Welcome to the second review of our week here at Drink Tea Hub. Once again, this post is going to link to some of our favourite tea-related blogs, news articles and recipes. If you want to receive this update in your inbox, sign up to our email list (below or in the sidebar if you’re on a desktop) and you’ll get an exclusive tea discount voucher sent to you straight away.
Favourite blogs, bloggers and articles
- A Little Bit of Calm from The Tea Chest Blog: Thoughts on the importance of finding space and time to relax a little bit in our hectic modern world, and a list of teas to help you achieve it.
- Quick and Easy Homemade Masala Chai recipe by Mary Ann Rollano at Life is Better With Tea: a blend of tea and spices which is perfect for Autumn
- The Perfect Cup: In Search of Oriental Beauty by Bruce Richardson at Tea Time Magazine: a photographic exploration of tea production in Taiwan and its beautiful oolong teas.
- Sample Upwards! Why You Should Consider Trying Teas You Have No Intention in Buying by James at TeaDB in which James encourages us all to be that little bit more adventurous when it comes to trying new teas.
Tea of the week
Having quite recently fallen seriously in love with Japanese tea, this week I’ve been sampling the Organic Japanese Sencha tea from Clearspring, specialists in organic and authentic Japanese food and drink. The Japanese teas I’ve tried so far are quite different from the more familiar (to me) Chinese green teas. The different production method leads to a brighter, fresher, grassier drink which I think makes an excellent morning pick-me-up.
Podcast of the week
Continuing the Japanese theme, this week I discovered Ricardo Caicedo’s podcast My Japanese Green Tea. In the most recent episode, episode 40, Oscar Brekell talks about The Book of Japanese Tea which is now #1 on my wish list!
Important news stories
The plastic in tea bags story continues to rumble on with more and more articles in the mainstream media about it. Everything you need to know, plus our recommendations for completely plastic-free tea bags.
New on Drink Tea Hub this week
Another ten quotes and sayings about tea: the second in our popular series of posts with quotes about tea and links to the sources of those quotes
In case you missed it: some of our top posts from the past couple of months
The best teas for a cold or sore throat. We’re definitely in “deep Autumn” here in the UK with howling gales, torrential rain and general misery increasing as the nights draw in for winter. Time to curl up under a blanket with a soothing, warming brew.
How to store tea. A list of top tips for getting the longest possible shelf life and enjoyment from your tea.
Website tools of the week:
Readers are starting to ask about how this site is put together and the tools that I use to create and manage it so here are three completely free tools that I could not live without:
- Canva. As well as the banner for this weekly review, I use Canva all the time for putting text and pictures together. Drink Tea Hub is building a big following on Pinterest and all my Pins are created with Canva. It is super easy to use even for a technical newbie like me, you can add images, resize for twitter/Facebook/Instagram/anything else. You can create a consistent brand image with just a few clicks and use it to create forms, animations, documents, anything you can think of and it will look beautiful.
- Tailwind. The Pinterest tool that everyone is talking about, with good reason because it’s absolutely brilliant, is Tailwind which lets you automate pinning to Pinterest and posting to Facebook forever, entirely for free. This has saved me an absolute ton of time.
- Grammarly. Although my English is pretty good, my typing is not so good and Grammarly plugs seamlessly into Chrome and helpfully sorts out all my typos and punctuation irregularities.
Coming up in the next week (or two!)
Japanese green tea. Now that I’ve found Japanese green tea, my main question is “how did I live without it?” This article will offer a detailed look at how tea is produced in Japan and its many different varieties from the now well-known in the West like Matcha, to the far less well-known like Genmaicha.
Book review: For all the tea in China by Sarah Rose. This was a recommendation by a reader of this website. It’s been a busy week so I’ve still not quite finished it. Once I do I will post a review.