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Marcus’ Ruminations

Do you wish you drank more tea but do not know where to start?

Do you want to drink more tea but find teabags too bland?
Are you confused on how to brew loose tea? Do the names Oolong and Pu-erh just confuse the heck out of you?

If so, don’t worry.
Golden Moon Tea has created a short but comprehensive ebook that explains everything you need to know about tea. You will find out how to brew the perfect cup of tea, make iced tea, and what to look for when buying tea.

Articles to Broaden Your Tea Knowledge

The 10 Commandments of Breakfast Tea

No, these have nothing to do with Holy Commandments from atop a mountain, but what they are is my morning ritual. Much like a warm beer on a hot Summer afternoon, unless I make my tea using all 10 of these commandments, I am left unsatisfied.

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How to Store Your Tea

You have seen it. We all have seen it. It sits there in its little orange box, always getting in the way. But for some reason everyone has to have it. The thing I am referring to is the little box of baking soda in your refrigerator.

Have you ever wondered why it is there?

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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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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 to make a cup of tea in 10 seconds

I can’t stand it when someone tells me they are a tea connoisseur and their favorite tea is Tazo. It is like a person telling me about their great trips to Napa Valley for a wine tasting and their favorite wine is Yellowtail. It’s not that it is a bad thing to like Tazo or Yellowtail, but if you truly like something you should explore it, learn about it and try new things.

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How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

Today’s bagged tea is weak, tepid and commercialized. After all, when was the last time you heard someone write a poem about a teabag? Once you try tea the proper way, it will be hard to go back to large commercial brands. But before you can have an almost religious like tea experience, you first need to know how to brew a proper cup of tea. The good news is it isn’t as hard as you think.

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How to know your lingo when brewing tea

Sometimes it is hard to understand what people are talking about. You understand what each individual word means, but when used in context it sounds totally foreign to you. Like Jive, tea has its own set of terminology which can seem intimidating to beginners.

Because of this I have created a basic guide of terms people use when they prepare tea.

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