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Health & Beauty Tea is perfect for a few minutes of "Me Time"

Self Care, and Tea to Get You There...

Diana Rosen

In this world with a constant influx of news and information, deadlines for work and family, and crossing off those endless items on your to-do list, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. Naturally, we think tea can be used as antidote to all of the stressors in life. You might want to consider some of these suggestions for utilizing tea to de-stress, calm yourself, and practice self-care…

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History "Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.

Carroll's Classic Celebrates Sesqui-Centennial

Diana Rosen

This year, 2015, is the 150th anniversary of the publication of "Alice in Wonderland" and tea lovers around are sharing their love of this enduring (and endearing) tale. Like many classic children's books, Alice is more- much more- than it seems. It charms on two levels. For children, it's a phantasmagorically rich story sprinkled with nonsense. And, for adults, it's a droll satire of Victorian manners with a nod to the lack of food safety during that era.

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Enjoyment Gifts from scratch mean the most.

Give the Unexpected This Holiday Season

Diana Rosen

Gifts for family, friends, colleagues and those who make our lives easier all year long are part of the delight of this holiday season. Naturally, we think Adagio teas are the ideal gift, so we invite you to explore all our wonderful gift items, tea ware and teas. Here are some packaging ideas that are as unique as you are, with a definitive nod to the world of tea.

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Health & Beauty Let tea cheer you up on rainy days

Rooibos and Chamomile Can Help Depression

Diana Rosen

Depression affects millions of people in the United States alone. The Center for Disease Control estimates that one in ten adults suffer from depression. Many studies show that herbal teas like rooibos and chamomile, and traditional black and green teas can help relieve not only depression but its related symptoms as well.

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History In Support of Tea

Essayist Calls Tea

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...

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Health & Beauty Tea and meditation are a great pair

The AnTEAdote to Stress

Diana Rosen

One of the hallmarks of recent times is the increase in stress. So, what's a 21st century person to do? Establish a tea ritual! The ritual for preparing tea to de-stress is purposeful, personal and, most importantly, quiet alone time to connect with body and mind.

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Culture Popsicles aren't just for kids

End-of-Summer Tea Delights Abound

Diana Rosen

The calendar indicates that summer is drawing to a close, however, the temperatures remain high, the lure of water sports stays strong and the desire for something cool and refreshing to eat or drink is easily satisfied with our favorite ingredients: Tea!

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Enjoyment Fill your cup with love from Adagio

Valentine's Day Teas Bloomin' with Flavor

Diana Rosen

The creative minds at Adagio have developed what may very well be the ultimate gift of love, the exclusive, exotic, exciting collection called Love Petals. It's a set of three beautifully-blended teas that will surely please your sweetheart (and everyone else you love!) Love Petals loose leaf teas and pyramid teabags each are packaged in gorgeous, reusable tins, so no rushing around for gift boxes, wrapping and ribbons.

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Culture Tales & Tea for Tolkien's Birthday

Tales & Tea Leaves Map Out a Tolkien Journey

Diana Rosen

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" are legion, so it's no wonder that one of our most popular collections is Tales & Tea Leaves, spectacular teas in six reusable tins in a terrific 9"x9"x1.5" shadow box you can hang on your office wall or place on the kitchen counter.

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Enjoyment Storytime is a gift for all ages

Remember the Kids (& Kids at Heart) this Season

Diana Rosen

One of the most cherished memories for many of us is remembering how we were read to, be it bedtime stories, ghost stories around a campfire or in a library or schoolroom. Stories can enchant and delight, inform and instruct, make us laugh or cry. That's why books are perfect gifts, timeless and enduring.

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Enjoyment Take some time to talk over tea

New Year's Resolutions? Let's Take Another Look

Diana Rosen

Who hasn't thought to save more money, lose those pesky pounds, eat better and exercise? We don't need to repeat these oft posted - and usually broken- resolutions. Instead, we've come up with 12 resolutions, one for each month, which are easy or fun or inexpensive and, best of all, really make a difference for you and everyone around you.

