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Lindsey Goodwin

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Serving Tea in Germany

Saturday May 31, 2014
Lindsey Goodwin drinking "bowl tea" outside at an organic farmers market

During June and the first half of July, I'll be serving tea in Germany. These tea ceremonies are rooted in a tea tradition that is thousands of years old. The tea sessions will be meditative and quiet, with a short question and answer session afterward. For details on attending, contact me through Facebook or Google Plus (using the icons at the top of the page).

Photo (c) Global Tea Hut

Tea Ceremony Defined

Saturday May 31, 2014
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You've probably heard the term 'tea ceremony' before. But what, exactly, is one? Where are tea ceremonies performed? And what isn't a tea ceremony? Learn more with this new definition of tea ceremony. Enjoy!

Photo (c) Global Tea Hut

What's Peakiness?

Saturday May 31, 2014
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Peakiness is a tasting term that may is usually unfavorable. However, not all peaks are bad! Learn more with this new definition of peaks & peakiness in the coffee and tea tasting glossary. Enjoy!

Photo (c) Lindsey Goodwin

The UK is Teatime, Haggis & Bar Fighters...

Wednesday May 28, 2014
... on a new 'map of stereotypes' by artist Martin Vargic. The map takes on assumptions, ignorance and pigeonholing in a humorous (and remarkably detail-oriented) way--by placing thousands of labels on a world map to correspond with what so many assume to be true about each place. Not surprisingly, teatime shows up on the UK map, coffee beans loom large in Central America, and there are a few other mentions of coffee, tea and other local quaffs across the map. Explore and enjoy!

Caffeine in Coffee & Tea

Wednesday May 28, 2014
An image of crema on top of a well-pulled shot of espresso.

I get a lot of questions about caffeine in coffee and tea. It seems to be something that's really on people's minds! And while caffeine is neither quite the blessing nor curse that people make it out to be*, it is worth knowing a little about. Ready to learn more? Check out these articles: Have more questions about caffeine? Ask in the comments below!

* If you want to know about why caffeine isn't the only factor that matters, I recommend reading Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food and recognizing that coffee and tea have hundreds and hundreds of chemical compounds in them, including other stimulants (such as theobromine) and, in the case of tea, a sedative (L-theophylline).

Photo (c) Lindsey Goodwin

Tea Cupping

Wednesday May 28, 2014
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Tea cupping is the process that tea professionals undertake to evaluate teas for purchase or blending. In recent years, tea cupping has also spread to certain tea hobbyists. However, even if you are a hobbyist who cups tea at home with a cupping set, there's likely still a lot you don't yet know about tea cupping. Learn some of the surprising truths to the science of tea tasting with a new article on tea cupping. Enjoy!

Photo (c) Lindsey Goodwin

Affogato

Tuesday May 27, 2014
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Sometimes, the simplest things are the most enjoyable. In the case of affogato, that's undeniably true. Two simple ingredients--good ice cream and well-pulled espresso--make one sinfully delicious dessert.

Find out more about this enchanting, coffee-centric dessert with a new glossary entry on affogato. Learn what makes it so great, how to make your own perfect affogato and much more. Enjoy!

Photo (c) Lindsey Goodwin

Wagashi

Tuesday May 27, 2014
A favorite in Japan and elsewhere, wagashi is a type of confection that is often served at Japanese tea ceremonies. Wagashi are usually vegan and many types are gluten free. Many types are elaborately detailed and gorgeous, and they are often characterized by their unique textures. And they often feature exotic ingredients like sweetened azuki bean paste, fresh cherry blossoms and oak leaves.

Learn more about these fascinating, delectable treats with a new article on wagashi. Enjoy!

Global Tea Hut

Wednesday April 30, 2014
A black and white calligraphy painting of a man and a woman share tea under a thatched-roof hut

For the last few years, I've been so thrilled to be a part of a project called Global Tea Hut. Part tea magazine, part tea community and part tea of the month club, Global Tea Hut is somewhat of an anomaly in the tea world. Rather than being all about flavor profiles and tales of journeys into high mountains or the Western history of tea, it focuses on organic tea, tea as a tool for awareness and the connections formed through sharing tea. It's a profound approach to tea, and one that it at once ancient and new.

To learn more, check out my new article on Global Tea Hut. Enjoy!

Photo (c) Global Tea Hut

Tea Sandwich Recipes

Wednesday April 30, 2014
An image of Tomato & Cheese Tea Sandwiches made with cheddar cheese, cilantro and mayo.

I recently posted a link to a collection of tea sandwiches associated with traditional, British afternoon tea. Today, I'd like to share a link for those of you interested in finding more tea sandwich recipes.

Also known as 'finger sandwiches', these dainty, savory treats are commonly served at tea parties. They range quite a bit in terms of flavors, ingredients and styles, and are much more versatile than you might think.

Check out these tea sandwich recipes, including recipes for vegetarian tea sandwiches, traditional tea sandwiches, a gluten-free tea sandwich recipe and much more. Enjoy!

Photo (c) Lindsey Goodwin
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