Cranberry Orange - Fall Bestseller!


The glorious season of Autumn brings with it two immensely popular flavors – Pumpkin and Cranberry Orange. In recent years, popular chains have begun introducing their Pumpkin Spice beverages earlier and earlier, some even launching their drinks in August.  In our view, this is way too early!  October seems to be the perfect month for Pumpkin and we think November is Cranberry Orange season.

As early as 1683, The Compleat Cook’s Guide included a reference to cranberry juice.  Harvard University even served cranberries at their commencement dinner in 1702.  This evergreen shrub with trailing vines producing a tart berry is now welcomed into homes as a holiday tradition.  Where did the name Cranberry come from?  In the 17th century, German and Dutch colonists in New England thought the flower, stem and petals...


 Nov 08, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Real Men Drink Tea

If Tea immediately conjures up images of chintz, lace, pinkies up and ladies who lunch, you will need to update your thinking. Gone are the days when Tea was reserved only for the feminine persuasion. Or for when you got sick. Or enjoyed in a drawing room with dainty sandwiches. It is often said that Image Lags. So true. The world of Tea has changed a while ago and it may need a little time for perception to catch up with reality. 

Real Men Drink Tea Blog Mustache Cup - Silver Tips Tea

Let's set the stage. Tea is more widely consumed in the world than coffee and is second only to water in popularity as a beverage worldwide. The revered Japanese Tea Ceremonies were conducted by men. Wars were...


 May 31, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Flowers in my Tea!

Flowers in Tea - Silver Tips Tea Blog

Chrysanthemums in your Tea?  Oh yes.  Flowers have been used in food for centuries.  In fact, the first mention of it goes all the way back to 140 B.C. The Romans and Greeks used the yellow calendula (also called marigold) and even the Bible mentions dandelions.  Ancient South American histories of the Aztecs also reveal the use of flowers for religion and rituals. The Mayans used the sacred water lily in many ways.

The Language of Flowers - Silver Tips Tea Blog

In the Victorian era, Floriography or the “language of flowers” was developed and heightened by the publication of flower dictionaries. Flowers took on new significance as they were used to convey messages, both positive or negative.  A lengthy list was compiled,...


 May 15, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Stress Relief: Dogs and Tea

Chinese New Year 2018: Year of the Dog

Stress is a major part of everyday life in this modern world of ours. We've all felt it. School. Work. Family. Relationships. That one jerk on the freeway. Money. Politics. Health. Money again. Sometimes it's just too much.

Everyone has different ways of coping. For me, I've found the best way to reduce stress is with a healthy dosage of this:

Cooper the Dog

That's my puppy, Cooper. Well, puppy's not the right word - he'll be 10 this November - but he'll always be my puppy. 

Cooper's a Black Lab we got in...


 Feb 21, 2018  |  Written by David Napolitano

Should Dogs Drink Tea?

Should Dogs Drink Tea?

It's the Year of the Dog - Man's best friend - loyal, smart, and lively. The Chinese believe that a dog coming to your house is a sign of coming fortune.

This is Harley's Year.  That's her above, ready for the bright lights. She's already been the star of many Facebook posts and she's got big plans for the year ahead. We'll be chronicling her many adventures. Right now, let's start with the most pressing concern for a Tea site talking about dogs.


Caffeine can be deadly to dogs, but decaffeinated teas in small doses are okay. The basic takeaway from


 Feb 16, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller


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