Tea Lifestyle

My English Tea Store Order Arrived!

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I just wanted to do a quick post because my first online order of loose leaf teas from the English Tea Store arrived today.

I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to tear open the box!

Inside I found my samples of Chinese and Estate teas.

Here’s the list:

  1. Jasmine with Flowers
  2. Keemun Panda
  3. Lapsang Souchong
  4. Pinhead Gunpowder
  5. Darjeeling Mim (Estate)
  6. Kambaa Estate (Estate)
  7. Oolong Orange Blossom (Estate)
  8. Nonsuch Estate (Estate)
  9. Formosa Oolong (Estate)
  10. Assam TGFOP (Estate)

I think I’ll start with #10 and drink my way down the list of teas. My plan is to do a full-fledged review for each tea sample.

Oh, I also purchased some T-Sacs, which is a brand name for paper tea filters made in Germany. I can’t wait to give them a try too!

Soon, I will no longer be a loose leaf tea virgin. I hope it will be worth the wait.

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This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

Amy

Photo Credit: Jakob Montrasio – via Flickr CC Attribution License

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Tea Stain Removal: How To Conceal A Dirty Little Secret

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I’ve got a dirty little secret. Do you want to know what it is? I thought you might.

Well, lean in a little closer and I’ll tell you what it is: I reuse my dirty teacups.

Yep, I’m talking about taking a grimy cup I used for tea earlier that day, or even the night before and reusing it for more tea. In fact, I sometimes don’t even rinse it out first.

Now, before you start making all kinds of judgments about my character and personal hygiene habits, let me tell you that I have a perfectly good explanation. Okay. Okay. You got me, I’m just lazy.  And in all honesty, the girl in me is like, “Eww! You did not just do that!”

But, then the practical side of me counters with, “Hey, I’m trying to conserve water here, so bugger off.”

I’ve Tried Everything to Remove the Tea Stains:

All excuses aside, the reality is that I have a cupboard filled with terribly tea-stained dishware.

I’ve tried scrubbing my cups with a dish brush. It doesn’t work, just leaves white streaks through the tea stain.

I’ve tried using a scouring pad. It works, but requires a lot, and I mean a lot, of elbow grease.

Dirty Teacup

And as a last resort, I’ve pulled out the good ‘ole Brillo pad. It works, but these little suckers make a fine mess and frankly, they’re pricey.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend my money on more tea, rather than over-priced steel wool impregnated with blue soap.

Could It Really Be That Simple?

Then one day whilst pondering my dilemma, I opened the kitchen cabinet and a familiar gold colored box caught my eye.Could it really be that simple?” I asked myself.

Understandably, I was skeptical. Because if my tea stains where so stubborn as to require a scrubbing of steel wool to remove them, how was this simple white powder going to do the trick?

Yet my fear of having to abandon my light colored mug collection for a more depressing Goth assortment, led me to give my new discovery a chance.

And you know what? That little golden box’s contents worked like a charm. I could barely believe my eyes. With very little effort, I had teacups sparkling as if they were new.

Do you want to know how I was effectively able to conceal my dirty little secret? If so, here is my hush-hush tea stain removal secret. Are you ready? It’s baking soda!

And the great news is that this white powdered dynamo, not only made my teacups shine like a bedazzled t-shirt glimmering in the summer sun, but it’s eco-friendly too!

Here is exactly what I did to make my treasured tea mugs come back to life.

How to Remove those Stubborn Tea Stains:

Clean Teacup

1. Rinse out the cup with water
2. Place about a half tablespoon of baking soda
in the cup; may need a little more for really stubborn stains
3. Wet a paper towel just until damp (Warning: Don’t use your favorite dish cloth for this because some of the tea will be transferred to the cloth and then you’ll have a whole different tea stain removal problem!)
4. Over the sink, so as not to get baking soda everywhere, place the damp paper towel in the cup  and swirl around the baking soda until the stain is gone. You shouldn’t need to use too much elbow grease here, just let the baking soda do the work for you.
5. Once the stain appears to be wiped away, simply rinse and dry.

