Latest articles by Alexandra Winzeler for Plum Deluxe

Alexandra Winzeler

30 Tea Sayings

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For as long as there has been tea, there have been people who love tea and love to wax poetic about their favorite cup. Here are thirty of our favorite tea sayings: funny tea sayings, cute tea sayings, inspiring tea quotes, and more. Read them for a pick-me-up or print out your favorites to decorate […]

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How Do You Use a Tea Infuser?

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If you are curious about the world of loose leaf teas, you have probably asked yourself: How do you use a tea infuser? The answer is easier than you think, so read on and get your mug ready for some loose leaf brewing. What Is a Tea Infuser? An infuser is a tool that allows […]

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Overhead view of a Christmas tea party with loose leaf tea, cookies, and tea sandwiches on a wooden board and green plates and mugs.

Christmas Tea Menu for Holiday Cheer

If you are a tea lover around the holiday season, go the extra mile for your Christmas get-together this year and style it like a winter tea party. We have a multitude of recipes to fill your Christmas tea menu and keep your party merry. Christmas Tea Starters First up on your Christmas tea menu […]

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How To Make Tea Taste Better Without Sugar

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Life has enough dessert-like temptations without you adding sugar to your teacup as well. If you have a sugary habit in your mug, you might be wondering how to make tea taste better without sugar. There are lots of ways to switch up your favorite cup to taste delicious without added sugar. Leaves and Infusion […]

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How To Make Strong Tea

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Sometimes there is no better feeling than having a mug of bold and flavorful tea in hand. That cup of tea can be essential to waking up, feeling good, or rewarding yourself. But if your cup of tea is leaving you unfulfilled, perhaps you could benefit from some of our suggestions on how to make […]

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A trio of Plum Deluxe loose leaf teas, a gift bag that says "Yes, Please," a wooden tea scoop, and a card are scattered on a red mat.

Secret Santa Tea Gifts: 5 Thoughtful Secret Santa Gifts for Tea Lovers

As the weather turns colder, it becomes the season for warm tea and the season for secret Santa gift exchanges. If you are tasked with finding a gift for a tea lover, check out these five thoughtful secret Santa gifts for tea lovers. $5 Gift: Heart Infuser Our first recommendation for secret Santa tea gifts […]

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Caffeine In Tea Types

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Many times I choose to drink teas based on their flavor, but the caffeine level in my tea can also be a deciding factor. Let’s explore the range of caffeine in tea types to help you choose the right caffeine level in your next cup. One of the biggest factors in determining caffeine in tea […]

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How To Make Herbal Tea Taste Better

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Your favorite everyday tea doesn’t always have to be a typical breakfast black tea. Herbal teas can be a great change of pace in both caffeine levels and flavor. But if you’ve ever asked yourself how to make herbal tea taste better, maybe your mug is in need of a little experimentation. Unlike other teas, […]

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Matcha Crepe Recipe

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Cooking with matcha green tea powder is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to incorporate tea into your food. Green tea can now be a part of your favorite breakfast with this delicious matcha crêpe recipe. Don’t be intimidated if you have or haven’t tried to cook or bake with tea before; matcha is […]

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Overhead view of blue and yellow teacups with loose leaf tea on a green and white floral tea towel and wooden tray.

Thank You Tea: How to Express Your Gratitude by Gifting Tea

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I am grateful for tea every morning when I brew my favorite cup, but tea can also be used to express a deeper sense of thanks to a friend. Use these ideas to send some thank you tea to someone who’s meant a lot to you. If you need to get started right away, Plum […]

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Discover Your Best Evening Tea

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A nice cup of tea isn’t just for breakfast time; tea can be the perfect end to a busy day. Depending on the kind of evening you’re looking for, check out these recommendations for different types and flavors to find your best evening tea. Teas with Low Caffeine Most people find that drinking lots of […]

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Loose leaf teas, sweeteners, and honey and tucked into a purple basket and surrounded by flowers.

Tea Lover Gift Basket Ideas

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A great way to celebrate a friend is with a gift basket. And if your friend is a tea lover, we have plenty of ideas to help assemble the perfect gift basket. Choose a Theme At the top of our list for tea lover gift basket ideas is having a theme. Tea and snacks are […]

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Overhead view of two glasses of iced Moroccan mint tea.

12 Summer Iced Tea Recipes

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The summer brings warm weather, which means that iced tea season is upon us. To help make the hot months cool and flavorful, here are twelve summer iced tea recipes! These recipes are broken into three of my favorite iced tea types: creamy, latte “fogs;” sweet and tart Arnold Palmers; and smooth and cool Moroccan […]

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Gift Guide: What To Get a Tea Lover

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Looking for ideas about what to get for someone who loves tea? You’ve come to the right place. There are lots of ways to answer the question of what to get a tea lover, from something simple like loose leaf tea or a mug, to fancy infusers and accessories. One, Two, Tea! You would be […]

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Gifts for Iced Tea Lovers

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Some like it hot, and some like it iced. Many of us drink iced tea to help keep cool during warmer weather, but some iced tea lovers prefer iced tea year-round. Maybe they like the taste, maybe they like the soothing sound of ice cubes clinking in a glass. If you have an upcoming occasion […]

