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Why I Love Tea

Updated on October 7, 2015

Tea - It Makes Life Better!

I love tea! Probably because I'm British I can't imagine life without tea. Coffee is important, but somehow life without tea is not something I want to imagine. So here I'm going to reveal many of the reasons I love tea; the ways that I think the world is a better place because of it!

When we talk about tea we naturally think of black tea, served with milk and/or sugar, made in a teapot and served in teacups. And there's a correct way to hold the cup in polite society - pinky up!

However, tea is not just one drink, it is many. There are the true teas which derive from the tea plant. And then there are many other beverages, tisanes or herbal teas, that are tea-like drinks. These are also delicious!

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Various types of tea leaves Chinese, Japanese, Ceylon, Indian with seeds and flowers.
Various types of tea leaves Chinese, Japanese, Ceylon, Indian with seeds and flowers. | Source

The Plant

True teas come from this plant, Camellia sinensis.

Yes, all true teas come from this: Teas of all colors like black teas, green teas, yellow teas, white teas, and oolong teas all come from this plant. Which kind of tea results all depends on the processing.

Also, many scented or spiced teas are blends of a true tea with other ingredients. So this plant is very important!

Around the World

"Tea Revives The World" by Macdonald Gill

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This tea plant, Camellia sinensis, is an evergreen, growing primarily in tropical and sub-tropical climates with a fair amount of rain. It does rather well in China and India! In fact, the tea plant appears to have originated in Southeast Asia, in an area including northeast India and southwest China.

From there it has spread to many other countries. Some varieties can even tolerate marine climates and are found further afield such as Japan, and also Europe and the United States.

So, tea is grown in many parts of the world, and in those places where it doesn't grow it has been imported for so long that it is part of the culture, like in Britain! Tea is able to adapt itself to any culture, truly a universal drink. That's one reason why I think the world is a better place because of tea! Here are some beautiful examples of tea around the world.


A tea plantation in Darjeeling.
A tea plantation in Darjeeling. | Source

India is an amazing place, somewhere I've often thought about but never had a chance to visit. It's very famous for its tea, especially the "champagne" of teas - Darjeeling tea, cannot be grown or manufactured anywhere else in the world.

Of course the British have a long history of enjoying Indian tea. The British East India Company began large-scale production of tea in Assam, hence the other most famous Indian tea - Assam tea. But tea was known and enjoyed in India long before those Brits arrived, and continues to be enjoyed there by everyone.


Family portrait. by Timofey Myagkov 1844
Family portrait. by Timofey Myagkov 1844 | Source

Russian tea is traditionally made in samovars, large metal urns that boil the water.

The tea is made very strong in a teapot that often sits on top of the samovar. Hot water from the samovar is then added to dilute the tea to taste.


Taking Afternoon Tea in a Beach Hut at Felixstowe Suffolk England

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The English love their tea so much they bring it to the beach! In Scotland we used to bring flasks of tea too, but it was mostly because we were so cold after swimming in the ocean!


Tea Ceremony in Japan
Tea Ceremony in Japan | Source

Japan is famous for its tea ceremony. The tea for the tea ceremony is very special, it's green and whisked up with a brush that looks like an old-fashioned shaving brush! It doesn't really taste very good so you get to eat some slightly odd cookies with it.

It's really all about the atmosphere, the sharing of this special time together with someone, not so much about enjoying the tea.


Tea time in the Moroccan Atlas mountains.
Tea time in the Moroccan Atlas mountains. | Source

Morocco has a tea ceremony too. Bit different from the Japanese version! In Moroccan culture tea is traditionally prepared by the head of the family; in other words, by the man not by the woman, who cooks and serves the food.

Moroccan-style tea is prepared from a green tea, lots of sugar, and fresh mint. The tea is brewed in a special teapot with a long, curved spout. The tea is then poured into tiny glasses from a height of 1 to 2 feet. Amazing!

The World of Fantasy

And then there's the world of fantasy!

"Alice in Wonderland" illustration №25 by Tenniell
"Alice in Wonderland" illustration №25 by Tenniell | Source

How can we forget Alice's experience at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party!

Look at all those beautiful teacups lined up all down the table. It's always tea-time you see, so they have no time to wash the cups in between and just keep moving round the table.

