teapot or two full cups of tea... more >
For Saint Patrick's Day, an official feast day, many people turn to green beer, green bagels or even green milk shakes. Rather than see how much green food coloring we can consume, how about luxuriating with a good pot of Irish Breakfast Tea. Although I rarely put milk in my teas, the full bodied and rich Breakfast teas can be made all the more comforting with a nice splash of milk. In this hectic day and age, who can say no to a little comfort shared among friends.
That same Irish Breakfast tea can inspire us in many other directions as well. Consider enjoying your St Patrick's Day tea in a different form. We've shared a couple of fun variations below to get you started.
Irish Breakfast Scones
These scones are a variation on the scones made by award winning pastry chef Jared Bacheller at L'Espalier in Boston. He is known for incredibly creative, complex and elaborate desserts, the ideal finish to a Tasting Menu at L'Espalier, but sometimes he is drawn back to the comfort and simplicity of the classics... more >