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FDA Warns Tea Isn’t a Drug

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

In an effort to be helpful, customers and friends sometimes tell us we should use some health factoid about tea in our ads, labels, etc.  We try to explain that we are prevented from doing that by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules. Often, people don’t quite understand and sometimes …continue reading

Home is Where the Tea Is!

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

Recent events have reminded me how important tea is to my daily routine and overall well-being.  My brother just moved in with me temporarily while he's in a transitional period.  Having someone new around is not something I get to experience very often.  It's interesting to see what other …continue reading

The world's best iced tea in ten minutes.

By John Rice, General Manager

I'm always surprised that people who insist on the high quality of loose leaf tea when they intend to drink it hot, assume they have to use bagged tea when they will be drinking it iced. The fact is, using loose leaf tea for iced tea is incredibly simple …continue reading

So many questions, so few answers!

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

I hate giving people answers they don't want to hear.  As a tea shop owner, I get a lot of questions about the health effects of tea.  Since I have a background in nutrition, I have some insight into how complicated the question really is, so my answers are never …continue reading

Are Afternoon Tea Treats Compatible with Weight Loss?

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

Someone I follow on Twitter asked whether having afternoon tea with a sweet treat would harm her attempts at weight loss.  She referenced an article called, Tea Time Calls For Sweet Treat, by Ginna Parsons, who mentions a book she read whose author says she finds that having a 150 …continue reading

How to get the most out of your tea

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

As a tea shop owner, one of my worst fears is that customers might inadvertently ruin their tea.  This is especially easy for the novice who might not yet know the best practices.  Here's a review of the most important things to do for a great tasting cup!  I will …continue reading

We have a winner!

Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry for our contest!  We have decided we like “A Little Tease” — thank you, Carol, and congratulations!  You have won a quarterly Tea of the Month Club!  (I’ll contact you for details.)

How much does green tea really affect body weight?

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

There has been so much media hype over green tea and weight loss in the last couple of years that a lot of consumers are becoming very annoyed with what they perceive as slick marketing or outright lies.  It is extremely common, especially on the Internet, to find all kinds …continue reading

Tea Compounds May Boost Attention Span

In a new study about to be published in the journal, Appetite, researchers at Unilever found that 97 mg. of L-theanine (an amino acid found in tea) combined with 40 mg of caffeine was associated with improvements in attention.  This study appears one year after the ESFA (European Food Safety Authority) rejected Unilever's request for …continue reading

New book, “The Spirituality of Tea” by Jason Witt

Here is an excerpt from Jason Witt’s new book, The Spirituality of Tea, which is now available on Amazon.com:

“Tea is God’s Blessing for your mind, body, and spirit. The three are inseparable and none is most important; tea is God’s Gift to your whole person.  It will first give you Peace of Mind, reducing …continue reading