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Review of Wistaria Paris Tea House

Review of Wistaria Paris Tea House–a French outpost of the historic flagship location in Taiwan.

It’s a wonderful place for tea lovers to enjoy quality tea with gongfu teaware in a serene location. Wistaria offers a small sweet/savory menu, too.

Tea counter inside Wistaria Paris Tea House
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Review of Tea Magic in Williston Park

Tea Magic in Williston Park serves bubble teas (AKA boba or pearl tea), slushies, smoothies, and desserts in an adorable setting.

In this post, I will share my reflections on the vibe and what Tea Magic offers bubble tea lovers.

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Tea Infusiast News, No. 18

Welcome to the June 2024 edition of Tea Infusiast News–a newsletter for tea lovers to connect with and through tea. This is the 18th edition of the newsletter.

In this June 2024 Edition

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Tea Infusiast Offerings

Here are some core Tea Infusiast offerings–resources and eventsdesigned to connect us with and through tea.

Subscribing to my monthly newsletter will reliably let you know about my upcoming offerings (in addition to other tea-related content). You can also contact me directly about customizing and leading an event for you or your group. (See the link at the bottom of this post.)

I absolutely love designing online kits and different types of events to help tea lovers connect with and through tea. I am looking forward to running these core Tea Infusiast offerings. Currently, my resources and events include…

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Review of Humble Cafe in Williston Park

Although Humble Cafe in Williston Park focuses on high quality coffee that it roasts on the premises, it also has some very good tea choices–particularly for tea lattes. In this post, I’m happy to share my reflections on the cafe’s vibe and what it offers tea lovers. (This post was updated in June 2024.)

Photos of tea lattes from Humble Cafe, above, from left to right: Earl Grey latte with rose, matcha latte, and hojicha latte with cinnamon.

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Rosebud Tea: Yellow vs. Pink

Rosebud tea can be delightful. Let’s compare the flavor, mouthfeel, and more of yellow vs. pink rosebuds steeped as herbal tea.

I have been drinking pink rose and pink rosebud tea for some time. Yellow rosebuds, by contrast, are relatively new to me. Realizing I had two different colored rosebud herbal teas, both grown in Iran, made me curious to compare them. The results surprised me!

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Tea Bags vs. Loose Leaf: Advantages of Each

Even though it’s often portrayed as a competition–tea bags vs. loose leaf—there are advantages of each approach to brewing tea. Let’s explore this issue!

Most Americans (and Brits!) prepare tea using tea bags (or tea sachets), not loose leaf tea. It was definitely in this category growing up.

Loose leaf vs. tag bags--dish of loose leaf tea and a white teapot on one side and a glass teacup with a tea bag and tea bag wrapper on the other
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Tea Infusiast News, No. 17

Welcome to the May 2024 edition of Tea Infusiast News–a newsletter for tea lovers to connect with and through tea. This is the 17th edition of the newsletter.

In this May 2024 Edition

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Persimmon Leaf and Magnolia Blossom Herbal Teas

Their flavor profiles, beauty, and more persuaded me to add persimmon leaf and magnolia blossom herbal teas into my tisane rotation at home.

I am a long time devotee of “real tea” (from the Camellia Sinensis plant) and relatively late to discovering herbal teas that I enjoy drinking regularly. No one was more surprised than I was when I wrote my first Herbal Tea Recommendations post a few months ago! Since then, I’ve found two new tisanes to add to my recommendations.

Note: always research any potential health risks associated with herbal teas before you try them.

Cream-colored magnolia blossom floating in glass pitcher with a green handle
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Tea Practice Equanimity

This post shares how a long-term, mindful tea practice might help with equanimity in tough times.

For some weeks, I’ve felt like the volume has been turned up whenever I feel sadness or frustration. I still feel other emotions–even good ones–but they don’t feel amplified like the sad ones recently. Given my emotional state, my reaction in the face of a recent disappointing outdoor tea session was hard to explain. But, let me try. I think it speaks to the grounding magic and support of having a regular tea practice.