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D.I.Y. Tea Tasting Journal

Heather Edwards

Why a tea journal? It makes it so easy to refer back to your favorite teas, remind you where you bought them, and give you ideas for gifting tea-loving friends or family. Yes, you could use Excel or any other spreadsheet software to keep your tasting notes. But doesn’t that defeats the charm, and intimacy, of the tea experience?

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Energize with Tea!

Heather Edwards

One of the fascinations about true tea, that precious leaf of the Camellia sinensis, is its ability to relax the body, energize the spirit, and sharpen mind. What shall you apply all that energy to? The practice of meditation? A hike in the woods? The demands on your mental energy tackling the problems of work or volunteering? Dancing the night away?

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Tea for Two (or More!)

Samantha Albala

A truth universally held by tea drinkers is that a great cup of tea is made even more wonderful when shared with others, encouraging you to get together with one or more friends and bond over a fresh cup. Why not, instead of just an afternoon tea, devote an entire day to tea? In this TeaMuse article, you'll find a few suggestions on how to share and celebrate your love of tea with a “Tea Day” celebration.

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Enjoyment Take a walk through some flowers

How to Get Out of Your Winter Slump

Luke Pabst

March is upon us! The shortest, yet obviously worst month of the year, is now over. Seriously, who ACTUALLY likes February? Fortunately, March is upon us now, which brings with it a plethora of goodness. The “almost there but not quite yet” month, where winter is being slowly eradicated and spring is almost within reach. Exercise routines, eating habits, recreational activities, and even the tea we drink begins to change.

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Enjoyment Cozy up with your favorite tea and listen to some soothing tunes

Sleepaway Sip-Track 2017

Natasha Nesic

This is a job for TeaJay Gyoku-Roshi, master DJ sommelier. Last January he brought back the sun, so now let him soothe your slumber, with beats for the best rest this side of the Mississippi. All these pairings are caffeine-free, and you may go through the whole track, or do it tea by tea, song by song on repeat, depending on your goals for maximum sleep effect.

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Enjoyment Festive Holiday Tea to Sooth Your Anxiety

Teas and Herbs for Holiday Anxiety

Natasha Nesic

The holidays are laden with booby traps and potentially hazardous encounters. However, before panic sets and you start scanning Craigslist for under-the-table therapy, the answer to your anxiety is right in the kitchen. Look beyond the steaming pots and pans to your spice cabinet, and make sure that you have these essentials on hand...

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Enjoyment Upcycled Tea Tins

Upcycle Your Tea Tins!

Samantha Albala

Small and sample tea tins are adorable, convenient, and perfectly travel sized, which sometimes makes them too hard to part with. Why not be productive and transform your tins into a new and useful homemade treats? Many found materials or inexpensive items at a your local supply shop can be utilized to upcycle your tins.

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Enjoyment Candy Cane Tea Cocktails

Holiday Tea Cocktails

Sara Shacket

The holidays have arrived and whether you are celebrating with a group, or just a couple of friends, it’s time to break out that cocktail shaker! Adding tea to your cocktails will give them a unique and memorable twist.

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Enjoyment Books and tea are a natural pair.

Books And Tea

Kristen McQuinn

Kristen McQuinn, a contributing author for BookRiot, discusses some of her favorite book-related Adagio Tea blends--ranging from classics like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter to two blends inspired by recent YA fiction.

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Enjoyment Tea needs bundling up too!

The Taming of the Tea Cozy

Natasha Nesic

Much like getting a puppy, the decision to bring a tea cozy into your home is a serious matter that requires careful consideration. It's a commitment. You have to be prepared. Consult with all members of the household in order to ensure that everyone is ready and willing to share their home with an unfamiliar occupant.

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Enjoyment Jars, bottles, tins - whatever you like!

Holiday Challenge! 20 for $20

Natasha Nesic

You can’t get anything for a dollar these days—even if you went to the local 99-cent joint, there’s still tax and markup and next thing you know, you’re out three bucks when you only meant to spend one, and those extra two were supposed to buy you a cup of tea this week. Or breakfast. Or deodorant. The answer: bulk tea.

