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Tea Bags: Origins, Quality, Materials & More

Monday March 31, 2014
An image of a box of Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice teabags.

Tea bags are an incredibly popular medium for tea brewing. They are used by as many as 98 percent of Americans and 96 percent of Brits! And yet many know little to nothing about the origins of these ubiquitous tea sachets, the concerns about quality that arise with the steam of a steeping bag, or the materials that go into making their (possibly highly processed) tea bags. Learn all this and more with this article on tea bags. Enjoy!

Photo (c) Lindsey Goodwin

Can Hot Drinks Cool You Down?

Sunday March 30, 2014
An image of Rose Iced Tea.

There's a long-held debate in the beverage world over whether or not hot drinks can cool you down. I can see why people would argue over it. For those who love hot coffee, hot tea and other hot drinks, the idea can be intriguing. But the very idea seems so contrary to common sense.

Find out the science behind the rumors with this myth-busting article on whether or not hot drinks cool you down. Enjoy!

Photo (c) Lindsey Goodwin

Wet vs. Dry Cappuccino

Saturday March 29, 2014
An image of a Cappuccino in a clear glass mug.

Two of the most commonly used terms in coffee jargon are "wet" and "dry"... and these are especially common when used to describe a cappuccino. Find out the difference between a wet and a dry cappuccino, plus check out more coffee ordering terms and espresso terms on About Coffee / Tea.

Photo (c) Lindsey Goodwin

What's Your Favorite Starbucks Drink?

Saturday March 29, 2014
A while back, a reader asked about the best Starbucks drink. I answered with what's popular, but that's not really a complete answer, now is it? So I'm asking your for help...

Do you love a particular coffee roast or seasonal drink at Starbucks? Or perhaps you've figured out a menu hack for the best flavored, low-calorie or low-fat drink Starbucks can possibly make? Share your favorite Starbucks drink (on or off the Starbucks menu) with other readers!

Garden-Grown Herbal Infusions

Friday March 28, 2014
A glass of mint green tea surrounded by fresh mint leaves

Now that the weather is warming up, many people are returning to their gardens. Whether you have a large outdoor garden or a small herb collection in a few window boxes, you can grow your own herbs for making fresh herbal infusions and herbal-flavored teas at home. Here are some herbs that make great infusions, plus how to grow them at home: For more tips, see this guide to creating herbal "tea" blends on About.com Home Gardening. Enjoy!

Photo (c) Lindsey Goodwin

Coffee & Tea Tasting Terms

Friday March 28, 2014
An image of Green Tea Vodka and the Yuzu Sencha tealeaves used to infuse it.

New to tasting coffee or tea? It;s about time you found out the difference between astringency and bitterness, figured out what the heck terroir is, and knew your aftertaste from your mouthfeel. Here are a few of the tasting terms you're likely to encounter as you sniff and slurp. Enjoy!

Photo (c) Lindsey Goodwin

Matcha Salt (Plus More Ways to Sneak Tea Into Your Diet)

Friday March 28, 2014
An image of Matcha Salt

Tea is healthy. I know. You know. I know you know. But if you still aren't drinking enough tea to get its many benefits, then there are other ways you can get tea into your diet. Like sneaking it into your food.

Tea can be used as a flavoring or spice in many dishes. I can have an obvious impact and be a core flavor (such as in green tea-coconut macaroons), or be a more subtle seasoning (like in this banana chai smoothie). Here are some of my favorite ways to sneak more tea into your diet: Do you have a favorite way to sneak tea into your diet? Share it with other readers in the comments below!

Photo (c) Lindsey Goodwin

Drink to Your Health

Monday March 24, 2014
An image of chamomile blossoms and chamomile-infused vodka.

Teas and herbs can be wonderfully healthy drinks to savor. They can be soothing or energizing. They can help relieve a variety of ailments. And they can nourish the body and soul on a deeper level each day. If you're looking for a healthy beverage to try, I recommend checking out some of these favorite healthy teas: Enjoy!

Photo (c) Marko Goodwin

Coffee Varieties, Hybrids & Cultivars

Friday February 28, 2014
A coffee plant is a coffee plant is a coffee plant, right? Nope! There are many different types of coffee plants, each of which has its own characteristics that differentiate it from others. These types are known as varietals, hybrids and cultivars, and there are over 100 known types of coffee plants in the world.

Some coffee plants, such as Robusta coffee plants, contain more caffeine. Some, such as the Arabica coffee variations Geisha and Tekisic, are known for being especially sweet. Robusta is said to be unpleasantly acidic and harsh, yet others, such as Bourbon coffee and Caterra coffee, are known for their pleasing acidity. And there's even one type of naturally caffeine-free coffee plant!

You can learn more about the different types of coffee plants (including their origins, flavors and more) with this new guide to coffee varieties. Enjoy!

Coffee Cherries vs. Coffee Beans

Friday February 21, 2014
An image of a whole, roasted coffee bean.

Many people confuse the coffee terms "coffee cherry" and "coffee bean". It's understandable--the two are quite similar in certain respects. However, coffee cherries and coffee beans are two different things. Learn which traits they share and what sets them apart (plus plenty more about each) with these new definitions of coffee cherries and coffee beans. Enjoy!

Photo (c) Marko Goodwin
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