Latest articles by Erica Jolly for Plum Deluxe

Erica Jolly

Overhead view of a white plate with a pile of loose leaf tea shaped into a heart in the center of it. To the left is a fork; to the right a knife. Above the place are three oranges, and apple, and a cup of tea.

Can You Eat Tea Leaves? (The Answer Is, “Yes!”)

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At Plum Deluxe, we’re often asked, “Can you eat tea leaves?” and I’m not surprised. In my opinion, most of the blends smell so good that it’s a wonder more people don’t pop a few leaves straight into their mouths like M&Ms, purely out of curiosity. While I don’t recommend that you eat tea leaves […]

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A white and blue ombre mug full of tea sits in front of a show-covered camellia bush.

How to Make Sun Tea in the Winter

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Here in Portland, winter is in full swing. Days are short. There’s a chill in the air. And sometimes in the dead of winter, we need a little reminder that there is light at the end of the “14-hours-of-darkness-every-day” tunnel. Enter: sun tea, a beverage that can capture the sunny spirit of summer all year […]

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Overhead view of a wooden charcuterie board. A mug of tea sits in the center and is surrounded by cheese, meats, crackers, olives, nuts, and pickles.

What to Eat with Tea

Some foods are classic pairings. Peanut butter and jelly. Hamburgers and French fries. Tea and cookies. But there are other combinations that may surprise you. Like tea and salad. Tea is a wonderfully versatile beverage that pairs well with an endless variety of foods. It’s not just for cookies and scones, my friends! If you’ve […]

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A slice of berry cake sits on a white plate alongside a pink teacup with a heart-shaped tea infuser.

Sweet Treats: A Pairing Guide for Tea Party Dessert Ideas

I could write a whole series of posts on tea party dessert ideas. When it comes to deciding what to eat with tea for dessert, the possible pairings of teas and sweets are endless! Cookies, cakes, scones, brownies, breads – just to name a few. So to save you from a post of epic proportions […]

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A red teapot, white teacup with a gold snowflake, and a bag of Plum Deluxe loose leaf tea are arranged on a gold tablecloth. In the background are evergreen boughs decorated with lights and red and gold ornaments.

5 Minute Quick Guide: How To Buy Tea Gifts If You’re Not a Tea Drinker

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The holidays are here, and with that comes the inevitable challenge to find that perfect “something” for your special “someone.” If your special someone is crazy about tea, but you think that Earl Grey sounds more like a character from Downton Abby than a warm beverage, we’re here to help! We’ve made it easy to […]

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