My Favorite Brands of Tea - Among Mainstream Tea Companies

I have tried hundreds of teas from dozens of different tea companies and brands of tea. There are a large number of smaller and specialty tea companies, and in some respects I tend to prefer ordering from these companies, as I like to support small business. However, I think among the larger and medium-sized players in the market, there are three companies that I strongly prefer to buy tea from. This article is about three of my favorite brands of tea.

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The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety by Simon Mills and Kerry Bone

This is a book review of The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety by Simon Mills and Kerry Bone, published by Churchill Livingstone (2004).

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Finum Brewing Basket - Medium

The Finum Brewing Basket is a brewing basket designed for brewing loose tea and herbal tea. It is made of a stainless-steel mesh attached to a heat-resistant plastic frame. The Finum Brewing Basket is available in both medium and large sizes. This is a review of the medium size. The Finum Brewing Basket is manufactured by Riensch & Held Hamburg, a German company that specializes in the manufacture of tea filters, coffee filters, and other filters for use in home, office, and industrial settings.

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Harney & Sons Guide To Tea

The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea, by Michael Harney, published by Penguin Press in 2008, is a recent guide to tea. Michael Harney is best known for his tea association with Harney & Sons, a Connecticut-based tea company which sells both loose tea and tea bags. The book is well-written and easy to read, and contains a wealth of infomation. This review includes a few finer points of criticism of this otherwise outstanding book.

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White Tea Varieties

White tea is a type of tea that is less processed than green tea. In contrast to the manner in which green tea is produced, the tea leaves leaves are allowed to wither after picking, thus giving them a lighter (and sometimes more brownish) appearance than the dark green color of green tea leaves. Most varieties of white tea originated in Fujian province, China, which still produces a large portion of these types of tea. It is an often-stated myth that white tea is lower in caffeine than other types of tea: the caffeine content of tea varies widely among individual teas, and no generalizations can be made about whether white, green, or black teas contain the most caffeine.

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Green Tea and Coffee - A Comparison

Green tea and coffee are two very different drinks. They both contain caffeine, but after that they have little in common. Coffee is a strong, dark, bitter drink, whereas green tea, while it can be bitter too, is a gentler and lighter drink.

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Writing Tea Reviews

Writing about tea is no longer something limited to connoisseurs, professional tea tasters, and people in the tea industry. Tea blogs are increasing in popularity, and both casual and more serious bloggers have begun writing about everything from the more mundane teabag teas in the supermarket up through diverse specialty loose teas from different regions of the world. In addition to blogs and websites with extensive writings about tea, people write about tea more casually on forums, social networking sites like twitter or facebook, and interactive online communities dedicated to the topic of tea.

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Tea Prices - Getting What You Pay For

The price of tea is widely variable. Loose tea can range from well under $10/ pound to well over $300 a pound; low-grade bulk teas are often much cheaper than this, and rare teas and competition winners can be over $25 for as little as 10 grams (about four cups' worth). Teabags are also highly variable in price... some brands are $4 or less for 100 teabags, and others may be $10 or more for as few as 15 bags.

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Reading Tea Reviews

Reading a tea review is easy, right? Not necessarily. Tea reviews cannot necessarily be trusted to offer good advice, and for two reasons: people have different tastes in tea, and reviewers are not necessarily honest in writing tea reviews. When reading a tea review, you would do well to ask yourself two questions: can I trust that this review is honest? And, does this person have similar taste in tea?

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Se Chung - Se Zhong Oolong Tea

Se chung, also spelled se zhong is an inexpensive type of oolong tea produced in Anxi county of Fujian province in China. Anxi county is famous for being the origin of Tie Guan Yin Oolong (also known as Iron Goddess of Mercy), a delicious but very expensive variety of oolong tea. Se chung is not one particular variety of oolong, but rather, is a class of different oolongs, encompassing all oolongs produced in Anxi county, other than Tie Guan Yin. The name se chung means "colorful variety", which is appropriate given the diverse nature of these oolongs.

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