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Enjoyment Achieving the Perfect Glass

Troubleshooting Iced Tea

Natasha Nesic

As more and more of us submit to the everyday time crunch, RTD--or "ready-to-drink"--iced tea becomes the go-to solution. Cheap and fast, it's a neat container of caffeine and L-theanine that you can tug around the office, or whichever tight space you're crammed into today.

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Celebrating Mom with Tea-licious Traditions

Heather Edwards

Every Mother's Day is an opportunity to celebrate the special women around you who have improved and enriched your life throughout the years. These "influencers" may or may not be related to you, but they're definitely part of the family of special people who have nurtured you. And that's more than enough reason to honor them on Mother's Day.

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Enjoyment A Tea Journey

I don't like tea.

Epiphany Acevedo

I guessed tea tasted alright, though I didn't have much exposure outside of my mom's boiled eucalyptus leaves with honey. She made it when I was sick, and I didn't hate it. During the cold winter months in college I often snuck generic teabags out of the dining hall. I wanted something to keep me warm, and was never much of a coffee drinker. But the dull flavors of my free tea left much to be desired.

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Enjoyment Milk Oolong

Give Milk a Chance

Epiphany Acevedo

Legend has it that this first happened when the moon fell in love with a comet. As comets typically do, it passed by and disappeared. Heartbroken, the moon cried big milky tears over the tea gardens, which chilled the leaves and gave them a creamy flavor.

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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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Enjoyment #CommuniTEA

What's Your Narra-tea-ve?

Natasha Nesic

Manhattan had no idea it was a Monday. Sunshine sprawled through the city like hipsters at another Occupy movement. I ducked out of the overzealous sun and into Midtown Comics. It was cozy and all too convenient, just an avenue away from Grand Central Terminal...

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Enjoyment Outside the Connemara Tea Factory

Diary of a Tea Snob

Epiphany Acevedo

I press down on the hot water button in the nearly empty office kitchen to get a quick fix before my next meeting when I hear my name being called. "Epiphany, is this any good?" a coworker asks, holding up a box of tea that bears a brand name I have never seen before. I'm flattered.

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Enjoyment Black is the new green March 17th

Luck o' the Irish Breakfast

Cynthia Gold

For Saint Patrick's Day, an official feast day, many people turn to green beer, green bagels or even green milk shakes. Rather than see how much green food coloring we can consume, how about luxuriating with a good pot of Irish Breakfast 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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Enjoyment Tea gardens wish for early spring

Groundhog's Day Brings Hope of Warm Weather

Barbara Gulley

February is the month of love, home to the most romantic holiday of the year, Valentine's Day. However, it's also a month of hope, with Ground Hog's Day providing many of us- especially those who live in the northern climates- a time to think forward and anticipate all the color and beauty of early spring blossoms, shortly followed by summer gardens.

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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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Enjoyment Pumpkin Latte

Autumn Crazy

Kristina Cucci

Each fall, not only do Christmas decorations seem to appear around Labor Day, so do a plethora of fantastic pumpkin coffee drinks and, I admit, I really enjoy them. What I don't enjoy, however, is knowing that they're full of sugar, artificial ingredients and, most of all, hundreds of calories.

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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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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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Enjoyment Speedier cold brewing is trending

Cold Brew

Cynthia Gold

Cold brewing overcomes many inconveniences associated with traditional steeping and makes green tea more accessible to everyone. Cold brewing by steeping leaves in the refrigerator overnight is a popular, energy-efficient, foolproof way to produce iced tea. During those hot summer months, who wants to steam up the kitchen by boiling water?

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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 Wedding Bells Are Ringing...

Weddings and Tea

Christine Banks

June is prime time for weddings (and we at Adagio extend our sincere congratulations to all new and impending brides and grooms). Tea has historically played a role in weddings in parts of Asia, but there are also contemporary ways that tea is incorporated into wedding festivities.

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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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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 Be prepared if you're jetting off somewhere for the holidays

Have Tea, Will Travel

Tiffany Picard

With the holidays approaching, many of us will be trekking across land or sea to visit our loved ones. Travel can be fun, but it’s often hard to leave the comforts of home—especially your tea cupboard! Here are some ideas to make a good cuppa while on the road this holiday season.

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Enjoyment The leaves are changing, the weather cooling...

