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Kickstarter: #Teplobottle – The Smart Bottle for Tea Lovers

Image from Teplo Kickstarter page

Hey there tea friends!

Just a quick note to make sure you are all aware of the awesome kickstarter going on right now. Shockingly, I didn’t know about it until my friend Michelle sent me the link. Thanks for keeping me in the loop, Michelle!

As of today there are only 17 days left for this project to get fully funded, so make sure you head over to check it out. Click here.

Teplo is a smart glass bottle that is paired with an app to not only help you steep your tea perfectly, but also keep it warm for you! How cool is that?! The design is super simple and sleek, but the technology that makes it work is anything but that. I’m sure this isn’t for everyone, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless. I’m sure I’ve done a terrible job at actually explaining this, so check out the link and watch the video 🙂

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How to Host a Tea Party!

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The tea party is just the greatest thing, right?  Bringing family and friends together over tasty treats and delicious tea is a wonderful thing.  Recently I decided it was time for me to host a tea party!  Let me just tell you all about it and what I did to make it work.

It is important to think about where you will be hosting your tea party.  Initially I planned to host at my house, but then after thinking about my nasty cats (really only one of them is nasty, but together, they are quite the pair), I decided it would be better to host in a crazy-cat free environment.  Because it is January in Maine, we needed to be inside, but an outside spot on a nice warm day would be so lovely.  Maybe next time.

I used Facebook instead of sending out invitations (so cute, if you have time!) to invite family and friends and to let them know I would be proving the tea.  The guests were also asked to bring food to share with the group.  We ended up with the prefect selection of savory and sweet treats from tea sandwiches, veggie pizza bites, a cheese plate, cupcakes, cookies and breads.

tea food

Over the years I have collected quite the eclectic tea cup stash, so everyone got their own unique tea cups to drink from.  I made a pot of Joseph Wesley 07: Lapsang Souchon and a pot of jasmine green tea.  And for anyone wanting decaf I brought along an assortment of bagged herbal teas. On hand, I also had Mr. Tea and a few different loose herbal teas for people to try. The guests were interested in trying teas that they had not had before, so sharing my large (I mean LARGE) selection of teas with them was a lot of fun!

With help from my tea party guests, throwing my tea party was great fun and pretty easy to do.  Delegating items for others to bring made it much easier for me and let people know what they could do to contribute. We all had a lovely time and I am already thinking about my next one. 🙂

Review: Tea Forte Ginger Lemongrass

Overall Rating:

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves: Outstanding! A MUST try
Steepability: 4 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling point)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

To start off, I love the way this tea is described on the sachet – smooth on the palate with a spicy afterglow. How fun is that! So fun, and accurate, I would say. This is a great tasting tea and it is fun to make in my super-cute Tea Forte mug! (see photos below) Mild to start with a sweet and spicy aftertaste that lingers. Neither the ginger of lemongrass overpower one another and blend well with the licorice root, lemon and spearmint for a satisfying cup. Another thing to love about this tea is the USDA organic certification!

Anyone seeking a bold flavored herbal tea with a unique taste should try this one. Because this is a caffeine free herbal tea, there are no worries about when and how much of it you drink! Hooray for that too!

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves: Outstanding! A MUST try
Steepability: 4 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort.

Katie says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling point)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

What a tasty tea! I love the blend of lemongrass and ginger. As some of you know I love sweets. The ginger in this tea adds a little hint of sweet without any honey or sugar. While I typically try a sip unsweetened I often add a bit of honey to my cuppa. Not in this case! The tea doesn’t have a sugary taste, but it has a very well balanced hint of sweet so I decided to not mess with a good thing and drank it just as it was blended without adding anything. Abby gave me some of this tea to try but I will have to go out an buy some of my own ASAP!

I also love how this tea is portioned out. With loose tea I sometimes wonder how much tea they really intend that I use. This seemed like a lot of tea in the packet just for one cup, but it worked out perfectly. If you haven’t yet, you should give the ‘single steeps‘ a try.

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves: Outstanding! A MUST try
Steepability: 4 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort.

Todd’s Farm & Teacups

If you’ve been reading our blog you know that I’ve been on the search for vintage teacups. Recently I wrote a post with some to tea cups for sale on various websites including ebay. I almost bought some but as I contemplated the shipping charges I decided to look locally first. Have you heard of Todd’s Farm? It is pictured below.

Located in Rowely, MA; Todd’s is a funny place. It is full of great stuff and also total junk.  Open Sundays from April 3rd – November 27th, 2011 from 5 AM – 3 PM, this place is quirky enough to make it worth the visit just for the experience. Boston area prop stylists have been known to shop there. I first went to look for props for food photography. This time, I was on a mission, a tea cup mission.As you can see I found some — six to be exact! (shown above) I was not looking for priceless antiques instead I was looking to add to my simple collection of cups that aren’t too precious to be used. I paid between $1 and $6 for each cup and usually bargained to save a few bucks.

This little blue cup is by far my favorite. I just love all of the detail. Admittedly I don’t know much about what I’m looking for — I’m far from an antique china expert. However, one thing to look for is “bone china” and where it was made on the bottom of each cup.

If you’d like to find out more about bone china here are some links:
http://www.figurines-sculpture.com/antique-bone-china.html
http://reviews.ebay.com/Some-Tips-on-Dating-Antique-China

Wish me luck on my collection!