Boston and British Ships of War Landing Their Troops, 1768 by Paul Revere December 16 marks the anniversary of one of the most iconic events in American history. On that night in 1773, about 150 men disguised their faces and tossed 340 chests of tea from three ships docked in Boston Harbor. The already contentious…
Frank Lloyd Wright and The Book of Tea
Frank Lloyd Wright was given a copy of The Book of Tea by the Japanese ambassador to the United States. One quote from Okakura Kakuzo's book influenced the way he interpreted space within his buildings.
If Teacups Could Talk – Queen Elizabeth’s Parents Visit Canada
This English teacup and saucer commemorated the visit of Queen Elizabeth's parents - George VI and Elizabeth - May 1939 visit to Canada and the United States.
The Dutch East Company Imported the First Tea into Europe
Tea Maestro Bruce Richardson recently visited Amsterdam where he looked into the venerable Dutch East India Company (VOC) and its place in tea history.
What Is a Dish of Tea?
It was a common occurrence in the Colonial era to receive an invitation to “share a dish of tea.” In 18th century Boston or Bath, a dish of tea referred to a teacup or tea bowl, containing black or green tea, placed on a saucer.
Tea for Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was an early “foodie” and his great passion for food and drink included Chinese teas, both black and green. According to the archives of Monticello, Jefferson’s financial records and correspondence show consistent purchases of tea and provide valuable information about the kinds and amounts of tea he and his family drank. The few…
Why Orange Pekoe Tea Contains No Oranges
William of Orange, Husband of Queen Mary, Kensington Palace Every tea seller tells a story about a customer who sent back their pot of Orange Pekoe tea because it did not taste of oranges. How can this be? The answer to the disappointed drinker’s dilemma may be found in the fact that, while Orange Pekoe…
Tour the Tea Clipper Cutty Sark in London
The iconic clipper ship Cutty Sark has come back to life in her new Greenwich dry dock on the eastern edge of London, not far from where tea clippers once brought endless cargos of tea into the warehouses of the East India Company. Her journey here was not without incident, and we are fortunate to have…