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  1. Tea and Social Class in 19th Century England

    Often when we think of “high tea,” we envision gatherings of British aristocrats in extravagant 19th century dress, gossiping around spreads of embellished tea sets and decadent pastries. This is actually a misconception. The word “high” in “high tea” is often associated with “high class” or “high status.” In reality, “afternoon tea” was tea time […]

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  2. Bubble Tea’s Global Takeover: Weighing the Pros and Cons

    “Bubble tea” is a tea-based drink that is traditionally made with black tea, sugar, milk, and tapioca balls. It is commonly referred to as “boba” or “pearl milk tea.” It is served with a thick straw so that the tapioca pearls can be enjoyed in harmony with the drink. Shops that offer this specialty drink […]

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  3. Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

    Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

    Butterfly pea vines, sometimes referred to as Asian pigeonwings or blue pea vines, are plants native to Southeast Asia. Due to the vine’s resilience in all kinds of soil types, the plant has since been successfully exported to countries in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. The beautiful blue flowers that the butterfly pea vines produce […]

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  4. One Lump or None?

    The Case for 5 Sugar Alternatives Sugar is everywhere these days. The American Heart Association reports that an average adult living in North America consumes a massive 77 grams of sugar per day! That’s more than 6 heaping tablespoons. Sugar isn’t just hiding in your breakfast cereals and snacks—you’ll find sugar is a primary ingredient […]

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  5. Rip Van Winkle

    Do You Suffer From Insomnia?

    What is Insomnia? Insomnia is described as having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. People who experience insomnia generally suffer from a myriad of symptoms including fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, and decreased performance. Sleep disturbances can be caused by several reasons. Acute insomnia is not being able to fall asleep due to […]

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  6. Red Goddess

    Red Goddess: Love oolongs and bold black teas? You don’t have to choose one over the other! We just received a few bags of a small batch of a fully oxidized oolong. What does this mean? Well, put simply, this oolong is floral like Ti Kuan Yin, with the depth and boldness of a refreshing […]

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  7. Olive Leaf Tea

    Olive Leaf Tea: Olive leaves, of course come from the olive tree, also known as Olea europaea, and is included in the same family as lilacs, jasmine, Forsythia and the true ash trees.  Olive trees are believed to have originated in ancient Persia and Mesopotamia.  The tree grows to a height of 26 to 49 […]

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  8. Earl Grey no. 69: Love It or Hate It, It’s a Best-Seller

    I sat down recently with TRT store manager and co-owner, Ryan Hinson, to talk about the love of Earl Grey teas, specifically Earl Grey no. 69.  If you’ve never tried it before, or any Earl Grey for that matter, it has a cult following.  Trust me.  People feel strongly about it.  Is it the bergamot?  […]

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  9. Golden Eyebrows

    Jin Jun Mei black tea, also known as “Golden Eyebrows”, originated from the Tongmu village.  Located 1500 meters above sea level, this village can be found amongst the expansive Wuyi Mountain region.  This tea is often considered the top shelf version of Lapsang Souchong, which is also from this region.  Malty and honey-sweet, with light […]

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  10. Mugwort

    Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) can be found in Europe, Africa and parts of Asia.  The herb enjoys nitrogen-rich, loamy soils, that are slightly alkaline.  A tall shrub-like perennial plant of the sunflower family.  It has purple angular stems, and can grow up to 5 feet.  TIDBIT: Native Americans equated mugwort with witchcraft, as well as believing […]

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