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What Is Fair Trade?

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October is Fair Trade Month! We are proud that our teas and sweeteners come from fair trade producers. But what is fair trade? What does it mean? We thought we’d take a few moments to answer those questions. What Is Fair Trade? Fair trade is a system of business that seeks to bring equity to […]

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What Spices Are In Chai Tea?

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Word nerds and tea purists will be quick to remind you that “chai” means “tea,” making the phrase “chai tea” redundant. Linguistically, they are absolutely correct. However, they would probably be disappointed to order “chai” at a coffee shop or Indian restaurant and receive a cup of Earl Grey tea or jasmine green tea. In […]

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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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Tea-Making Basics: How Much Loose Tea Per Cup

So you’re a tea lover. You’ve come to the right place, we all are at Plum Deluxe! Whether it’s that first cup of tea with breakfast or the last one for the day as you settle in with a good book for the evening, tea is something to be enjoyed. It’s a moment in your […]

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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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Get Your Zzzs and Learn What Kind of Tea Makes You Sleepy

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It’s been a long day in a longer week and, despite being exhausted, you’re just too wound up to sleep. This describes way too many of us these days. Getting adequate sleep feels like a luxury, but it’s more than that; it’s imperative. And yet, as much as we want it and need it, we […]

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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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Lavender Tea Blends: What’s the Best Lavender Tea?

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Lavender is dreamy, especially during hot, lazy months when it feels like these barefoot days might stretch on forever. More than just an olfactory delight, these blooms add something uniquely special to teas. The best lavender tea blends are hand-picked and lovingly combined with complimentary flavors. Why Lavender Is Seldom Alone in Teas As you […]

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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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How Healthy Iced Tea Can Help You Beat the Heat

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Who doesn’t love summer? Several years ago, my hand would have shot up. That is, until a friend in India put a bug in my ear about the many ways tea could keep me cooler on hot summer days. Since discovering the cooling bliss of healthy iced tea, I don’t bat an eye at even […]

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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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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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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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The Best Tea to Calm Nerves and Chill You Out

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As a communi-tea of tea lovers here at Plum Deluxe, it’s likely that in times of stress or turmoil, most of us are already more than likely to reach for a cuppa to calm us down. But what exactly are the best teas to calm nerves and chill you out? Today, we’re going to dive […]

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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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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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How To Make Good Chai Tea

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Is there a more well-known tea beverage around the world than chai? Whether you’re sipping a frothy chai latte in your local cafe or a spicy traditional cup in India, chai is known all over for its signature warm, soothing spices and its dark and hearty brew. Today, we’re going to take you one step […]

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Drink Your Flowers: A Guide to Floral Tea

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Floral tea has always felt a bit magical to me. Seeing the brightly colored petals floating in my tea cup gives me a sense of fairytale wonder and makes the enjoyment of my cuppa that much more delightful. Floral tea is not only visually enticing with its colors and shapes, it also enchants with the […]

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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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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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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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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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How Long Does Tea Last In the Fridge?

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Iced tea: It’s cold, it’s refreshing, and it’s what everyone looks forward to on a warm day. Many folks like to make big batches of tea ahead of time, for easier as-needed sipping. But just how long will it stay good? Today, let’s answer the question of how long does tea last in the fridge. […]

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Best Hot Teas to Drink

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Something happens to me every year around Labor Day. The leaves start changing, I start sneaking sweaters and scarves out of the back of my closet (even if I may be sweating while wearing them for a few more weeks), and all of the mason jars full of cold-brewed tea sit, abandoned, in my fridge. […]

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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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The Curious History of Earl Grey Tea

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Earl Grey tea has become a classic, ubiquitous at tea parties and overflowing with variations. As we’re celebrating Earl Grey Month all of June, I thought it would be fun to dive into the history of this most notable of Western tea blends and find out exactly who was earl grey. What Is Earl Grey […]

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Guide to Loose Leaf Tea for Beginners

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Loose leaf tea is gaining in popularity, with many people trying it for the first time. Not sure what to buy or how to brew it? Here’s our guide to loose leaf tea for beginners. Choosing Loose Leaf Tea While tea bags are convenient, most of the flavor is lost, which is why loose leaf […]

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Breaking Breakfast: Irish vs English Breakfast Tea

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English and Irish Breakfast teas have been staples in many a home’s tea cupboard for generations. Its strong shot of caffeine and bracing tannins are an excellent companion to a hearty morning meal. But what, exactly, constitutes a breakfast tea, anyway? And what’s the difference between the varieties? Here’s the lowdown on the Irish Breakfast […]

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The Right Way to Brew Tea

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When it comes to making tea “the right way,” everyone has their own opinion. What kind of tea is best, how much to use, water temperature, brewing vessel — these and more are all factors when it comes time to brew a cuppa. The British even have an ongoing argument over whether the milk or […]

