Tea 101 Articles on Plum Deluxe

Tea 101

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How to Figure Out Your Loose Tea to Water Ratio

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It can be difficult to figure out just how much loose leaf tea you need in your cup. There are many factors to consider, from cup size to water amount. You also want to make sure you are accurate so your tea isn’t too strong or too weak. It can get frustrating to have to […]

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12 Great Spring Teas to Enjoy Right Now

Spring is just around the corner! With the warmer weather thawing your toes at last, it’s a great time to swap out those beautiful winter teas for something more in keeping with the season. Yes, this is the natural time for our floral teas, but floral teas aren’t the only ones you could be sipping […]

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Tea Time with Fido: Can Dogs Have Tea?

Dogs are more than just pets, they are companions. It makes sense, then, that we would want to share every aspect of our lives with them, including tea. But can dogs have tea? Let’s take a look at the relationship between your pooch and pu’erh, your pup and peppermint, your mutt and maté. Can Dogs […]

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What Makes Tea Cloudy? Dos and Don’ts for a Clear Brew

Have you ever made some tea, only to see that foggy filter over it? It happens to everyone every once in a while, in both hot and iced tea. Read on to learn everything you need to know about what makes tea cloudy and how to avoid it. What Makes Tea Cloudy? There are many […]

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How to Make Rooibos Tea Taste Better

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Bitterness in tea usually stems from an over abundance of tannins. In right proportions, tannins make for a fantastic cup of tea by creating a complex taste. They also help the body thrive with their antibacterial and blood pressure lowering properties. Although rooibos has fewer tannins than black or green tea, they are still in […]

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Creative Loose Leaf Tea Storage Ideas to Organize Your Tea Time

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There’s no such thing as too much tea, just too little storage. Between Plum Deluxe’s large offering of teas, old favorites, and samples, it’s easy for those bags of loose leaf tea to start to pile up. You may need to come up with a different strategy to store your tea than tossing bags into […]

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What Does White Tea Taste Like?

There are many wonderful blends of tea, all with their own unique flavor, scent, and color. You may be very familiar with the strong taste and dark amber color of black tea, or the pale, yellow, slightly grassy flavors of green teas. Perhaps a nutty and spicy chai tea is your usual brew. But what […]

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Floral Fixation: What Does Chamomile Tea Taste Like?

When you hear the word “chamomile,” what comes to mind? Did you think of anxiety-reducing? Soothing? Floral scents? What does chamomile tea taste like? Light? Sweet? Floral? Well, you have reason to be correct. Chamomile is a common name for a few daisy-like plants, and two of the species are used to make what we […]

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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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Travel Time: Can I Bring Loose Leaf Tea on an Airplane?

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A commonly searched question is “can I bring loose leaf tea on airplane?” (Perhaps you stumbled across this article by Googling just such a phrase yourself.) The short answer is: yes! So rest assured all you weary world travelers: You can infuse a little fun into your next flight by bringing your favorite loose leaf […]

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Quali-Tea Puns for Every Mood

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I love puns. Always have, always will. Puns as an art form – yes, I said it, ART FORM – often get a bad rap for being the “lowest form of humor.” Well, that’s just another way to say, “You look like a person that knows how to have fun.” My high school English teacher […]

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Oh My Aching Mind: What Tea is Good for Headaches?

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Many tea drinkers at least anecdotally know tea is in general good for your health. But many wonder, what tea is good for headaches, specifically? Now, science has confirmed that drinking certain types of tea helps ease the pain from headaches. Here are four different types of headaches and the tea that helps them. ***Disclaimer*** […]

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Can Cats Drink Tea? Find the Purrfect Tea for Your Feline Friend

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There’s nothing cozier than curling up on the couch with a warm cup of tea and a cuddly cat. Some cats, however, like my very food-motivated cat, Captain, make it their mission to get a sample of whatever nearby humans are eating and drinking. Is this safe, though? Can cats drink tea? For the sake […]

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When Does Tea Expire? How to Tell if Your Tea is Fresh

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We have all been there: finding ourselves with a plethora of tea on our shelves. With so many different kinds and flavors of tea, it is easy to get carried away and have so much, you can’t go through it all fast enough. However, does tea expire? If so, how can we tell? Does Tea […]

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What Tea is Good for a Cold?

