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Talking Tea: 5 Tips and Trends From the Experts

Feb 3, 2015

by Trisha Lepper

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Trisha Lepper works on the PR and Communications team at Etsy Canada. In her spare time, she scours flea markets for antique finds.

When it comes to tea time, there are a few standbys I love to keep close at hand: malty English Breakfast, bergamot-tinged Earl Gray, and classic mint. But lately I’ve been hearing about some new-to me blends that I can’t wait to try, like grassy green matchas, smokey mates, and birthday cake-flavored rooibos (yes, birthday cake!).

Needless to say, there is a whole universe of tea out there to smell, taste, and brew — but where to start, and how to be sure you’re getting the most out of your mug? That’s what we’re exploring today with Kim Wiseman, head of customer engagement at DAVIDsTEA, an innovative tea company based out of Montreal that offers 150 types of loose leaf tea and one of the largest organic tea selections in North America. DAVIDs takes great care in selecting and sourcing their teas, and their appreciation for small batch, artisanal blends is reflected in their thoughtful collection of tea accessories. Through a partnership with Etsy Wholesale, their collection now includes exclusive mugs by Etsy ceramics artists A+J, Akai Ceramic Studio and Calyer Ceramics.

Scroll on for the full list of tea tips from Kim!

A good cup of tea is all about the infuser. Before you consider water temperature or steeping time, the first step is finding a great infuser. Seriously: size matters! For the best possible cup of tea, choose an infuser that’s big enough to let the tea leaves unfurl – the more space your tea has, the more flavorful your cup will be.

When it comes to water temperature and steeping times, different types of tea react differently. For example, white and green teas are best with cooler water and shorter steeping times. A lot of people think they don’t like green tea, but they’ve probably just burned the delicate leaves and maybe oversteeped it. If you want a delicious cup of green tea, try 175 degree (F) water and a 2-minute steep. It should taste sweet and vegetal – not bitter. Black tea, on the other hand, can handle a hotter temperature and slightly longer steeping time. If you’re drinking your black tea with milk and sugar, you’ve got to brew it nice and strong so the tea flavor shines through. Once you get a handle on the basics, you can start experimenting to find out what you like best, whether it’s mixing together a custom blend or whipping up a tea latte.

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DAVIDsTEA’s Garcinia Goodness blend.

The big difference between loose tea and tea bags is the size of the leaves and other ingredients. Sometimes tea bags use ground-up tea leaves, so you may lose some flavor of the leaf as the oil dries out. By keeping the leaves whole, all the flavor is preserved in your cup. If you prefer the convenience of a tea bag, look for a sachet with whole leaf tea and larger ingredients inside –  that’s the good stuff. Of course, our favorite thing about loose leaf tea is the theater – the ritual. The whole experience is so comforting and invigorating before you even take a sip!

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Mug by A+J.

And speaking of rituals: a tea ritual isn’t just about honoring tradition – it’s about creating special moments. Traditionally, tea is a social drink, and we love that aspect, but we’ve found that tea really resonates with people who want a “me” moment. Creating your own tea ritual is such a beautiful thing: whether you’re taking a quick break at the office or brewing a cup before bed, it only takes a few minutes, but that time is totally devoted to doing something great for yourself. It’s almost magical that with some dried leaves, hot water, and a couple of minutes, you can make something so delicious, and so richly comforting. Wherever you are, a great cup of tea is cause for celebration – that first sip is a moment of pure happiness.

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The Grand Cru Matcha blend from DAVIDsTEA.

The big trend to look out for this year is definitely matcha. This powdered Japanese green tea is an all-natural powerhouse, and it’s also a major food and beverage trend – it’s like the new espresso! Matcha is easy to spot, as it has a beautiful bright green color,  and unlike most tea, it’s a fine powder rather than tea leaves. People love matcha for its fresh, invigorating flavor, not to mention the energy boost and health benefits that come from drinking it. Since you’re technically consuming the entire tea leaf, you get even more benefits than a traditional steeped green tea – including every last drop of antioxidants and caffeine the tea leaf has to offer.

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Editorial photos by Liana Carbone, tea blend images courtesy of DAVIDsTEA.

