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According to Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor research has been conducted to determine the most effective and expeditious method to cool a hot cup of tea.

4) Leaving the teaspoon in the cup ranked the least efficient. 

3) Adding warm milk resulted in the third worst. 

2) Stirring the tea for one minute dropped the temperature by 6 degrees. 

1) However, blowing in the cup of hot tea for the same amount of time while stirring was the quickest method, nearly twice as effective.  Why?  Because blowing and stirring maximizes the surface area between the air and the liquid.   

How many of us use artsy teapots for decoration?  Hand blown glass teapots with blooming tea are used for centerpieces at dinner parties.   Collectible silversmith and ceramic pots are strategically placed on well- lit shelves for display.  And, when the lids break teapots become flower vases.  Decorating bare walls with one-dimensional teapots are often forgotten.  There are many artistic painters out there such as Carolyn Pappas that appreciate the shape of teapots as ceramic artists do.  Additionally a pot of tea contains water, the same source as a still life painting with watercolours.  Also, some use tea to stain the paper in which a teapot is painted. 

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Margaret Bohls, curator for “Teapots:  Function, Formal, Narrative” has written an article to ceramic artists.  The purpose was to share with them the reasons for creating that magnificent object referred to as the teapot. 

 The teapot is, arguably, the most visually and culturally loaded pottery form. Trade, fashion, social class, nationalism, and industry, have all contributed to the layers of cultural and historical meaning inherent to this particular cultural artifact. Being at the same time an aesthetic object and a utilitarian object, the teapot also carries all of the potential and all of the contradictions inherent in the field of contemporary ceramics.  


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Mixing up form and function is a balancing act for most ceramic artists.  However, this is what motivates Sam Chung to create teapots.  If that is not challenging enough, Sam thrives on which role each pot shall play.  Chung believes he must decide if it should be historical, tactile, decorative or ergonomically physical. These balance and role decisions are what he refers to as grappling.  Which role did Sam portray with this pot?

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Imagine attending a party full of brainless ladies holding cups that have fingers and saucers that appear to have the ability to walk off the table.  The concept and sculpture is that of Ronit Baranga’s, created for his solo exhibition “Shells of Wings”.  Additionally, Baranga received honorable mention in the designbloom®dining in 2015” competition for crafting finger walking teapots, cups and saucers.  Has the Mad Hatter Tea Party met its match?

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It’s no wonder that the jasmine flower is revered by tea drinkers.  It's bloom is one of the most fragrant of all natural living plants.  Jasmine is used in most perfumes and its extract in many aromatherapy oils.  This midnight blooming flower has been referenced around the world for centuries in a multitude of lyrics and poetry.  Research has shown it calms the nervous system, helps PMS and aids insomnia.  What’s more, legend has it that it is an aphrodisiac.

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Pu’erh also called Pu’er or Bolay is a traditional Chinese tea that has been fermented for long periods of time. Lovers of tea have found that when it is stored for many years, sometimes 50 years or more, it improves with age. This storage results in the tea acquiring different aroma depending on the length of time it is fermented. It is said that the tea that has been stored for over 50 years is considered to be most valuable and collectors from China and Hong Kong are willing to pay handsome prices for it.


Here is an idea to use seemingly boring used teabags in an interesting and creative way. Designers Yuree S. Lim and Jieun Yang have created tea coasters which have designs embossed on them and when you put a used teabag on these coasters, the dripping tea stains the design on the coaster, leaving the white background blank. Some consider it to be an excellent form of relaxation. Having tea has never been this interesting and artistic before.

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Mint tea is apparently good for your cats health. A little cold peppermint tea is beneficial not just for their physical health, but is also said to have a positive impact on feline mentality. It has been concluded that they tend to be more agile and their senses sharper after regular consumption of mint tea. Mint is related to catnip, a happy drug for felines that gives them a feel good factor. So order’s up for your cat!

According to accredited research drinking tea can boost your mental state. Tea has amino acid L-theanine which helps the brain relax and stay focused.  Drinking 4 cups daily of black tea lowers cortisol, the hormone associated with stress.  Red teas are known to relax irritations; green tea studies have shown that 2 cups daily reduce the risk of confusion by 50%.  The infamous late British actor and play writer, Arthur W. Pinero was correct:  Where there’s tea there’s hope.

