Tea and Sympathy

Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
--William Cowper

It's remarkable how much variety and history are to be found in the leaves of a simple camellia. I hope that this page can be a starting point for people interested in learning more about tea.

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Note: This page is out of date. I barely have enough time to keep the main page updated, and I doubt that there's much demand for a low-graphics page, so I think I'm going to leave this one unrevised for a while (possibly forever).

rec.food.drink.tea FAQ

Interested in tea, but don't know where to start? Start here. This document answers the most common questions about tea.

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Charter of rec.food.drink.tea

Personal and educational sites

These pages offer a very wide variety of information and links to other pages. Please explore!

Foreign-language sites

Information on tea and health

Commercial sites

Here is a fairly sizable list of vendors with websites. For a different list with commentary, see the following site:

To search for a tea merchant near you, consult (What a great idea!)

For food service more generally, see

My commentary is limited to mentioning a couple of my favorite merchants. (I have no ties to them, and am merely a satisfied customer.) I've been particularly pleased with my interactions with Upton Tea Imports, Gray & Seddon, and Rishi Tea. Upton and Rishi carry a wide variety of teas from around the world, while Gray & Seddon specializes in China tea. Rishi also carries a wide range of tea accessories.

Newly featured this week:

Dream About Tea

A brief comment regarding Dream About Tea:

This shop opened recently near me in Evanston, Illinois. It is a charming little place with a fine selection of teas and teaware. It has several tables for sit-down service. The service is excellent. In other words, this is exactly the kind of place I am bound to fall in love with; and it's also the kind of business that tends to close down from lack of customers. So if you've enjoyed this page, and you feel like doing me a favor, give this place some of your business. They do mail order.
(Needless to say, I have no financial stake in the company; I just want them to stick around for a while. And if you do buy something from them, could you drop me a line and let me know?)

The rest of the list starts with recently added links.

Tea vendors on the Web

Foreign-language commercial sites

Vendors of samovars


Any comments? Let me know!

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