The redundancy of "Chai Tea" (Masala Chai)

We've all said it, "chai tea" -- the greatest redundancy in the world of tea. In the Hindi language, "chai" means "tea", so saying "chai tea" is the same as saying "tea tea." Just think about that the next time you are in a coffeeshop and hear someone order a "chai tea latte" -- whatever that is. Granted the popularized form of "chai tea" in America is syrup or powder based anyway - so calling what most drink in America "masala chai" would be a bastardization.  Masala refers to a mixture of spices; in masala chai, usually cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, star [...]

The redundancy of "Chai Tea" (Masala Chai)2018-05-15T08:40:51-05:00

Why tea-bags and tea-infusers are bad

Tea bags are a product of convenience; they are easy, cheap, and clean. But if you've only ever drank tea that was a product of a tea-bag, you are missing out. Tea-bags used to only be filled with dust and fannings which are all the little pieces leftover from different processing methods. Through the years, tea companies have been putting higher and higher quality tea in bags. But no matter how nice the tea, or how innovative the bag is (see nylon bag below), they fail for one fundamental reason: tea leaves must be allowed to flow freely within the brewing [...]

Why tea-bags and tea-infusers are bad2018-05-15T08:40:51-05:00