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An Expected Rise in Microbrew Iced Tea

My position on craft loose leaf teas is quite clear, I wholeheartedly believe we’re going to start seeing plenty of interesting, high quality loose leaf teas relatively soon.  As I said before, a lot of loose leaf tea companies should be taking advice from the fantastic craft beer breweries that have been creating great beverages out of unique ingredients and marketing their brand accordingly.  I...

Respectful Tea Blends

The tea I drink the most is that of pure, high quality loose leaf.  Most folks I know that care about tea drink the same.  I find many turn their noses up at the idea of most tea blends.  I think the term blendhas been tarnished a bit by many of the large tea companies. Many of us think of tea blends as a lower quality tea base sprayed with artificial flavoring extract, perhaps a few uninspired...

Now is the Time to Start Enjoying Tea

It certainly isn’t a secret that quality loose tea is finally growing in the US, however I’ve spoken with many folks that want to get into tea but simply feel overwhelmed with all the nuances of loose leaf. My friends and family often dismiss even thinking of trying to get into loose leaf when they see me carefully eyeing up the amount of leaves I use, or giving my water a little temperature check...

Tea in America: What Tea Can Learn from Craft Beer

As I write this I’m finishing up a goblet of Tröegs Mad Elf ale, a seasonal craft brew made with Pennsylvania honey and sweet and sour cherries.  Tröegs is a growing craft brewery from Pennsylvania and I picked up a 6-pack of Mad Elf at my small local grocery store in Astoria Queens NY.  Finding such a brew in the same grocery store just a few years ago would have been a much different story.

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