Hello and welcome to our seventh review of stories that have caught our eye in the world of tea. After a bit of a break to deal with some family issues, we feel like we’re trying to play catch-up but hopefully we’ve collected here all our favourite blogs, podcasts and news stories of the past couple of weeks.
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Favourite tea blogs, bloggers and articles
The list of our favourite blogs and bloggers grows each week and it’s increasingly difficult to pick just a small handful, but some blogs that we’ve really loved reading are:
- In “Lessons Learned from Being Steeped in the World of Tea” Lindsey Weishar Valuable knowledge and experience gained while volunteering at a tea festival.
- We always look forward to the next installment of Lu Ann Pannunzio’s “At the Tea Table” where she interviews people for whom tea is a passion. This time she is at the tea table with Marco Namowicz of Steap’d, the tea-related blog.
Interesting news stories
- Just when you think you know every possible use of green tea, another one comes along. In her article “Green Tea for Hair: A Complete Guide“, Katey Davidson reveals how green tea can help your hair, including its role in helping to prevent hair loss, supporting hair growth, and improving the supply of nutrients to the hair roots. Fascinating and uplifting stuff!
- Ashley Barnard at The Northern Echo reported that the UK’s biggest-selling tea company, Yorkshire Tea, celebrated planting over two million trees since it pledged to plant a million back in 2014. What an amazing achievement, well done Yorkshire Tea.
- Beth Nehart reported in Beverage Daily on some of the trends we can expect to see in beverages in 2020, including cheese tea.
- The independent chain of cafes, Boston Tea Party, announced that its sales have fallen by £250,000 since it banned single-use cups last summer [link has been taken down on external site stockdaily.com]. A brave decision that I hope works out for the company to its advantage.
- We love Healthline for its evidence-based nutrition information. SaVanna Shoemaker, MS, RDN, LLD has written a great article on the emerging benefits of sage tea.
Recipes of the week
- This Earl Grey and Lemon Thyme Butter cake recipe by Alexandra Liddy on Ciroa looks absolutely delicious and has been added to our list of things we need to bake.
- A collection of no less than 24 recipes using green tea was published on Yahoo! Lifestyle. Some of these ideas we were familiar with, such as using green tea as a broth/soup but there are lots of new and inspiring ideas on their list.
Podcasts of the week
- A new podcast from Tea, Biscuits and Books, episode 4, finds Charley and Dan talking about all things festive, recommending some books, and, of course, drinking tea.
New on Drink Tea Hub this week
- We’re starting to go back through old posts and update them, so check out the website.
- Yet another ten quotes about tea collects together some more tea-related quotes that we’ve come across since our last quotes post.
In case you missed it: some of our most popular posts from the past couple of months
- In preparation for Black Friday on 29th November, we posted our favorite #blackteaoftheday on twitter each day. If you’re not following us on twitter, you can read the full list of these black teas along with our review of each one on our site.
- The best tea Advent calendars for Christmas 2019. It’s not too late to buy an Advent calendar and why not choose one containing a selection of lovely teas?
Website tools of the week:
There are some tools we rely on to maintain and publicize this site. This is an ever-growing list, of course, but these are some of the tools that are absolutely crucial to us:
- In the last review we mentioned SiteRubix, the hosting site for this website. Before launching this site, we looked around at the many options available for web hosting, knowing that our technical skills were not up to much. Therefore, 24/7/365 support is absolutely crucial, and SiteRubix’s site support team are always fantastic, responding to queries within a few minutes at any time of day or night. If you’re looking for a way to build and run a website with no fuss or bother, and you need someone more knowledgeable to take care of the technical stuff, then SiteRubix is the platform for you.
- Canva will always be on our list of favourite tools. If you need a free, easy-to-use tool for putting text with pictures, embedding links, including animations or videos, or anything else you can think of, then Canva is the solution. And with a click of the mouse you can resize your creations for twitter/Facebook/Instagram/anything else. We’d be lost without it!
- Pinterest is great, but scheduling posts on it is not entirely straightforward. Tailwind is the best solution: you simply set up a loop, add pins to it and it will automate pinning, as well as posting to Facebook. If you want to drive traffic to your site by using Pinterest, this is a tool that is a must-have.
- Grammarly. This continues to flag my many typos: there are just some combinations of letters I always type the wrong way around! It plugs into Chrome (and other browsers) and helpfully sorts out not only typos but punctuation irregularities and grammar issues. Great whether your first language is English or not.
- MailChimp. If you’re reading the email version of this then that’s down to MailChimp. Packed full of features, it’s an all-in-one marketing solution that is very easy to use and free for up to a whopping two thousand subscribers.
Have a great week everyone, enjoy your tea!
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