Trick, Treat, or Tea: a Halloween Tea Party Guide

By Lindsay Jawor

Tea isn't always about pomp and circumstance. One of the most wonderful things about tea is that it fits nicely into any daily routine or holiday celebration. With Halloween upon us in the States, here are some fun ideas to brighten up your witches' tea or monster mash this year.

Halloween Tea Party Treats

Firstly, we must address the topic of pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice tea is delicious, and you can make your own lattes for pennies on the dollar without leaving the warmth of home. But for those who are not fans, or are just completely pumpkinned-out, there are other great... Read more >

Kid-Friendly Tea Options

By Lindsay Jawor

The image that tea often evokes is a parent reading the morning paper or a group of adults chatting around a recently cleared dinner table. Rarely do we think of tea and imagine children, unless the tea is an invisible brew in tiny cups, clutched in the paws of various stuffed animals. Most kids' exposure to quality tea drinks is limited because caffeine isn't recommended for youngsters. Fortunately, there are a number of caffeine-free tisane alternatives that children can enjoy.

Quick Lesson:
Tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant. Tisanes are brewed similarly, and
are... Read more >

RED TEA: Common Term Can Be Uncommonly Confusing

By Heather Edwards

Twenty-five years ago, if anyone mentioned "red tea", it meant only one thing: black tea from mainland China that shows a red infusion in the cup.


That is still true. Red tea in China is made from the ancestral tea bushes of Camellia sinensis, dried to a deep brown leaf and brews up to a mahogany red to shades lighter and darker in the cup depending on the province where it grows. Some of the best are Qimun, Anhuui, Fujien, and Yunnan. Chinese red teas are bold in flavor and cover a wide spectrum of tastes from tannic to smooth, earthy to sweet, woodsy... Read more >

Once Upon a Tea: One Adagio Fan's Story

By Anthony Sementilli

During the Summer after my freshman year, some of my best friends and I felt that successfully surviving our first year was worthy of prompting our first pilgrimage to the Mecca of nerds: San Diego ComicCon.

We spent days planning the trip. But, unfortunately, the tickets sold out hours after release, leaving our plans high and dry.

I will say this: I'm so happy we missed ComicCon, and this is why.

Among the venues we missed the most on our obsolete ComicCon bucket list was the "Japanese Tea Garden," a place where you can blend your own tea. I figured, "Well, I'm sure... Read more >

Essayist Calls Tea "Pernicious": WRONG!

By Diana Rosen

It may be difficult to believe this in the 21st century but barely 400 years ago, tea was thought by some British to be "pernicious," or harmful to society. Noted authors and religious leaders drew venomous conclusions and railed openly against the growing tea trade. For example, John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, was so disturbed by the increasing popularity of tea that, in 1748, he opined that his followers should completely abstain from tea because it "gives rise to numberless disorders, particularly those of a nervous kind." Apparently, the energy and clarity that tea can... Read more >