Over the Teacups

Giving Voice to the Tea Industry

Cool Ideas for Making Iced Tea

Simple and fresh iced tea for spring? Absolutely! There are many beautiful sunny days that are just perfect for iced tea. In the Pacific Northwest, we amend the comment to beautiful sunny days here and there. Tea leaves are a wide variety and flavored teas expand the possibilities even further. As a standalone beverage, it’s thirst-quenching but […]

Certified Tea Class by STI

Tea Certification Class Specialty Tea Institute Tea Class Remember to register for an STI tea class in Long Beach, California! Join the Specialty Tea Institute to receive specialized instruction by the nation’s foremost tea instructors  (click here for registration):   May 28th-29th in Long Beach, CA for Levels 1, 2, 3 Cupping, Elective: Train the Trainer & […]

Puer Tea – Tea Class

Tea Class – Puer Tea In San Francisco, Phil Parda is teaching the Specialty Tea Institute’s Level III, Pu-erh Tea class.  The class is precise, hands-on, and includes pu-erh tea tastings. Phil knows his tea stuff. The first time that I heard him speak about pu-erh was at the STI tea symposium in Seattle about ten years […]

Tea and Food Culinary Class – New!

Tea and Food Culinary Class Tea In a Food Service Environment Savvy chefs and restaurateurs are including specialty tea in their menus  – both culinary and beverage menus. Consumer interest and specialty tea sales have trended an upward surge over the last five years – okay, I’ll write it.  Tea sales are HOT. Tea’s upward trends is somewhat comparative to specialty coffee. […]

Congratulations! Gourmet Tea Leaders

Gourmet Tea and Fancy Food The Specialty Food Association announced the winners of its second annual Leadership Awards honoring influential and innovative entrepreneurs who are transforming the way the $86 billion specialty food industry does business. The winners by category are: Citizenship: Tyler Gage, co-founder and co-CEO, Runa Tea, Brooklyn, N.Y. (shown here); Business Leadership: […]

5 Things You Can’t Skimp On In Your New Tea Shop

Restaurant or Tea Shop Must-Haves While there are many factors that are important in the success of any restaurant, five factors are essential. Not only do these guidelines assure success, failure to meet any one of them may be fatal to your fledgling enterprise. Customer Service Prompt, friendly interaction with customers establishes the foundation of an […]

Merry Christmas Cheer to You!

Merry Christmas It’s a wonderful time of year with peace, love and unity are in our hearts. The video, “Say Merry Christmas” is a good reminder that Christmas is not about shopping or the gifts or a holiday. Lyrics to “Say Merry Christmas” are available for free download.

Holiday Wonder Diet for Stress Relief

Holiday Wonder Diet How about some unsagely advice? The Absolutely….Without Fail….Holiday Wonder Diet. Here’s a little remedy I found for holiday stress in my life – not that I adhere to it religiously, but it does have its merits. This Holiday Wonder Diet is designed to help relieve holiday stress.  It has proven especially beneficial […]

It’s a Special Day! Kindle Countdown Deals

It’s Kindle Countdown Deal Day 1 What’s special about today? Many things, of course, and today the Kindle version of “17-76 Tea Party Award Winning Recipes” is on a Kindle Countdown Deals (a daily deal) for only 99 cents! That’s 17 Jam, Marmalade, Jelly and spreads for your favorite scones.  In the same cookbook and […]

The Love of Tea by Tea Sommelier

The Love of Tea – New Book by Tea Sommelier Carol Mark Press Release: The Love of Tea, Best of Drink and Food is a unique e-cookbook by Carol Mark, Certified Tea Sommelier, in that it is entirely based on tea, the ancient beverage which is having such a huge revival of interest. It is a tea, drink, […]

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