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On the dreariest of winter days, during the most inopportune times, while hibernating indoors and surrounded by kids, coworkers, and family — a cold rears its ugly head. The dreaded stuffy nose, sore throat, body aches, and sneezing crud! So, I find myself asking the infamous question, “What tea is good for a cold?” Truthfully, […]

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How Much Caffeine in Decaf Tea?

Whether you’re a veteran tea lover or a newcomer to tea appreciation, you may have heard the term “decaf” tea thrown around. Decaf is a shortened term for decaffeinated tea and is used when caffeine has been removed from a beverage. If you’re wondering how much caffeine in decaf tea, as opposed to regular tea, […]

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A Real Eye-Opener: What Tea Has the Most Caffeine?

Have you ever wondered what tea has the most caffeine? Tea has long since been known for its colorful aromas, antioxidant benefits, and delightful charm, but each variety of tea also holds various levels of caffeine. For all of us looking for that extra boost in the mornings, mid-day, or when pulling an all-nighter, this […]

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How Is Tea Made?

If you’ve been drinking tea for a while (or even if you’re new to the world of loose leaf tea), you’ve probably considered this question once or twice: how is tea made? So if you’re curious about how your favorite cup of tea is made from start to finish, keep reading! We’ll cover where tea […]

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Enjoying Tea: Simple Tea Pleasures and Rituals

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Tea isn’t just a drink. Enjoying tea is an experience and an essential part of life for many of us around the world. If you were to ask most tea drinkers about their first experience with tea, you would likely get a story. Tea entered my life in college while on a spontaneous visit to […]

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Making Tea: Tea Steeping & Preparation

There isn’t a problem in the world that can’t be solved over a nice cup of tea. I get as much enjoyment out of tea preparation as I do drinking it. There’s something relaxing about just going through the motions; stress starts to ease away before I’ve even sat down with my cup of tea. […]

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Types of Tea List + Caffeine Content

Tea can be a little confusing when it comes to the kinds and caffeine amount. So to put an end to all the questions and wondering, we have compiled a guide on the types of tea and caffeine. Check it out. Tea can generally be divided into these categories: black, dark (or pu-erh), oolong, yellow, […]

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Choosing the Best Tea Infusers & Accessories

Are you new to tea or simply looking for that special gift for a loose leaf tea lover? This article is jam-packed with everything you need to know about the best tea infusers – so you can get to brewing a delicious cup of tea. Why Choose Loose Leaf Tea? Simply put, loose leaf tea […]

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Why Does Tea Make You Pee?

When you drink tea, you have to pee. Aside from the fact that it rhymes, there is a truth to this statement that tea drinkers are all too familiar with. But what is the science behind this phenomenon that we have all experienced? Why does tea make you pee? There are two main reasons why […]

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Difference Between White Tea & Green Tea

Whether you are a long time tea lover or someone newly exploring the beverage, you may find yourself with questions about tea. Today’s article will hopefully give you a bit more of an understanding of these fantastic teas, the difference between white tea and green tea, and some tips to help you enjoy them! Many […]

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All About Herbal Tea: Caffeine Free Herbal Tea Guide

When people think about tea, it is most commonly associated with caffeinated black or green teas. While herbal teas, more formally known as tisanes, don’t include any leaves from the tea plant Camellia sinensis, they are still considered a type of tea. With all of the different flavor options, caffeine free herbal tea makes the […]

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How Many Calories In Hot Tea

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A calorie is, scientifically speaking, the amount of energy it takes to raise one gram of water by one degree. The calories we talk about in regard to food are numbers that represent how much potential energy a certain type of food can provide for your body’s use. Some people are interested in tracking how […]

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The First Cup: Finding the Best Tea to Drink In the Morning

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Are you a morning person? I know I’m not. I’m not even a night owl; I like to say I’m at my best in the middle of the day. Maybe you are one of those people who wake up in the morning, fresh to start your day like one of those chirpy princesses who are […]

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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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