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William H. Ukers is a man whose name has been mentioned in many of my posts and that I reference quite often when researching new topics and postings. His book All About Tea is the most in depth book on the subject ever written at 1153 pages over two volumes. In reading All About Tea I began to try to learn more about Mr. Ukers and often wondered how monumental the task of researching such a massive book must have been. Not to mention the many other books he wrote including All About Coffee, which if it is anywhere as in depth as his tea book I wonder if he ever slept! My research into the life of Mr. Ukers has yet to turn up much at all. It seems…

The best Vintage Tea Books

I’m big on history, it was always one of my favorite subjects growing up. Taking a step back into the past to see how things were done at different points in time can be quite fascinating, and gives you an idea into how and why things were done. My love for tea has certainly meshed with my love for history as I’ve scoured a variety of sources seeking out the best vintage tea books, many written in the 17-1800’s. To gain the direct perspective of the tea farmer or plantation owner during the time of the British Empire’s rule over much of the tea growing world brings their stories alive. To learn the early techniques from planting to growing and experimentation are great foundations for building a deep knowledge…

5 Things you should know about tea

If you only knew 5 things about tea that would give you a well rounded foundational knowledge on the subject what would they be? We have compiled a list below that while it won’t make you a tea expert will give you some fun facts to throw out the next time you’re drinking tea with friends.   5 Things You Should Know About Tea   I. There are many legends around the discovery of tea as a drink. Chinese Emperor Shen Nung is said to have discovered tea when a leaf fell into a pot of water he was boiling. Another story says that a Buddhist Monk became so enraged that he fell asleep while meditating that he cut off his eyelids and threw them to the ground….

Do you make these mistakes when brewing sweet tea?

Do you make these mistakes when brewing sweet tea?

Like many things in life, we are taught certain ways only to eventually teach others the same, passing down those skills. This is how we learn, it is how knowledge stays alive over generations and how you know the stories of people long ago. What happens though when the things we are taught aren’t correct? Since I’m obviously a little partial to tea I thought I might ask you the following question, “Do you make these mistakes when brewing Sweet Tea?” I’ve listed five of what I consider to be the biggest sweet tea brewing mistakes.   1) Poor Water Quality Many people when brewing tea use unfiltered water from the tap. Considering that the composition of brewed tea in a glass is mostly water, quality matters! Next time…

Interview Series: Southern Bite

Southern Bite Interview

Welcome to the second installment of our Interview Series. This time I had the honor to speak with Stacey Little of SouthernBite.com. I have known Stacey for about a year now and have been impressed by the way he runs his business. After trying a few of the recipes on his website I was hooked! He knows good food! If you’re thinking.. “where do I know that guy from,” it may be because you’ve seen Stacey on national television sharing his recipes on both the Today show and Fox and Friends. Stacey also has a great cookbook appropriately named “The Southern Bite Cookbook.”  

The Age of the Tea Clipper Ships

The age of the Tea Clipper Ships
There are those moments in history when something comes along that completely changes everything. They are those things that make everything else seem irrelevant and for good reason. Perhaps in recent history, the unveiling of the original iPhone was one of those moments. Here you have everyone walking around with flip phones and a "smartphone" bursts on the scene that suddenly makes the flip phone seem useless. The Age of the Tea Clipper Ships was much the same. It seemingly came out of nowhere, with many doubters.. those who said it would never be a reliable ship. I. The Invention & Early Years After the loss of its tea monopoly in India, the East India Company began to see a natural rise in competition that...

Interview Series: Redboat Photography

Red Boat Photography Interview

Something new here at the Sweet Tea Junkie blog is our Interview Series which will feature a variety of small business owners mostly from across the South that we think you need to know about! At Sweet Tea Junkie we love Sweet Tea (kinda obvious) and being a small business ourselves love seeing others chase after their passions as well. Our first interview is with Katie Sams, Co-Owner of Knoxville based Redboat Photography. We recently commissioned them for a product and lifestyle shoot and were just blown away with the results.

What is Sweet Tea?

What is Sweet Tea?

Tea is a drink with a history dating thousands of years with its origins in the area of southern China. We don’t know exactly who first figured out that you could put the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis (tea-plant) in hot water and drink the resulting liquid, although there are plenty of legends. One of the most outlandish legends for the birth of tea says that a Buddhist monk became so distraught when he fell asleep while meditating that he cut off his eyelids and threw them to the ground. The next day two tea plants were growing in the exact spot he threw his eyelids. Serious, I’d say you can’t make this stuff up but apparently, someone did!   The Origins of Sweet Tea…

Green and Black Tea and Cardiovascular Health

Green and Black Tea and Cardiovascular Health

I recently ran across a June 2013 study by the Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK that looks into Green and Black Tea and Cardiovascular Health and its possible effect on prevention of CVD. Seeing as there is an unending supply of either uninformed or flat out false claims on the health benefits of tea circulating the internet I wanted to share something that seems to be promising. Enough of the “Drink this tea, lose 20 lbs!” mumbo jumbo you see all over social media.. this study actually shows some promise unlike some of the other claims.   The Participants: 821 people participated in the study with 11 Randomized controlled trials (basically broken into 11 groups). The participants were a…

Tea Mania

The Tea Mania

There are times throughout the history of man where greed has replaced common sense to the point of absolute madness. It often starts with a few people becoming wealthy or finding success in a certain industry or field. Others soon jump in perhaps finding their own success. Finally, the average citizen that knows nothing of the industry and only knows of untold sums of wealth invests his entire life savings only to end up losing it all as the bottom falls out. We have a great example of this in recent times being the 2007/2008 collapse. In the years leading up to 2008 everyone was making money in real estate, I mean stupid stuff like people buying homes in the morning only to sell them…

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