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How to Start Liking Tea

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Today we delve into a question about personal taste, namely, how to start liking tea. There are so many different types of tea and so many different ways to brew and experience tea, you are bound to connect with at least one of them. Tea Types and Flavors When most people think of tea, they […]

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Tea Gifts for Birthdays

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Do you have someone’s special day circled on your calendar? Share some marvelous tea gifts for birthdays during your next celebration. Tea-Infused Birthday Cake Cake is almost synonymous with birthday celebrations. If you are looking for great tea gifts for birthdays, bake a tea-infused cake for the person. For a cake that pairs sweet honey […]

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The Best Tea Gifts for Students

Back in class again! Whether in high school or college, students lead active lives with jam-packed schedules, from listening up during class, to focusing during study time, to heading to after-hours extra curriculars. A cup of tea can help improve any situation, so if you’re looking for something special to share with a busy student […]

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Searching for the Best Chocolate Tea

Are you searching for the best chocolate tea? Tea and chocolate can be a hard flavor profile to pin down due to the variety of ingredients and brewing methods available. Read on to learn more about chocolate and how its different forms can factor into the tastiest chocolate tea blends. Chocolate Ingredients Cacao Nibs — […]

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If you, your partner, or your friends love tea, be sure to pick out the best Valentine tea gifts to make them smile.

Valentine Tea Gifts for All Your Sweethearts

Valentine’s Day is upon us, time for a celebration of love and appreciation for your partner, your friends, or even yourself. If any of those people love tea, be sure to pick out the best Valentine tea gifts to make them smile. Tea Accessories Any time of year is a good time for new tea […]

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We’ve got some ideas for tea enthusiast gifts to bring new joy to even the most intense tea hobbyist.

Guide to Tea Enthusiast Gifts & Tea Related Gifts

So, you know your friend is into tea — really into tea. But maybe you’re a tea layman, or it seems like your tea-friend already has everything they need. What kind of presents are best for these hardcore tea-lovers? We’ve got some ideas for tea enthusiast gifts and tea related gifts to bring new joy to […]

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Here are our picks for the best tea for winter to warm up, heal up, and cheer up this season.

Health and Cheer: The Best Tea for Winter

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The winter season is known for its snowy weather, sparse landscape, and the busy holiday season. Some people find the season to be pleasantly crisp and peaceful, while others might feel a bit glum and chilled. The good news is that we have found the best tea for winter to warm up, heal up, and […]

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As the spirit of the season finds its way into your mug, consider brewing one of these delicious warm Christmas drinks

Warm Christmas Drinks for Holiday Indulgence

There are some wonderful indulgences that come along with the Christmas season: cookies, pies, wearing ugly sweaters, and spending lots more time with friends and family. As the spirit of the season finds its way into your mug, consider brewing one of these delicious warm Christmas drinks. Cocoa Let’s start with a fan-favorite: hot cocoa. […]

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As you begin your search for new tea like Teavana, let's compare popular Teavana tea flavors to similar Plum Deluxe blends and help you connect with a new source for tasty tea.

Where to Find Tea Like Teavana

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It is a specific kind of disappointment when a product you like gets discontinued and you can no longer find it on the shelves or in stock. When that happens, you have to embark on a trial basis with similar products, hoping one of them is the right fit for you. Maybe this is all […]

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If you're looking for something a little more special for the tea fans in your life, you need this guide to Christmas presents for tea lovers.

Christmas Presents for Tea Lovers

The fall and winter seasons are some of the best times of year to drink tea. As we approach the holiday season, you might be looking for something a little more special for the tea fans in your life, and start seeking out the perfect Christmas presents for tea lovers. We’re here to help with […]

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What to Drink In the Morning Instead of Coffee

What to Drink In the Morning Instead of Coffee

Trying to take a break from coffee? But then you’re left with that empty, mug-shaped hole in your morning routine. Don’t worry, today we’ll help you explore what to drink in the morning instead of coffee with a few great suggestions ready to pour into your mug. Catch the Caffeine Buzz If you’re just looking […]

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What to Mix with Green Tea

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I know most days, I reach for my tried-and-true black tea, but sometimes I need to take a break from all that robust flavor and caffeine. The lush flavors of green tea are just the right alternative. Green tea can be in loose leaf form, ground into powder, or even rolled into little tea pellets. […]

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What Tea is Good for You

What Tea is Good for You?

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What tea is good for you? In one sense, all of them! Many people consider tea to only be blends derived from the camellia sinensis plant. This includes tea that we label black, pu erh, oolong, green, yellow, and white. All of these have natural antioxidants which may offer a variety of health benefits such […]

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What Goes Well With Tea

What Goes Well With Tea

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Tea-lovers know there are plenty of things that pair well with tea, like honey and lemon, or milk and sugar. But let’s explore some less-expected accompaniments and look at what goes well with tea. Teaware A cup of tea always tastes a little better from your favorite mug or brewed with your best kettle. The […]

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best herbal tea

10 of the Best Herbal Teas

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The right cup of tea can do wonders to help your mood, health, or state of mind. Let’s take a look at the best herbal tea to help you with ten different daily-life scenarios. Just as an aside: This article will focus on naturally caffeine-free blends. If you’re feeling adventurous and want an herbal tea […]

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