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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

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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Tables Full of Food: Why a Grazing Table or Feast Table Is a Tea Party Planner’s Best Friend

If you’ve hosted tea parties in the past, you’ll be aware of how much fun they can be. A group of people gathered together, catching up, nibbling on food and drinking cups of tea. It sounds wonderful to me! If you’re hosting a large event in particular, a feast table is the perfect way to […]

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Down the Rabbit Hole: Host an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

This article is dedicated to Lewis Carroll, the man who sent Alice to Wonderland and took her to the Mad Hatter’s tea party. If you’ve read the original story or have seen any of the movie adaptations of the story, you’ll be familiar with the eccentric party guests, interesting conversation, and love of tea that […]

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Tapioca Bread Recipe for Gluten Free Sandwich Bliss

Making a good gluten-free sandwich bread can be difficult, but this tapioca bread recipe with smoked paprika and nigella seeds makes it downright easy. Not only is it tender and flavorful, it also holds its shape when slicing and doesn’t crumble when layered with delicious fillings for a scrumptious sandwich. The use of tapioca starch […]

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Overhead view of ingredients for bath tea, including loose leaf tea, salt, mesh bags, and a pile of lavender in the shape of a heart, all displayed on a wooden table.

Self Care Soaks: How To Make Bath Tea

A hot cup of tea is the perfect way to escape everyday stress — but have you tried putting it in a hot bath to wind down after a long day of work? Today, we’re talking about how to make bath tea. What’s Bath Tea? Bath tea, or tub tea, is just that — a […]

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Overhead view of homemade jammie dodgers on a baking tray and a blue and white plate, with a heart-shaped spoon, cup of tea with Victorian tea infuser, and jar of jam on a wooden table.

Jammie Dodgers Recipe

Whether you’re a fan of Dr. Who, Roger the Dodger, or just like a good cookie, Jammie Dodgers are a delicious accompaniment to your next cup of tea. These beloved English biscuits are tender and buttery and layered with a luscious and cheery red jam. While most cookies are best still warm from the oven, […]

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A brown teacup and saucer full of chai made in the instant pot sits in front of a file of fall foliage.

Stay Cozy with Easy Instant Pot Chai

Chai aficionados would often say the only proper way to prepare a cup of chai is in a pot on the stove with tea, spices, milk, and sweetener simmered together for perfection. Many people find peace and comfort in the process of making tea. Then there are those of us who just don’t have the […]

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A Thai Tea Pie Recipe for Your Holiday Gatherings

Throughout fall you will find an abundance of pumpkin spice flavored everything. From food and drinks to decor, it seems everyone is in the mood for getting cozy and enjoying the spices of the season. This Thai tea pie recipe is a great alternative to pumpkin pie but still has that lovely orange color we […]

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Overhead view of a package of Plum Deluxe loose leaf tea, a matching green teapot and teacup, and a spoon full of loose leaf tea arranged on a wooden table and pink doily.

How Many Calories In Hot Tea

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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Overhead view of a loaf and two slices of spiced banana bread along with a bag of plum deluxe loose leaf tea on a wooden table.

Dutch Breakfast: A Cozy Spiced Banana Bread Recipe

Ontbijtkoek, or “breakfast cake” as it is translated from Dutch, is a popular breakfast snack in the Netherlands. While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it as something you should have for breakfast every day, this spiced cake makes for a lovely seasonal treat! Today we’ll be taking a twist on the traditional version and making a […]

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Overhead view of a purple mug of tea with a victorian tea infuser. A bag of Plum Deluxe Mindful Morning loose leaf tea and a wooden spoon sit next to it on a white lace doily.

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

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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Cinnamon Chip Scone Sticks Recipe

Scones sticks are a recent discovery around here, and we are basically obsessed. They are a kind of cross between scones and biscotti, meaning that they are dry yet soft — and perfect for dunking! This, of course, makes them a fabulous accompaniment to all of our teas. We think these cinnamon chip scone sticks […]

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What Is Fair Trade?

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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Overhead view of a pitcher of pumpkin spice creamer, a pumpkin, teacup and saucer with infuser, and a bag of loose leaf tea on a wooden table.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer Recipe

It wouldn’t be fall without pumpkins. They’ve become synonymous with this time of year, when the leaves turn to rich bright colors and crackle underfoot. Perhaps your favorite part of fall is the abundance of pumpkin spice treats. Plum Deluxe has some wonderful fall tea flavors, such as Pumpkin Spice, Apple Cinnamon Warmth, Full Moon […]

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A bowl of loose leaf chai tea and spices sits on a patterned cloth next to a clear glass cup of brewed chai.

What Spices Are In Chai Tea?

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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A Cinnamon Swirl Apple Pie Recipe that Won’t Let You Down

Apple pies are one of my favorite desserts. They’re a fantastic comfort food, perfect for entertaining or just enjoying by yourself. The humble apple pie has been making homes happy and bellies full for a long time now. Rightly so — they’re delicious! Another favorite of mine is cinnamon rolls. There’s something about buttery cinnamon […]

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A group of four teddy bears are arranged on a red plaid blanket with brightly colored teacups in front of them.

How to Host a Teddy Bear Tea Party

If you’re looking for a special way to celebrate the little one in your life, why not consider throwing them a tea party all of their own? Kids love to mimic adults, so if your little one has seen you sipping away at a hot cup of tea with a friend, chances are they’d love […]

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Overhead view of a single dark chocolate red currant scone on a blue and white plate, an earthenware mug of tea, and a plate piled with more scones, all on a dark wooden table.

Dark Chocolate Red Currant Scones Recipe

Red currants are one of those little-known fruits that pack a big punch. I was thrilled when, met with an abundance of these little jeweled fruits, I needed to come up with a great recipe to use them in. While I love them in jams and jellies, I eventually settled on scones because, well, I […]

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