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Stay Awake: Discover the Best Tea for Studying

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Whether you love it or hate it, school can be exhausting. A long paper or all-night study session for midterms can leave you exhausted and in need of a pick-me-up. A quiet moment with a cup of tea can be just the thing you need not only to relax but also to reboot your brain […]

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Does Tea Dehydrate You?

If you’re reading this blog post, there’s a pretty good chance that you drink tea regularly. Hopefully, you get a chance to drink water consistently as well, but tea is probably still a big part of your daily liquid intake. Is it enough to keep you hydrated, though? Let’s look into a little bit of […]

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National Tea Day and 8 Other Tea Holidays You Should Celebrate

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For a lot of us tea-lovers who drink tea on a daily basis, it’s easy to forget that tea can be a cause for celebration. That’s why tea holidays exist. National Tea Day and these eight other days invite us to sit back, relax, and remember what made us love the drink so much in […]

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Start Your Day Right With a Cool Black Tea Smoothie

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Sometimes, the best thing for a summer morning boost is a power-packed, refreshing smoothie. You don’t need to abandon your daily tea routine just because you’re craving a smoothie, though. Enjoy the best of both worlds by whipping up a black tea smoothie! What Is a Black Tea Smoothie? There are two routes you can […]

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Chill Out: Four Ways to Enjoy Frozen Iced Tea

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Sometimes, iced tea just doesn’t cut it. As we get into the hottest of summer days, you may find yourself looking for something even colder than iced tea. May we recommend frozen iced tea? Frozen iced tea can come in several forms, but when made correctly, still carries that burst of flavor and energy you’ve […]

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Black Tea 201: Best Black Tea Flavors

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Welcome back, tea scholars! If you’re like a lot of tea drinkers, much of your tea exposure has been to black tea. These dark, rich, and caffeinated leaves make a delicious brew either on their own, or blended with different flavors. If you want a refresher on the wide variety of pure black teas that […]

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How To Make Sun Brewed Iced Tea

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There’s nothing quite as satisfying in summertime as a refreshing glass of iced tea. When you have a sunny afternoon in front of you and some strong, fruity black tea in your tea cupboard, you can make the weather work for you, and make yourself some sun brewed iced tea! Best Teas for Sun Tea […]

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Best Black Tea for Iced Tea

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One of the best parts of warmer weather is iced tea! If you’re a black tea lover who is getting ready for some summery drinks, then you’ve come to the right article. Today, we’re going to talk about the best black tea for iced tea! Obviously, the best black tea for iced tea is a […]

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Bulletproof Tea Recipe

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Do you ever wish you had a tea that could give you all the powers of a superhero like Superman or Captain Marvel? A bulletproof tea recipe that made you impervious to all man made weapons? Me too, honestly. Unfortunately, this is not that recipe. If I ever find one, I promise I’ll share it […]

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What Makes Milk Curdle In Tea?

Sometimes, it’s just nice to have a creamy, hot beverage with you on a cold night. Many teas are great in lattes and make a rich treat when mixed with a splash of cream. But you know how sometimes, when you put milk in tea, it does that strange, flaky thing? The thing where it […]

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Does Tea Need to be Refrigerated

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Maybe you started a warm cup of tea too late at night. You know it’s going to keep you up if you drink it, but it’s so good! You can’t just let it go to waste! You can save it for the morning, but does tea need to be refrigerated? The good news is that […]

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The Fastest Way to Ruin Loose Tea: Storing Tea in Freezer

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You’ve found it: Your absolute favorite blend of tea. The temptation to stockpile as much as you can is strong. The first solution that comes to mind may be storing tea in freezer bags and packing it away in the back of your icebox. However, when you come back to finish your frozen tea, you […]

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My Tea isn’t Flavorful: 3 Reasons Microwave Water for Tea is Bad

There have been a lot of rumors going around lately about microwave water for tea being “healthier” or “more flavorful.” Today, we’re here to dispel some of those myths. This is not a drill! Here are three reasons why microwave water for tea is bad. While it may be convenient and fast, heating water in […]

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Best Cups for Drinking Tea

If you’re like me and a lot of other tea drinkers, you have a large collection of mugs and teacups that you’ve picked up from tourist shops, thrift stores, and online shopping sprees. But there’s probably that one cup that gets a little bit more use than the others. It seems like tea just tastes […]

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Does Tea Go Bad?

A few years ago, archaeologists discovered green tea in the tomb of a Chinese emperor that dated back to 141 BCE. Tea has been around for a long time, and it lasts for a long time. But could you still drink tea that was found in an ancient emperor’s tomb? Does tea go bad? Left […]

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Does Unsweetened Tea Have Sugar?