Flavors of Fall

Samantha Cappuccino-Williams

Cool, crisp air, the changing of the leaves from bright green to beautiful red, orange, and yellow - fall has arrived! Autumn opens up a new palate of flavors to enjoy in the chilly weather. Think warming, cozy flavors like pumpkin and cinnamon. Here are some new ways to start hot tea season off right!

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Enjoyment Many parents buy tea sets for little girls

Showing Children the Way to Tea

Samantha Cappuccino-Williams

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).

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Enjoyment Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Your Tea Stash

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.

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Enjoyment Green Rooibos

Green Rooibos Is Coming! Green Rooibos Is Coming!

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!

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Enjoyment Tasty weight loss

Tea Year's Resolutions: 2011

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.

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Enjoyment Adagio Teas' retail store

2010: A Year in Tea

William I. Lengeman III

Is tea finally poised to become the beverage of choice for Americans, a people who have long been enamored with the charms of that other hot drink? Well, hold the phone a minute, let's not get carried away. At least not yet. We can safely say, however, that 2010 was another great year for tea. One could even make the argument that for fans of high-quality loose-leaf tea, the past year was one of the best ever.

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Enjoyment Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Feeling' GifTEA

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.

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Enjoyment What's in his cup?

Coffee or tea, Santa?

Samantha Cappuccino-Williams

Which hot beverage would be most appropriate for old Saint Nick? What to offer, what to offer... Hot apple cider is nice, but considering all Santa has to accomplish on Christmas Eve, sugary beverages and holiday cheer will only get him so far. Hot cocoa was right out, as milk is a soporific, not a stimulant. There's no denying it: Santa needs caffeine. Tea or coffee would be best, then. But is Kris Kringle a tea or coffee drinker?

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Enjoyment Tea Chemistry

Training in Tea

Robert Schmelter

You can pursue pretty much anything in college nowadays. Even tea and tea appreciation is a viable field of study in higher institutions. Colleges around the globe have started offering courses and even degrees in the art, cultivation, and marketing of tea.

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Enjoyment An ancient past time

On Pu Erh, The Other Tea

LaRoi Zavier

If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one type of tea with me, in unlimited supply, it would definitely be China's pu erh tea from Yunnan Province. It has all of the medicinal properties of green tea, plus other medicinal properties which are unique to pu erh alone. It has a flavor that is complex and yet much smoother and more enjoyable than a cup of a gourmet coffee. So aside from its numerous health benefits, it's just plain good!

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Enjoyment Tea buds growing in Moonrise's field in Hawaii

Developments within the world of Oolong

Mikael Zaurov

Who doesn't love oolong tea? It's probably the best thing to come out of China next to paper. Whether you're a fan of the light green and floral oolongs or the dark and long roasted variety, you know that nothing beats a cup of good oolong tea. Can life get any better? Perhaps! The Heavens have opened up and the Jade Emperor, Lord of Tea, has smiled down upon us. There are changes a-brew-ing. Very exciting changes.

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Enjoyment Adagio's new packaging

Better Packaging Methods For Everyone

Mikael Zaurov

As some of you may have noticed, we are undergoing a change in the way that our tea is packaged and presented to you. For 11 years now, we have packaged our tea in metal containers. Many of you have written to us saying that this is a great way to store tea, and we agree, but in our attempt to become more 'green' we have chosen to opt for a more environmentally friendly way of packing. We will still offer tin containers to you, in the Pantry section on the website, but all of our teas will soon come packaged in thin multi-layered stand up pouches.

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Enjoyment Mother's Day Tea Gift

Monthly Musings May 2010

Christine Rillo

May brings about spring flowers and Mother's Day. Honor the very special women in your life by presenting them a gift of liquid flowers and honey. Check out our various gift sets that will put a smile on her face this Mother's Day. Please also check out our newly launched Masters collection and anTEAdote special promotion.

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Enjoyment Monthly Musings: April 2010

Monthly Musings: April 2010

Christine Rillo

Happy April! Wishing everyone a happy Easter and Passover. Check out two new topical tea books to hit the bookstore shelves this month. And since it's the beginning of a new month, be sure to check out our newest farmer in our Roots Campaign. To be up to date with all things Adagio, be sure to follow us on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook!

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Enjoyment Growing Chamomile

Your Own Herbal Tea Garden

Christine Rillo

As the weather gets warmer, it becomes perfect weather to grow your own herbal tea garden. Check out this article for an easy how-to and suggestions to create your own tisane filled garden- the perfect way to introduce fresh and inexpensive ingredients into your springtime tea drinking.

