Glass Teaware 101

glass teapot setThere are plenty of reasons to consider glass teaware for brewing and serving a splendid cup of tea. One of the most obvious is that, like a fine wine glass, a good glass teapot or cup shows off the beautiful color of your tea, and as you know, tea comes in a vast array of colors and flavors. Why not show these off for an added dimension to your enjoyment of your favorite steaming beverage? From deep orange pekoe, to red berries, to light green teas, the natural colors and flavors of tea offer a feast for the senses.

Styles & Accessories
Glass teapots often come with great accessories, such as stands, tealight teapot warmers, strainers/infusers and more, and are most likely dishwasher safe, making for a convenient and classy addition to your table. Glass teaware tends to be an affordable choice, and is available in many styles, from contemporary to more ornate Chinese or Moroccan styles. From the simple to the extraordinary, choose a tea set that displays your personal sense of style, or creates an ambience drawing on the ancient…

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Darjeeling Tea –The Champagne of India

Darjeeling tea is a black tea harvested at the foothills of the Himalayas in the northern India region of Darjeeling. The aromas of this type of tea range from floral to fruity and Darjeeling Black Teachocolaty to smoky. Due to its exquisite flavor and wine-colored brewed, the United Kingdom Tea Council labeled Darjeeling Tea as the ‘Champagne of Teas’.  Since it is grown in India, some have called it ‘The Champagne of India’.

History of Darjeeling Tea

In the 1800s the British were consuming a lot of tea.  It was estimated that on average the annual consumption was 2 pounds per person.  Instead of depending on China as the sole supplier, Britain wanted to grow their own tea.  Of all the British colonies, the Darjeeling region in northern India has the most ideal land and climate for tea cultivation.

Tea plantation methods and tea processing were protected trade secrets in China.  Robert Fortune, botanist, smuggled tea seeds out of China.  The British hired Chinese tea farmers to extract the secrets in tea processing.  In 1841 Arthur Campbell, surgeon and Superintendent of Darjeeling, directed the effort in cultivating the seeds…

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Oolong Tea to Lose Weight: Cut Down Those Extra Pounds

oolong-teaOolong tea, also known as Wu long, is a healthy drink that helps you lose weight. True! Drink oolong tea and lose weight.

It is said that drinking Oolong tea regularly enhances your metabolism. When you increase metabolism in a healthy way, more calories are burned and extra pounds shed off faster.

What is Oolong tea?

Coming from the Camelia Sinesis plant, oolong tea is known for its antioxidants quality. Oolong tea is prepared by a special process of fermentation which leads to semi-oxidation of the leaves.

Oolong is originated from China.  Most of the current oolong production is from China and Taiwan with little coming from other regions.

How does oolong tea help to lose weight?

This tea has been discussed on shows like Oprah for its efficiency in helping people to lose weight. In many of the health shows, oolong tea has been featured as a healthy drink that sheds off those extra pounds. Drinking oolong tea for weight loss is widely known.

Polyphenols, the components found in oolong tea, are observed to activate enzymes that help dissolve adipose tissues (fat cells). The reduction of body fat and body…

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Chai in India & Ceylon: It’s Beyond Just a Drink

ChaiChai” is a Hindi word for tea. Originally introduced in India by the British to end the tea monopoly in China.  It soon started growing its roots in Indian culture. After the British left, chai started to dominate in India as a everyday drink. Ceylon (Sri Lanka) is also one of the leading countries

producing  and consuming tea. It’s said that the Royal Family of the United Kingdom drinks Ceylon tea.

Amazing History

India is the second largest tea producer in the world, right after China. However, more than 70% of tea is consumed within India. Looking at the popularity and dependency, in 2013, India’s Planning Commission put plans to declare the tea officially as the National Drink of India.

The dominance of tea in Indian culture

Tea stalls are found in every street and corner of India. The country with one-third the size and four times the population of the US consumes three times the amount of tea as compared to Americans. In figures, the country consumes 837,000 tons of it every year.

Depending upon the region and the blend of tea, the taste of this beverage differs…

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Where does tea grow in India?

Where does tea grow in India?

India is home to the largest tea producing regions in the world. Of the many tea-growing regions of India, the three most celebrated are Assam, Darjeeling and Nilgiri.