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Drinks & Eats Delectable holiday dishes

Enjoying Thanksgivukkah Without the 5-Pound Gain

Diana Rosen

Whatever it's called during this significant year, the Jewish Festival of Lights, Chanukah, has the unique position to begin Wednesday, November 27, and end December 5, making the first day of this holiday the same as American Thanksgiving Day, November 28. So, the dilemmas begin: latkes (potato pancakes) instead of stuffing? Donuts instead of pumpkin pie? Or, have them all?

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Enjoyment Trick-or-treater's bounty

Tricks and Teas for Halloween

Diana Rosen

It's autumn, and that means it will soon be time to create a costume, host a Halloween party and create yummy treats for trick-or-treat guests. However you spend this year's All Hallows' Eve, here are two recipes to try at home. They're easy, delicious and pair fantastically with tea.

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Enjoyment Brewing a ghastly favorite

Caldron Favorites

Diana Rosen

You don't have to be a warlock or witch to scare up some great beverages for Halloween or other fall celebrations. Either of these could calm the nerves of any ghost-fearing guest...or you!

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Drinks & Eats Raspberry iced tea popsicles

Delicious Recipes for Summer Desserts and Drinks

Diana Rosen

The iced tea popsicle is so simple to make and, with all the choices of ice cube shapes and sizes, you can really have fun with this. You may even make Arnold Palmer popsicles, which combine lemonade with iced tea. Arnold Palmers are refreshing, great for kids or adults, and if you want to spike yours with liquor, it accommodates that, too. In other words, the perfect summer party drink is the Arnold Palmer!

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Enjoyment The iconic lemonade stand

Summer Tea Stand: Nostalgia & Great Teaching Tool!

Diana Rosen

A summertime tea stand is a great learning experience and a lot of fun, as both children and teens can learn business skills like how to create a product, sell it, and figure out what to do with the profits! This business model can be replicated many times in the future, and is great for those eight-years-old and older.

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Travel Don't leave your tea behind

Traveling and Tea: Have a Great Cup Anywhere

Diana Rosen

Anywhere in the world that you could travel, you'll find tea: tea rooms, cafes in museums, tea shops, farms that grow tea in the countries that grow tea (even in the U.S. - Hawaii, Oregon and on Wadmalaw Island off the coast of South Carolina), and museums dedicated to tea.

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Health & Beauty Tea: not just for drinking!

Tea to the Rescue!

Diana Rosen

Too much sun? Tea can help! Should time get by you, the result can often be painful sunburn. If you're blistering or if the burn looks particularly severe, get someone to take you to the clinic or an emergency care center immediately. If, however, it seems like a more typical case of minor overexposure to the sun, a first-degree burn, our dear leafy brew, tea is the perfect remedy.

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Enjoyment Celebrate Your #1 Dad

Gadgets, Gifts and Grilling with Dad

Diana Rosen

We hope your dad loves tea as much as you do. Some men erroneously think that tea is not a "manly drink." To prove those naysayers wrong, there are wonderful books on historic clipper ships, tea fables and lore or on Asian and European tea collectibles and tea art. And if your dad is already a tea lover, who wouldn't want a selection of his favorite teas or an elegant Yixing pot all to himself?

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Enjoyment Mother's Day is May 13th

Honor Mom With A Delicious Gift

Diana Rosen

Ever since President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation in 1914 making the second Sunday in May a time to honor all mothers, we've been using telegram offices, telephone companies, email servers, and the good old U.S. Post Office to send messages of love and affection to dear Mom. Read about Adagio's Mother's Day gift set and a recipe to share with her.

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Health & Beauty Tea and chocolate are a tasty and heart healthy combo

Heart Health for Your Valentine

Diana Rosen

The heart has long been an icon for love, and no wonder - its gentle beating keeps us alive and breathing! For your Valentine, why not give him or her a fine black or green tea and a box of dark chocolates? This double-whammy of a gift offers twice the heart benefits because chocolate has high antioxidant qualities, too.

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Enjoyment Personalized gift baskets

DIY Tea Gift Baskets for the Holidays

Diana Rosen

Nothing charms more than a gift basket of delectable teas and accessories for the holidays. It's a delightful way to thank a hostess for a festive meal, a more welcome gift than another tie or set of body lotions, and it can even be very kind to the budget.

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Enjoyment Infuse tea with your alcohol

Spice Up Your Holiday Tea Drinks!

