Category Archives: tea

5 Black Tea Properties, Things You Do not Know

5 Black Tea Properties, Things You Do not Know

An interesting article about the health properties of black tea. Most people know that green tea is healthy, but all tea has health properties.  Here are 5 properties of black tea:

  1. Toothache
  2. Having a better heart
  3. What is an antioxidant?
  4. Forecasting cancer
  5. Safe readings

You can read the article to understand why the five properties are important to know.

Scheme Succour For NE Small Tea Growers

Scheme Succour For NE Small Tea Growers

This article gives you an inside look into the tea industry of India. It seems the government of India wants to encourage small tea farmers to grow organic loose leaf tea and to treat the workers well in the process in non-traditional, but still quality growing areas. They want to provide a long-term view of growing tea not just a quick make a profit view. Seems like a smart way to develop a healthy economy for the areas affected.

The Miracle of Matcha Tea

The Miracle of Matcha Tea

Another great article that the Specialty Tea Institute has sent its certified tea specialists. This one was written by a global company that does emphasize China. Interesting that they showcase matcha, even though matcha type tea started in China around the 6th century, people today really think of Japan for matcha tea. Japan also has the best matcha tea.

Some of the health benefits are anti-aging, eliminating toxins, cancer prevention, weight loss, increasing energy and stamina, calming effect, improving immune functioning, promoting gastric health, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, and preventing gum disease and osteoporosis. The article goes into detail about each health benefit.

A few my favorite things for mothers

I do not have my place anymore and got a little sad because I still get requests to book my old place for meetings, bridal/baby showers/etc….  The top portion was absolutely gorgeous and as soon as anyone saw it they were instantly smitten. I had to reject another request today. I miss giving out tulips to mothers and having kids and dads spoiling mothers at my place.  Valentine’s Day and Mother’s day almost always were busy and reservations were recommended. Some Mother’s Day teas and tisanes pictured, but actually, any tea would work if the mother liked it. Rose Niligiri top, Lemon Rose Green bottom left, and Lavender Green Rooibos bottom right.

Six Rs for a low-waste, low-impact life

Six Rs for a low-waste, low-impact life

I really like this article that was posted Sunday about reducing waste. One of the suggestions is to drink loose leaf tea. Loose leaf tea produces a small carbon imprint once it is here because you can always compost the used tea leaves after steeping them. I try to minimize my waste of products and try to buy products that use minimal packaging.

1. Refuse

2. Reduce

3. Reuse

4. Repair

5. Recycle

6. Rot

Foods to add to your diet to keep sunburns at bay

Foods to add to your diet to keep sunburns at bay

I love being outside in the summertime, ok also in Spring and Fall too. Most of the foods I gladly consume already. More green tea it is. The Specialty Tea Institute sends out a weekly email of top stories on tea. I am glad to have learned so much from this organization.  They saved me from the pitfalls of just looking it up on the internet I have seen from other people. I think this article is timely and made me look for a tea infused sunscreen lotion. I liked this recipe but will try loose leaf tea instead of the bagged tea.




De Pere business owner finds her cup of tea

De Pere business owner finds her cup of tea

Tina Dettman-Bielefeldt interviewed me last week for this article.   I really appreciate the time she took and I really think she got the heart of my business. Minor inaccuracies like the potential partnership with another friend in Madison was before I opened my teahouse in Milwaukee, but I see that as a minor thing. Things are picking up in my business and hopefully continue. We shall see. I do not want to seem too presumptuous.

Chinese tea harvest predicted to be strong

Weather Watchers Predict Strong China Harvest

This is good for the Chinese farmers and hope it happens for them.  White tea continues to be very popular in China, so customers outside of China will have a hard time finding white tea and it may be pricier too.  Today is the first day to traditionally harvest tea in China in the higher altitudes and a few weeks later for lower elevations. To read more please click on the link.

Pu-erh in a Tangerine


Golden Monkey Black


Below Milk Oolong

New teas I blended

I haven’t talked for a while about new teas I blended or got from the farms in origin countries. Actually just looked it up and it has been last year. Yikes!  I definitely have been getting more teas and blending.  I received some teas from Japan, China, and Taiwan and blended a few teas too. Here are most of them:


Orange Rosehip Hibiscus Rooibos


Alishan GABA Oolong

Fruit Tisane


Golden Lily Oolong


Golden Monkey Black




Heavy Roasted Dark Oolong

Hojicha Dark Roast


Honey Nectar Oolong

Japanese Oolong


Lemon Ginger Rooibos


Lemon Ginger Sencha


Milk Oolong

Heritage Matcha

Pu-erh in a Tangerine

End of March

My neck of the woods it has been a colder Spring than usual. Allergies and sinus infections have been kicking my butt lately. So glad that my Tuesday post was scheduled beforehand.  It is funny how the evenings were when I felt the worst at first, but later on, it was the mornings. This week I am just trying to get the minimum done and hopefully soon will be able to focus better.

I just saw the FedEx Small Business Grant for $25,000 yesterday. I had to quickly come up with my application and already know I would have done it differently.  I would have focused on my connections to small farms in origin countries and how it helps those people make a comfortable living and lifestyle. I do not try to low ball them. I want quality tea, not mass produced.  I would greatly appreciate any votes I do get, so thank you in advance.

I have been getting more tea, but not sure which ones I posted about and which I haven’t.  Your best bet is to look at my Tea Time Store to find out.