125 comments

  • sakao

    Erica xo from SakaoCo said 6 years ago

    Tea is the absolute best drink in the world! Thanks so much for this post! xox

  • Hookedonhoney

    Hooked On Honey Vintage from Hookedonhoney said 6 years ago

    My day can not start until I've had my cup of tea in the am! Love this article and really hooked on ginger teas right now!

  • TheBrassHussy

    Debbie Roberson-Brown from TheBrassHussy said 6 years ago

    I'm so glad I love tea. Have to have a cup of green tea every morning. Not so sure about the Birthday Cake Flavor! :o)

  • decembermoondesign

    Doreen from decembermoondesign said 6 years ago

    When it comes to tea, I go both ways ... hot in the winter and iced in the summer.

  • stitchduchess

    stitchduchess from stitchduchess said 6 years ago

    Thanks for featuring tea in your post. I have at least one cup a day if not more. More importantly tea helps me focus for sewing and crafting.

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 6 years ago

    i'm a tea lover, and my personal favorite is maté :)

  • WildRoseAndSparrow

    Liana from WildRoseAndSparrow said 6 years ago

    I'm so glad that a fellow Montreal brand such as DAVIDsTea is featured!! There is definitely a strong tea culture here. I love just strolling down the Main and seeing all of the new trendy tea rooms. :) From the enjoyment of the sense of ceremony, of taking the time to properly savor a good cup of tea, whether a having your favorite blend in a special cup or mug or a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, to the olfactory and visual joy of an excellent tisane, there is something special about tea. :)

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    Great article. I like my "tea moment" in the early afternoon. Just sitting outside on the deck enjoying nature and drinking tea. It's the perfect break.

  • chellecarmody1

    michelle from chellechet said 6 years ago

    I love to alternate my teas so I can attain all the natural benefits tea contains for optimal health!

  • aostudio9

    Adrienne from DabAndDabble said 6 years ago

    Tea is so relaxing. I ♥ the tea ritual. I've started blending my own. Whole leaf is the best, especially mixed with botanicals and berries and such : )

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    Mary Robertson from MaggiesInn said 6 years ago

    So nice to find this article as I sip my green tea with honey and a sprinkle o cinnamon and ginger. I have always said that tea is touch of sanity in a cup.

  • lemonlizdesigns

    lemonlizdesigns from lemonlizdesigns said 6 years ago

    Sipping tea right now! Nice to hear comment on the ritual of drinking tea, beyond the lovely flavors its consumption is often a lovely ritual - whether a new one or old one.

  • burbanmom

    Erin from Revendeur said 6 years ago

    Huh, who knew that different teas required different steeping times and temperatures!? Thanks for the 411... This will inspire me to think outside the Sleepytime box! ;-)

  • KarandeepS

    Amrit Singh from CeramicsByAmrit said 6 years ago

    Nice article! I love tea, especially, the Indian masala chai :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Love tea! Iced is my favorite!

  • VelvetRevived

    VelvetRevived from VelvetRevived said 6 years ago

    A great post about that perfect drink for this frigid time of year! We're currently loving a Double Bergamot Earl Grey and a deliciously warming and indugent Vanilla Caramel!

  • SimpleThymePrims

    ronda Tedder from simplethymeprims said 6 years ago

    Tea is a ritual, a make you feel special moment. thanks for sharing!

  • CharlotteAnneliese

    CharlotteAnneliese from CharAnnYarnCreations said 6 years ago

    Interesting Article!

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute said 6 years ago

    If you haven't tried tea by teaman on etsy, you really should! I'm addicted to several of his blends... especially the orange, cherry, almond. Soooo good!

  • Zygopsyche

    Zygopsyche from Fuzziggles said 6 years ago

    Thanks for a great article! Enjoyed it!

  • WoodsyWools

    ACR from WoodsyWools said 6 years ago

    I love tea, it's a very relaxing little ritual for me!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 6 years ago

    Green, please!

  • HomeWorkshopKathy

    Kathy Barlow from HomeWorkshopKathy said 6 years ago

    I love to have "me" moments with my tea, as you mention. So imporant for us working moms to create rituals for our own time. Nice piece, and I LOVE that you are carrying mugs by Etsy artisans!

  • HomeWorkshopKathy

    Kathy Barlow from HomeWorkshopKathy said 6 years ago

    important, that is.

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the post!

  • teaman

    Tim from teaman said 6 years ago

    Some good info in here. Yum.....I love tea!