Of course, poor Alice never gets a clean cup of tea of her own!

The Tea Hour

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

Henry James

Tea is Wonderful Anywhere

Tea can be enjoyed indoors, or outside! Tea can be enjoyed alone or in the company of others. It can be drunk in the quiet solitude of one's room, surrounded by the wonder of nature, or in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life. Drinking a cup of tea provides an opportunity for quiet contemplation or shared moments of intimacy with others.

Carl Larsson: Under the chestnut tree (At tea)
Carl Larsson: Under the chestnut tree (At tea) | Source

It's Always Time for Tea - Tea just seems to fit every situation!

I just have to have a cup of tea first thing in the morning. Please don't talk to me before I've had my cuppa, or at least got the water boiling so I know it's on it's way!

We Brits always have a tea break in the afternoon. Makes sense, how can you keep going without a break and some refreshment all the way from lunch to dinner!

If you need to take a break, relax, unwind, take time out from whatever's making you busy and stressed, have a cup of tea! If it's a chilly day, warm yourself up with a nice hot cup of tea. If you're too hot, have a refreshing cup of tea, hot tea or iced tea, both seem to work!

When you meet with friends, a cup of tea always sets a good atmosphere. If you're having an important meeting with colleagues, or people you don't get along with so well, serving tea is a great idea.

And when times are tough, a nice cup of tea always helps, always comforts.

"Time for Tea"

More reasons to love tea!

Time For Tea (Helen Exley Giftbook)
Time For Tea (Helen Exley Giftbook)

This cute little book is the perfect gift for the tea lover. I know, I bought one for myself!


Health Benefits

Tea is not just delicious, relaxing, yet refreshing, it's also good for you.

Tea is high in antioxidants. These are molecules that slow or prevent the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals, which start chain reactions that damage cells. So antioxidants reduce the number of free radicals, and thus benefit the body, protecting it from cancers and other diseases.

Tea without milk (or sugar, of course) has no calories. Drinking tea with milk adds calories, but there are benefits from the milk such as calcium and valuable minerals.

Although true teas contain caffeine (which is both good and bad), it contains much less than caffeine than coffee. Interestingly, the form of caffeine in tea seems to be different from that in coffee such that it doesn't have its negative impact (buzz then let down), but rather is a delightfully refreshing drink!


Tea doesn't have to be drunk from a fancy teacup!

I love a good mug of tea. Those fancy teacups are good for certain kinds of tea, or special occasions. But when I want to relax with my "cuppa" it's mugs all the way! Here's a favorite mug of mine featuring my husband's "Cosmic art" - I love all of his designs!

Moai on the Small Planet Mug by Misticmedia

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I just love teapots! Of course with the use of tea bags it's easy enough to make a single cup (or in my case, mug) of tea without a pot. But still, teapots are part of tea culture and shouldn't be forgotten!

Teapots don't need to be boring, as this collection of animal shaped teapots illustrates!

Teapots and milk jugs, produced by Mosa potteries in Maastricht in the 1920s and 1930s, Collection Henk van Buren, now in Centre Ceramique, Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Teapots and milk jugs, produced by Mosa potteries in Maastricht in the 1920s and 1930s, Collection Henk van Buren, now in Centre Ceramique, Maastricht, the Netherlands. | Source

In Art

The art of tea or tea in art, either way tea is a wonderful feature of many artworks. From an artistic portrayal of a teapot, teacups, samovars, or the tea itself, to pictures of every kind of person sitting with a cup of tea, tea is just a fine addition to the best works of art!

Now, doesn't the tea just make her look elegant, intriguing, and wonderful!

Tea-time by Emile Eisman-Semenowsky
Tea-time by Emile Eisman-Semenowsky | Source

And doesn't the tea set and the thought of the tea just add so much to these already gorgeous flowers and strawberries?

Tea and Strawberries by Barbara Mock

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Do You Agree Tea Makes the World a Better Place?

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      Glenn Stok 

      3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I learned a lot from your hub. I never realized that tea is such a universal drink worldwide. And I found it interesting how various cultures have different methods of enjoying their tea. I'm a tea drinker myself, and I think it has many health benefits as well.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      3 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I love iced tea - but with lemon, not sweet!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Being a Southerner, I drink my tea Iced and Sweet but I did enjoy learning so much more about Tea.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      3 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I like that - swallow the world with a cup of tea!

