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Author Archives: Marcus Stout

Owner of Golden Moon Tea. Amateur chef, wannabe world traveler and an obsessive compulsive tea drinker. Half Chinese, Half Irish which gives me a unique perspective on tea, culture and turning red when drinking alcohol.

Why You Need To Steep Your Tea Multiple Times

One of my favorite movies is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The weird thing is that it wasn’t one of my favorite movies the first time I saw it. I definitely liked it, but it took about 10 more Christmas’ of non-stop network TV play for me to really love it. Now, here is a hint that a lot of serious tea drinkers know.

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Why Oversteeping Tea Turns It Bitter

photo: www.flickr.com/photos/36940699@N03/4348245604/ Whoever coined the term “Browning Garlic” almost got me in a bunch of trouble. It was my first day in culinary school and my first project was to make a dish with 4 other people. My job was to cook the mushrooms. The first thing that I was…

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Why Some Teas are Darker than Others

photo: flickr.com/photos/fotoosvanrobin/2810654583/ When I was a kid, I had this friend Billy who was Vietnamese. One of my most vivid memories I have of Billy is the day I saw him eating a green Papaya. Now I wasn’t even really sure what a papaya was supposed look like, but I…

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Do You Ever Wonder How Green Tea Prevents Cancer?

www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/1711921134/ Every year from Spring until Fall there are two constants in my life. The first is that my golf swing will stink no matter how many lessons I take. The second is that my friend Alex will have one arm that is significantly darker than the other. The reason…

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Why Teaballs Suck

The first time I did laundry for myself was an adventure. After I washed my clothes, I smushed them in a huge ball, and literally stuffed them in a dryer so there wasn’t even an inch of room left. When the dryer finished the cycle, the clothes on the outside…

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Does Your Tea Taste too Watery?

I can remember the first time I tried to make Matzo Ball soup. I had just come back from New York and had a great bowl of it at Katz’s Deli and was eager to make my own version. After 2 bags of groceries and 2 hours later, the final…

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Why Black Tea Needs to be Steeped with Boiling Water

www.flickr.com/photos/bwc/4570396941/ Back in college I wan’t the most “sophisticated” person. I lived in a dorm that had a TV, two beds, my roommate’s giant hamster poster (that is a story within itself) and a microwave. I also ate very basic foods and, by that, I mean I ate whatever was…

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The 5 Different Stages of Boiling Water and How the Chinese Use Them for Tea

My wife just asked me if I had any good recipes from my Chinese Grandmother. I had to think about it for a minute and then came to the realization that my Grandmother, Uncles, Aunts and Cousins never use recipes. For me it is strange to not use recipes, so I asked my mother about it and apparently recipes are more of a “Western thing.”

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Why you should never order an Orange Pekoe tea in public

If you are ever in Seattle coffee house and order an “Expresso” you may get a nasty look. As I found out first hand by a barista, there is no “X” in Espresso. A lot of products have these little quirks where “people in the know” will frown upon you if you make these mistakes.

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How your teapot can ruin your perfect cup of tea

There are some things that almost all people love, but never really think about. One of those things is a frosty mug in the summer time. No matter if you are drinking beer, lemonade or iced tea, a frosty mug will turn that room temperature beverage ice cold in seconds….

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