  • bjowens47

    Brenda and Noodle from PetBlessings said 6 years ago

    As a Scot I love the ritual of my two special tea times every day, 11 am (this is Elevenses) and 3pm (this is Afternoon Tea) making my tea in the pot, waiting for it to infuse and the best part...lifting up the tea pot, putting my finger at the top of the lid and pouring it into my favorite cup (and saucer)....bliss, enjoying it <3 I really enjoyed reading this blog, and after 13 years in the US I still love enjoying my 'hot' tea <3

  • AlexandriaExplores

    Alexandria Wills from AlexandriaExplores said 6 years ago

    Great article! I always turn to tea when I am under the weather, there are so many different kinds. If you find high quality whole leaf tea that's the best solution to any cold! My favorite is yellow tea or hwang cha.

  • thecraftynic

    The Crafty N.I.C. from TheCraftyNIC said 6 years ago

    Matcha has been my favorite drink as of late and I've been working on a recipe to make matcha cupcakes for home, mmmm right!? What is better than just a regular matcha tea? Matcha Tea Latte! I think I have a bit of an obsession now :) What I have been experimenting with is how to incorporate the tea into a fine bar of soap once I master this you all will be the first to know!

  • florigander

    Rene from TrailingThread said 6 years ago

    “If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.”

  • pillowlink

    Rosita from pillowlink said 6 years ago

    I do love coffee, but tea.. I do use drink tea that I collect in my yard.. I do not grow it specially - I found it around. It grows here naturally. It is wild mint. I love it!

  • mytreasury

    Mia Blaz from MiaBlazdesign said 6 years ago

    Great post!

  • desweeney98072

    Dorothy Sweeney from DotsPassTime said 6 years ago

    Come to Dots Pass Time on Etsy for the Pretty Teapot Cozy for your Teapot.

  • noahsnauticalprints

    Minnie Swanborough from NoahsNauticalPrints said 6 years ago

    Can the English exist without Tea.............straight answer is NO Our older generation is used to drinking what they call ' builders tea'....that meaning strong, sweet and your choice of milk, whether that be full cream, semi skimmed, or just a small touch of milk. Everyone likes it their own way, and, it has to be made just to their liking, otherwise it just won't do. The younger generation are more adventurous, and drink many of the newer blends that have reached our shores. I agree with Brenda and Noodle ( love Noodle by the way ) to make a really good cup of tea, it is better brewed in the pot, and only drunk out of a china cup. That is not snobbery, thin bone china cups feel so much nicer on the lips and somehow tea feels more delicate. Pottery mugs have a thicker edge, which is great for builders tea, in fact I've never seen a builder drinking tea from a china cup. I'm sure that would be on Facebook. Right I'm off to put the kettle on........digestive or ginger nuts anyone

  • nan20092

    Nan Bennett from LeBuaJewelry said 6 years ago

    Tea is once of my favorite drink. I love ginger tea healthy and Great! :-) (wake me up) love this post!

  • bigbloomingbeads

    Carlos Ruiz from Bigbloomingbeads said 6 years ago

    Great article!!!

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 6 years ago

    Ahhh... tea! I love trying as many varieties as possible and each has it's own virtues. :)

  • mirta

    mirta from ModernBotanicsShop said 6 years ago

    Lovely post, I always have a huge mug of delicious tea on my desk when working.

  • lilleilu

    Kätlin from PAPERandBEAUTY said 6 years ago

    My mornings can not start without green tea with jasmine...

  • InMaterial

    Peggy McCallum from InMaterial said 6 years ago

    Timely article. My British friend just brought me a teapot and tea so I want to honor the ritual and do it right. Thanks.

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 6 years ago

    I love green tea. It's relax me in a busy day.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Awesome article!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    I start out each day with a cup of coffe but I do make me at least 1-3 cups of green teathroughout the day. I always feel so special when I make me a cup of tea that's my special "me time" of the day. As a matter of fact my birthday gift from my daughter this year was six different flavors of green tea each in a beautiful can and once I'm through with those teas I'll keep refilling my cans with different flavors of green tea and I have always loved ice tea also. I have never tried the loose teas but I've been thinking about it and after reading this article I know I want to try the loose leaf teas.

  • MokiMinis

    Mo and Ki from MokiMinis said 6 years ago

    Love tea :) great article!

