How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

The tea lovers at Whittard of Chelsea are  as crazy about tea as the rest of us. Their passion for our favorite drink is palpable and, as you’d imagine, that’s a beautiful thing.

They’ve put together a wonderful guide called Brewing the Perfect Cup of Tea. The video is so relaxing and peaceful that I may go watch it again.

After I brew myself a cup of tea, that is. They made it look so warm and delicious that I’m minutes from getting my brew on.

The video is as lovely as it gets, but don’t miss all the great information on the rest of the page. They’ve really put together an exceptional Brewing the Perfect Cup of Tea guide.

Firepot Italian Earl Grey Black Tea

Review: Tea Time by Francis Amalfi (Beautiful Gift Idea for Tea Lovers)

Tea Time by Francis Amalfi
Tea Time by Francis Amalfi
In my last post, I wrote about 10 Gift Ideas for Tea Lovers (11 with the bonus!) – the beautiful book I want to tell you about today should be added to the list. In fact, I’m going to do just that when I get through here.

I was recently sent a copy of Tea Time: Delicious Recipes, Fascinating Facts, Secrets of Tea Preparation, and More to review on the tea blog. I waited until the “official” Christmas buying season to do so, because this book would make an ideal gift for any and every tea drinker in your world – including yourself.

The first thing I noticed about this book was how beautiful it was. Sure, sure, you can’t judge a book by its cover…. and yet, when it comes to actual books, I almost always do. I review a lot (let’s go ahead and make that A LOT) of books – whether it’s on Crazy Tea Chick, my food blog, or my self help blog, books are a huge part of my everyday life.

I’d say this bookworm chose her life path wisely!

When I see a book that goes above and beyond to be visually appealing, like Tea Time, I just somehow know there’s magic waiting for me inside.  It may seem like a small thing, but this book fanatic LOVES it when a book has a protective cover with the same beautiful design printed on the book, itself.   In the picture at the bottom of the post, I captured it with my camera. It just means something to me when the book is as pretty as its protective cover.

Small thing, maybe, but it floats my tea leaves.

There are also bright, beautiful, colorful pictures throughout the book.

From the Inside Cover:

Tea is a plant with many beneficial qualities for one’s health and spirit. In fact, the long life span of people in China has been associated with the population’s regular intake of green tea.

Healthier than coffee and with a positively stimulating or relaxing effect—according to the length of boiling time—the vitamins and flavonoids in this infusion are not only healthy, but also help in fighting free radicals. Tea promotes creativity, harmony, and internal balance.

This heavily illustrated book is the most complete guide to this Oriental treasure, which millions of Westerners also enjoy. In addition to valuable advice about its preparation, the pages include:

• The history of tea and its main varieties
• A complete guide for tea gourmets
• Its curative and rejuvenating properties
• The Japanese tea ceremony, step by step
• The tea oracle: how to read the leaves
• Over 60 recipes, including sangria tea, fajitas with tofu macerated in green tea, and many more!

{Review continued beneath the picture…}

Tea Time by Francis Amalfi - Tea Recipes
Just Two of the Many Beautiful Recipes in Tea Time
Tea Time is filled with tea recipes and tips, the history of tea, tea legends, tea tales, and fascinating facts about the different varieties of tea. Pages are devoted to the health benefits of tea – many of which I didn’t even know!

There’s also a fun section on “Household Uses” for tea that I got a big kick out of.  I’ve used a few of these myself for years and plan to put the rest to good use – especially the tip about cleaning cutting boards with green tea, because I don’t always have lemons on hand but I always, always, always have green tea in the kitchen.


Before the wonderful recipe section, there’s a section titled “Secrets of Preparation” that includes timeless information about…

  • storing tea
  • the teapot
  • the water
  • the cups
  • iced tea

The author even includes the “Five Golden Rules” of creating the best tea possible.

