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Gravity Teapot

Gravity TeapotI heard someone mention a Gravity Teapot the other day on twitter and my interest was peaked. I had never heard that term before. It turns out I knew what it was, just had not heard the term before.

The first time that I went into a Teavana store, I was introduced to a gravity teapot. Not only do they sell loose tea and accessories, they also serve tea as well. The loose tea goes into the top along with hot water and you let it steep.

When the tea is finished steeping, then you set it on top of your teacup and it will strain the tea into your cup. It is a great way to brew two cups of tea.

A gravity teapot would be perfect for having at home or the office. Easy to clean and you are all set to make another cup of tea.

Tea Ball Weight

tea ball weight

Tea Ball Weight

Tea Balls can be a good way to steep your favorite loose tea in a mug. I have one though, that doesn't get much use because of the tricky way you have to hook the chain around the handle of the cup. If you don't hook it, then the whole thing falls in and then you must fish it out with a spoon.

Or if you have a mug or tea cup without a handle, then a tea ball won't work at all. My husband is an amateur woodworker and has been working on his lathe lately. He went into his workshop one day and told me that he was working on a surprise for me.

He came out later with the hand turned wood tea ball weight pictured above. It is made from Tulipwood and is coated with a shiny finish. It hooks onto the end of the tea ball chain and works perfectly. No more having to get the little hook into the chain or risking the whole thing falling into my cup of tea.

It is functional and beautiful too! What is your favorite item for steeping tea? Share in the comments below.

American Tea Room Presidents Day Sale

Save 20% at American Tea Room For Presidents' Day!American Tea Room loves an American holiday and in celebration they are having a President's Day Sale! Save 20% off loose teas, teapots, and almost everything else they sell.

This comes at a great time too, because I am completely out of Immortal Green and Midori Sencha teas. It is also a great time to pick up their top selling green tea Nirvana.

They also have a number of gourmet food items to choose from too, so if it has been awhile since you shopped you should definitely check them out.

When checking out, use coupon code PRES20 to receive your discount. The sale runs through 2/21/2011 (which is Monday) and excludes items by Breville and Bodum.

Last Day to Save 20% off Green Tea from American Tea Room

20% Off Green Tea At American Tea Room!Today is the last day to save 20% off Green Tea from the American Tea Room. Green tea is full of anti-oxidants and a great way to stick to your New Year's resolutions of living a healthier life.

At check out just use the coupon code GREEN20 and you will receive your discount.

Some of my favorite green teas from American Tea Room include Immortal Green, a sencha with peach, and Organic Midori Sencha, a sencha with melons. They are my go to everyday teas.

I think I will use the sale to finally pick up some Nirvana, one of their newest teas that is receiving a great buzz. It is sencha combined with rose petals, berries, figs and kiwi.

They have a number of other great green teas as well, if fruit blends are not your thing. Check them out and order today!

Bone China Tea Set

There is something very elegant about a bone china tea set. I was very curious just what it is and I found this out according to Wikipedia:

Bone china is a type of porcelain that is composed of bone ash, feldspathic material and kaolin. It has been defined as 'ware with a translucent body containing a minimum of 30% of phosphate derived from animal bone and calculated calcium phosphate. Developed by English potter Josiah Spode, bone china is known for its high levels of whiteness and translucency, and very high mechanical strength and chip resistance.

It is quite literally made from bone. Learn something new every day.

Check out the bone china tea sets available on eBay right now:

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Tea Gift Baskets

Tea Gift BasketsIt is December 1st! Do you have all your Holiday shopping done? I do not, so decided to do some exploring to see what kind of tea gift baskets that are available. I have several people on my list that either love tea or have expressed an interest in learning more about all the great loose tea selections available.

To help make your shopping easier, here are some of the great tea gift baskets that I have found:

  • American Tea Room's Bento Box Origin Collection. This hefty tea gift has eight teas packaged in a beautiful black lacquer bento box. It includes Organic Silver Needles, Honyama Sencha, Long Jing, Bao Zhong Royale, Qimen imperial, Ceylon, Maharajah and Pu Er imperial.
  • Teavana Tea Gift SetTeavana Tea Gift Set. This includes four of their most popular teas along with a perfect tea scoop ( I have one and love it!), a PerfecTea maker. The teas include My Morning Mate, Strawberry Lemonade, Fruta Bomba Green Tea, and Rooibos Chai. It is everything they will need to make a perfect cup of tea.
  • Dammann Freres Coffret 1925. This collection of four teas with an infuser is in a stylish metal box. It contains Goute Russe, Jardin Bleu, Paul and Virginie, and Melange Mysterieux. These tea blends were made in France.

  • One last one from American Tea Room. Their Signature Black Gift Set (also available in white) contains three of my favorite teas from them along with a beautiful tea pot and two tea cups. It also has some rock candy swizzlers and a tea prep guide. It is wrapped in white linen gift wrap and tied with a bow.

Best Tea When You are Sick

I was terribly sick last week, so much so that I missed my weekly Yoga class. Not much stops me from going to that, let me tell you. It was one of those head colds that gave me a massive headache over the course of days along with a cough. Of course I drank a ton of tea to feel better. So that leads me to the best tea when you are sick.

Personally I'm a big believer in vitamin C to help kick your immune system in gear and honey to soothe your throat. For this I turn to a Hibiscus tea with honey combo. Specifically Chartreuse Tea's Hibiscus Quench.

Chartreuse Hibiscus Quench TeaIt is high in vitamin C and contains spearmint leaves as well, which are great for helping to calm your stomach and open your sinuses. And there is nothing quite like holding a warm cup of tea in between your hands when you are not feeling well.

I'm not even sure how many cups of this tea that I drank last week, but it definitely helped make a miserable week better.

What is your favorite tea when you are sick? Please share in the comments below.

American Tea Room Election Day Sale

Brioche TeaToday is Election Day and after you get out and vote, reward yourself with some yummy loose tea from the American Tea Room. They are having an Election Day Loose Tea Sale!

Receive 25% off all loose teas when using the coupon code ELECTION25 when checking out.

Today is a great opportunity to have your voice be heard and stock up on some really wonderful tea. Try Brioche, Organic Early Grey Shanghai Tea, and Tangier Apricot Black Tea. Any of these would be perfect for serving at Thanksgiving.

Have fun shopping!

Teacup Candles

Teacup CandleI love crafts with a tea theme to them. Today I want to share these Teacup Candles from Design Sponge. What a great use of old teacups found in thrift stores.

You will need some microwavable soy wax, wicks, hot glue gun, a thermometer, a microwavable container, and if you want to add color and scent them some dye and candle scent.

I'm wondering if you could add some tea leaves to the hot wax to add color and scent. I'm definitely going to try it.

I found this great teacup candle project from my friend Heather of Dollar Store Crafts. She finds the best things! Thanks Heather.