  • ArtyDidact

    Sharon Parker from ArtyDidact said 6 years ago

    Fun article and interesting comments. I find that I sometimes prefer brewing the loose leaf kind just so, but I'll admit that I also like good old plebian black tea in a bag/sachet with milk and honey (now I know to call it "builders' tea"; thanks, Minnie!)

  • ArtyDidact

    Sharon Parker from ArtyDidact said 6 years ago

    Oh, and Montreal's trendy tea rooms? Thanks for the tip, Liana! One more reason to get myself over there sometime!

  • purposedesign

    Julie Pedersen from purposedesign said 6 years ago

    The best tea room in Montreal is Totem Tea on Westminster in Montreal West. :)

  • muchandquick

    Kalisa L. from MuchandQuick said 6 years ago

    Here in Alabama, sweet tea reigns supreme! However, when the winter chill sets in there is nothing better than a warm cup of tea to soothe the soul. My favorite flavors are always fruity and sweet. Right now my current cuppa is actually cake-in-a-cup flavor!

  • SymbolicImports

    Angel from SymbolicImports said 6 years ago

    I'm such a tea lover so this article is perfect!!

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance said 6 years ago

    I drink jasmine green tea all day - at least a quart! To get energy I blend almond milk 8 ounces with a scant 1/4 tsp of matcha green tea. Chai is perfect this time of year - warm and cozy, or the smoky flavor of Lapsang Souchong.

  • stacey1957

    Stacey Marchionni said 6 years ago

    I'm thrilled to see this blog. I have been getting back in to tea and tea time for the past few months after years of drinking coffee, so many new blends to try. Thank you so much for all the information.

  • lauraprillabstract

    Laura Prill from lauraprillabstract said 6 years ago

    Ah, a tea blog!! Howsabout one every week?:) The tea kettle is whistling all day around here, even iced tea at dinner... thanks for the timely post! Looking forward to trying matcha, sounds amazing...

  • joshfagan2

    Josh Fagan from Topsigns said 6 years ago

    I love black and earl grey teas mmm

  • RockaBeautyBoutique

    RockaBeauty Mama from RockaBeautyBoutique said 6 years ago

    After having my daughter 5 years ago I had to quite drinking coffee because my body could no longer handle it... That is when I found my love for tea! I love steeping a hot cup of tea first thing in the morning to help me wake up, but after reading this article I realize I've been doing it all wrong! Can't wait to try some new techniques... I can only imagine how much better my mornings will be!

  • dustyjubilee

    Tonya from DustyJubilee said 6 years ago

    Tea Drinkers Unite! Especially in Seattle, where coffee rules.

  • CreativeCastle

    Evonne from CuppaStitches said 6 years ago

    Great article! I have a cup of tea at the end of every day. So relaxing!

  • MelindaArt

    Melinda from SeaArtbyMelinda said 6 years ago

    Great article! Never really thought about the temperature of the water ruining the tea leaves, very interesting techniques I will try soon. There is a tea bookmark in my shop if any other tea lovers out there are interested. It's nice to cozy up with a hot cup of tea and a good book before bed. :)

  • TheSilverBranch

    Melanie from TheSilverBranch said 6 years ago

    If you don't have a thermometer to get the right temp for green tea, a tip I learned at my local tea shop is to heat up the water until it just starts to form those tiny bubbles (not a boil!). This is the right temp for green tea. I used to think I hated green tea until I was told that boiling water burns the leaves and makes it far more bitter - it's so true too. My favorite tea has to be Quangxhou Milk Oolong. The estate it's grown and cured in steams the oolong leaves over a vat of hot milk and it infuses the leaves with a wonderful creaminess.

  • valezhki

    V from valezhki said 6 years ago

    I will try Matcha for sure! I have my David's tea gift card :)))). It will be the choice!

  • tesscloset

    stacey from TessCloset said 6 years ago

    Great article! I start my mornings with a hot cup of tea and usually drink it throughout the cold winter day. Never knew the temperature could ruin the tea-no wonder there have been times I have not liked green tea.

  • GraphixLLC

    Stacey from GraphixLLC said 6 years ago

    I love tea and trying different kinds of tea. I was considering taking a tea class that is offered locally and after reading this article I am intrigued about learning more about teas. I also have made kraft notepads in my shop that have graphics of tea cups, if any tea lover is interested. There is nothing like having a nice hot cup of tea in my fav mug to start my day!

