Tea

Tea Traditions Around the World

Tea Traditions Around the World

Tea is enjoyed around the world and every country has their own traditions. From Russia to Asia to Europe, many countries have tea traditions that can teach us something new. I thought it might be fun to learn more about these traditions so today I’m […]

The Joy of Loose Tea Without Leaving Home

The Joy of Loose Tea Without Leaving Home

I love trying new varieties of loose tea, but I can’t always make it to a specialty tea shop. That’s why I’m a big fan of tea subscription boxes. I can try new blends of loose tea without ever leaving home. They come right to […]

Tea with Tracee de Hahn

Tea with Tracee de Hahn

*Today I’ve invited author Tracee de Hahn to join me and share her love of tea with us* I’m delighted to join any endeavor that is an ode to tea! Thank you, Samantha for inviting me. How the ideas emerge, how the plot is created, […]

A Brief History of Afternoon Tea

A Brief History of Afternoon Tea

The History of Afternoon Tea When it comes to looking at the history of afternoon tea, it might help to understand that in the early nineteenth century, people only ate 2 meals a day. They ate breakfast before going out for the day and dinner […]

Summer Afternoon Tea

Summer Afternoon Tea

I couldn’t let the warm weather pass without enjoying an summer afternoon tea with friends on my deck. I love this gorgeous summer weather and a spur of the moment afternoon tea was just what the day called for. I invited my best girlfriends over […]

Understanding the Different Varieties of Tea

Understanding the Different Varieties of Tea

There are more varieties of tea in China than there are of wine grapes in France, each with their own distinct flavor. Whether you prefer black, green, oolong, white, or matcha tea, all teas come from the same plant – Camellia sinensis. The difference in […]

Tea Lover’s Gift

Tea Lover’s Gift

When I wanted to share some of my Hello Tea Club treasures with my bestie, she quickly informed me that she didn’t have an infuser. How is this even possible? I had to remedy this situation immediately so I started putting together a gift for […]

The Best Way to Brew Tea

The Best Way to Brew Tea

There are many ways to brew tea and none of them are necessarily wrong. But there is a better brewing method that will give you a more flavorful cup over others. This method will also keep your tea hot longer and will reduce the tannin […]

Steeping Tea the Right Way

Steeping Tea the Right Way

Have you ever wondered about steeping tea the right way? Different varieties call for different times and temperatures; there’s an art to perfectly steeping tea. Delicate teas require lower temperatures and shorter brewing times while heartier teas need higher temperatures and take a little longer […]

Make the Trip to Blue Willow Tea Room

Make the Trip to Blue Willow Tea Room

The Blue Willow Tea Room in Petersburg, Virginia is one of my absolute favorite places to spend time. It’s not a stuffy environment, no need to wear your Sunday hat (although you can if you want to); instead, it’s warm and inviting for all. They […]