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 Pairings

Tea and Food Pairings I’ve never really given much thought to tea and food pairings. Ti Kuan Yin, Matcha and a Ceylon/Assam blend seem to be the tea caddies that I refill most often. When in a wild mood, I’ll make a pot of Sencha Kyoto, Kenya CTC or Assam FTGFOP. And never, ever a […]

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: […]

Tea Shop! Secrets to Create the Perfect Ambiance

Starting a Tea Shop If you’re starting your own tea shop, you’re probably already aware that the success of any cafe or restaurant depends on its atmosphere, as much as its menu. Even if you have the best Ceylon, Darjeeling and Earl Grey this side of the Atlantic, no one will want to sit and sip in […]

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 […]

Kindle Countdown Deals – Scone Recipes

Kindle Countdown Deals What are Kindle Countdown Deals? It allows readers and writers to take advantage of Kindle books that have been placed on sale from their original price. Want scone and jam recipes at a great price? The best selling “17-76 Tea Party Recipes – Award Winning Recipes” – a collection of 76 scone recipes and […]

Purple Tea – Kenya Tea Research

Purple tea joins high quality black, green and orthodox Kenya teas produced for export. The purple tea clones are pre-released as part of the government’s vision 2030 and Medium-Term Plan 2008-2012 (MTP), targeting new tea products diversification and value addition in order to enhance productivity of teas as well as to boost economic growth in the agricultural sector.

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