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History Glass Blowing

Jenaer Glas: A Story Made of Glass

Michael Cramer

Jenaer Glas makes among the finest consumer glass items in the world. Its stylish teapots are rightly considered works of art, with some on display in renowned art museums. On a recent trip to Jena, Germany, the university town that the company calls home, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it has an interesting history that is worth telling.

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Enjoyment What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

Michael Cramer

Adagio is Italian for slow. In the world of music, it connotes a tranquil, slow tempo. In a classical symphony, the movement market 'adagio' is the one played softer, more somber than others.

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Reviews Old Shanghai Teahouse Exterior

Old Shanghai Teahouse

Michael Cramer

If you find yourself in Shanghai ,China please do visit the Old Shanghai Teahouse. It may not be where the locals flock to, but the authentic architecture and design will keep you plenty occupied as your enjoy your tea.

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Reviews HuangShan Exterior

HuangShan Tea House

Michael Cramer

Making one's descend from the spectacular peaks of the Yellow Mountains, a weary visitor is confronted with the most pleasant of views: The Huang Shan Tea House. It's a welcoming oasis where one's aching muscles may get a bit of well-deserved rest.

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Reviews Tea Service

Guo Xian Tea House

Michael Cramer

Stumbling upon the Guo Xian Tea House is a nice reward for taking a stroll around Shamien, the old colonial quarter of Guangzhou, once known as Canton. The teahouse is a tranquil oasis that is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of what is modern Guangzhou.

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Reviews ItoEn's Teas Tea

Tea in a Bottle

Michael Cramer

Tea in a bottle. Many a purists would cringe at the thought of such travesty. And with good reason. Bottled tea had long been the step-child of the big cola companies, thoroughly infused with their mass-production ethos: make it cheap, stack it high, move it fast.

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