Telling the Bees
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by michael duranko
3M ago
The Queen is dead. Long live the King.  But who’s going to tell the Royal Bees? Here is a link to an article explaining this Apiarian tradition.  You may know that I keep bees at home.  Currently, I have a single beehive sitting on a second-floor terrace outside our bedroom. The honey is lovely, a strong gamey sweetness that I love in my perfect cuppa Lapsang Souchong every morning, in my greek yogurt, and in the vinaigrette Dianne whisks up a few times each week.   The hive is easy to access, and I do like to come home from a long day in the Tea Lair and watch the gir ..read more
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More White Teas – 4 New Gems
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by michael duranko
5M ago
More White Teas? As many of you may know, during the pandemic we experienced shipping delays with our Pear Mu Tan White tea.  Our shipments were stuck in transit.   You may have seen the post we did when it came back in stock in February, Welcome Back, Pear Mu Tan. It is a delicious tea that people love. The bright spot in this mini-crisis was showing us how popular White Teas are with you.  Perhaps human nature is such that you want what you cannot have?  And, in case you need some right now, Morton’s Market is the one Serving Partner we have here in Sarasota that off ..read more
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Guesthouse Teas
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by michael duranko
5M ago
Gorgeous pix of the gorgeous guesthouse where I live with Dianne Glass.  Sarasota Magazine wrote about the space in their March-April cover story ‘Guesthouses we Love’. The actual article is titled “Peek Inside Three Dreamy Local Guesthouses” and here is a link. 4 Guesthouse Teas Dianne has a wonderful style that she infuses into her house and guesthouse. And, yes there are tins of Local Tea in the cupboards; Organic Sarasotan, Goji Green, Selby Select, and Mote Beach Tea. Lilly is ever-present, wagging her tail, and patrolling the grounds.  Lilly of Lantana…Lucky Me ..read more
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Strawberry Meets Rooibos
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by michael duranko
5M ago
Strawberry meets Rooibos and you get Strawberry Rooibos Tea, a long-overdue addition to our popular, caffeine-free selection of rooibos teas. What took so long? An excellent question! Strawberries are included in our most popular flavored teas; Organic Strawbango Black Tea (we invented that name, I think), Organic Strawberry Smile Green Tea, Siesta Tea, and our Tahitian Red Tea. But none of our rooibos teas have strawberries. Until now, I know Glynis looked high and low for a rooibos strawberry tea worthy enough to join the team of 9 spectacular rooibos teas. And now we finally found one. Rooi ..read more
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Evergreen Peach Tea
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by michael duranko
5M ago
We live in north Sarasota, so our travel time is usually 45 minutes.  If we lived closer, we would visit more often, of that I am certain.  We have a new tea to share with you, Evergreen Peach Tea, but I must first admit, Cafe Evergreen is a place I love to visit.   Typically we, (Dianne Glass and me) visit Cafe Evergreen after a soak at Warm Mineral Springs.  Your sulfur scented skin is welcome here! The Fountain of Youth Balboa was searching for and the many European soakers clinging to pool noodles with their unique and colorful hats, Warm Mineral Springs is ‘Old F ..read more
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Welcome Back, Mu Tan Pear Tea
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by michael duranko
5M ago
Welcome Back, Mu Tan Pear Tea. I am very happy to announce that our Pear Mu Tan White tea is back in stock.  And a few weeks earlier than expected.   To celebrate, I immediately brewed a cuppa of this fine white tea.  As you may know, my preferences lean towards Lapsang Souchong and our Organic Sarasotan Breakfast Blend, as well as our Mates and Rooibos teas.  And, I forgot how wonderful Pear tea tastes.   Multi-Steeping Pear is a delicate yet prominent flavor.  Apple and mango offer more clever sweetness, and the marigold blossoms are lovely in th ..read more
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How, When, and Why you should drink Caffeine Free Chai Tea
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by michael duranko
5M ago
January is National Hot Tea Month, and I thought I would post at the end of the month for a change.  Or it could be that I forgot to add procrastinating to my goals for 2022. Caffeine Free Chai Tea. Dianne and I have a nice evening routine. After dinner and tidying up the kitchen, we walk Lily around the block, then turn off our phones for a bit of Tea and TV.  Ozark is back, Line of Duty (Bent Brit Coppers) and Saturday Night Live is pretty funny this season.  Our boring pandemic patterns continue.    Our nighttime tea of choice has been Organic Peppermint ..read more
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Perfect Cuppa Tea Lapsang
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by Michael Duranko
5M ago
Here is how to make the perfect Cuppa tea Lapsang Souchong black tea.  Not just how to make a cuppa tea, but rather the PERFECT cup of tea. Why does Tea Lapsang Souchong make the perfect Cuppa? My version of the perfect cuppa tea Lapsang souchong is an ideal balance of smoky, sweet, and creamy.  It’s my morning beverage, and I think it’s a great way to start the day.   The smokiness reminds me of the peat fires in Ireland and Scotland.  As they have done for centuries, people in the Irish and Scottish countryside light the stoves and fireplaces with dried peat bricks ..read more
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Very Popular Chamomile Tea
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by Michael Duranko
5M ago
Someone asked me about Chamomile tea.  This herbal blend is not one of my favorite teas; however, I wanted to find out why it is such a popular beverage. Well, I found some information that has really piqued my interest.  I might even be contemplating adding it to the pot! Chamomile Tea The plant (Matricaria recutita) is native to Europe, North Africa, and the Mediterranean region.  I found a long history of use for this mild botanical, as well as the growing guide from Happy DIY Home. Most interesting, it’s safe to use for long periods of time without any advers ..read more
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Spellbinding Bergamot?
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by Michael Duranko
5M ago
While sampling our iced Earl Grey, a customer told me she had read that Bergamot was bad for you. How can the most popular flavored tea in the world possibly have an unhealthy ingredient for you?  I wanted to prove that theory very wrong and found some interesting facts. First, though, I’ll tell you about our iced Earl Grey later and the London Fog, an Iced Earl Grey Latte! Bergamot is small, pear-shaped citrus native to southeast Asia.  Now it is commercially grown in Calabria, Italy. The fruit thrives on the Calabrian coast and is the symbol of the region. Like most citru ..read more
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