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Gift Ideas for Tea Lovers, Part II

This post shares more gift ideas for tea lovers, focusing on giving tea classes and the opportunity for online tea community. It is part II in a two-part series of gift ideas.

So, you are thinking about gift ideas for a friend or family member who is a tea lover. This may seem counterintuitive, but giving tea can be a challenge unless you have a very good idea of what kinds of tea the intended recipient loves and what they already have in their cupboard. For this reason, the first post in this two-part series focused on tea-themed items like stationery, jewelry, and apparel. This second post likewise focuses on non-tea gift ideas for tea lovers. But, instead of tea-themed items, it highlights tea classes and opportunities to be part of an online tea community.

Person in front of a computer at an online event. A mug of tea is nearby.
Online tea classes can be fun and convenient!
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Tea Infusiast Newsletter Launching in 2023

This post shares why I am launching a Tea Infusiast Newsletter in January of 2023, why you might want to subscribe now, and how to sign up!

Example of part of the heading of the Tea Infusiast Newsletter--at least as envisioned in late November 2022.
The newsletter is under construction! Above is a small snip of our latest draft.
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Three Teas from Teawala

This post shares tasting notes for three delightful teas from Teawala. Read on for my thoughts on their Khiri Gold (black tea from Thailand), Rice Oolong (oolong tea processed with an herb from Thailand), and Ruby Red (black tea from Taiwan).

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Gift Ideas for Tea Lovers, Part I

Looking for gift ideas for tea lovers and aren’t sure where to start?

This post shares some ideas for tea-themed items. It is part one of a two-part series.

Stationery, stickers, washi tape, zipper pouches –and more– with tea themes from the Tea Thoughts shop.
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Turtle Tea Pets and the Potter Who Creates Them

Meet the potter who creates turtle tea pets that have brought so much joy to the tea community.

Herb, the Instagram-Famous Tea Turtle

If you follow tea accounts on Instagram, you may have seen the handiwork of potter Michell Hovey. She created the ceramic tea pet, Herb, and a number of other turtle tea pets that show up in the Instagram photos of various tea lovers.

A tiny, smiling ceramic turtle teapet with unglazed shell perched on top of a blue and gold gaiwan. A magenta flower is in the background.
Bonsai, a sibling of Herb, on top of my gaiwan. Bonsai is one of two micro-turtle tea pets created by Michell Hovey.
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Compass Tea in Luray

Do you enjoy loose leaf tea, bubble tea, rainbows, lots of purple, handmade jewelry, and fair trade clothes? What about a business with a front door that proudly proclaims the location an LGBT “safe space?” If you answered “yes,” then let me introduce you to Compass Tea in Luray!

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Teahouses in Portland

This post provides impressions of four teahouses in Portland, Oregon. I visited Enthea Teahouse in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Portland, Smith Teamaker on SE Washington Street, and Tea Chai Té in Sellwood. I also spent an afternoon at the teahouse operated by The Tao of Tea inside the Lan Su Chinese Garden.

Wide-angle shot of one of the rooms inside Enthea Teahouse. There are cozy upholstered wooden chairs, tea tables with gongfu teaware, and a fire place.
Inside of one of Enthea’s tea rooms. Photo kindly provided by Enthea Teahouse.
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Tasting Notes for 3 Teas from Tea Vivre

This post shares tasting notes for three teas from Tea Vivre. I have bought and enjoyed many teas from them. These impressions, however, are for three teas that they sent me for free. Per my review policy, I had no obligation to review unless I sincerely enjoyed them. I certainly did! Read on for my thoughts on their award-winning 2019 Bai MuDan, their Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Mini Cakes, and their Phoenix Dan Cong.

I appreciate that Tea Vivre offers both gongfu and western-style brewing suggestions on their website. I tend to alternate, as you will see below.

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Resist the Cult of Productivity

We need call out and push back against the cult of productivity. Too many spaces promote time scarcity and encourage us to behave as if we were robots. This cult is terrible for our minds, bodies, and creative energies. Two experiences recently underscored how relentlessly we can focus on productivity. This post identifies some pernicious aspects of the cult of productivity. It also shares ways to resist. Calling out inhumane elements of work culture (including those we have internalized) is important. Likewise, cultivating restorative personal practices like intentional tea sessions can help, too.

Sunshine reflecting off glass pitcher of golden tea on a table next to a purple viola
We can resist the cult of productivity.
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What Can a Tea Pet Add to Your Practice?

What can a tea pet add to your practice? So many things! I’ll focus on three here, and then share about a special tea pet, Herb the Traveling Tea Turtle, that visited me.

clay tea pet in shape of a ram
Rocco, my first, and so far only, tea pet.