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Ladies, Literature and Tea

In spite of the fact that coffee is just as important a beverage as tea, tea has been sipped more in literature. Tea is certainly as much of a social drink as coffee, and more of a domestic, for the reason that the teacup hours are the family hours. As…

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Author | readingtealeaves Comments | 0 Date | 08/12/2016

General Theories

At first sight the interior of the cup will show the leaves scattered about apparently haphazard and with no arrangement; just a jumble of tea-leaves and nothing more. In reality, they have come to their positions and have taken on the shapes of the symbols for which they stand, by…

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Author | readingtealeaves Comments | 0 Date | 08/03/2016

Earliest Mention of Tea

According to a magazinist, the first mention of tea by an Englishman is to be found in a letter from Mr. Wickham, an agent of the East India Company, written from Japan, on the 27th of June, 1615, to Mr. Eaton, another officer of the company, a resident of Macao,…

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Author | readingtealeaves Comments | 0 Date | 07/30/2016

Nelros Cup

“If thou wouldst learn thy future with thy tea.This magic cup will show it thee.” Some readers may find an additional interest in divination by tea-leaves, if they use a cup marked with the planetary symbols, patented as the “Nelros Cup of Fortune.” A short explanation of the symbols, and…

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Author | readingtealeaves Comments | 0 Date | 07/27/2016

Amusement or Serious Study

The need for patience cannot be too strongly impressed upon those who are beginning to learn the language of tea-leaves. Some of the most interesting symbols are very minute, and will certainly be missed by the seer who is in a hurry. When tea-leaf reading is indulged in merely as an amusement to while away a…

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Author | readingtealeaves Comments | 0 Date | 07/25/2016

Tea Making and Taking in Japan and China

The queen of teas in Japan is a fine straw-colored beverage, delicate and subtle in flavor, and as invigorating as a glass of champagne. It is real Japan tea, and seldom leaves its native heath for the reason that, while it is peculiarly adaptable to the Japanese constitution, it is…

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Author | readingtealeaves Comments | 0 Date | 07/24/2016

Some English Tea History

Tea was brought into Europe by the Dutch East India Company, in 1610. It was at least forty, and perhaps forty-seven, years later that England woke up to the fascinations of the new drink. Dr. Johnson puts it at even a later date, for he claims that tea was first…

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Author | readingtealeaves Comments | 0 Date | 07/15/2016

Wit, Wisdom and Humor of Tea

Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties.  Confucius Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea?–how did it exist? I am glad I was not born…

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Author | readingtealeaves Comments | 0 Date | 07/09/2016

Tea Drinking in Other Lands

While tea-drinking outside of Japan and China is not attended with any “high-days and holidays,” still there are countries where it is just as important element of the daily life of its people as it is in the Land of the Rising Sun. Among the Burmese a newly-married couple, to…

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Author | readingtealeaves Comments | 0 Date | 06/25/2016