Review: Meaning of the Boulder-Dushanbe Teahouse

Sep '12

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


The Dushanbe Tea House is no stranger to TeaMuse. Back in 2001, Martha Bowes profiled this architectural wonder of Boulder, Colorado, and in 2009 Christine Rillo visited and enjoyed the tea and atmosphere herself. But Adagio employees aren't the only people who are inspired and delighted by this teahouse. Examiner.com writer George Peknik was so inspired, he wrote a book about the teahouse in 2004. Similar to the story Peknik had heard about a fluttering mosque that had been magically transported by Allah from Bahla, Oman, to a nearby city, the Dushanbe Teahouse was transported from Dushanbe,... Read more >

New Year's Teas

Dec '11

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams

Happy New Year, Tea Lovers! With so many holiday parties coming up this month I already know that by New Year's Eve, spending another night with a cocktail in hand won't sound too appealing to me. Many good hosts I know simply won't let their guests be empty handed at their party, however, so I thought this year I'd decline ringing in my New Year with anything from a bottle and switch to something from a pot: a teapot, of course. While this might seem strange considering the American tradition of consuming copious amounts of champagne on New Year's Eve, drinking New Year tea is not a new idea.... Read more >

Book Review: A Tea Reader:...

Nov '11

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


Book Review: A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time Katrina Ávila Munichiello Tuttle Publishing If ever there was a perfect pairing, it's tea and reading. What tea lover doesn't adore steeping a cup of their favorite leaf and enjoying it with a favorite book? Both tea and books can elicit strong memories, feelings, and emotions, so it's no wonder they complement each other so well. And if you love and are inspired by both, what better subject would there be to read about while drinking tea than other tea... Read more >

Flavors of Fall

Oct '11

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


Finally, it's autumn! Here in the Northeast, that means cool, crisp air, the changing of the leaves from bright green to beautiful red, orange, and yellow, and--my personal favorite--a switch from the cold tea of hot weather to the hot tea of cold weather. But more than the welcome return of hot tea is the welcome change of the flavors of my daily teas. My summer tea flavors are typically mild, refreshing, and light. Ceylon Sonata (for a traditional iced tea). Peppermint. Apricot. Cucumber. White Peony. They're all wonderful, but after months of rotating through these straight-forward flavors--mostly... Read more >

Back To School: Tea Education

Sep '11

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


'Tis the season for back-to-school! While many people have been waiting for this all summer so they can get a break from their kids, others are eager to get back to learning themselves. But you don't have to wait until September or be enrolled in a traditional school to achieve such self-improvement, especially when it comes to tea. The popularity of tea has been increasing rapidly in the United States, and an increased taste for, well, anything, is commonly coupled by a desire to learn more about it. Thanks to the Internet, it has never been easier to expand your knowledge about your favorite... Read more >

Showing Children the Way to Tea

Jul '11

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


Before my daughter, Penelope, was even born, she had a tea party set. Two, actually, courtesy of my brother and best friend. They assumed that as a tea lover I would want to share my passion with my daughter, and they were right. I think tea parties lay a great tea foundation on which kids can build the knowledge of how to properly prepare, appreciate, and share tea. Not only are they a creative outlet for a child's imagination, but they introduce some of the basics of good tea preparation (not to mention some manners and etiquette). Somewhere between a child's first tea party and their first... Read more >

Yixing Teapots 101

May '11

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


Yixing teapots are not just teapots, they're exceptional works of Chinese art. Dating back centuries, these teapots enhance the tea-drinking experience not only with their functionality, but with their aesthetic appeal. Yixing (pronounced ee-shing) teapots are a Chinese tradition. Yixing, a city in the Jiangsu province in China, is known for the unique purple or red clay (their other name, zisha, means "purple clay") native only to this region. As was the case with porcelain and even tea itself, the manufacture of Yixing teapots was a long-held secret in China. While the secret of China's... Read more >

China Trip 2011

May '11

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


If you're a FaceBook friend of Adagio's, you've probably seen some of the posts about the 2011 China trip. If you're not, however, you may have no idea what I'm talking about. Allow me to recap. In April, Adagio sent their three tea buyers-Cynthia, Suzette, and Lydia-to Eastern China to find some new and exciting spring teas. They toured China for only 12 days, but what a 12 days it was! Their itinerary was jam-packed, and featured stops in the cities of Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as tea gardens in countryside destinations including Hangzhou and Zhejiang (the full itinerary and links... Read more >

What's in Your K-Cup?