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      Fay Favored 

      3 years ago from USA

      Yes, tea makes the world a bit easier to swallow. Have to have several cups a day.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      4 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      @PaigSr: I drink tea while working too (as well as other times!). Indeed just having the cup next to me is comforting.

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      4 years ago from State of Confusion

      I have tried many kinds of tea. At this point there are only two that I like. That's not saying that I will not try something new. For me tea is something I drink at work. Some days its more just to have the cup next to me so that I can smell it. And the number of people that ask me what kind I have is growing.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      4 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      @tonyleather: Thanks. I do know quite a few Brits who don't like tea. But I think we were all introduced to tea as part of life!

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      4 years ago

      Pretty comprehensive lens, though I too, am British and I never did like tea much!

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      5 years ago

      Yes, I really enjoy tea. It's a feel good beverage that tastes great. Thank you for publishing this wonderful lens.

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      5 years ago from Houston

      My mother who is 98 and British would heartily agree with you. I can't even remember how many cups of tea I fixed today--hot tea. We are tea drinkers, that's for sure.

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      5 years ago

      Wonderful lens with beautiful images. I love tea, that's my favorite drink.

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      sybil watson 

      5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! I have to have my tea every day or I just don't feel right. I loved learning more about English and Indian teas. I drink orange pekoe, jasmine, oolong, and regular old green tea.

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      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Angel blessings for a very attractive lens. I am also going to feature it on my lens

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      6 years ago

      I sure do agree that tea makes the world a better place. And since my doc encouraged me to give up black tea and go green I've even learned to like green tea too.

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      6 years ago

      YEAS, tea makes out lives easier! Thanks for the informative lense!

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      6 years ago

      Yes! A cup of white tea every day after work :-)

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      6 years ago

      I drink tea almost everyday. I enjoyed your lens!

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      6 years ago

      I don't think there is a tea I don't like. Have tried many types and though I do have my favorites, I like most. And There is nothing like a good cuppa to make everything just right.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I love my green tea in the afternoon. It warms and relaxes me and I certainly could not imagine a world without a nice hot cup of tea in it. Hope you are having an absolutely wonderful relaxing Easter weekend. My very best of wishes.

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      6 years ago

      I have stopped drinking any types of sodas and switched to teas now. I especially love a refreshing glass of iced tea during the summer after doing my yard work, yummy!

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      6 years ago

      I drink green tea everyday. Nice lens too....

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      6 years ago from Maryland

      Yum, I love tea...nice lens! ;)

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      6 years ago

      I absolutely LOVE tea....great lens! =)

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      6 years ago

      I viewed your lens, while enjoying my own tea time. I should send you a poem about sharing a cup of tea.....hmmm

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      Tracy Gibb 

      7 years ago

      Wow what a great lense. My grandmother was English and she took care of me when I was growing up. We had tea together every single day. This brings back memories:)

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      7 years ago

      What an interesting lens! My husband and I are tea lovers too. The coolest tea experience I had was finding an amazing tea house in the middle of Patagonia, Argentina while exploring down there! Best tea and trumpets I'd ever had!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      @Pete Schultz: Oh wow, I do remember Constant Comment tea! Haven't had any in so long, gotta add it to my shopping list now.

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      Pete Schultz 

      7 years ago

      My mother's generation always had afternoon tea, which usually involved coffee cake....apparently to add to the confusion. My favorite would be Brown and bigelow's Constant Comment.

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      Lisa Auch 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Well yes a mug of tea is just delightful! kettle on!

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      7 years ago

      I love drinking tea in the afternoon. It's a good way to relax. You are right there are so many delicious teas.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I'm not a big fan of tea but adore all the great tea images here! I could fill those cups with coffee and be happy!!

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      7 years ago from England

      Now featured at; and blessed by a Squid Angel ;)

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      7 years ago

      You have mentioned great points about tea. Well done:)

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      7 years ago

      Tea is a great beverage. I especially enjoy different kinds of herbal, green and red teas. Very much enjoyed the "tea in art" section of your lens. Nicely done & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** during my epic Back to School Bus Trip quest :)

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      7 years ago

      If you love tea, you should't miss this! Feel free to comment and share! Greetings from Valencia, Spain

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These tea rituals are really interesting. Tea seems to be so much a part of life in various cultures.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These tea rituals are really interesting. Tea seems to be so much a part of life in various cultures.

