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Global tea etiquette

Before you sip maté and genmai cha with the locals, make sure you know the intricate rules of the game.

By Nikki Goldstein

JAPAN
While it is not offensive to add milk and sugar to your tea, you should taste it in its purest form before doing so.
ENGLAND
After stirring, place your spoon on the saucer behind the cup, its handle pointing the same way as the cup’s.
ARGENTINA
Don’t use the straw (called a bombilla) to stir maté – the leaves floating on top should stay dry.
MOROCCO
When drinking tea with a shopkeeper, don’t talk prices – or business of any kind – until the glasses are emptied.
CHINA
Express thanks to your server by tapping your index and middle fingers lightly on the table twice.
INDIA
It’s considered polite to decline an offer of tea, at first. Accept only after letting your host insist.

The tea flavor wheel

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The dark side of tea

To kick start the new year, I’m presenting to you a very special infuser (I bet you didn’t see that one coming)! Every time I think I’ve toured fun infusers on the market, I always end up finding a new one wich deserve it’s own post on my blog.
Anyway let me introduce to you the Death Star infuser from the well-known Star Wars movies saga. Check this out :

sw_infuser

This infuser will be perfect to brew your Dagobah Green Tea (Dagobah is a planet in the Star Wars movies).

dagobah

Both available on this site :
http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ed08/

Happy New Year !

I wish you a happy new year 2013 on the way of tea.

One of the most overlooked brewing factor

Time !
How many times did i hear “my tea is too bitter” or “it tastes like grass”. One should never overlook the brewing time written on the label or the box of tea. This is especially true for green teas, which quickly becomes too strong when it exceeds 3 minutes of brewing.
We could sum things up like this :

  • Green Tea : 3 minutes Max
  • Black Tea : 4 minutes Max
  • Wulong/thé blanc : 5 minutes at least

Beware though, this reminder isn’t very accurate and kinda personal! For more accuracy, use the brewing table.
Several other tools are also available, TeaDroid my Android application, a timer dedicated to tea. Or this gorgeous hourglass with sand color and time according to the type of tea.

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Two nice little guys

In the big family of funny infusers, it is my pleasure to introduce to you :

tea_infuser

Mister tea swimmer and mister tea fisher !
Invite them at your place, they will bring you a good cup of tea.

Did you know about tea bags…

We all have been using tea bags at some point. Some find it easy to store other find it easy to brew because it’s already dosed. Most of them tea bags are made of paper fiber but there are also tea bags made of polylactide (bioplastic).
But did you know that tea bags were originaly designed to store, ship and sell tea around the world? The loose tea was actualy intended to be removed from the bags by customers, but they found it easier to prepare tea with the tea enclosed in the bags.

Tea bags were introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.