{Review concludes after the picture….}

Tea Time by Francis Amalfi
Tea Time by Francis Amalfi
Tea Recipes Include:

  • Isotonic Tea (Green Tea with Honey and Lemon)
  • Spiced Green Tea
  • “Chai High” Tea
  • Tofu Fajitas with Green Tea Marinade
  • Thai Sauce
  • Ginger and Honey Sauce
  • Rice Tea
  • Lei Ch’a (Ground Tea – for bouts of flu!)
  • Ginger and Peanut Tea (cleansing)
  • Ginger Tea
  • Ginger and Green Onion Tea
  • Sweet Tea (for sore throats and mouth sores)
  • Echinacea and Plantain Tea (strengthen immune system)
  • and many, many more….

I love that the tea recipes come with descriptions of each one’s health benefits. I am now officially armed and ready for cold and flu season!

I was also thrilled to see a recipe for Rice Tea. I’ve often read that rice tea is not only wonderful for stomach aches but also aids in digestion. If you have digestive issues, rice tea is said to keep you from reaching for medications. Safer,faster, and I would imagine better tasting.

My oldest daughter and I the not-so-terribly proud owners of strong gluten intolerances and the intestinal issues that come with them. Before we were able to “catch” and “eliminate” the problem foods, quite a bit of damage was done to our insides. Rice tea has a strong reputation for helping to soothe the intestines and I’m grateful to now have a recipe to follow.

There’s also a recipe for Rice Vinegar Tea which is said to alleviate intestinal pains. I’m keeping it handy for the next time my daughter or I are accidentally “glutened.”

While the tea recipes are, obviously, very beneficial medicinally, they’re also downright delicious. The Le Ch’a (ground tea) for example, sounds like something I could (and may) drink every single day.

Basically, Tea Time is a flat out celebration of tea. It isn’t just a perfect gift idea for tea lovers, it’s a must have for tea lovers.  Click through any of the links to take a closer look at your next favorite book.

~ Joi (“Joy”)

Tea Time is also available on Books-A-Million. Simply search for “Tea Time” in the search box.

Top 10 Gift Ideas for Tea Lovers

Rachael Ray Orange Tea Kettle

Rachael Ray Orange Whistling Tea Kettle

I love the tea lovers in my life. Not only do they show remarkably good taste in their favorite drink, they’re incredibly easy to shop for. Whether it’s Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, anniversaries, or birthdays, you always know the way to a tea lover’s heart – through their tea cup!

Below are the Top 10 Gift Ideas for Tea Lovers, according to The Crazy Tea Chick.  You simply cannot go wrong with any of these.


1. The Bonavita Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle. (pictured above) This beauty takes the guesswork out of brewing the best tea you ever had in your life. Easy to use, handsome to look at, and (quite frankly), one of the things in my kitchen I value the most. You can read my Bonavita Digital Kettle Review or simply click here to see it on Amazon.

2. Gorgeous! The Bormioli Rocco Murano Cobalt Blue Glasses (pictured above) are some of the most beautiful tea glasses I’ve ever laid my tea loving peepers on. They’re sold in a set of 4 and would make a perfect gift idea.

3. Back to back tea glasses? Why the heck not? The one pictured above is also sold in a set of four and is the very definition of eye-catching. These are the Bormioli Rocco Sorgente Double Old Fashioned Glasses and I’m obsessed with everything about them.

4. The Bamboo Matcha Tea Set, pictured above, is a best seller on Amazon – making me one of MANY who use it daily. Packaged along with some great matcha (see below!), this would be a gift your tea lover will use for years.

5. Matcha! Whether you gift it along with a set of beautiful mugs, a Bamboo Matcha Tea Set, a teapot, or all by itself, DoMatcha Organic Matcha is as good as it gets for making outstanding matcha at home.

6. I don’t have my review of the Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot on Crazy Tea Chick yet, but I wouldn’t take anything for mine. It’s beautiful and insanely useful for making fresh brewed tea. It comes in a sturdy box, perfect for gift wrapping and any tea lover will cherish it as much as I do mine.

 7.  If you’ve ever read my food blog (or walked into my kitchen), you’d know one thing for certain – I’m pretty infatuated with all things Rachael Ray. Cookbooks, pans, dishes, kitchen gadgets – the works. There’s something about the fun, upbeat, vibe all Rachael Ray products put off that resonate with me. So, basically I surround myself with them and resonate away. Naturally I have one of her Whistling Teakettles – I mean, how could I not? Mine is orange (like the one shown at the top of the post) and it’s used so frequently, it has a permanent resting place on the stove. This perfect whistling tea kettle is also available in Blue and Red.

