Top ten posts of 2019

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A little background

I launched Drink Tea Hub in July 2019 based on a long-held nagging feeling that I should be writing about tea and making it more accessible to people across the world. I started off just wanting to provide good quality information about tea and its health benefits, plus promoting some of my favourite teas, tea suppliers and tea products that I’ve used and loved.

Quite early on I realised that for us tea drinkers there are two major concerns that have an impact on the tea choices we make. Firstly, I believe we have a responsibility to consider the hard work, often extremely underpaid and in poor conditions, that goes into producing a drink that we in the privileged Western world rely on. Secondly, there’s an environmental impact to consider when choosing tea and these posts have been some of the most popular.

A thank you

I’ve been delighted by the response to this website and want to thank you, the reader, for your support and encouragement, and for pointing out where things are not working, or where links are broken or other technical issues. I really do appreciate all feedback, positive or negative, because this site is supposed to be for tea drinkers and the only way I know if I’m getting it right (or wrong) is if you tell me. So, thank you.

Most popular posts of 2019

On to the list of the posts that have received the most views and comments over the first six months of this site’s existence.

  1. The best plastic-free tea bags. The problem of plastic in tea bags became a big news story in September when a team of Canadian scientists published a research paper that showed that not only do tea bags contain microplastics that do not biodegrade, but those tea bags shed millions of particles of microplastics into your tea. This post followed on from number 6 in this list (see below) and detailed my favourite tea bags that are guaranteed to be free from plastic
  2. The best books about tea. It seems that, like me, people still love to read books, and books about tea are popular with tea drinkers as we seek to expand our tea knowledge. This was the most popular post from Google Search.
  3. The best tea Advent calendars for Christmas 2019. Obviously a very seasonal post which proved a big hit with readers in October and November of 2019.
  4. The best natural sleep remedies. A post about how herbal tea can help you sleep, the ingredients to look for, plus some links to some of my favourite sleep-promoting herbal teas.
  5. Top ten quotes about tea in literature. Quotes posts seem to be especially popular with Twitter and Pinterest followers and this has consistently been near the top since first publishing in July 2019. It was updated in December with more details about the books themselves. This remains my most popular Twitter post of the year.
  6. Plastic-free tea bags. This was the first post I wrote about the problem of plastic in tea bags where I went into detail about the problem. It was then updated in September 2019 when the issue gained much wider media attention (see post number 1 in this list).
  7. Uses for tea around the house and garden. This post was especially popular with my twitter followers. A list of 24 different uses for leftover tea so that it never need be put in the dustbin.
  8. Top tea infusers 2019. A popular post, especially in the run-up to Christmas. There is now a huge range of different types of tea infuser on the market and this post was an attempt to cut through some of the noise and recommend some products which I have tried, tested and found to enhance my tea making and drinking experience.
  9. Cooking with tea: A beginner’s guide. Cooking posts are always popular, especially on Pinterest, and this post received a lot of positive interactions as people shared their surprise that yes, you can use tea as a cooking ingredient. This was my most popular Pinterest pin of the year.
  10. Tea-related silver linings. I was absolutely delighted with the positive responses I had to this, a very personal post, about my grandmother and her influence on my life and my drinking of tea.

There we have it, the ten most popular posts on this site in 2019. Is there a post about tea you would like to see on Drink Tea Hub? Any suggestions or comments, please leave them in the box below and I’ll add it to the list of things to write about.

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22 thoughts on “Top ten posts of 2019”

  1. Hiya Lisa

    I have bookmarked your site so I can check out every one of your top ten articles. I’m interested in your use of Pinterest and want to know more about that. But back to tea! I love tea too and I’ll be looking into your tea drinkers club. My favourite which is practically fuel is rose pouchong leaf tea. I have also had galactagogues such as goats rue(which was disgusting btw) when I was breastfeeding and I toyed with the idea of making up my own tea bags. I buy my leaf tea from the local health food shop in wee brown paper bags. 

    Does leaf tea also have plastic in it? I’d not heard about plastic in teabags until I read it in your article so that was both surprising and a bit worrying especially as I drink so much of it. Would they be allowed to sell leaf tea with plastic in it at a health food shop?  How does the plastic get into the teabags? 

    Thanking for an interesting and informative read, I look forward to the answers to my questions, krs PurpleLioness 

    Reply
    • Hi PurpleLioness, leaf tea contains no plastic but most of the “big brands” of tea bag contain microplastics, either as part of the “fabric” of the bag, or in the glue that seals them and yes, they could easily be sold in a heatlh food shop because (certainly in the UK and as far as I know in the rest of the world too) there are currently no restrictions on plastic in food – it’s considered inert and safe for humans to ingest. Scientists are beginning to disagree with that but we are some way off any sort of ban so the only way to avoid it is to choose food and drink that hasn’t been packaged in plastic – all plastics shed microplastic particles to some degree. Hope this helps!

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