What would you do if you ordered your tea and you were served hot water in a cup and a pack of cigarettes instead of tea bags? Would you call the waiter back and ask him to take it back or would you simply pull a cigarette out, tap it on the table and dip it in the cup? The answer is, you dip the cigarette in your tea cup, add a lump of sugar, stir, have your tea, pick up your hat and leave. Yes, this is a tea bag that looks like a cigarette and has a tagline “Don’t smoke tea, drink cigarettes”.


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Prepare and drink tea with chopsticks. This is not just a crazy whim but one of the most innovative ways to drink tea. Some might say that this is not possible on this planet, they are right. Tea has been consumed in space using chopsticks. The International Space Station has been a hub of many out of this world experiments, including this one. With the space flight to be commercialized in the near future, you will also be able to gather the unique experience of using chopsticks to drink tea.

So you don't have time to relax and enjoy your cup of special green tea? Days of worry are over; all you need to do is to pop a green tea capsule! For all green tea lovers out there, you now have the option of thinking beyond tea pots and tea cups. Have it on the go, while you are heading out or even in the park, when you want it is when you have it. It is certainly a fast and effective way of never missing out on the health benefits of your favorite tea again.

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So you think that the teapot that you purchased last weekend was really expensive? Here is something to console you. A pair of “famille rose” coral ground teapots from the Quianlong Period were sold for $1,264,629 at an auction in Hong Kong. These pots have been painted with landscapes in blue and green colours. The design of the art indicates the appreciation of European landscapes. Hence not only are they the most expensive teapots in the world, but they also explore the European connection of China 200 years back. 

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There have been ways to serve a drink but there is nothing quite like flipping a coin and let it drop into a cup of hot water. Let it dissolve and sip it in leisure. Now tea coins have become popular and they are being used more and more considering that the teabags have been around for a very long time. Just the new round compact structure seems so modern, nowGreen Tea has another fad attached to it. Certainly stylish! 

More good news awaits the tea drinkers. Now every time you use a tea bag, save it and do not toss it aside; you can use the tea bags for cleaning your house in numerous ways! They are especially perfect for wooden furniture as if you scrub your floor with them, the tannins present in black tea will help your floor gleam with the richness of rustic beauty. They can also be used to clean other furniture as well. Who would have known?

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Keeping your tea pot warm has never been more fun. Tea cozies have now taken a huge creative turn and are no longer made with any traditional styles in mind. Think really funky and really different and you have the special ‘Party Girl’ tea cozy and it is just one of them! It has the cool retro yet feminine look and even looking at it is a whole lot of fun! So, dress your tea pot as you want and do not be afraid to try outstandingly designed tea cozies to pep up your tea time.

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Collecting teabag labels is a unique hobby but how far can you go ahead with it? Felix Rotter took this rather seriously and carried it to the next level. How many teabag labels could you have collected? One hundred, five hundred, two thousand, maybe? Hold on to your breath! Felix Rotter has got a collection of TEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED labels of different tea bags from ninety three countries. He is the world record holder for collecting the most tea bag labels. Beat that!

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It cannot get any more expansive than this. We are not referring to the tea bag, but the love for them that made Boodles jewelers make a teabag studded with diamonds. This teabag is worth £7,500 and has been handcrafted using 280 diamonds. This teabag took 3 months in the making. Boodles expresses its happiness by dedicating the tea bag to the people of Britain for their love of tea. This love for tea will be appreciated in the form of buyers when this teabag goes for auction to raise money for charity.

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Research has indicated that the use of compost tea enriches the soil with nitrogen. The nutrients of compost tea enrich the soil like no other fertilizer can. Some claim that compost made from tea is gold for plants. The presence of compost tea in the soil helps the breakdown of complex organic matter into simpler forms that are easily absorbed by plants. Also, tea helps as a detox for soil and keeps germs and plant diseases away. Its presence will also deter any pets from attacking the plants.

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