 8. The Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Glasses, pictured above, are perfect for tea and/or coffee lovers. As someone who answers immediately to both, I’m more than a little crazy about them. The beauties are sold in sets of four and are just gorgeous.

9. Fun Tea Kettles (like the zebra shown above) make great gift ideas for the tea lover in your life. Other tea kettles with tons of personality are shown on the side — they include a rooster, bee hive, giraffe, and cow. So cute.

Firepot Nomadic Teas
10. There’s a such thing as saving the best for last and that’s what we have here – because what better gift for a tea lover than the very thing they’re in love with… tea, itself?!?!  When a tea lover is introduced to great new tea companies, it’s like a kid walking through the gates at Disneyland.

A whole new world opens up!

Whether you add a few boxes to a gift bag, use them as the basis for a gift box, or stuff some into a stocking, great quality loose leaf tea is THE perfect gift for tea lovers in your life.

I 110 percent recommend that you visit the two tea companies below and do a little shopping. I’ve had dealings with each and promise you that you’ll be blown away. I’ve written tea reviews for several of their teas on Crazy Tea Chick and have quite a few more scheduled to publish in the coming days.  Everything they offer is perfection. When you place your order….  be sure to order some for yourself. Trust me.

  1. Firepot Nomadic Teas (if you have chai tea lovers on your list, you’ll definitely want to order their Masala Chai Tea Concentrate – it makes wonderful chai tea lattes)
  2. Pahadi Tea (according to their website, there’s currently a free shipping deal going on!)

BONUS Tea Gift Idea:

Tea Time by Francis Amalfi

Tea Time is a perfect book for tea lovers. Read my Tea Time Review or simply hurry over to Amazon to buy the book. Filled with tea facts, history, legends, tales, and countless tea recipes – any tea drinker will love this beautiful book.

BONUS Gift Idea for Tea and Coffee Lovers:

When it comes to making Chai Tea Lattes, London Fogs (latte made with Earl Grey tea), and coffee-based lattes, the Breville Milk Café Milk Frother is essential – as in, it’d be nuts to try to live the latte life without one. Click through the link for more information.

Must Have Tea for Christmas: Granny’s Spiced Plum Black Tea from Pahadi Tea

Pahadi Tea Granny's Spiced Plum Black Tea

Granny’s Spiced Plum Black Tea: The Perfect Christmas Tea

If you’re in love with this time of year even half as much as I am, you’re beside yourself right now.

I know the feels – I’m beside myself beside myself.

Whether it’s a meal with your family, decorating the tree, or wrapping presents, everything has to be just right. As you’d imagine, a “Crazy Tea Chick” wants everything just right with the tea she serves too. After all, when you’re a “tea lover,” you have an image to maintain.

I was recently sent a few samples of Pahadi Tea to review on the tea blog. I’ve brewed one, so far, and am crazy – as in over the moon crazy – about it.

The beautiful tea you see here is Granny’s Spiced Plum Black Tea and it is simply wonderful.

Pahadi Tea Granny's Spiced Plum Black Tea

Sun-Dried Plum Bits, Cloves, Cinnamon Bark….

I was hooked the minute I opened the pouch and saw the bits of plum and smelled the cinnamon and cloves – my tea fueled brain said, “This is going to be extra special,” and (naturally) it was right.

This delicious Darjeeling Spicy Plum Tea comes from an area where the finest teas in the world are grown – the district of Darjeeling in the Himalayan foothills.

If you think that sounds exotic, just wait until you taste it.

Pahadi Tea Granny's Spiced Plum Black Tea

Perfect Tea for ANYTIME But Essential for Christmas!

When I first tasted Granny’s Spiced Plum Black Tea, the first thought to come to mind was, “This tea tastes like Christmas.” Second thought: “I love that this tea tastes like Christmas.” After that, there were no more thoughts, just pure enjoyment of a beautiful, delicious tea.

I knew that the review would simply HAVE to come from a “perfect tea for Christmas” standpoint simply because it is. If Christmas had a tea to symbolize the season, this would be it.

