The Suffragette Movement Begins with a Cup of Tea

While the Boston Tea Party is often the most common story of tea’s role in rebellious acts, the beverage found its way into the homes and lives of another group interested in revolution: the American women’s suffrage. On July 9, 1848, five key members of the American women’s suffrage movement met for tea in Waterloo, New…

John Harney Inspired America’s Tea Renaissance

John Harney and Bruce Richardson at World Tea Expo 2009The tea family lost one of its patriarchs this week with the passing of John Harney. John was the founder of Harney & Sons and one of the pioneers who helped light the fire beneath America’s tea renaissance beginning at the end of the 20th century.Monday morning, John -…

A Gadget Guide to Making Tea

The recipe for making tea during the time of Jane Austen was fairly simple:  the butler brought in the “tea things” on a teaboard (tray), the hostess placed a few teaspoons of tea leaves into a teapot (Austen purchased tea from the Twinings shop in London,) and heated water was added directly from a silver…

Everything Stops for Tea

The song “Everything Stops For Tea” was first performed  by Scotsman Jack Buchanan and featured in the 1935 musical film Come Out Of The Pantry, which was set in New York.In Great Britain, everything did stop for tea throughout the first half of the 1900s as British workers took their tea break. By 1900, tea…