Diana Rosen

Tired of the traditional punch or eggnog for holiday celebrations? Try these new ideas for adding favorite alcoholic beverages to the teas you adore. They're easy to make, delicious to taste and your family and friends will love your innovative take on entertaining.

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Enjoyment Water: Just as Important

Water: The Other Ingredient

Diana Rosen

Water is one of the key ingredients to making a great cup of tea, but many people don't realize this! Not everyone has access to wonderful, fresh tasting spring water, but here is a handy guide on how to identify great tasting water. Your tastebuds will thank you!

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Health & Beauty Meditations with Tea

Meditations with Tea: Paths to Inner Peace

Diana Rosen

Growing numbers of people, like you, are wondering if you could awaken slowly, with the sun; take time to prepare for the day; eat breakfast leisurely with family; and perform your daily tasks with purpose and less urgency. Then, at day's end, you could go to bed fulfilled, less worried, content, and certainly more aware of what the day was really like.

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Enjoyment Anteadote Bottled Tea

2003: Tea Year in Review

Diana Rosen

The 21st century is proving to be a grand time to be a tea drinker. The choices keep increasing, the quality is improving, and the accessibility is practically at your fingertips as more tea sellers get online.

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History Bohea

Teas of Yore: Bohea, Hyson and Congou

Diana Rosen

A reader wrote recently to say she was stumped to figure out a five-letter word for tea. She had come up with B_H_A but wasn't sure how to complete the word. Had she been an 18th century poetry lover, she would have surely known the answer: BOHEA, a black tea from China that at the time enchanted both Europe and its colonies across the pond.

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Drinks & Eats Teapot and Cups

Tea Party Recipes

Diana Rosen

Any occasion is a perfect occasion to celebrate with a tea party, whether it's for your sweetie pie, your family, or your best friends. It can be simple or elaborate, American or English (or totally international) with only one caveat: Serve the best tea you can afford!

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Enjoyment Blooming Display Tea

Resolutions for a Beau-tea-full 2003

Diana Rosen

For 2003, I am resolved to learn more about, and certainly, taste more tea. What would you like to experience about tea this year that you never have done before? Perhaps one of these ideas will spark a few resolutions for you to consider as you make 2003 a more "tea-full" year.

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History Another Good Year

Another Good Year

Diana Rosen

The year 2002 was another year of phenomenal growth for the tea industry and an exciting one for consumers. The reason? Increased attention to quality, variety, and the finalization of U.S.-approved criteria for organic produce, including tea.

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Enjoyment Bubble Tea

Boba: Fun Tea Bubbles Up in Popularity

Diana Rosen

First, there was ice tea. A simple enough drink made creative with a splash of fruit juice ice cubes or slices of fruit. The most recent addition to the ice tea family is boba, also known as bubble tea. It was first developed in Taiwan where it is as ubiquitous as certain coffeehouses are in the U.S.

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Enjoyment Pearl Blossom Green Display Tea

Bird Nests and Dragon Balls: Whimsical Tea

Diana Rosen

You have surely seen tea leaves run the gamut of very large (Formosa oolongs) to very small (Chinese blacks). And know that they may be full leaf or broken, ground to a powder or mixed with the essences of fruit, flowers or herbs. But have you tried tea leaves molded or tied into elegant and whimsical shapes?

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History Korea: The Other Tea Country

Korea: The Other Tea Country

Diana Rosen

Like its Pacific Rim neighbors, Japan, China, and Indochina, Korea is also a tea-drinking country with a rich ceremonial tea culture. Also like them, Korea owes its tea heritage to the enthusiasm and devotion of Buddhist monks who traveled the globe spreading the opportunity for enlightenment and the special alertness that tea contributes to the meditation process.

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Enjoyment Kettle or Microwave: Water for Tea

Kettle or Microwave: Water for Tea

Diana Rosen

Lots of people, I have learned, use the microwave to heat water for tea! I tried it and this is what I discovered: The water is always too hot. Often, it does not boil. Worse, to my palate, it makes tea taste "flat", becoming more colored water than the flavorful, complexly layered beverage that tea can be. This flatness, I believe, is directly related to the way microwaves heat liquid.

