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American Tea Room Teacup & Tea Sale

American Tea Room Teacup & Tea SaleEaster (April 24) is just around the corner and Mother's Day (May 8 ) is not far behind that. If you are looking for the perfect gift, then American Tea Room just may be able to help you out. They have offering 10% off on all teas and teacups today through Saturday (4/9/2011).

How about this pretty infuser mug for Mom?

 


Red and Pink Floral Tea Cup with Infuser

Or this set of 4 mugs inscribed with poems in black kanji and hiragana calligraphy:

 


Poem Tea Cup Set

Use code TEA10 when checking out in order to receive 10% off. Hurry because this offer is only good for the next few days.

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.

Green Tea Latte Recipe

Green Tea Latte RecipeI am a huge fan of Starbucks's Green Tea Lattes. I could drink one everyday. Unfortunately starting around $3 a pop, they are not the most economical thing to drink.

So I've come up with my own green tea latte recipe and it works for either hot or cold drinks. You will need:

  • the milk of your choice
  • simple syrup (2 parts water, 1 part sugar brought to a boil and then cooled completely)
  • matcha powder with sugar
  • ice for a cold drink

I usually make up the simple syrup ahead of time and store it in the fridge. In your favorite tea cup add your preferred amount of simple syrup. I don't usually measure this out, it is more of an eyeball it to your own taste sort of thing. If making an iced green tea latte, then just pour in cold milk. If not, heat it up first.

Then I add the matcha powder on top. Starbucks uses a sweetened matcha powder, but they don't sell it in the stores. I suggest the matcha from Mighty Leaf Tea found below as a substitute.

You can stir everything together with a spoon, but I find having a little milk frother works very nicely to blend it all together. Add ice, if cold, and enjoy.

I know there is a lack of concrete measurements in my green tea latte recipe, but I really think it is one of those things you need to do some trial and error on to find what works best for you.

Vintage Tea Cups

Sometimes just a single vintage tea cup will do. When you don't want a full set and perhaps are just looking for something fancy to take tea in, then finding looking for something special is in order.

Taking a browse through those on available on eBay, there are a tea cups from all over the world and every era. You are sure to find something that will delight you.

Check some of them out here:

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Bodum Double Walled Tea Cups

Bodum Double Walled Tea CupI 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.

Tea to Go Cups

While out and about today, I found these neat tea to go cups and wanted to share. It is a travel tumbler with a built in tea infuser basket. On the lid there is a little lever that swings the basket into the water. When the tea is done steeping, you just lift it out of the water and it tucks away in the lid.

It is dishwasher safe, which is a huge time saver for me and fits in my car's cup holder. I'm on the go a lot and love to bring tea with me wherever I go.  Oh and the lid snaps shut, so no spills either.

You can easily order it from Amazon and have it shipped right to your home. Check it out and let me know what you think. What is your favorite tea to go cup? Share in the comments below.

American Tea Room’s Midori Sencha

Today I am sipping on American Tea Room's Midori Sencha, appropriately enough in my steep tea cup. Well perhaps not completely so because the cup shows a teabag, but I love it.  This blended tea is a lovely green loose tea flavored with melon and a number of flowers.  It is my first time trying it and I love it. The package mentions it is perfect hot or cold, which I've gotten to experience both this morning as it has taken me a while to finish my first cup 🙂

You can order some today by clicking here.

Loose Tea to Go Cup

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I usually brew a cup of loose tea to go in the morning.  Since then a few people have asked me to suggest the perfect loose tea to go cup and here are a few that I have found.

This Chocolate Tea Thermos is perfect for making loose tea on the go.  It has a built in tea infuser that can be removed when the tea is done steeping.  It is double walled to help keep your tea hot or cold, whichever you prefer.  It is sized to fit in most car cup holders, making it perfect for taking with you on errands or your morning commute.

There is also a great travel Tea Press too.  You lift the plunger, place your loose tea inside, along with hot water and let it steep.  Once it is done, you just push the plunger down, which contains all of the tea leaves on the bottom.  This is great for traveling because you don't need to worry about finding a place to put a tea infuser with the used leaves when the steeping is done.

If you want to go for pure beauty along with functionality, there is also this wonderful tea to go cup.  It holds 16 ounces of tea and comes with a built in tea strainer.  It is also a great mug to steep flowering teas in too.  Just place the tea in the bottom, add hot water, and watch it unfold.

Please let us know if you are looking for something specific.  We are happy to help you find the perfect loose tea to go cup or anything else related to tea.  Just use the contact form or leave a comment below.

Top 5 Tea Essentials

If you are just starting out or are a long time tea drinker, it is always a great idea to have all of the right tools for brewing the perfect pot of tea.  Here is our list of the Top 5 Tea Essentials that you should have in your kitchen.

  1. Tea KettleTea Kettle.  You need hot water when making and having an appliance that is devoted to this task makes it very easy.  We currently use this Chef's Choice Tea Kettle.  I like that it is stainless steel, shuts off automatically, and will not operate if there is no water in it.  It holds 1 3/4 quarts of water, which is perfect for making a pot of tea.  It boils water in minutes and is much faster than trying to do so on the stove top and safer than using the microwave.   Someday I would love to have the Breville Variable Temperature Kettle, as it brings water to 5 different temperatures no thermometer required. This is a great feature for tea making as different types of teas need different temperatures of water for the perfect steep.  For now the Chef's Choice is a great tea kettle though.
  2. Teapot.  When brewing loose leaf tea, it is necessary to have place for the tea to brew.  Tea leaves that have a chance to open, infuse the water with more flavor than your standard teabag tea.  There are many different ones to choose from, made from a variety of materials.  The standard teapot is ceramic, but there are also glass, stainless steel, and cast iron ones.
  3. Infuser/Strainer.  Many people that brew loose leaf tea prefer to steep their tea inside of an infuser basket. These generally sit within the lip of the teapot and then can be pulled out when the tea is done steeping.  We prefer brewing the tea loose inside of the pot and then pouring the tea through a stainer into a tea cup.  We are currently using the Rösle Tea Strainer and absolutely love it.  It is a very fine mesh, so even the smallest of tea leaves do not get through.
  4. Tea cups.  It is always nice to have an assortment of teacup to choose from.  Sometimes you want a large cup of tea and other times it is nice to have some smaller cups to share a pot of tea with friends.  It is all up to you to have all matching cups or an oddball assortment of cups to choose from. Our tea cabinet has a collection of tea cups and mugs that we have gathered over the years.
  5. Tea.  This is definitely the most important component of all to making a great cup of tea.  All teas are definitely not created equal.  Personal preference is also a very important part of deciding just what kind of tea you are going to keep in your tea cabinet.  Some of our favorite teas come from Teavana and the American Tea Room.  We will be giving reviews of them in future posts.

We hope that gives you a little peak into what we keep in our tea cabinet.  These are definitely the tea essentials that you need in order to brew a great cup of tea.