Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Moving & Hiatus

Because I'm about to undertake a cross-country move, Tea Guy Speaks is going on a brief hiatus. I expect to be back in action in about a week.

On a slightly similar note, here's an article about a guy traveling Wales in search of tea.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Tea Nazi

Well then. So much for relaxing with a nice cup of tea. The British press has been all abuzz lately with tales of a tea shop owner who takes tea etiquette very seriously - and perhaps a bit too much so.

For more on what all the fuss is about, try this article in the Telegraph.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Tea Ceremony & Matcha Recipes

The Santa Fe New Mexican recently featured a rather in-depth article on various aspects of the Japanese tea ceremony. Have a look here.

Here, from one of the Oregon papers, is an article on matcha, the powdered green tea used in the tea ceremony. Also included are recipes for Green Tea and Chive Dip, Green Tea Yogurt, Matcha Vinaigrette, Matcha Whipped Cream, and Matcha Latte.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Iced Tea Interlude

It's the time of year when articles about iced tea seem to be popping up with some regularity. Here's one from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that offers a variety of tips along with several recipes, including one for White Iced Tea.

If Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea is more your speed, try this recipe that recently appeared in the Seattle paper.

For history buffs who are also iced tea fanciers, here's an in-depth look at the history of the drink from the people at Luzianne.

This one's not actually about iced tea, but I thought I'd throw it in just for the fun of it. It's a primer, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, on how to make a Perfect Cup of Tea. Not surprisingly it's geared toward tea-drinking in the British style.

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Gadget - Tea Bag Timer

Boing Boing and several other sites recently wrote about a gadget called a Penguin Teaboy. With that in mind I thought I'd go back and dust off this post from the TGS archives.

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You might have noticed that there are quite a few Internet sites out there that feature goofy and not altogether practical gadgets. I'm not sure why such sites are so popular, but somewhere there's probably a graduate student busy hammering out a dense, unreadable thesis on the topic.

A little while back several of the gadget sites featured a gizmo that caught my eye. The Tea Bag Timer is a wind-up powered timer that will automatically lift your tea bag out of the cup after whatever period of time you specify. If you purchase said gizmo from the Lazybone shopping site it's gonna set you back about $26, and that's before figuring in the shipping.

Dare I even say that this seems a bit steep? Not to mention the fact that it only works with tea bags.

For a nifty sort of gadget that works in a similar fashion with loose tea, refer to our earlier post on the Tea Maestro.

There's also Adagio Tea's triniTEA, a tea-making gadget of the highest order.

Elsewhere at the Lazybone site you'll find Monkey Picked Tea and Weasel Coffee. The latter is said to be "made from coffee beans that are regurgitated by weasels." And they say that like it's a good thing.


Image: Lazybone

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