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Enjoyment TeaAura's Delicious Tea Cookies

Monthly Musings: March 2010

Christine Rillo

Warming into March with some great ideas for hot treats, perfect for the post snow activities indoors. Check out a new tea cookie company, Tea Aura that will provide the best companion to your afternoon cup of tea. Also, please take advantage of our 10% off all green teas promotion. This promotion will end March 17th.

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Enjoyment Irish Corned Beef

Get Green this St. Patrick's Day

Christine Rillo

St. Patrick's Day is usually celebrated with pints of Guinness or if you're a tetoler, strong brews of black Irish Breakfast. Try something new this year and try to inject more green into your celebrations, but including some popular green teas alongside favorite Irish foods.

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Enjoyment Adagio Teas on the iPhone

Monthly Musings February 2010

Christine Rillo

Activi-TEA for the month:try a new tea every day this month and keep a log of your personal recommendation, steeping preferences, and tasting notes. Great to revisit later on this year! Also, check our our gift sets for hassle-free Valentine's Day shopping as well as our popular Valentines flavored tea for a really sweet holiday tea.

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Enjoyment Charles Cain

Monthly Musings: January 2010

Christine Rillo

Happy New Year to all our wonderful customers! Read about some exciting news, products, and changes coming to Adagio Teas in 2010. We announce TeaRetailer.com our blog chronicling our journey to open a retail location in Chicago (late 2010). Please also check out Zack Luye's Adagio TeaV for our first ever Signature Blend Awards 2009 and our latest Roots Campaign tea farmer.

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Enjoyment Lose Weight!

Tea Year's Resolutions

Tiffany Picard

Are you already exhausted looking over your list of 2010's New Year's Resolutions? Read about some easy ways on how tea can help assist you with all the points on your list, everything from weight loss to becoming a 'greener' citizen. Happy 2010!

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Enjoyment Tea Honey

Monthly Musings: December 2009

Christine Rillo

The holidays are upon us! Be sure to keep an eye out for a new product- perfect for any stocking; Savannah Bee Company's Tea Honey. The holidays just got sweeter! Please also check out our main article on useful tips for shopping on our website this holiday season. Stock up on holidays flavored teas before they're gone!

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Enjoyment Dongshan Dolce

Monthly Musings November 2009

Christine Rillo

November news includes the arrival of five exquisite Chinese teas you may have overlooked last month. Please also check out some new flavors- our savory teas! We are also pleased to present a new tea farmer featured in this month's Roots Campaign. Note: a percentage of sales from their particular tea will be donated directly to the farmer.

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Enjoyment Ku Cha Tea

Monthly Musings October 2009

Christine Rillo

October brings back Adagio Teas' popular holiday flavors: Pumpkin Spice, Candy Apple, Chestnut, Cranberry, Gingerbread, and Candy Cane. Christine shares some tea related places to visit while in Boulder, Colorado. Also, we are pleased to annouce another month in our Adagio Roots Campaign, where Adagio Teas gives back a percentage of a particular teas' sales to the farmer that makes that tea possible.

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Enjoyment TeaChat website

Monthly Musings August 2009

Christine Rillo

Ever wonder the best way to cold brew a lovely first flush Sencha? Try checking out TeaChat.com. The newly redesigned site has over a thousand posters actively writing about all things teas. Be sure to check out our main article on tea connoisseur, Jason Walker. Also, Christine's contest for Adagio Teas Summer Vacation pics is still going on, so send your pics to her. You could win tea!

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Enjoyment anTEAdote iced teas

Monthly Musings July 2009

Christine Rillo

If you still haven't, stock up on our ready-to-drink, super-refreshing bottled anTEAdote which is on sale at 2 cases or more until the end of the summer. Also, I want to see where you are enjoying your tea this summer! Send in your favorite summer vacation pictures (with a cup of tea in hand!) to our TeaMuse.com editor for a chance to be featured in next month's TeaMuse and a tin of Christine's favorite Adagio Tea for iced tea.

