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.
The Tea Things of Jane Austen
Perhaps you have been watching the new Netflix adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Persuasion and you wondered about the type of tea her characters drank. Tea historian Bruce Richardson describes the tea habits of Jane Austen and her characters in Regency England.
The Tea Things of George Washington
President George Washington loved his teatime so much that he ordered a bachelor tea service from China long before he married. Read tea historian Bruce Richardson's account of our first president's tea habits.
How to Clean a Teapot
Tea Maestro Bruce Richardson shares basic guidance to help you care for your teapot collection.
Seven Steps to Making Good Tea
At the conclusion of my lectures, I am often asked, "Can I heat my tea water in a microwave?" The straight answer is "yes." However, my question to the inquirer is, "Will the use of a microwave add to your sense of ritual?" Most tea professionals will forego a microwave in favor of a proper…
Jane Austen Describes Tea Etiquette in Northanger Abbey
The Daily Promenade at Bath. Throughout the novels of Jane Austen, detailed tea scenes help up know the tea rituals of the British upper class in the early 1800s. In Northanger Abbey, Austen sets the stage in the Assembly Rooms of Bath, where Regency-era rules of etiquette leads to an embarrassing situation at the communal…
The Women’s Right to Vote Movement Started with a Tea Party
Early suffragists spent years, and in some cases entire lifespans advocating for the right to vote. Many of their meetings were infused with tea.
Look Deeply Into Your Cup of Tea
Plucking leaves in Guizhou China. May 21 is International Tea Day, a day when we believers in the communal cup of humanity gather to spread the good news of our favorite beverage. Teaists are all part of this colorful cult of tea that has simmered worldwide for over a thousand years. Although Westerners are new…
What Is the Perfect Morning Tea?
Fans of Downton Abbey may be fascinated—and a bit envious—of the Crawley daughters' morning ritual of awakening to a tray of hot tea placed upon their recumbent laps by their ladies' maids. I suspect the grand estate house was quite drafty; consequently, more than a few cups of hot tea were consumed before the pampered…