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      7 years ago

      hi thank for share nice article about tea..i love organic tea..actually blog reading is my hobby i like your wonderful article...

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      7 years ago

      I really enjoyed this information. I love tea, started as a drinker of black tea. My favorite is Assam, second choice Darjeeling, drunk with milk. I also love Indian chai. This may make you laugh as it is so common in UK, but I consider Typhoo tea a huge treat. Hard to find in U.S. I am recently introduced to oolong - good for clear thinking. I've done a lens on oolong.

      Thanks for your tea lens.

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      mattseefood lm 

      7 years ago

      I also LOVE tea! But I like mine with milk :)

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      7 years ago

      I do. It's relaxing, and it is easily conformable to so many circumstances. Hot or cold, sweet or plain, herbal or standard. Welcome in the board room, the back porch, or at a fancy gathering. Nice lens!

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      7 years ago

      I like hot tea in winter and my favorite is the red teas (rooibos) which have all the health benefits of green tea and are naturally caffeine free, plus they are delicious...I loved reading about tea ceremonies around the world! :)

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      7 years ago

      I rather like the taste of matcha, you know. :p

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      Ilona E 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      This is one of the best lenses I've enjoyed happening upon in Squidoo! Beautifully done, and something to aspire to in quality of information and presentation.

      And yes, a cup of tea makes the world a better place!

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      7 years ago

      Absolutely. No matter how bad it can sometimes get a warm cup of tea makes it feel a bit better.

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      Indigo Janson 

      7 years ago from UK

      I enjoy all your lenses but since it's teatime I've popped back to this particular favourite to leave a blessing!

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      7 years ago

      Interesting, I did not know that the caffeine in tea had a different effect than that in coffee.

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      7 years ago

      One thing I miss since moving to the US is a decent cup of tea, I have to make it with tea bags the locals use to make iced tea with and it's just not the same (but better than nothing)

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      7 years ago

      Hello, nice to meet you!

    • norma-holt profile image


      7 years ago

      Another wonderful lens and so well crafted and researched. Featured this on Love Gifts

    • Paul Ward profile image


      7 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Very nice lens.

      You might enjoy some of ratetea's lenses

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      7 years ago

      I kind of like it! I kind of like this. It is informative and informs of me of a vast appreciation of Tea in Euroasia. I do not drink much tea but if it protects me from cancers and other uncomfortable stuff that seems tempting, to drink it that is.

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      7 years ago

      nice lens. yes, i love tea. i like natural healing teas.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful lens, well put together, Very informative and interesting, makes a great read. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Gera LM 

      7 years ago

      I also prefer tea over coffee.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful lens. At home we're currently into redbush tea, but we still need a proper cup of black tea first thing in the morning.

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      7 years ago

      The morning tea potion is a must :)

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      7 years ago

      Me, too! It's a civilized part of every culture. Great Lens!

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      7 years ago

      I love tea too! especially green tea! In these days I'm trying to drink more tea!

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      8 years ago

      I am a tea lover too. I am using Yerba Mate in place of coffee these days. Nice lens.

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      8 years ago

      I love strong Assam tea.

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      8 years ago

      It's taken some time for me to enjoy drinking tea but I agree, it is much needed in this world. Great lens!

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      8 years ago

      Absolutely! I drink tea to relax me.... It's when I make some quiet time for myself....... It's a treat! I like my tea very sweet, no milk. I really like orange pekoe or black tea. Unfortunately I can't drink a lot of tea because I have an overactive bladder........

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      8 years ago

      What an awesome layout you have put together for this lens. Love it.

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      8 years ago

      I like tea, especially tea with ginger. I took a lot because it is an antioxidant (secretly I hope to age less, drinking tea.)

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      8 years ago

      Tea is all important. And my captcha says 'lustpod'!

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      8 years ago

      Around our home we love to brew up some green tea in our cast iron Japanese teapot and visit. It seems to make everyone relax and the conversation much more civil.