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Enjoyment Adagio Teas' new design

Monthly Musings June 2009

Christine Rillo

Check out our new site layout and let us know what you think! Please feel free to submit your suggestions and feedback as we are still working on making our site as user-friendly as possible! We are also looking to offer some new products- tea cookies and tea chocolates. Spring Darjeeling and Nepal First Flush teas 2009 harvests are now available!

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Enjoyment Father's Day is around the corner

Father's Day Tea

Christine Rillo

Stumped on what to get Dad this year for Father's Day? Check out this article with some helpful suggestions on how to put together a unique gift for Dad. We included a list of distinctive teas to match any father's personality!

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Enjoyment Masala Chai

Monthly Musings May 2009

Christine Rillo

Discover the world of chai with our new chai line! Also, tips on how to prepare chai the traditional way, and a chance to win one of our chai samplers. Check out our current promotion- discounts off our popular, all organic ready to drink anTEAdote bottled teas!

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Enjoyment Torn Ranch Chocolates

Delight Her With Tea: Gifts for Mother's Day

Christine Rillo

A helpful gift guide for Mother's Day. Gift ideas include tea sets from Adagio Teas, but we also included some other options if your mother loves sweets like chocolates and cookies, a great book idea, and lots of options from handmade emporium Etsy.com. We included all sorts of gifts, many of which will fall in your budget. Who knows, you might find something there you like for yourself!

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Enjoyment varieTEA Starter Set

Monthly Musings: April 2009

Christine Rillo

A monthly note from TeaMuse.com editor Christine Rillo discussing and highlighting news from the tea world. Spring brings allergy season, can tea help with those irritating symptoms? April also brings about the annual NY Coffee and Tea Festival, a popular trade show open to the public displaying the latest products from the tea, coffee, and gourmet food world.

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Enjoyment Yunnan Gold Tea

Monthly Musings March 2009

Christine Rillo

Is spring coming or what? Try your hand at luck by entering into our St. Patrick's Day giveaway. Springtime also brings the arrival of samples of your favorite teas. Check out Zack Luye's Adagio TeaV on our website and try out one of our new Signature Blend samplers - which features a sample of all the teas that will be reviewed that month. Happy March!

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Enjoyment Pour Some Honey on Tea

The Buzz On Honey

Christine Rillo

Try a little honey in your cup of tea today! A useful article on varieties of honey and some pairings with Adagio Teas and Tropical Blossom Honey. Learn some useful facts about this sweet nectar to share with your busy bees the next time you sit down to tea time.

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Enjoyment Irish Breakfast Tea

Top O' The Morning

Cynthia Fazekas

One of our favorite teas has a special day this month- Irish Breakfast! Tips for tearoom owners that you can easily include in your St. Patrick's Day celebrations this year. Try mixing it with a little spirit and enjoy alongside Irish Soda Bread and shortbread.

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Enjoyment Teacup from MollaSpace.com

Monthly Musings, February 2009

Christine Rillo

Six more weeks of winter! One year birthday of our Signature Blends feature; come check out our new video podcast, Adagio TeaV. Need an interesting gift for the tea lover in your life for Valentine's Day? Check out some cool finds from the internet.

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Enjoyment Fresh Arrivals Sampler

Monthly Musings November 2008

Christine Rillo

A monthly message from our TeaMuse.com editor. We are proud to unveil our line of 'Fresh Arrivals' from China- premium black, green, and white Chinese teas. We also have in stock our Tea Chest, which will make the perfect gift for any tea lover on your gift list.

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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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Enjoyment graviTEA Water Pitcher

Monthly Musings October 2008

Christine Rillo

Autumn is here! Enjoy the cooler weather with a beavy of new flavors: Rhubarb Green, White Cucumber, Hazelnut, Hazelnut Honeybush, Guanabanana, and Coconut Pouchong. Starting your gift shopping early? Check out our new tea chest, in two varieties and our new graviTEA water filtration system.

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Enjoyment Apples!

Monthly Musings September 2008

Christine Rillo

September is the gateway to a very special time- it's apple harvest! Our author's unfortunate allergy to this beloved fall fruit prevents her from enjoying fresh apples from the tree, but with Adagio's premium flavored Apple tea and Rooibos Cinnamon Apple anyone can enjoy the juicy, sweet flavor of this fruit any time of the year.

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Enjoyment Keeping Cool!