Granny’s Spiced Plum Black Tea would be ideal for…

  • Warming up after an afternoon Christmas shopping.
  • Enjoying while decorating the tree.
  • Relaxing beside the fireplace and/or Christmas tree.
  • Add a little steamed milk and you’d have a Christmas Tea Latte that any coffeehouse would envy.

While I have pretty much christened it the tea of the Christmas season, I want to hasten to add this… Granny’s Spiced Plum Tea would be more than welcome in my kitchen any time of year. I haven’t tried it iced yet, but I suspect it’d be amazing.

One of the beautiful things about tea that’s so full of flavor is that it needs no sweetener. Anytime you can “uninvite” sugar to your tea party is a grand thing.

Pahadi Tea Granny's Spiced Plum Black Tea
From Pahadi Tea:

This tea comes from the area where the finest teas in the world are grown-the district of Darjeeling in the Himalayan foothills. The high-altitude, rich soil and ideal weather contribute to the unique flavor and character of this rare coveted brew relished internationally. Grown exclusively in select 87 tea plantations, Darjeeling is popularly known as the ‘Champagne of Teas’ and is the first product from India to be granted protection under geographical indication (GI) in view of its uniqueness recognized worldwide.

Most tea plants in Darjeeling are of the smaller leaf Camellia sinensis var. sinensis, rather than the larger leaf var. assamica, more commonly grown throughout the rest of India.

While classified as a black tea, Darjeeling teas are almost always less oxidized than a typical black tea. The unique flavor of Darjeeling comes from Chinese tea genetics mixing with Indian terroir—plus the intricacies of harvesting and processing. It’s lighter and less astringent than most black tea, but more layered and complex than most greens.

Packed in Tempe, AZ, USA  – Read More

Steeping Directions: Steep for 5 minutes, 208°F. For stronger flavor, steep longer.  (I found it to be absolutely perfect at 5 minutes.)

Granny’s Spiced Plum Black Tea Description: Sun-dried ripened plum bits, aromatic cloves and cinnamon bark – blended with finest Darjeeling black tea.

I hope you’ll go right to Pahadi’s Website and order your own Granny’s Black Spiced Plum Tea today. Trust me, you’ll want plenty for the holidays.

Perfect Christmas Tea from Pahadi Tea: Granny's Spiced Plum Black Tea!


Firepot Italian Earl Grey Black Tea Review (Another Winner from Firepot)

Firepot Italian Earl Grey Black Tea
Any tea lover knows that drinking tea isn’t just about quenching your thirst.  It’s not just about enjoying a delicious flavor or reaping the many health benefits that come with each sip.

Drinking tea is more about an experience than anything else. Do the above benefits ride along with each cup? You bet your teapot they do, but take the Crazy Tea Chick’s word for it, tea is more than a beautiful drink… it’s a beautiful experience.

So, with that in mind, ask yourself, “Am I allowing myself to have as many varied experiences that tea would allow me to have or am I having the same limited experiences I’m permitting myself to have?”

Tough question. After all, we are pretty much creatures of habit, aren’t we?  Most of us order the same drinks each time at Starbucks (for me, it’s a Chai Tea Latte if it’s cold and a Green Tea Frapp if it’s hot). We generally favor the same restaurants and often even order the same meal each time.

Creatures. Of. Habit.

When it comes to brewing and enjoying tea, however, there are simply too many delicious options to pin yourself down to the same old tea each and every time. You could conceivably have a different type of tea each morning for an entire month, while enjoying a different one each evening.

I’ve been enjoying (understatement of all understatements) Firepot Nomadic Teas and have fallen completely in love with the complexities and personalities of each of the different teas.  Even after a lifetime of obsessing over tea, I’m still learning about different kinds of tea, different steeping preferences of individual teas, and (most importantly) the different experiences each tea creates.

Firepot Italian Earl Grey Black Tea
Firepot Italian Grey Black Tea
In the same way wine drinkers prefer a certain wine with a certain meal, there are actually certain teas that compliment certain moments.

