Tea

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 […]

Drink to Your Good Health

Drink to Your Good Health

If you’re not doing it already, it’s time to start drinking tea for your health. It may surprise you to know that there are numerous health benefits of tea including: Lowering/balancing your blood sugar levels Reducing pain and inflammation of arthritis Lowering your risk of […]

Milk First or Tea First?

Milk First or Tea First?

Whether or not to put the milk in your cup before pouring the tea or after is an age-old question. Today I have the answer for you. Or at least the answer to where this question came from. You can decide for yourself when to […]

Where I Got My Passion for Tea

Where I Got My Passion for Tea

I’ve been drinking tea since I was knee-high and loving it. My mom and I would make the drive to visit her grandparents, my great-grandparents (Nannie and Fafa as we lovingly referred to them) at least once a month. Nannie was German and had a […]

Great Teas Right to Your Mailbox

Great Teas Right to Your Mailbox

I have recently discovered and subscribed to Hello Tea, a tea subscription service, and I have to say . . . I love it! If you love trying new teas, you will too. It’s simple to sign up and you can subscribe for free, you […]