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      8 years ago

      I definitely do, especially if we would take Europe or Asias attitude and use it as a time to sit & relax with friends. Favorite ?!?

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      I love tea too but had no idea there was so much beautiful tea art out there. Another Angel Blessing for you :)

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      Penny Pincher G 

      8 years ago

      great lens

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      Mickie Goad 

      8 years ago

      Love the images! They definitely make the world a better place!


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      8 years ago

      There are some really great and cute pictures on this page!

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      8 years ago

      Brilliant lens. I love tea too. I drink it constantly all day!

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      8 years ago

      Lovely lens; 5* and lensrolled onTea Party Chic!

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful lens-5*! so many varieties of tea! We have tea with milk added .

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      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      A world without tea would be an empty place! It is the ultimate comfort drink and also very refreshing. Nothing better than a nice cup of tea and a sit down. And a biscuit. Brilliant lens! Fived and favourited!

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      8 years ago

      Nicely done. Off to have a cup of tea now :) Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      8 years ago

      Yes I love tea, and of course green teas are very good for us. Your lens is great. I love the art work and the old fashioned pictures.

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      8 years ago

      I don't drink coffee, but I love tea, especially green ;)!

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      Laraine Sims 

      8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I love a nice cuppa tea! When little used to have white tea. A little tea with a lot of milk added. :) Have you tried red tea? It is decaffinated and I drink that in the evening so as not to lose any sleep. 5*s for sure!

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      8 years ago

      Not a big tea drinker, but definitely a fan of this lens! So pretty and informative too, nicely done! - Kathy

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      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I don't think I could survive a day without tea! Fantastic choices on your lens! :)

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      8 years ago

      This is quite an aesthetic tribute to tea.

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens on tea! I loved learning the history of tea and your selection of posters and mugs is outstanding. 5*

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      admiralglass lm 

      8 years ago

      Well, just love your lens, as a brit im tea mad. I must drink 15 plus mugs a day, as i am living in finland the tea is like dish water. So when i go to the u.k i stock up on 2000 asda make tea bags god i love that tea, thanks for your lens 5xxxxx


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      Leanne Chesser 

      8 years ago

      I loved this lens when I first saw it and I'm back to bless it. It's so beautiful and informative!

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      8 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Tea absolutely makes the world a better place! I love everything about teas and tisanes! Right now my favorite tea is Earl Grey but it will probably be something different tomorrow.

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      8 years ago

      Hey, cool lens! I fav'd ya! Please return favor,

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Absolutely tea definately makes the world a better place :)

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      8 years ago

      I love tea because of my friend (I call him TEAMAN). I love any tea with milk, no milk, indian style (masala tea) or japanese way. Love it! Love it! Love it! Great lens. Thank you!

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      8 years ago

      My faves are Chinese gunpowder with fresh mint and honey and oolong tea with sugar and milk. Great lens!

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      admiralglass lm 

      8 years ago

      Yes i agree. Beeing english man i drink 15 big mugs a day. Cant live with out.

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      8 years ago

      I love all kinds of teas but my favorite is Constant Comment because my mother always made that when we were together. One sip and I am transported back to a happy time.

      I enjoyed your lens very much. 5 stars.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      Oh yes, I have my cup of tea right here beside me! This cup is green tea, but I drink different kinds...including Earl Grey. I love all of your information about tea. Lensrolling this with my Appomattox Tea Room lens.

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      9 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Tea...oh yes now you're talking :)

      I'm English and I drink upwards of 10 cups of tea a day. I suspect I'm addicted...

      Yorkshire Tea is my fave - teabag in a mug, add boiling water, fish out the teabag, add milk, stir and drink....Heaven on earth :)

      Great subject, beautifully presented :D

      Tea - you can't beat it!

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      oztoo lm 

      9 years ago

      I do love my tea too. Very fond of Earl Grey but I like exploring others too. This is a great lens and am lensrolling to my Try Loose Leaf Tea page. It seems you and I share a couple of interests.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      This really is a beautiful lens Jennifer! I love teapots too and the mugs featuring your husbands art are beautiful. It would be hard to choose just one:)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is a beautiful lens and I enjoyed learning more about Tea.

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      9 years ago

      Well done lens.

      I also love tea. Right now, I am drinking peppermint tea, delicious.



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