February 02, 2019

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Ying Ming Yunnan and "Red" Teas

Black tea, derived from completely oxidized leaves, is called "red tea" in China because of the copper color of the liquor. The methods of producing red tea were first developed in the 18th Century, but were refined and mastered only recently, in the 20th Century.

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Tea Time History: How Did Tea Time Begin and Why Does It Prevail?

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Tea is a staple in many cultures. In particular, tea time holds a special place in the hearts of many tea drinkers. Whether it's high tea, afternoon tea, or elevenses, tea time is a chance to sit down, relax, and enjoy some delicious food and tea. So how did this tradition begin?

The Origin of Tea Time

Tea drinking as a societal norm in Europe was ushered in by the Spanish royalty in the mid-1660s. By the late 1800s, drinking tea was all the rage in Great Britain, and the British royalty had set a dedicated time for tea and snacks. This tea time fell at roughly 4 o'clock PM, between a reasonably timed lunch and the customary 8 o'clock PM dinner time. Thus “afternoon tea” was written into history and strictly maintained by the tea-loving Brits. By the early 1900s, there were several different times throughout the day when royals and regular folk alike sat down all over Britain to take tea and light snacks.


Tea time prevails because people everywhere are hungry for consistency and a continued sense of tradition. Many uphold afternoon tea and elevenses—introduced in the mid-1900s, it’s tea and snacks served at 11 AM as a “second breakfast”—as the law of the land simply because it has always been done in their life. Like most traditions, tea time is comfortable and brings joy.


The different tea services also gave people the chance to visit and to teach young people the proper way to socialize. This is why minding manners and being polite is often associated with afternoon tea time. Through the years, it as a social gathering that had many functions. In addition to polite conversation and manner lessons, there were political and business ventures that could be settled over tea. More simply, tea time put everyone in a room together and made them address each other with conversation, witty exchanges, and social performances.

Overall, tea time has endured history for its ability to bring people together. From folks who know nothing about tea to the most well-read tea aficionados, tea time is a common ground for people to talk, enjoy each other’s company and—most importantly—enjoy a cup of tea and a few treats together. While we at Culinary Teas have many cutting-edge tea gadgets and unique tea flavors, we also love keeping tea simple and enjoying its deep history.

Introducing NEW Organic Moroccan Mint

Surprisingly, Morocco is one of the leaders among all countries for tea purchases in the world.
moroccan mintMoroccans drink as much tea as the Chinese. The history of
Moroccan Mint Tea begins in mid-19th century.

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March 04, 2016

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What Tea Is Strong Enough to Stand up a Spoon?

It is well known that Ireland is one of the World's largest tea consumers. An average Irish
organic irish Breakfast from person drinks 6 cups of tea per day. Tea was introduced to Ireland in the early 1800 and quickly spread through all of Ireland both rural and urban.The Irish love strong tea. In the old days tea was continuously brewing on the stove.

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February 08, 2016

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The Birth of Tea Culture

The Tang dynasty (618-907) was an era of prosperity and a flourishing of the arts. The popular tea culture was born. More plantations were created and three dynasties  from techniques of tea processing were developed. Tea became a popular drink at all levels of society. Tea was not prepared the same way as it is today; rather it was compressed into bricks or cakes and then crumbled with mortar and pestle.

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November 20, 2015

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Raise a Cup of Tea to Allen Toussaint

Last week Allen Toussaint, songwriter, musician, producer and arranger passed away after a concert in Madrid. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer left a demo of a song he recorded for Jesse Winchester, the singer-songwriter who died last year that was never released.  Upon his death he made it known that he wanted everyone. . . 

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October 07, 2015

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Nilgiri Nonsuch: One of Our Nicest Black Teas

Nilgiri hills is the third largest tea growing area in India.    The tea jas beem growing there since 19th century and is well-known as slightly fruity and spicy. Tea farmerNilgiri Hills are also called "Blue Hills", climate is tropical and the tea is harvested all year round. All the teas are consumed on the domestic market and processed by CTC  (Cut, Tear , Curl) method.Our Nilgiri Nonsuch tea is a semi-whole leaf (BOP) and light liquoring tea with a flowery taste.

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