Tag Archives: magic

Diffusing infuser confusion

30 Mar
Dizzying, isn't it?

Dizzying, isn’t it?

Look at us, all fancy-like with our spanking new domain at snooteablog.com.

Now we can get really snooty.

See what great things are possible with technology?

Speaking of technology, humans have developed a staggering number of contraptions, devices, and gadgets that allows us to take our precious leaves from point A to point Tea. Continue reading

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White tea: Basics

16 Mar
Poor Fluttershy tea. She can't help it, it's just how she is.

Oh, finicky Fluttershy tea. She can’t help it, it’s just how she is.

Ah, white tea.

Think of that one friend who’s just got something about her. She’s the sweetest, kindest, gentlest soul you can imagine, taking in stray cats that flock to her porch, or whipping up a batch of your favorite cookies when that you get rejected from that Ultimate Dream Internship.

Unfortunately, that super sensitivity can make it a little difficult to hang out with her. She has a knack for getting sunburned, even on the greyest winter afternoon, and comes home covered in bug bites if she goes within a five-mile radius of the woods. Anything that requires athletic ability results in sprains and breaks–possibly a concussion. Not to mention she’s allergic to gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, and nuts.

But. She’s so sweet. She apologizes every time her condition creates an inconvenience, and you just can’t hold it against her. After all, she’s one of those people that are so hard to find in the world, one of those souls who has nothing but genuine love in her heart for other humans.

White tea is basically that friend. Continue reading

So you want to blend fandom teas

23 Feb
Ours Is The Fury, and it tastes like chocolate-roasted chestnuts dipped in cream.

Ours Is The Fury! And our Fury tastes like chestnuts roasted in cocoa and cream. (Image (c) HBO Store)

With the new Game of Thrones Season 3 trailer out, I couldn’t resist.

Back in June of 2011, I thought it would be fun to blend some teas based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, which had just taken off a few months before and became one of those crazy phenomena where college-aged bros were seriously, seriously into a show about ponies. Girl ponies.

As luck would have it, these girl ponies turned out to translate pretty well into teas, thanks to Adagio and Tumblr. So did the noble houses from Game of Thrones.

Heck, anything can be a tea. How? Continue reading

Level 2 Tea Hacking

9 Feb
Tea leaves:  just another substance that makes your body feel good and your wallet feel bad.

Tea leaves: just another substance that makes your body feel good and your wallet feel bad.

Put on your robe and wizard hat, it’s time for another round of leaf-juice sorcery.

Now that we’re stepping up our game to loose leaves, this is where it’s really, really nice to have some teatime swag. Brand matters less than function. I’ve got a Teavana Perfect Tea Maker, but any infuser worth its salt will do. Note that with tea hacking, you will never produce the all-around “perfect” cup of tea. You will only produce a rather mindblowing cup of tea, which will incidentally be perfect for you.

Allons-y. Continue reading

Tea Hacking: College Edition

2 Feb
With a bit of hacking, your bag of blah can taste like it came from the Queen's own pot.

With a bit of hacking, your bag of blah can taste like it came from the Queen’s own pot.

Tea is a high-maintenance lady. Delicate whites need to be coaxed into flavor, greens require careful monitoring to escape bitterness, and blacks can’t be left to their own devices for too long, or else you’ve got a steaming cup of oh-god-why-did-I-even-bother.

This lady takes time and patience, and of course, that’s the one thing we college kids don’t have. We’re bounding between classes and projects and rehearsals and meetings, and when we’ve got a moment to breathe, it’s just long enough to hide under the cozy-but-kind-of-itchy blanket of procrastination. (Hi Tumblr. Hi Facebook.)

If tea is gonna get us through all that, then our cup of leaf juice needs to be fan-freaking-tastic without the load of prep time. Even when you’re on the go, grabbing a quick one from the café turns out to be not-so-quick as you nurse a scalded tongue, waiting just to be able to take a sip. It’s like tea refuses to be chuggable; that instant Tazo from Starbucks doesn’t come with instant gratification.

But some of us don’t take “No” for an answer. Busy students, you can have your tea and drink it, too. How? Tea hacking. Continue reading