  • hannahshankerings

    Hannah Minter from HannahsHankerings said 6 years ago

    I love tea but had no idea how to use loose leaf tea. I'm growing chamomile currently and cannot wait to actually know what to do with it! Thank you!

  • zoetees

    Shop Zoetic from ShopZoetic said 6 years ago

    We LOVE David's Tea! and the Birthday Cake flavour is as good as it sounds :)

  • HoneyThistle

    Wei from HoneyThistle said 6 years ago

    Mmmm matcha <3 I usually brew loose leaf tea as I find the flavour a lot stronger that way, but I'll use tea bags when I need something easily portable :)

  • thefuchsiamoon

    FuchsiaMoon from TheFuchsiaMoon said 6 years ago

    Great post, fine information and followed with wonderful and varied comments. Just another reason to love Etsy and everyone here, while sipping my nice cuppa of tea of course!

  • thefuchsiamoon

    FuchsiaMoon from TheFuchsiaMoon said 6 years ago

    That is, cuppa tea.♥

  • toffeeflower

    Mel Sax from GlamGirlRetro said 6 years ago

    Absolutely love matcha, and David's tea! Great article.

  • aviadchen

    Nela from NELAJAPAN said 6 years ago

    great post

  • SunnyStitch

    Maria Bishop said 6 years ago

    Great hints about tea. I grew up with loose tea of all kinds including onion peel, cherry stem tea and fllaxseed tea. Tea is originaly very medicinal and I am so happy to see that we are going back to that tradition of wellbeing and great taste. I like to drink hot tea anytime and any season. The new teas are fantastic.

  • Clayismyart

    Lesley from ClayismyArt said 6 years ago

    My Earl Gray is being drunk while reading this.... nothing beats a good cuppa! And of course the cup it self is so important

  • sarantos

    sarantos from SARANTOS said 6 years ago

    My daily ritual always includes tea. I love green tea and add some pink roses to it. In the winter I like Genmaicha green tea with roasted brown rice. I'm always finding great vintage teapots on Etsy too! :)

  • deegeemariegifts

    Dee from DeegeeMarieGifts said 6 years ago

    I started drinking tea a year ago, before that I would have never thought I liked it. I so enjoy trying new flavors!

  • raisingdesign

    RockNPrint Ruano from RockNPrint said 6 years ago

    I love black chai latte... it's delicios!! It's made with milk

  • sweetbijoux

    Anne from PinkbuffaloBeads said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your love for teas and precious tips :)

  • PepiZ

    Petranka Zdravkova from PepiZ said 6 years ago

    ********love tea ***********great post ********** :) :) :) :) :)

  • psiga

    Petar K from LaLuShop said 6 years ago

    I also love tea,great post!

  • judithbeckley

    Judith from NEWtiques said 6 years ago

    I am so happy for the article to include etsy ceramic shops A+J, Akai Ceramic Studio and Calyer. They well deserve the kudos. I cannot for the life of me understand, however, that you blogged about a NON ETSY tea seller when there are so many fantastic Organic Tea companies right here on Etsy.

  • Taylorsworld85

    Taylor from TaylorsworldHandmade said 6 years ago

    Absolutely love a cup of tea!

  • Lousje

    Marlous P from Lousje said 6 years ago

    I love tea! I'm drinking a warm cup of Rooibos right now and can't wait to try that powdered green tea!

  • BlueSeaPaintShop

    ACR from IntoTheBluePaintShop said 6 years ago

    Great feature on tea, one of my favorite things...

  • blackscreenart

    Tea Radic from BlackScreenArt said 6 years ago

    I love tea and have about a dozen different kinds, but Mint tea is my favorite one and I drink it daily :)

  • liudmilavladimirova

    Liudmyla Vladimirova from FeltLiudaVladi said 6 years ago

    Thank you for a great article! In Bulgaria, where I live, produce only herbal tea. Green and black tea - a rarity ... unfortunately:)

  • bottlebloomers

    Leanne Stock from ArtePlastique said 6 years ago

    Our family is in the coffee business and I start my day with a few cups of strong, dark coffee but later in the day a cup of tea is the best. I prefer fruity teas like passion fruit. Great information in this article.

