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The Whistling Kettle Tea University

New to tea? Unsure of the difference between Gyokuro and Rooibos? Is there a difference between tea made with tea bags vs. an infuser?

We're excited to present The Whistling Kettle Tea University -- our effort at helping guide you through the world of tea.

We'll be adding new lessons regularly, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often!

Tea University : Freshman Level

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Tea 101: Intro to Tea

A primer on the types of tea, how it's made, where it comes from, and more.

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Tea 102: Tea Processing

How tea goes from plant to cup.

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Tea 103: Loose vs. Bagged Tea

We discuss the pros and cons of each.

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Tea 104: Tea Growing Regions

Where is tea grown? What styles come from each place?

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Tea 105: Tea for the Total Beginner

Now that you know where tea comes from, what teas do we recommend trying first?

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Tea 106: Brewing Equipment

You've learned where tea comes from, learned which ones to start with, now learn what you'll need to brew a cup.

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Tea 111: Intro to Black Tea

We start going a little more in depth with an intro to black tea

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Tea 112: Intro to Green Tea

We touch on the origins, varieties, and benefits of green teas.

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Tea 113: Intro to Oolong Tea

Not just a great source of puns, Oolong is a great cup as well.

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A pile of King of Silver Needle tea

Tea 114: Intro to White Tea

Does less processing equal a truer cup?

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A bowl of Greek Mountain Meadow tea leaves next to a cup of brewed tea

Tea 115: Intro to Herbal Teas and Tisanes

All tisanes are herbal teas, but not all herbal teas are tisanes.

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