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How to Get Started with Loose Leaf Tea

What are the practical considerations to start using loose leaf tea? It’s relatively easy to use once you know a few basics! This post provide advice on how get started with loose leaf tea.

It explores: what to use to steep loose leaf tea, how much tea to use per serving, and how long to steep.

A few of the many options for steeping loose leaf tea.
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Try Korean Balhyo Cha Tea for Valentine’s Day

Looking for a pure tea–no flavors added–that tastes of chocolate? I heartily recommend trying Korean Balhyo Cha or Balhyo Cha powder for Valentine’s Day. This tea’s leaves have a wonderful chocolaty note. Prepared a certain way, and without adding any sweetener, the powder has vibes of grown-up, gourmet hot cocoa. Both are delicious!

Balhyo Cha, a fermented Black Korean tea
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How Popular Are Tea Bags?

Are you curious about how popular tea bags are? Tea can be sold in many ways–in bags, loose leaf, powdered, in ready-to-drink form, etc. How much is prepared in tea bags, particularly compared to loose leaf? And, I wonder if you will share my shock at two statistics that I discovered! After sharing a snapshot of the data, the end of this post I’ll tell you about an online event for people who use tea bags but are interested in, maybe, exploring loose leaf tea.

Picture of a tea bag, with the string curved into the shape of a question mark, surrounded by loose leaf tea
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Tea Mascots

Have you noticed that some tea companies and organizations have “tea mascots?” I am using the term “mascot” loosely. By that, I mean an animal figure used as part of outreach, branding, or to engage people. Three examples immediately spring to mind—Waddy the Frog at the Charleston Tea Garden, Tippi the Tea Mouse at the East Frisian Tea Museum, and Luff (a bison) at Being Tea.

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MoTEAvational Quotes for Overthinkers +

As we near the end of one year or begin a new one, I reach for motivational quotes to inspire me to think about how I have grown or hope to grow in the year ahead. I feel so lucky when I hear ideas that really resonate. I know this practice may seem cheesy, but if some quotes are motivational for you, why feel sheepish about it? In this blog post, I share a handful of my favorite moTEAvational quotes for overthinkers (and more).

Brene Brown quote inside a cup of tea that speaks to overthinking. The quote: "How much we know ourselves is extremely important, but how we treat ourselves is the most important."
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Review of Tea Kit #1 from Samovar Tea

Looking for a kit with an elegant assortment of loose-leaf teas and accessories? Perhaps one that arrives beautifully presented in a red and gold box and contains mostly organic ingredients? If you thought “yes,” I have a recommendation for you! In this post, I share my review of Tea Kit #1 from Samovar Tea.

The tea kit contains two accessories, four loose-leaf teas, a tisane (herbal tea), and a tea guide.

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Habit Tracker Experiments

This is the time of the year when many people start thinking about how they might develop more consistency in their healthy practices and intentions and, maybe, add some new positive habits. I’ve been working to cultivate a system that motivates me and gives me a sense of accomplishment, without increasing negative feelings for missed goals. I was looking for some accountability without guilt, in other words. (And, aren’t we all, Tea Friends?) So, I ran some habit tracker experiments this year. In this post, I’ll share my reflections with you.

After a mindful tea session using bowl tea and journaling
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Embrace Your Tea Path

This post is for anyone who keeps thinking they have to “do” or “be” with tea in a certain way. Are you surprised by the direction your journey into tea is taking? Is there anything you could acknowledge and release to better embrace your tea path?

Path of Tea
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Tea Soundscapes and Mindfulness

If you follow me on Instagram @teainfusiast or have been reading this blog for a while (and previous posts like this one), you may have already noticed that I credit tea for helping me bring more mindfulness into my life. I don’t want to misrepresent myself. Sometimes, I am quickly splashing tea into a mug and running to a meeting or the next thing. But, most days, at least once a day, I slow down and have a mindful cup of tea.

This image shows an image of tea sliding down a tea scoop into a teapot that might evoke the tea soundscape for some viewers.
Can you imagine the sound of the tea pearls cascading down the tea scoop and hitting the bottom of the teapot?
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Master’s Collection from Naoki

I have been delighted to spend some quality time with the high-grade matcha included in the Master’s Collection Matcha Set from Naoki Matcha. Part of the name of each tea in the collection reflects its region—NISHIO Bloom, UJI Harmony, and WAZUKA Hilltop. In this post, I share my reflections on each matcha, which I preferred straight, and which as a latte.