  • katikamade

    Kathya from aLittleBirdTweetme said 6 years ago

    Great post! I enjoy tea and the calming effect it gives me. I feel relaxed and happy after my warm cup of tea... And I didn't know about the size of the cup for better flavor... I learned something new today. THANKS!

  • smilingrabbit

    Jessica from CreativeDollCrafts said 6 years ago

    I loved all of this!!!

  • saraermisch

    Sara Ermisch from LeosLovelyTreasures said 6 years ago

    great article! Thank you for posting!

  • lulureyes1

    Lulu Reyes from Fromthecart said 6 years ago

    I love tea. If I like or want to eat something special I wait for the time I can sit down and enjoy it with a cup of tea. Tea makes it more special for me......Thank you for the article I learned about matcha.

  • hammertolace

    Cynthia G. from HammerToLace said 6 years ago

    I need a cup this afternoon. Rainy and gray outside in northern Florida. I will be resurrecting my ritual of a personal pot of that beautiful amber beverage to warm the air and my thoughts. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 6 years ago

    ♥︎♥︎♥︎ This is SUCH a handy read for anyone who enjoys tea! Definitely going to give matcha a try too!

  • melanieawu

    Melanie Wu from shopkokoro said 6 years ago

    Interesting article - makes me want to just throw out my coffee for some tea!

  • CreativeManifesters

    CreativeManifesters from JSSShepherd said 6 years ago

    Yay! A really great post! We have been tea drinkers for years- our family thinks it's pretty weird. No coffee, no alcohol. We have really gotten into tea with half and half. Hate to admit it's mostly tea bags, but we hope to explore loose leaf better this year : )

  • mandasmittens

    Amanda N from MandasMittens said 6 years ago

    Such an informative article! Tea is a great way to warm up!

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    Sujata from TreasuredMemoryLane said 6 years ago

    I am a tea lover!. Great article.

  • ArtFashionCreation

    Toile La La from ArtFashionCreation said 6 years ago

    I make cocoa tea... very delicious - whisk green matcha with dark cocoa and almond milk....mmmm!

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery said 6 years ago

    Tea is wonderful and so is coffee. Cheers

  • ebbi7

    Elli from EllisJoyfulclothing said 6 years ago

    LOooove teas:)

  • darrenplouf

    darrenplouf from BIGshop said 6 years ago

    T-E-A-utiful photos!

  • breedloveks

    C. J. Weaver said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much! You all just inspired me to try all kinds of teas.

  • artfuladdie

    Addie from artfuladdie said 6 years ago

    Love,love, love rooibois!

  • KnittyVet

    Kendra Ann from KnittyVet said 6 years ago

    Tea makes me happy. Tea makes you happy. Tea even makes my 3.5 year old happy! It is magic.

  • Isza0

    Isza from PrintablesPassions said 6 years ago

    Fantastic article, I am addicted to Matcha and all green teas!!!

  • KTFranklin

    Katie Franklin from LeHoneyPot said 6 years ago

    Love Matcha! Tea really is awesome!!

  • JANNYSGIRL

    Natashja from JannysGirl said 6 years ago

    I always start my morning with a hot cup of tea, can't live without it. Great article, thanks!

  • ArtisanSoapInVegas

    Cristy Ramos from ArtisanBathandBody said 6 years ago

    What makes a tea an even more enjoyable drink is by using the right mug. I regularly enjoy using a very colorful, handmade pottery mug (bought from Etsy) while sipping hot chamomile tea with just a tablespoon of organic dessert raw honey - can't get enough of it! I feel that if I use a vintage cup, you'll start remembering happy old times. Unfortunately I don't have any vintage cups, but I will for sure be looking for some here on Etsy!

  • skylaboutique

    Wirat J. from SkylaBoutique said 6 years ago

    I absolutely love Matcha. They are versatile as you can make both cake and tea from Matcha powder. It is such a great ingredient!

  • preethirohini

    Preethi from PreethiArt said 6 years ago

    great one!

  • SimoneSutcliffe

    SimoneSutcliffe from SimoneSutcliffe said 6 years ago

    thank you so much for this blog post, tea infused everything is such a huge culinary trend right now, thanks for keeping us up to date Etsy! (I'm alsoa huge fan, I drink 3-7 cups a day!)