Monthly Musings July 2008

Christine Rillo

Summer weather may not entice one to enjoy a piping hot cup of tea. When that heat hits tea enthusiasts and novices alike look for a refreshing glass or pitcher of iced tea. Enjoy the many options for iced tea as well as an easy summertime recipe using Adagio's own Jasmine ready to drink bottled anTEAdote.

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Enjoyment Stop and Smell the Tea

Monthly Musings June 2008

Christine Rillo

Not able to attend the annual World Tea Expo? Here is a recap of some great products found at the show. Also, in Adagio Teas news, World Tea Expo was like a family reunion as the team met up from every corner of the world, many of us meeting each other for the first time.

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Enjoyment Til' Tea Do Us Part

Between the Leaves May 2008

Mary R.

Our resident TeaChat.com moderator and tea genius, Mary R. answers your tea questions monthly. This month: Mary avoids maid of honor meltdown by presenting some fun facts about tea and its role in weddings.

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Enjoyment Spring Tea

Monthly Musings May 2008

Christine Rillo

Some tea news and goodies from the annual Coffee and Tea Festival in New York City. Tavalon's tea gummies are sweet, tea infused treats; a fun snack when you're looking to cure that sweet, fruity craving. Check out also our new Spring tea arrivals.

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Enjoyment Picture Courtesy of Lindsey Wilson College

Monthly Musings March 2008

Christine Rillo

In Like a Lion...Out Like a Lamb. This month marks some milestones for some Adagio Tea members. Congrats to Christine and Cynthia! Also, a frequent poster on our TeaChat.com boards hosts his own tea party at college; an educational and tea-filled seminar for those new to tea.

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Love, Tea is in the Air

Christine Rillo

How to incorporate tea on this yearly celebration of love. Aw.A list of beautiful tea gifts that your loved one will go gaga for. Or if you don't have a loved one in your life, feel free to indulge yourself with these exquisite treats.

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Hello Tea Connoisseurs!

Christine Rillo

Hello Tea Connoisseurs! Our TeaMuse Christine gets ready for the holiday season. Check out her trip to Amai Tea and Bake House in the East Village, NYC as she speaks to owner Kelli Barnard about her fantastic tea treats. Are you ready for the holidays?

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Between the Leaves, September 2007

Mary R.

Our resident TeaChat.com moderator and tea genius, Mary R. answers your tea questions monthly. This month: the ever asked, always debated on- second infusions. How many, how long between each steeping, and everything else you would want to know.

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Hosting a Tea Tasting

Dina Cheney

For your first tea tasting, it's helpful to include different types of tea. This way, you'll get to know the basic varieties. Once you've had an introductory tasting, it's fun to move on to a tasting featuring only one type of tea.

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Pay Tea Forward

Amanda Schwarz

Teashop owner gives to all away and pays it forward. Catherine Ryan Hyde created the concept in her book of the same name. The idea is simple - someone does someone else a favor, and rather than requesting a favor in return, they request that a favor be done for someone else. This idea inspired Lisa Campbell to give her teashop away.

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The Best and Worst of 2006

Amanda Schwarz

The end of a year is a good time to reflect on the events of 365 days prior. Many a pundit will compile a list of what was best and worst in 2006. Not to be left out, I present my own take on the high and low points of the year that's drawing to close, a period replete with departures and deception as well as ingenuity and promise.

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Tea Leaf Experiments

Amanda Schwarz

Is there life after infusion for the beloved tealeaf? At my place of work, in an attempt to avoid clogged drains and moldy garbage pails, used tealeaves are flushed down the toilet. Although my rational self is fine with this, the insane tea lady inside feels it is a bit of an insult to the lovely leaf that flavors my hot water. But what other fate can a used tealeaf meet?

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10 Discoveries in 10 Days

Amanda Schwarz

The first few days at a new job are always a bit harrowing, but usually due to getting to know your coworkers, filling out forms and battling the office copy machine. I am completely overwhelmed with how much there is to learn here at this, my new job -- both about the company and about tea.

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A Different Aesthetic, or, Four Weeks With Tea

Richard Goodness

The thing that hits you, the first thing you notice, your first impression when you enter the Adagio warehouse is the scent. I'm going to do an inadequate job of describing it. It is every single tea, all--what's the official count? 150?--hitting you at the exact same moment. It is a smell of fruit, of spice, of chocolate. If you concentrate hard enough, you can almost pick out the individual parts of it.