I enjoy a hot cup of green tea or herbal tea most in the evening – when my tea cup and I are bringing the day to a close. It’s relaxing, peaceful, and downright cozy.

When it comes to the day’s early hours, I prefer cups of tea with more energy and pizzazz – Earl Grey,  Lady Grey, Firepot Breakfast Tea,  etc. Teas that serve as rally cries for my get up and go.

These are the teas I turn to right up to suppertime. I’ve found a new favorite that I’ve thrown into the mix and you see it pictured here. This beautiful tea is Firepot Nomadic Tea’s Italian Grey Black Tea and he’s quite special.

Earl Grey tea has always struck me as an especially wonderful tea. There’s a hint of a peppery flavor that, if we’re being  honest, I kinda live for.

Having said that, until I tried Firepot’s Italian Earl Grey Black Tea, I’d never been able to bring myself to drinking it black. I’d always mix it with warm milk and a little sugar and drink it as a type of Chai Tea Latte… without the Chai.

If you’ve never had an Earl Grey tea made this way, do it.. it’s spectacular.

However, I knew I’d be reviewing the  Italian Earl Grey Black Tea, so I wanted to try it both in a latte and black. After the first sip, I realized that I had no idea Earl Grey tea could be so completely and utterly delicious on its own without its co-stars milk and sugar.

Fact is, Firepot Italian Earl Grey Tea doesn’t need a supporting cast. It’s a beautiful tea experience all by itself.

If you’re accustomed to pretty much the same old tea (methods of brewing, types of tea, brands of tea…), do yourself a huge favor and open up a whole new world of possibili -teas

I whole-heartedly recommend any and all of the Firepot Nomadic Teas – and this wonderful Italian Earl Grey should be one of the first you try. It makes a fantastic cup of tea, all on its own but it also makes the best Earl Grey Latte I’ve ever had.

You’ll be seeing plenty more Firepot reviews here on Crazy Tea Chick soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out the ones I’ve done to date:

Firepot Italian Earl Grey Black Tea

Review of the Bonavita Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle

Bonavita Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle

Bonavita Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle

In its official capacity, you’d call it the Bonavita Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle, but in our kitchen it’s more often referred to as the “how’d we ever live without this guy?”  We brew so much coffee and tea in our kitchen it smells and sounds like a coffeehouse in here most of the time.  Seriously, the air bristles with caffeine.

Is it any wonder it’s my favorite room in our house?

Anyone who’s serious about their tea and coffee knows that getting the temperature right is everything.  Ironically, the average person brews their coffee and tea without a second thought about the actual water temperature.  I used to be the same way, actually.

Then it hit me one day: Why do I realize the importance of the right temperature for everything else I make – from fudge to catfish – and yet treat water temperature for these all important beverages like it’s an after thought?

Bonavita Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle


I didn’t have a good answer for my interrogating question, so I caved in and began meticulously checking my water temperature beforehand.  The fact that both tea and coffee were noticeably better when using the right temperature was all I needed to keep testing the waters, so to speak.

But it was so annoying to have to keep checking the temperature of the water.  If all you’re doing is brewing one pot of tea and that’s all you have to do in the world, then fine… check, check, and re-check.  But given the fact that I’m usually doing a good six things at once, I don’t want life to be tougher, I want it to be simpler.

That’s where the “how’d we ever live without this guy” steps into the picture and saves the day. Sure, it rode in on an Amazon box instead of a white horse, but he’s a hero nonetheless.

Why the Crazy Tea Chick Loves the Bonavita Electric Kettle:

  • 1000 watts makes for unbelievably quick heating – throw the proverb, “A watched pot never boils” right out the window. It does boil – almost instantly if you have a Bonavita.
  • Real-time temperature display – you can see how close you are to your desired temperature.
  • You can “hold” your water at the desired temperature for up to 60 minutes!
  • The Gooseneck shape of the kettle is ideal for precisely pouring water over tea leaves or coffee grounds.

When it comes to brewing tea, water temperature is as important as the oven temperature you use to bake. If you’re familiar with baking, you know that the oven temperature is everything – get it the least bit too hot or not quite hot enough and your cake, cookies, pie, or whatever is doomed.