  • deepmidnightbathery

    Catrianna from DeepMidnightPerfumes said 6 years ago

    I could not exist without tea. I love the pleasure of moment and the feeling of treating myself to something I love when I can sit down with a good cup of tea, whether morning or night.

  • TwinCreatives

    Debbie Krusen from TwinCreatives said 6 years ago

    My drink of choice -- year 'round -- is iced green tea with lemon, orange or pomegranate flavoring. I grow my own mint and dry it; I even have a stevia plant indoors so I can use fresh stevia to sweeten it! Only when my girl friends come over do I have time to savor a cup of hot tea while we chat!

  • HeidiandSeekBoutique

    Heidi from HeidiandSeekBoutique said 6 years ago

    David's Tea is the first tea that I found actually tastes the way it smells!! I am a huge huge fan :)

  • ludaib75

    Luda Bilik from LittleQueenBowtique said 6 years ago

    Interesting Article!

  • SobolevaArt

    Karina Soboleva from SobolevaArt said 6 years ago

    I love tea! I have it invigorates and gives a good mood for the whole day! Thanks for the post!

  • dvsmemphis

    Donna Stern from IndigoandOndine said 6 years ago

    I love tea and do not drink it enough. But you have inspired me!

  • anier87

    reinaliz from CuriousGigi said 6 years ago

    I love tea! Nice article

  • TheEclecticHound

    Lara from TheEclecticHound said 6 years ago

    I'm pretty tea-obsessed and loved seeing this post. I've been drinking matcha for years and am glad to see it becoming more widely available. You can also make a matcha paste and use it as a face mask, mix the powder into smoothies for an antioxidant boost and use it to flavor green tea ice cream! A big jar of matcha is a staple on my Christmas list every year. It can be a bit of an acquired taste so if you have trouble with it at first, try mixing in a bit of honey and sprinkle of cinnamon. Also be sure to whisk it well using a Traditional Japanese wooden whisk to get all the little powder chunks out. If you're looking for an amazing tea with the same amount of caffeine as coffee but without the crash that coffee can give a lot of people, try Guayusa. It's also packed with amino acids and tastes good. It's only a matter of time until it too gets "discovered" and becomes the new matcha. :)

  • bedouin

    Nicole from KarmaCodeOne said 6 years ago

    So inviting ~ I'll have to expand my tea tastes ~ My grandmother and great grandmother used to drink matcha. A little earthy for me though it brings back fond memories. I enjoy the top teas mentioned English Breakfast, Bergamot Earl Gray, and classic mint.

  • snowbella

    Jill Snow from Snowbella said 6 years ago

    My daughter works at Davids Tea. She's a tea encyclopedia now, and we are spoiled with the teas she bring home for us to try. She often asks, "Mom, do you wanna try some new tea!". She prepares it with such enthusiasm, and makes having a tea so special :)

  • lottelettuce

    Lotte Kooijman from paperblooming said 6 years ago

    Great blogpost! My favourite tea has been Matcha for years! It's super cheap and my Japanese family drinks it all the time!

  • twineysworkshop

    twineysworkshop from TwineysWorkshop said 6 years ago

    Great article - I learnt heaps. Thank you so much! Nothing better than a milky black tea or chai tea on a cold day! Don't forget a good cup of tea needs a nice tea coaster! Twineys Workshop has lots of lovely coasters attached to beautiful cards so you can send in the post or give as a gift with a box of tea! Happy drinking

  • AliciaLoh

    Alicia Loh from OpenquoteDesigns said 6 years ago

    This is pretty cool!

  • strawberrycouture

    Lenore Berry-Zaragosa from strawberrycouture said 6 years ago

    I love tea. It calms the nerves. I like to try different kinds.

  • mrdudi

    Mercedes Gazzano Ashkenazi from MERCeJewelry said 6 years ago

    Looove tea!! I take it with milk and no sugar :-))

  • WAXandWANEshop

    Ashley from WAXandWANEshop said 6 years ago

    This makes me want to drink more tea! It's hard to come by flavors I actually like. I am, however, in love with green tea ice cream.

  • suemako

    Sue from SuesAkornShop said 6 years ago

    Love tea!

  • devmuktijewels

    Devmukti jewels from DevmuktiJewels said 6 years ago

    Great article!!! i enjoy it!!!

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