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Reading the Future of Tea

Chris Cason

Ever gaze into the bottom of your mostly-empty teacup and imagine that there was a pattern forming in the gathering dust? Some folks believe that this collection of leaves can actually foretell the future! Tasseomancy, the art of reading tea leaves, has intrigued tea lovers and mystics alike for hundreds of years.

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2005: A Year of Tea in Review, pt. 2

Chris Cason

In our last action-packed episode of TeaMuse, we rummaged through the newest offerings of 2005 and disinterred the worst products the tea world had to offer. In this month's season finale, we'll explore and extol the best tea products of the year. But first, a quick recap of those that were covered last month:

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2005: A Year of Tea in Review, pt. 1

Chris Cason

With our 2005 calendars getting slim and the holidays swiftly approaching, it seems like the right time to start looking back on all that has happened. This has been a great year for the tea world, full of new innovations and giant leaps forward. However, there have also been some things that, in hindsight, we'd all rather pretend didn't occur.

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Yerba Mate: New Herbal trends

Chris Cason

Just when you thought you've tried every tea on the map, a new blip appears on the radar, a new variation on the classic tea theme. In this month's edition of TeaMuse, we'll explore the newest fad from the tea scene, Yerba Mate.

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Mother's Tea: Ideas for Mom

Chris Cason

As a tea guru and local celebrity, I'm always solicited for advice. Among these questions, one of the most frequent is, "is it okay to drink tea when I'm pregnant?" (I then remind my brother that he cannot get pregnant). In honor of Mother's Day (and in all seriousness), I'll tackle this question and more.

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White Tea

Mr. Tea

At a recent meeting with my friends, tea was served along with coffee. This time White tea was served. We had a discussion about what tea...

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Fresh Flush: A New Year of Teas

Chris Cason

"April is the cruelest month," T.S. Eliot once wrote. But most tea aficionados disagree. This month's weather may get most folks down (or maybe it's simply that they are poetically discontent), but it is a time of celebration in the tea world.

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Being and Time

Mr. Tea

I'm glad to see the ingenuiTEA is getting some attention, I just wish it could've been a more widely read publication. I mean, who's heard of "TIME" magazine? And why would a journal about clocks and watches want to do a story about a teapot? If we could only get it into a reputable newsletter, like TeaMuse, THEN I'd give our Marketing Dept a raise!

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Chamomile Tea: hot off the presses

Chris Cason

Virtually any flower, fruit or herb that can be ingested can become an herbal tea. Just take a trip to your local health food store and you'll find dozens of "medicinal infusions" boasting a variety of benefits from relaxation to rejuvenation. But let's be honest: when most folks reach for an herbal tea, they're probably going for Chamomile.

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The Tea Bag: Let it Loose!

Chris Cason

n this installment of your favorite Tea Newsletter, I will tackle one of the most difficult problems facing modern tea: the popularity (and inferiority) of teabags. Nowadays, tea bags make up about 95% of all tea sales in the US. These bags, however, usually contain the cheapest tea available, producing little more than a brown-colored liquid. Doesn't sound too appetizing, huh?

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Iced Tea (or, How I'll Spend My Summer Vacation)

Chris Cason

For those without the benefit of a calendar, Memorial Day has come and passed. This is significant for two reasons: First, it means I can finally wear my white shoes at the mansion in the Hamptons. Second, it signals that summer, Iced Tea season, has officially begun. It is time to hang up those hot tea mugs, replace them for giant, frosty glasses, thirsty for iced tea.

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2004: Year of the Leaf

Chris Cason

You hear the same resolutions every year: "This year is the year that I'll get healthy... or, I will stop spending so much money... or, I'm gonna slow down and stop stressing so much." Of course, tea is the simple (not to mention delicious, healthy, inexpensive and soothing) solution to all of these resolutions. But I need not cover these resolutions to a congregation of tea followers.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Great Tea: An Endangered Species

Wendy Rasmussen

If I told you there was a shortage of tea in the world wouldn't you be surprised? Well, most people would be, after all the local supermarket still has plenty of tidy cartons lining the shelves. But sadly, it is true. The availability of truly great teas is decreasing for a couple of reasons.

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