Where in the world is Carmen SanTEAego?

By Epiphany Acevedo

When thinking about tea culture, it is easy to limit yourself to envisioning rolling green hills in China, Japan and India. Not only are there many more countries that produce and consume tea, but they all enjoy it very differently! Here's a peek at a few countries' tea cultures that you may not be familiar with.


Sandy beaches, mariachi music, handmade tortillas, and...tea? That's right. While Mexico does not grow tea in the traditional sense, natives were drinking herbal teas hundreds of years before Spanish colonization in the 15th century. These herbal teas... Read more >

This Year, Let's Be Thankful for Tea!

By Heather Edwards

"Thank God for tea!
What would the world do without tea? How did it exist?
I am glad I was not born before tea."

― Rev. Sydney Smith

You don't need to be clergy to be thankful for tea, as Rev. Smith's sentiments ring true even for the most dedicated atheist. This year, and every year, we at Adagio are thankful to YOU for our continued success.

How will you celebrate the gratitude of this holiday?

Table Favors Say Thank You Deliciously

At the holiday table, give each of our guests a little favor, a pretty... Read more >

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 >