Apr '11

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


I work in a corporate office. Like many offices, mine has phased out fresh-brewed pots of coffee and brought in Keurig machines. I was curious about Keurigs when they first arrived on the scene a few years ago, as they were not only convenient but they catered to individual coffee tastes within a large group. I was also curious about their tea-making abilities, but coffee was the main attraction in the beginning. If you are not familiar with Keurigs, they are pretty ingenious. They are pressure-based brewing systems that produce individual cups of coffee/tea. They are used in conjunction... Read more >

Spring Cleaning Your Tea Stash

Apr '11

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


Spring is near. It's almost time to trade snow and ice for flowers and sunshine, aaaannnnnddd get out your broom and do a little spring-cleaning. Oh yeah. Spring-cleaning. Ugh. I propose we start easy this year. Instead of chasing dust bunnies from beneath our beds, let's tackle our tea stashes! I don't know about yours, but mine gets a little out of hand over the course of the year and needs an annual purge to keep it under control. Despite the impression you may have gotten from the megapack of supermarket-bought tea bags your mom kept in the cupboard forever, tea is not immortal. Tea that... Read more >

Tea, My Valentine

Feb '11

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


Dear Tea, Happy Valentine's Day to my eternal Valentine! I thought there no better a way to celebrate the most loving of holidays than to recount my feelings for one of my nearest and dearest friends. I recall our beginning. I was 8. You were a couple thousand. I remember stealing sips of my mom's milky, sweetened cups of tea. I remember, when I finally got you to myself, shoveling spoonful after spoonful of sugar into my mug after removing a limp, soggy tea bag. I couldn't wait for the first sip... sometimes I drank so fast the sugar at the bottom hadn't even fully dissolved (which was,... Read more >

Sweets for Your Tea

Feb '11

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


Valentine's Day approaches. Surely you have been wracking your brain about what you should get your main squeeze, but while you conjure ways to be sweet to your sweetie, have you considered ways to be sweet to your tea? From sugars to syrups to artificial and natural sweeteners, there are a plethora of options for those who prefer not to drink tea plain. But what are the differences between them all? While the differences between table sugar and honey are pretty obvious, what about white sugar and raw sugar? What's about Splenda and Truvia? No matter how you take your tea, it is difficult... Read more >

Tea Year's Resolutions: 2011

Jan '11

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


Welcome to the new year! Last year, Tiffany Picard gave us all suggestions of how to use tea as our guide when committing to some of the most popular New Year's resolutions. Regardless of how well you might have done last year, at least one of those resolutions is probably back on your list this year. They say that people abandon their resolutions when they're too broad, so I suggest we take another crack at 2010's by making them a little more specific for 2011. Resolution 1: Lose weight -> Lose 5 lbs If you met your weight loss goal for 2010, congratulations! If you didn't, it's time... Read more >

Green Rooibos Is Coming! Green Rooibos Is Coming!

Jan '11

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


If you are even a casual tea drinker, odds are you have heard of Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) tea. Over the past few years, Rooibos tea has been gaining in popularity as a unique and caffeine-free alternative to traditional teas. If you're a serious or adventurous tea drinker, you probably have first-hand experience drinking this rich, red tea. But, Serious/Adventurous Tea Drinker, did you know there is green Rooibos tea? Yeah, to be honest, neither did I. But there is! And it's coming soon to Adagio Teas! What Is Rooibos? There are a few significant differences between Rooibos tea... Read more >

Coffee or tea, Santa?

Dec '10

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


Thanksgiving is over so I can officially say Merry Christmas! As I do annually, I spent Black Friday lugging my decorations out of the attic and transforming my house from a tidy, mature domain into a childlike wonderland overrun with yuletide tchotchkes and décor. Among the trimmings was the mug my brother and I left out for Santa Claus when we were children, always full to the brim with milk. As I carefully unwrapped this treasured family heirloom, it hit me: it's a mug. Let me repeat that: it's a mug. Mugs should contain hot beverages, not cold, so milk was not the intended contents! Wow,... Read more >

Feeling' GifTEA

Dec '10

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


It's that time of year again! Time for holiday shopping. This is generally a fun thing to do, if you already know what to get everyone. If you're like 99.99% of the population, however, you could probably use some ideas. If you have a tea lover on your list and you know little about tea yourself, then you can definitely use some ideas. I'll begin by suggesting the most obvious gift: tea. Now is an excellent time of year to treat the tea drinker in your life to a replenishment of their usual stock. Alternatively, you could introduce them to new flavors of their favorite type of tea or to an... Read more >

Tea for Dinner: A Cookbook Review of Culinary Tea

Nov '10

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


Culinary Tea Cynthia Gold and Lisë Stern Running Press If you're a tea lover, odds are that at some point you've wondered about cooking with tea. Tea is fantastic as a beverage, so it's a fair assumption that it would be fantastic as an ingredient, right? Absolutely. But tea as an ingredient (or, culinary tea) is a relatively new concept in the United States. So where would one start learning about it? Culinary Tea, by Cynthia Gold, tea sommelier of Swan's Café at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers, and Lisë Stern, a freelance food writer-editor, is the perfect starting point. It... Read more >

Impediments to Better Tea: Five Misconceptions

Nov '10

By Samantha Cappuccino-Williams


It's universally known that tea is good for you. It's also universally known that loose tea is better than bag tea. Yet, in the United States, teabags are still far more popular than loose tea. Are you among the many drinking teabag tea? You are? I had a feeling. Don't worry, I think I know what the problem is, and I can help. Flashback four years: I walked into a friend's cubicle and saw several canisters of loose tea. I immediately inquired about them, as I had long been interested in loose tea but was still using teabags because they were oh-so convenient. I distinctly recall telling... Read more >