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Good water is crucial

Don’t ever underestimate the value of good quality water for tea brewing. I used to live in an area with very hard water and was completely used to it, so I never gave it any thought. But at work, I made tea with bottled spring water. After a while, I could really tell the difference. …continue reading

“Five o’clock tea” is a phrase . . .

“Five o’clock tea” is a phrase our “rude forefathers,” even of the last generation, would scarcely have understood, so completely is it a thing of to-day; and yet, so rapid is the March of the Mind, it has already risen into a national institution, and rivals, in its universal application to all ranks and ages, …continue reading

Its proper use is to amuse the idle . .

Its proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence. — Samuel Johnson

When you see the natural . . .

When you see the natural and almost universal craving in English sick for their tea, you cannot but feel that nature knows what she is about. There is nothing yet discovered which is a substitute to the English patient for his or her cup of tea. –Florence Nightingale

Tea had come as a deliverer . . .

Tea had come as a deliverer to a land that called for deliverance; a land of beef and ale, of heavy eating and abundant drunkenness; of gray skies and harsh winds; of strong nerved , stout-purposed, slow-thinking men an women. Above all, a land of sheltered homes and warm firesides – firesides that were waiting …continue reading

Enjoy life . . .

Enjoy life sip by sip not gulp by gulp. – The Minister of Leaves

If a man has no tea in him . . .

If a man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. — Japanese proverb – Lu Tung

What better way . . .

What better way to suggest friendliness – and to create it – than with a cup of tea? — J. Grayson Luttrell

It has been well said . . .

It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants, from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization. — Agnes Repplier

Mick Jagger quotation

I got nasty habits; I take tea at three. — Mick Jagger