Pairing Tea and Chocolate

Of the world’s three great temperance beverages–cocoa, tea, and coffee–cocoa was the first to be introduced by the Spanish into Europe in 1528. A century later, the Dutch brought tea to Europe. Finally, coffee made its European debut in 1615, thanks to Venetian traders.From the onset, cocoa, tea, and coffee were afforded only by wealthy families.…

Best Afternoon Tea in Montreal

Where do you go for the Best Afternoon Tea in Montreal? This is one of my favorite North American cities because it’s filled with art, food, history, and tea - all infused with a bit of la bonne vie, the good life. Here are a few of my suggestions for seeing the city with tea on…

Seven Steps to Making Tea

I am occasionally asked if water for tea can be heated in a microwave or Keurig coffee maker. The plain answer is "yes." My question to the inquirer is "How does the use of a microwave add to your sense of ritual?"Lu Yu was the first tea master to deal with these questions. He didn't have microwaves…

A Poetic Riddle in a Teacup

British Prime Minister William Gladstone If you are cold, tea will warm you; If you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you. This famous tea quotation is attributed to British Prime Minister William Gladstone (1809–1898) whose public career lasted…

Afternoon Tea Reigns Supreme at The Empress

I had the opportunity to return to the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia last month for TeaTime magazine’s Occasion for Tea. The other speakers included Jane Pettigrew, Norwood Pratt, Shelley Richardson, and editor Lorna Reeves. We were joined by 70 devoted tea enthusiasts from across the United States and Canada for a weekend of…