Where's the Tea?

Serving generic store brand tea bags to a tea person is like serving a coffee person a cup of scalding water, generic instant coffee and a spoon . . . The Tea And Hat Lady 

We just traveled from Las Vegas to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, through ten states, stopped at many restaurants, stayed in four LaQuinta Hotels (our pet travels with us) and I can honestly say that tea drinkers are considered last when it comes to offering beverages. It is almost like the selection of coffee is first and foremost and tea is a "run to the local grocery store" selection.

Please, members of the hospitality industry, be aware that not all people drink coffee and tea  drinkers prefer specialty tea as many of us do not add taste enhancers. We drink tea because we appreciate the flavor and fragrance that specialty tea leaves brings to our cup. Most hotels/restaurants offer a selection of coffee (dark, light, flavored, decaffeinated) but when it comes to the selection of tea the choices are maybe herbal, black, and decaffeinated mostly from a generic grocery store brand.

During our travels, I found myself searching for "drinkable" tea wherever we visited. 

During our travels, I found myself searching for "drinkable" tea wherever we visited. 

If convenience is your reason for offering tea bags, there are many speciality tea companies offering tea in bags that would create a favorable experience for a tea person. Right off the top of my head I can thank of several . . . Harney & Sons, Mighty Leaf Tea, Republic Tea, Rishi, Walker Bay, and Bigelow. And please, oh please do not offer me hot water in a carafe that previously held coffee . . . The taste remains and will interfer with the taste of my tea!

Specialty Tea is probably the most economical offering you can provide your customers, so why not make it a worthwhile expenditure that will enhance your public image and create lasting friends in the tea community.

You are going to read more about this issue from me as I am on a crusade to have specialty tea available wherever and whenever possible. 

Raising my cup to the availability of Specialty Tea,

The Tea And Hat Lady

Here Tea, There Tea, Everywhere Tea . . .

A collection of quickly gathered tea as an ingredient, infusion, or blend. 

A collection of quickly gathered tea as an ingredient, infusion, or blend. 

After a quick tea inventory I discovered that not only was my tea closet filled to the limits with teas of many flavors but my bathroom, refrigerator, and snack supply also contained tea in one configuration or another . . . An emulsion, infusion, or ingredient, RTD, powder, as well as spice.

Imagine my amazement when I started gathering products I had easily available that contained tea . . . Wow! I have accumulated skin care tonique, moisturizer lotion, facial cleanser, and make-up as well as tea hard candy both black and green tea, matcha/ginger spice, matcha filled chocolate cookies, matcha Kit-Kats, matcha filled wafers, and probably my favorite matcha filled chocolates . . . yummmm. Oh yes, and don't let me forget the tea-dyed scarf I love to wear. . . It goes well with my teapot tunics.

Ways to enjoy tea . . . Hot, cold, lotion, wash, cookie, candy and . . . .  

Ways to enjoy tea . . . Hot, cold, lotion, wash, cookie, candy and . . . .  

You are probably asking, "is there really tea in those products?" Well being the tea snob that I have been told I am, I check the ingredient list to see if there is actually "tea" included. Okay not all have tea listed as the first or among the first five ingredients but I have found the majority of the products did include tea. To be absolutely honest I am not sure of the products that have the labeling in Japanese or Chinese but the tea taste is evident . . . At least for my palate.

Let us not forget tea as a spice

Let us not forget tea as a spice

Okay so I have all these products but, do they make a difference . . . According to me, they certainly do. Here's is just a quick list of the differences/improvements I have experienced 

  • Tea blended with bath salts do relax and detox my skin 
  • Matcha facial moisturizer softens my skin
  • Matcha facial scrub has helped even my facial tones and lessened skin folds (my term for wrinkles)
  • Green tea tonique leaves my face feeling relaxed, clean, and cool
  • Matcha smoothies keep me detoxed, regular, and well
  • The tea candy is delicious, especially the Matcha filled chocolates.

Keep in mind these are the products I tested and kept because I was pleased and found them worthwhile. 

Raising my cuppa to you and an increase of tea products in your life.

The Tea And Hat Lady

Nostalgic Tea Friday

This morning has me feeling a little tea-nostalgic for the beginnings of my world of tea. My initial introduction to tea was by the Grandmother of a childhood friend. We would have afternoon tea (Lipton, I am sure) with milk, sugar, and pieces of a special coffee cake she made just for us. I have no Lipton tea so I am substituting Barry's Tea (it is March, after all) and instead of whole milk I am using almond/coconut milk with honey. And yes, I did use my tea traveler as a tea pot. 

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If I were not adding milk and honey I would have drunk the tea directly out of the tea traveler. There are just days when one feels the need for the "way things used to be."  


I have a fascination with the bubble that appear when pouring tea. Do you see the coconut oil floating on the top of the tea. Yummm. 

I have a fascination with the bubble that appear when pouring tea. Do you see the coconut oil floating on the top of the tea. Yummm. 

Perhaps it was a little upset tummy that had me searching for a cuppa tea of yesteryear. No matter what the reason, I am certainly enjoying my trip down memory lane . . . Wish I had a piece of coffee cake.  

Until we share a cuppa again, enjoy whatever tea brings you happiness, 

The Tea And Hat Lady

Styling My Tea

I recently read several blogs that detailed the home lands and backgrounds of foods and wines that are enjoyed in many parts of our world. These blogs motivated me to think about the various worldly styles of enjoying tea from the very formal British High Tea all the way down to grabbing a cuppa tea to go. Let me explain this particular blog is not going to be a study of the many ceremonial tea preparations but will be an amusing review of the different settings and ways in which I enjoy tea.

Afternoon Tea 

Probably one of my most favorite tea thing to do is . . . Afternoon tea with friends and family.  My absolutely favorite place to have afternoon tea is Nancy Reppert's Sweet Remembrances in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. I have traveled near and far to enjoy many afternoon tea events. The themes, and styles varied, but Sweet Remembrances remains at the top of my list of favorite afternoon teas. Nancy's setting is always appropriate, the food delicious, and, most importantly, the tea perfectly steeped and served. 

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Enjoying a special event tea "Ladies and Their Hats" at Sweet Remembrances.

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Various forms of tasting/comparing teas.  

Since I consider my palate to be less than exceptional, I am always eager to join a tea tasting with other tea peeps to hear what they are tasting and then I try so very hard to feel that taste within my palate vocabulary. I am always amazed with the difference in flavor from when a tea is served hot, room temperature, and cold. Group tea tastings are the greatest tea educational tool available.

 Tea On The Go

My favorite way to enjoy tea on the go is with the use of a a Tea Traveler. Granted this method does not always bring out the greatest attributes of a tea, specifically green teas. I have found Grandpa Style works very well with Oolong, Black, and Pu'erh teas. Enjoying tea all day every day Grandpa Style works for me because I can drink tea at any temperature, any time, and any place. 

Grandpa Style works well in a Tea Traveler and a great accompaniment to Blueberry pie, the sun, and the desert. Lifting my cup to your tea and your style,  The Tea And Hat Lady

Grandpa Style works well in a Tea Traveler and a great accompaniment to Blueberry pie, the sun, and the desert.

Lifting my cup to your tea and your style, 

The Tea And Hat Lady

No matter your personal style there is a tea enjoyment method that will work compliment you!

Lifting my cuppa tea to you and your style, 

The Tea And Hat Lady

Lifting my cuppa to you and your style,

The Tea And Hat Lady