Eternal Bag-Whine of the Clueless Mind

You may not know this, but a group of the world’s best tea bloggers have a secret form of communication. It’s quite like the secret Masonic handshake, except it involves Facebook messenger. Via this method, the hard-bitten core of tea bloggers have conversations that have the potential to shake the tea world to the very core. […]

Pairing is the New Black

It seems these days, you can’t go anywhere without smart people pairing tea and food. Well, when I say “anywhere” and “smart people”, I am specifically excluding the somewheres where dumb people think serving a teab*g to your guests is acceptable. Anyway today’s blog is inspired by some commentary around a spectacular event we are […]

Tea: It Varies

One thing tea has in common with all other agricultural products is that each season produces a crop that is subtly different from all others. In most agricultural settings, variance is to be avoided. Supermarkets demand tomatoes or apples that are a certain size and shape, unblemished, and that will sit in a cold store […]

The ‘No More Tea Bags’ Tipping Point

The storm before the storm: The internet has been losing it’s mind. Well, my version of it, anyway. Over the last 20 hours my feeds in Twitter and Facebook, as well as my inbox, have been full of messages about a product called “No More Tea Bags”. Now, while “No More Tea Bags” sounds like […]

Ignore Me For The Right Reasons

As a blogger, I get contacted a lot by tea vendors. “Please review our tea” they say. “We’ll send you some, and you can write lovely things about it”. This is often a very bad idea. If you’re a tea vendor, there are some really good reasons why you shouldn’t do it. However, I am […]

Suck It Up

Every so often, I find in response to a picture that I or someone else posts there is criticism of the drinker or the server in relation to the drinking vessel. Opinions as to what type of cups one should, or more likely should not, sup from are a mainstay on Facebook. Well, I have to […]

Tea Themes – Why hold back?

Last week, Lady Devotea and I found ourselves at an afternoon tea. Not a big surprise, it’s somewhat of an occupational hazard for us. We were surrounded by members of The Bonnet Squad. Now, it is traditional to describe people who are so incredibly lost in the world of Jane Austen as “Janeites”, but quite frankly, […]

Who ARE these people?

When you have been involved in tea for any length of time, you’ll see the same old quotes come up time and time again. And they are usually from authors. Have you ever wondered: Who ARE these people? In what way are they qualified to make pronouncements about tea? Is there a dark, sinister undertone? […]

Ask Lord Devotea (The Second Coming)

I have, at times, consented to share my wisdom with the world. This is one of those times. Young Geoffrey, of Portland, USA, writes: Dear Lord Devotea, why do people buy and consume terrible tea? In bags? What’s wrong with them? Dear Geoffrey Full marks for realising straight away is the big problem here is […]

What’s Not In The Bag

Regular readers will be familiar with my complete hatred of teab*gs, and usually, I mention that it’s the things they add: paper, plastic (usually described as ‘silken’ or silky to fool you into thinking it’s silk) string, tags, staples, glue, sneaky unlabeled sugar etc that have no place in my cup of tea. I even […]

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