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Category Archives: Tea Preparation

My Favorite Peach Iced Tea

My Favorite Peach Iced Tea

  When I was a kid there really was not such a thing as flavored iced tea – you had plain iced tea (sweetened or unsweetened) or iced tea with lemon. When I went to college in Tennessee, I experienced a real peach iced tea for the first time. And…

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How to Make Refrigerator Iced Tea

  Two week ago the temperature hit 107° F here in DC. I don’t know about where you live, but around here that is hot…insanely hot! It is so hot that a lot of people don’t even want to turn on the lights, especially those that do not have central…

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Why the Chinese Rinse Their Tea

Why the Chinese Rinse Their Tea

  Every time I am with the Chinese side of my family we always drink tea. My Uncle Vincent is the self-proclaimed tea master of the family and the one thing that he always insists on is rinsing the tea before serving it. If anyone makes the mistake of just…

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How to Make Hot Brewed Iced Tea

How to Make Hot Brewed Iced Tea

  There are a lot of ways to make iced tea. I’ll be talking about all of them in the next few months here, but what I want to focus on today is the “proper” way to make iced tea. The reason why I say it is “proper” is because…

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Super-Easy-Fast Iced Tea

Super-Easy-Fast Iced Tea

  Just the other day, I did a tea tasting with the infectiously enthusiastic ladies of Whoopsies! Gourmet Whoopie Pies in Middleburg, VA. They were preparing for their grand opening (which is this Saturday) and it happened to be unseasonably hot outside and the air-conditioning had not been installed yet….

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How to Make Loose Tea (Without Any Teaware)

How to Make Loose Tea (Without Any Teaware)

  Spaghetti may be the simplest thing to make, therefore, the true testament of an awful cook is someone who has no idea how to make pasta. All you need to do is boil water, throw in the ingredients and then toss it in a strainer. Yet as simple as…

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The Secret to Perfect Tasting Tea

The Secret to Perfect Tasting Tea

  We all know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. One bowl of porridge was too hot, while the other was too cold. Finally, she found the one that was just right. This story really relates to us as tea drinkers when it comes to preparing tea. We…

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Can I Use My Used Tea Leaves the Next Day?

Can I Use My Used Tea Leaves the Next Day?

  Question: What is the best way to dry a tea before consecutive steepings for storage until the tea is used again – Elizabeth from Fulton, MO This question is, by far, the most common one I have received in the past couple of weeks. I think the problem people…

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How to Avoid Bitter Tea Face

How to Avoid Bitter Tea Face

  A few years ago I saw a Superbowl commercial about people getting “bitter beer face.” I always found those to be funny, but also relevant to the tea world. If your tea is turning bitter, then it most likely means that you are doing something wrong. I don’t mean…

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What Does “Steep” Really Mean?

What Does “Steep” Really Mean?

  “Steep 4 minutes in boiling water…” “Do not over-steep or the tea will become bitter…” Can be steeped up to 8 times…” You may have seen phrases like these used by Golden Moon Tea and others in the tea world and if you have been confused by what the…

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