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Reviews Harrods' Exterior

Tea at Harrods

Diana Rosen

Come for a spot of tea and other pleasures at England's famed Harrods. This special time of day is a welcome respite for our weary traveler at this historic department store.

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History Rikiyu's Morning Glory

Rikiyu's Morning Glory

Diana Rosen

As in most cultures that achieve a high measure of wealth, the Japanese suddenly found themselves with the luxury of time to devote to art, music, and other cultural experiences. Among these experiences was the beginning of the tea ceremony, Sado or Chado.

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Culture Ti Kuan Yin Statue

Ti Kuan Yin: Iron Goddess of Mercy

Diana Rosen

Ti Kuan Yin (aka Guanyin,) the famous oolong tea with leaves as black and as rich as iron, is a variation on the name for the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin (Guanyin.) How the two became synonymous with one another began, like many stories, with a fable...

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Enjoyment Bird Sutra Yixing Teapot

The Artistry of Yixing

Diana Rosen

Even at its simplest, the teapot is a thoroughly appealing vessel, blending seamlessly the function of brewing with the elegance of exceptional design. The "original" teapot is from China and the best were and are made from the red clay of the area around Yixing (also known as I-Hsing).

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Enjoyment Water: The Other Important Ingredient

Water: The Other Important Ingredient

Diana Rosen

Our favorite beverage requires the blending of two natural ingredients: fine tea and clear water. In ancient China, water from only its ten most revered springs was considered essential to making its esteemed tribute teas. Should you not find it convenient to draw water from these ancient fabled springs, the following is a guide through the baffling maze of today's alternate choices.

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Culture

Tea in Art

Diana Rosen

Capturing the quiet pleasures of tea is a theme in many paintings, book illustrations, and even on tea accessories themselves. The complex yet serenely colorful scenes of chanoyu (the Japanese tea ceremony) often animate room screens, teapots and the other exquisite art and accessories of Japan.

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Culture Tea in Literature

Tea in Literature

Diana Rosen

The venerable tea master, Lu Yu, wrote the first known book on tea, Cha Ching or The Classic of Tea, A.D. 780, in which he espoused on the proper utensils, the finest spring waters, and the ideal temperatures for brewing. Among the factual data is a fount of poetry...

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Culture Flute Player

Tea in Music

Diana Rosen

Would you like a cup of tea? To many of us, that is music to our ears. So it's no surprise that the sounds of tea plucking and preparation have led to many a song for voice and instrument praising our most delightful brew.

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History Iced Tea Duo

Iced Tea: an American Beverage

Diana Rosen

One swelteringly hot day, during the St. Louis Exposition in 1904, a tea vendor couldn't entice anyone to try his teas despite the fact that hot tea is served during warm months in his native land. Feeling the humidity, and the rebuff, acutely, he asked for some ice from the neighboring ice cream vendor, put some into a cup of tea, and voila!

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History 2001: A Fabulous Year for Tea

2001: A Fabulous Year for Tea

Diana Rosen

Although Americans still prefer their tea iced (85%) and black (90%) and scented or fruit flavored (35%), the continuing reportage of the health benefits of tea has encouraged the public to sample camellia sinensis, particularly green teas.

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Enjoyment Calicut Chai

Calicut Chai

Diana Rosen

Traveling along the shore of the Arabian Sea in the trading city of Calicut recently, I imagined myself as a trader in the bustling late 19th century. Calicut has, for centuries, been the key trading city of Kerala, the Indian state on the southernmost tip of this vast and colorful country.

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Drinks & Eats Cooking with Tea

Cooking with Tea

Diana Rosen

Cooking with tea is as old as the history of tea itself. Fruits and spices continue their historical position of flavor enhancers for tea as a beverage and in cooking: Lychee or osmanthus (an orange relative) in Chinese teas; cherry in Japanese greens; garam masala, the heady combination of aromatics such as cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, clove, nutmeg, and lemongrass, in east Indian teas.

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Drinks & Eats Pairing Teas with Foods

Pairing Teas with Foods

Diana Rosen

Exploring the world of connoisseur-level teas is as intoxicating as that other beverage: Wine. For wine lovers, the current fashion is not to insist that whites pair up with poultry nor drink only reds with meat. This has led to many adventuresome pairings and new taste sensations.

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