Mother Nature has been teasing us here in Michigan with some summer like days. Which has lead to drinking iced tea by the pitcher. Which got me to thinking that I may want to invest in a new iced tea pitcher for when summer is actually here.
My requirements are something easy to use and something that is made for brewing loose leaf iced tea. I came up with a couple of possibilities.
Thanksgiving is one week away and my thoughts are with the menu of the day. And of course I am thinking of the perfect tea to serve to serve with dessert. Thanksgiving makes me think of pumpkins and spices.
With that in mind here are some Thanksgiving Tea suggestions:
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I love double walled tea cups. Generally they don't have a handle and I love the smoothness and ability to hold the cup from any side. Some of the best known are these Bodum double walled tea cups.
The double wall helps to insulate your hand from the heat of the liquid inside. And it also gives the tea a neat appearance as it appears suspended in thin air. They are made from borosilicate-glass to withstand both hot and cold liquids.
You can get just the Bodum tea cup or they also make an infuser tea cup that has a lid and steeping basket to make a single cup of loose tea. After steeping the lid holds the steeping basket to contain any liquid when the tea leaves drain. This version comes in black, green, orange, and red. Pretty and functional too!
There is also a handled version of this tea cup too, in case you prefer one.
Recently I had the pleasure of trying my first Genmaicha tea. It was a bit unusual when I first opened up the package as it contains green tea leaves along with roasted brown rice. I wasn't too sure of it at first. And then I noticed the white pieces in it and thought 'why is there popcorn in my genmaicha tea?'
To find out the answer you have to know a bit of the history of this tea. It was originally a tea that was popular amongst peasants in Japan. They added the brown rice as a filler to reduce the amount of green tea leaves needed. In the process of roasting the brown rice, some of it pops like popcorn. It all gets added to the green tea leaves so that is why there is popcorn in genmaicha tea.
The result is a nutty and sweet green tea. Now it is enjoyed by everyone in society. I really enjoy it and highly recommend everyone who loves loose green tea to give it a try. Here a a few varieties to try:
If you are a tea drinker and living in a dorm away at college, then I know how difficult it can be to have some of the comforts of home. Making loose tea in your dorm room though is pretty simple with a few basic things. Here is what you will need:
- An electric tea kettle. Plug in, add water, and turn on. You can have hot water in just a few minutes.
- Loose Tea Travel Mug. The best way to brew tea is in a travel mug that you can take with you. Let's face it, most of college happens outside of your dorm room so you won't be sitting around sipping a cup there. Instead you need something that you can add loose tea to, pour in hot water, and go.
- Loose Tea of course. I recommend stocking up on some green tea to help keep your immune system in tip top shape. The caffeine won't hurt either for those late night study sessions.
Here are some items that will be perfect. Remember, living in a dorm does not mean you must give up your loose tea.
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Here are a number of items that I recommend that you try to make some really great iced tea this summer.
Looking for a tea poster or tea print to decorate with? Here are a number of posters and art prints that may work for you. There are a number of different styles to choose from.
There has been a bit of a hold up to my blogging, but I am back now with a brand new computer and a whole host of teas and accessories to talk about. Today is my daughter's last day of school and with that summer is officially here.
Which means it is time for some iced tea. Iced Tea every day, all day long. Okay maybe not quite that extreme, but you get the idea. Here are some loose teas that make for a fabulous pitcher of iced tea.