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Tea Love Talk + Wet Tags

First and foremost, who is going to the Tea Love talk on Saturday, September 21st in Riverdale, New Jersey?!   Come out, get free tea, and learn more about the tea process 🙂   Registration is a must, so make sure you call the library and RSVP 🙂

And now, for the blog…

While doing a quick Google search, I came across TeaTime Magazine, a Burlington, Alabama publication that, “proclaims the pleasures of tea as a gourmet beverage, and offers informative articles that range from food features to tearoom profiles.”   Their Facebook page posted an article from the Washington Post about tea bag tags slipping into drinks.   Ugh…   Always a mess, always a nuisance, and you want to stick your fingers in to fish out the tag right away but know you will face burning immediately.   By the time you get a spoon to fish out the tag, it is already soaked through and you have a blog hanging off of a string.

Whatever is a tea drinker to do?

Well, the Washington Post polled around for this exact question and got some great responses.   You can see some of theirs below, with my own assortment thrown in every once in a while.

One reader, Lynda Maudlin of Chevy Chase, said to just tie it to the handle.   Makes sense, right?   After all, it is a string.   It should be simple enough to make a pretty bow on your mug handle.

Another reader, Laura, recommended to just use a clip, almost like a potato chip bag clip or an alligator clip found in the office, and just slip the string on.   But my oh my, now I have a clip in my tea!   I’m not sure I would be entirely fond of sipping my tea to have a plastic clip poke me in the eye.   No thank you!

What about Wayne Williams of Lake Ridge’s suggestion to just wrap the string of the tea bag around the handle of a spoon before you pour the water?   Personally, I very rarely use a spoon when I have my tea.   More often, I drink my tea without any sugar, cream, honey, etc, so I don’t have that handy-dandy spoon.

Why not follow Thomas Leo Briggs’ suggestion to put the tea tag under the tea mug?   Ah, closer!   But what if your string is not long enough to go under your mug?

One that I like Jane Smith’s reaction.   She said to just pour the water in first, then add the tea bag.   Personally, that’s what I do when I have tea with a tea bag.   Usually, I’m fine with that.

Randall Bovbjerg has a pretty good tip – Hold the string against your mug while you pour.   I wouldn’t highly recommend this one, especially as a sloppy pour-er.   More often than not, I slosh a little bit of water over the side and a burnt thumb does not appeal to me one bit.

My personal tip?   Use loose-leaf tea leaves!   While it’s also not entirely error-proof (sometimes, the hook at the end of the tea ball will slip off the side of your mug and fly into your hot brew, leaving you at risk of a bitter tea), it’s better than a spit-wad of a tag resting on your table.   Or you can always hold onto the string of your tea bag while you pour, allow your tea to steep, then toss the bag out immediately afterwards (which you’re suppose to do anyway but, if you’re like me, you don’t mind a bit of a strong, sometimes bitter brew).

And that’s that!   What are your tips to avoid having the dreaded wet tag?

Some Tea News And A Tea Review

First, an apology for all my lovely tea-sippers.   Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you think of it), I was so swamped last week.   One of my good friends from college slept over, then we took my other good friend out for her birthday all day Saturday, and Sunday was dedicated to more friends 🙂   In other words, no post last week.

However, I have two exciting fun news items for all of you in the New Jersey area!

1 – I am doing ANOTHER Tea Love talk!   This one will be in Riverdale, New Jersey at the Riverdale Public Library.   Make sure you call and RSVP!   Seating is limited.   Attend, hear an awesome talk, get some tasty tea samples from The Tea Spot in Cranford, New Jersey and even enter to win a basket of tea goodies from The Tea Spot!   Not only that, but I’ll let you in on a little secret – that’s my birthday 🙂   Give me an awesome birthday gift and attend the talk!

I Hope You Can All Make It!

I Hope You Can All Make It!

2 – There is an art store/organic boutique in Cranford called Artemisia.   Some of you might remember me raving about their teas that they supply called Miss Tea, an organic blend made in Brooklyn, New York.   Well, Wendy of Artemisia informed me that they will be getting some new flavors of Miss Tea in shortly!   So keep stopping by, looking around, and asking about those delicious teas 🙂

So, what’s the deal with Miss Tea?

Miss Tea is a Brooklyn-based business that specializes in organic teas and herbs.   Why invest in organic teas?   Because they tend to be healthier for you, since they do not use pesticides and herbicides, and are healthier for the environment.   What could be better than that?

According to the Miss Tea website, “We bring you products from the finest tea growing regions of the world – globally responsible sources who practice sustainable growing methods and fair trade for the complete cycle of workers, from the pickers to the sellers.”

One of the nicest things about the Miss Tea products?   You can see every part of the tea, which is intentional.   I just bought my friend who stayed with me last weekend a jar of the FemininiTea, which is a blend of red raspberry, peppermint, and nettle leaves, oatstraw, ginger root, dandelion leaves, rose petals, chamomile flowers, horsetail, and stevia leaves.   Even in the picture on the website, you can see the separate leaves and petals!   As I tell my guests at all my Tea Love talks, the more that you can identify in your tea, the better.   That means less tea fannings and less scary unknowns.

It is also an affordable tea.   Tea itself is already expensive at times if you are looking at high quality.   Throw in the fact that the tea is organic and you could potentially pay that much more.   However, you can get a substantial amount of tea from this purveyor for a decent price.

And the taste?   Well, I obviously would not be writing about it to you if it weren’t incredible!   Full flavored, just the right amount of sweetness, lovely color – I couldn’t ask for more.   This is definitely a tea I would recommend buying again and again.

So, in ending, remember to a) RSVP to my Tea Love talk on September 21st and b) buy some amazing Miss Tea from Artemisia!

Until next time ❤

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