Assam is located in northeast India. It is the largest tea-growing region in the country. The tea produced here is known as Assamese tea and is mostly grown in the Brahmaputra Valley. This black tea is brightly colored and has strong, malty, raisin-sweet flavors. Interested in Assamese tea? Click here to take a look at’s variety of Assamese teas.


Nested in the Mahabharat Range (or Lesser Himalaya) is the famous tea-growing region of Darjeeling. Darjeeling tea is well-known for its true uniqueness and elegance. It is treasured for its rich, golden flavor and its distinctive taste. It has a bold flavor with a fruity aroma. Many consider Darjeeling to be the “champagne” of tea. At, you can find an exquisite Organic Darjeeling Black Tea, which is sure to…

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Tea Growing Regions in China

Tea Growing Regions in China

China is well-known to be one of the largest tea producers in the world. China’s large geographic area has many different regions, which grow a variety of teas. There are four primary tea growing regions:


This is a large region north of the Yangtze River. The provinces within this area are Anhui, Gansu, Henan, northern Jiangsu, Shaanxi and Shandong. Jiangbei is primarily known for producing Green tea and several other premium teas. Many of the premium teas are produced in the Henan province of Xinyang Maojian and the Anhui province of Lu’an Guapian.


Jiangnan has the greatest production of tea. Its output comprises of two-thirds of China’s total annual production. It is also along the Yangtze River, although it is found in the southern, lower areas of the river. The provinces along this southern…

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Homemade Green Tea Latte

Homemade Green Tea Latte – Easy, Simple, and Fun!


Green tea lattes have a soothing blend of traditional green tea and the creamy taste of warm milk and honey. They’re easy to make and wonderful to enjoy!

Photo of the finished green tea latte

How to make a green tea latte (one serving):

You will need:

  • – 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • – ¼ cup boiling water
  • – ¾ cup plain almond, soy or regular milk
  • – Honey to taste

In order to make a green tea latte, you will need matcha green tea powder. Unlike regular tea leaves, the green tea powder is ground from the finest green tea leaves and dissolves quickly into liquids. I suggest trying’s fresh and luxurious green tea powder (just click here).

There are four simple steps to making your green tea latte: Measure, Steep, Froth, and Pour.

  1. Step 1: Measure 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder and put it in your mug. We suggest sifting it to prevent clumps.
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What is Lu An Gua Pian?

Emerald Petals Green TeaLu An Gua Pian, is the Chinese name for Emerald Petals Green Tea. Lu An is the region in the Dabie Mountains of the Western Anhui province of China, where the leaves are grown. Gua Pian refers to the term melon seeds in Chinese. The name describes the wet tea leaf’s shape thought to resemble melon seeds and so Lu An Gua Pian is also commonly called “Lu An Melon Seeds.” The tea later adapted to the name “Emerald Petals” green tea because of its beautiful look.

This green tea is comprised entirely of delicate, flat, vibrant, emerald green leaves. Unlike most teas, it is picked and processed using only the leaf. The buds and stems are carefully removed and only the first three leaves on each branch are used.

The dried leaves are long and narrow and when brewed, yield a lovely and refreshing floral aroma with a light green color, subtler than its exquisite emerald green leaves.

Emerald Petals green tea is an extremely smooth beverage, with a sweet and silky taste that slowly…

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The History of the Teabag

The history of the


(psssst… teabag)


Did you know?

You’d never guess that the creation of teabags was actually a mistake!

In 1908, Thomas Sullivan, a tea importer, decided that in order to cut costs, he would send loose tea…

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Brewing Tea with a Gaiwan

Celadon Gaiwan Gaiwan” refers to a popular type of covered teacup, which has been used in China since the Ming Dynasty, during the mid-1300s. Gaiwans are elegant and simple, often made from porcelain, and consist of a saucer, bowl and lid. Since gaiwans are covered teacups, they can be used in place of a teapot and are excellent to use when brewing teas with delicate aromas and flavors like white, green or oolong teas.

The process to brew tea with a gaiwan is quite simple with a few easy steps to follow:

  1. Bring your water to a boil.
  2. Pour water into the gaiwan teacup.
  3. Measure your tea. The amount of tea that you will add will depend on the size of your gaiwan teacup and the type of tea that you are brewing.
  4. Close the gaiwan, place on the saucer and gently shake it; then allow the tea to steep. The amount of time that you allow your tea to brew will depend on the type of tea that you choose and most teas advise will advise you of…
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