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Best Tasting Tea for Beginners

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One of the most common questions we get here at Plum Deluxe is what is the best tasting tea for beginners?  It’s a good one – especially if you grew up drinking inexpensive supermarket teas that might not be quite what you are hoping for in a hot beverage. Below, we’ll explore first some of the […]

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Green Tea 101: Raise a Cup to Your Health

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With the release of our line of unflavored Royale tea blends as well as our new Inner Calm Green Tea, we thought it was time to delve a little deeper into the world of tea knowledge. Today, we’re getting up close and personal with green tea. What Makes It Green? As you may remember from […]

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The 4 Most Popular Tea Flavors, Explained (What are the Best Tea Flavors?)

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One of the questions I get all the time:  what are the best tea flavors?  I think ‘best’ is relative – what is delicious decadence to one person might be too sweet to another.  But there are many popular tea flavors that are perennial favorites – there must be something to their long term standing. I’d like to walk […]

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Black Tea 101: Digging Deeper Into the World of Tea

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Black tea is just… black tea, right? It’s a bit more nuanced than that. We thought it was time to delve a little deeper into the world of tea knowledge, so today we’re taking a closer look at black tea. What Makes It Black? All tea comes from the same plant, a tree-like shrub called […]

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The Language of Tea: From Gezelligheid to Elevenses

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What’s in a name? I mean, a tea party, by any other term, is still a tea party, right? Maybe, or maybe not. Sometimes, it’s something deeper. Grab yourself a cuppa, and let’s explore the language of tea from around the world! Stay Cozy, My Friends When we invite someone to tea — or are […]

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Tea Lover’s Bucket List

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From tea with the queen to tea party picnics, every tea lover has goals. We understand, so we’ve made a checklist to get you started. Print it out, hang it up, and have fun! Don’t forget to add some ideas of your own, as well.

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Luck In Your Cup: Tea Superstitions for Prosperity, Love, and Good Fortune

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It’s no secret that tea has been around for a long time. According to Chinese legend, tea was accidentally discovered 5,000 years ago when Emperor Shen-nung was boiling water and some tea leaves fell into his pot. However, the earliest mention of tea that historians actually trust is in an ancient Chinese dictionary from 350 […]

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Bringing People Together: The Samovar, a Russian Tea Urn

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I remember the first time I visited my future husband’s parents in Germany. In their house, many details caught my attention, but one item stood out. “That’s a samovar!” I exclaimed excitedly. My in-laws were visibly surprised. “Do you know what this is?” “Of course I do! We have two of them at my parents’ […]

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Ways to Use Loose Leaf Tea

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Here at Plum Deluxe, any time is tea time! But did you realize there’s more to it than just the beverage? As our resident tea fanatic, I am happy to provide you with a bazillion (okay, 42) ways to use loose leaf tea, arranged in alphabetical order for your pleasure. Some are for drinking, some […]

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Just Brew It: 4 Ways to Make Loose Leaf Tea Without an Infuser

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Alright, you just brought home some loose leaf tea (or maybe received your first Plum Deluxe tea club order) and you can’t wait to make a cup! But hold up — you totally forgot to pick up a tea ball at the store. Or maybe you’ve lost all your mesh infusers. What to do? Don’t […]

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The 3 Best Ways to Brew Loose Leaf Tea

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Wondering how to brew loose leaf tea? Making and steeping loose leaf tea is one of the most common questions we get. And here’s the thing: there are lots of ways to do it, each with its own time and place. Here are, in my opinion, the three best ways to make and steep a […]

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4 Surprising Add-Ins for Tea

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When it comes to doctoring up your tea, cream and sugar are all you need, right? And maybe a lemon wedge now and then if you’re feeling adventurous. My friends, there are so many other delicious tea add-ins to explore! Even if you’re a tea purist, I think you’ll have a hard time resisting these. […]

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Herbal Tea Ingredients that Improve Your Health

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t really like reaching for the pill bottle whenever I don’t feel well; it’s kind of strange to go around heavily medicated, and I often worry about the side effects. Now, I do believe in using medication when I really need it, but with smaller, more common ailments […]

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How to Make Iced Tea with Loose Leaf Tea

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Few things feel so good during warm weather as a nice, cold glass of iced tea. Just sipping it brings back memories of my mom’s sun tea, which was brewed by the gallon all summer long. Whether you’re an iced tea veteran or a beginner just exploring the world beyond the tea pot, this is […]

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Tea 101: Perfection In a Cup

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Looking for our tea of the month club? Signup here! Tea: recipient of my undying passion. No, I’m not crazy — two billion people all over the globe are also in love with tea, making it the most consumed beverage in the world (after water, naturally). For some it’s the flavor and the health benefits; […]

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