Well, that’s it! See how easy that was.

Now no one will be the wiser if you have a dirty little secret like mine 🙂

Vendor Provided Sample: NA

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Additional Photo Credits: A Girl With Tea (before/after pics)

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea (and not to take anything too seriously).

 

 

P.S. If you’d like to purchase baking soda in bulk, you might want to check-out Amazon.com

What Is Your Tea Story?

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I can’t remember when I first started drinking tea…

Tea Memories:

Perhaps it started in my teen-age years. My mom would keep a jar of instant, unsweetened tea in the cupboard for warm summer days. Sometimes, when desperate and out of soda, I would screw off the lid on the instant tea jar and make myself a glass of iced-tea. Knowing me, I probably added a ton of sugar to my drink! I had a big sweet-tooth back then, as I do today.

When I went away to college, I found myself drinking instant tea with flavoring like lemon, raspberry and peach. Because I was more weight conscious in college, I went for the artificial sweeteners.

My next memory of tea is when I attended grad school down south—Arkansas to be exact—where sweet tea is a staple beverage on restaurant menus.

When ordering iced tea in a restaurant I learned to always add “unsweetened” to my request; because in the South, simply asking for tea means you want sweet tea. The funny thing is, that once my unsweetened iced-tea was brought to the table, I would add two packets of Sweet-N-Low! Boy, I was a weird-o!

My next clear tea memory is when I was working at a university. My boss, at the time, introduced me to an interesting twist on iced-tea. She would take whatever tea bags she had on hand, mainly a lot of fruit teas, and she would brew them all together. The resulting concoction was quite yummy and no artificial sweeteners required.

My walk down memory lane has made me realize that: Not only have I gone from instant tea to tea bags but, I’ve also given up soda and coffee along the way.

Giving Up Soda and Coffee:

All my life, until the last 6 years, I had been a huge pop drinker. I was literally drinking gallons of diet soda per week. Then one day, I decided to stop. I was concerned about the consequences of continuing to load my body with chemicals.

At this time I decided give up coffee too and only drink tea or water.

I found it pretty easy to give up coffee, because I had never been a big coffee drinker. I didn’t even own a coffee machine. If I was in the mood for coffee, I would drink it at the office or order it at the local coffee shop. Plus, coffee started to make me feel anxious and jittery. It seemed like a no-brainer to just stop drinking the stuff. Not to mention, I had discoverd Tazo Awake tea. This tea was a welcome replacement for coffee.

It was a little harder to give up soda because I had been drinking it for so many years. I would say that it took me a good year to wean myself off of the diet pop.

All this time, I was drinking a limited selection of tea bags but, they did help me kick my soda and coffee habits!

Next Steps:

As I had mentioned above, for the past six years my main source of liquid intake has been water or tea. Yet, I’ve never ventured outside the tea bag.

My Limited Tea Drinking Experience

The picture to your right is an example of my limited range of tea drinking experiences. As you can see by the sad assortment of tea packets, I am no tea connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination!

Now it’s time to take the next step. Get out of my comfort zone of drinking the same off-the-shelf brands of tea and start exploring the wide range of exotic loose teas available.

Just from the little bit of time I’ve spent trolling the internet for anything tea related, I’ve discovered that the world of tea is huge, a bit overwhelming in fact.

Therefore, I plan to take this journey slow and easy. I want to relish each moment and each sip.

If you’ve never tried tea or would like to investigate different types of teas, I hope you’ll join me.

Perhaps we’ll discover something pretty cool together along the way.

This is “a girl with tea” signing off for now. Wishing you peace and happiness

Amy

P.S. Thanks for reading my first blog post! I’m looking forward to reading your comments, and commenting back.

Photo Credit: MzScarlett – via Flickr CC Attribution License and A Girl With Tea (tea packets)

What is your tea story? When did you have your first tea drinking experience? What do you love about tea? What types of teas have you always wanted to try?