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Tea is a worldwide phenomenon and has been for hundreds — if not thousands — of years. It takes many different shapes and forms, has many different tastes and smells, and fits into many diverse lifestyles and daily routines. Maybe you’re one of the many people who’s looking to cut out some sugar from your […]

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Is Tea Keto Friendly?

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The low-carb keto diet has become popular in the last few years. Many people trying to lose weight or eat healthier have taken it up. If you’re a tea drinker who is considering eating this way, you may be wondering, is tea keto friendly? Will you have to give up your tea rituals? The keto […]

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The Best Way to Boil Water for Tea

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Maybe you’re just starting out with loose leaf tea. Maybe you’ve had the same routine around your daily cuppa for years. Either way, you may start to wonder how you can get the best water for tea. The world of tea is vast and diverse. There are so many ways to make a good cup […]

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The Healthiest Hot Tea You Can Drink

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You’ve probably seen at least one clickbait article advertising some kind of tea as a “miracle cure” or “this one weird trick.” While more often than not, these “miracle cure” claims turn out to be false, tea does seem to have some great benefits. Let’s take a look at the healthiest hot tea. What Is […]

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The Best Snacks With Tea

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Right now, I’m having some gluten free toast with a cup of Strawberries and Cream tea. I love having tea and toast together. Tea and snacks come in infinite combinations, and every tea drinker seems to have that one tea-and-food combination that we pull out when we need a self-care afternoon. Here are some of […]

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What to Make with Matcha Powder

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Matcha has recently become a bit of a trend in the foodie world. Matcha ice cream, cookies, and cakes are popping up left and right. Want to get equipped for the upcoming matchapocalypse? Here are a few ideas of what to make with matcha powder. While it has become popular in the west in the […]

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5 Things You’ll Need (and enjoy!) for a Traditional Tea Party

Like many of you, I drink tea all the time. I go through the rituals of heating water and steeping leaves several times a day. But sometimes, I want to set aside a special time to gather friends and celebrate my favorite drink. Tea parties are steeped in tradition, and can feel a bit stuffy […]

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What Is Breakfast Blend Tea?

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I am not a morning person. When I stumble down the stairs in the morning, I need something to jumpstart my day. Since I don’t drink coffee, this something is usually a black tea of some kind. Luckily for me, there is a whole subcategory of teas developed for the purpose of giving you a […]

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What Is Holy Basil Good For?

If you’ve ever heard of holy basil, you’ve probably wondered what exactly makes it so holy. While it has no moral superiority over other types of basil, it does have some great health benefits that have made it a popular medicinal herb for thousands of years. Whether it be preventing a cough, flavoring a cup […]

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What Does it Mean to Steep Tea?

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If you’re a regular tea drinker, you probably do a lot of steeping on a daily basis. But what is that magical process that turns some hot water and dry leaves into a steaming, delicious beverage? And how can you make it work to give you the best possible cup of tea? At first glance […]

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How to Make a Tasty Tea Steamer

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I rarely like to add any extras to my daily cups of tea, but there’s something magical and soul warming about a well-balanced, warm, creamy tea beverage. Tea lattes are a popular option that can be found at most coffee shops. However, another decadent tea-based treat, the tea steamer, is just as warm and cozy […]

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What Is Dessert Tea? (And How Do You Enjoy It?)

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If you’re keeping up on the hippest and newest in tea, the phrase “dessert tea” may be old news to you. But whether you’re a connoisseur of dessert teas or have only a vague notion of them from something you saw at your local coffee shop, you may still be wondering what a dessert tea […]

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Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Re-Steeping Tea

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You just finished a delicious cup of tea. It seems like such a waste to throw away the leaves… but will the flavors still hold up if you steep them again? How can you ensure that the tea doesn’t taste too watery, or too bitter? Re-steeping tea can be a bit of a delicate art […]

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What’s the Best Way to Drink Tea?

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At this point, you’ve probably been bombarded with ideas and opinions about how tea is best made and served. Advice from tea-loving friends on what sweetener to use. Pinterest graphs on the ten best tea infusers to buy. Amazon reviews for this tea pot or that. Arguments between cream enthusiasts, and tea purists. But what […]

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Why Is Loose Leaf Tea Better than Tea Bags?

It’s convenient, I know. When you’re running out the door to work, school, or errands in the morning, it’s tempting to just throw a tea bag in your thermos and get going. But the convenience tea bags provide comes with a steep drop in quality and flavor. So, let’s get the big question out of […]

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