The right temperature is as essential when it comes to brewing tea (and coffee) as it is when baking. If you’re a “temperature guesser” like I was pre-Bonavita, you may be thinking (just as I did) that your teas are just fine.  Take it from me, you could park a yacht between “just fine” and “as good as possible.”

A big yacht.

The importance of water temperature is never more essential than it is when dealing with tea leaves.  The good news is water temperature doesn’t have to be complicated. Products like this Bonavita Electric Kettle see to that.

The handsome Bonavita Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle will make your tea and coffee brewing life so much easier you’ll also call him “how’d we ever live without this guy,” and you just go right ahead – it’s not like we have a copyright or anything.

The Bonavita Electric Kettle would also make a wonderful gift for the tea and/or coffee lovers in your life.

Bonavita Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle

Firepot Masala Chai Tea Concentrate Review (Delicious!)

Firepot Masala Chai Tea Latte

Firepot Masala Chai Spiced Black Tea Concentrate

I’d hate to think of living in a world without Chai Tea Lattes, but having said that, a bad Chai Tea Latte makes me want to curl up in a corner and cry.

I’m nothing if not dramatic.

While finding a truly great Chai Tea Latte in coffeehouses can, itself, prove challenging, making one at home can be almost impossible. Fortunately, there are a few concentrates out there that actually “get it.”  They understand that a Chai Tea latte should taste exotic and distinct.  They “get” that one sip should take your taste buds to a beautiful far away land and they “get” that drinking a chai tea latte should be an experience. A very special experience.

Did I ever tell you I was obsessed with Chai Tea Lattes?

Firepot Nomadic Tea “gets” Chai Tea and Chai Tea Lattes as well as anyone could possibly get them.

I made my first Chai Tea Latte using Firepot’s Masala Chai Tea concentrate yesterday. By the time I made one this afternoon, it was my third. You could say I kinda freaking love them to the point of wanting to buy a new cat just so I can name him Firepot.

If, like the Crazy Tea Chick, you experiment with a lot of different Chai Teas and Chai Tea Lattes, you know that – like people –  each has its own distinct personality.

You’re also well aware that – again like people! – some personalities are more pronounced and agreeable than others.

I recently had a Chai Tea Latte in a beautiful little coffee house that was totally devoid of a personality. Reminded me of some people I’ve met. I vowed to avoid their Chai Tea Lattes in the future like I avoid the people it reminded me of.

Firepot’s Masala Chai Tea, by contrast, is loaded with personality. If it were a human, it’d be the life of the party.

Firepot Masala Chai Tea Concentrate and Latte

Firepot Masala Chai Tea Concentrate and Latte

Why the Crazy Tea Chick is ALL About Chai Tea Lattes:

When I go to coffeehouses, I almost always order a tea-related drink. I guess that’s the sort of thing you’d expect from a Crazy Tea Chick, right? But there are more methods behind my madness than just being obsessed with tea.

  1. I live with my own personal barista/coffee expert. My husband, in a stroke of beautiful luck for me, has a couple of hobbies he’s especially passionate about. Coffee is one of them.  While I don’t benefit from his love of golf, I benefit daily from his great knowledge of and appreciation for coffee. He brews our coffee each day (with various methods he selects for each coffee bean).  So… you know… why bother ordering coffee if great coffee is already part of your daily routine?
  2. As someone with asthma, I’ve found that a piping hot Chai Tea Latte almost always clears me up when I’m having trouble breathing. I just make a Chai Tea Latte and normal breathing is restored by the time I finish my cup.
  3. I’m one of those annoying cold natured people who seldom think the heat can possibly be set high enough. If I’m not toasty, I’m not convinced it’s warm enough.  Chai Tea Lattes actually warm you up from the inside out.  Try one on the next really cold day. I promise you, you’ll feel like you’re sitting beside a fireplace enjoying a beautiful drink. That’s what I call the Chai Tea Latte experience.

From Firepot Nomadic Tea:

Inspired by an ancient recipe from Northern India, our masala chai (meaning spiced tea) has won the hearts and captured the tastebuds of Firepot devotees for almost two decades. Our exotic and aromatic spices are hand-blended and freshly ground for a uniquely vivid and balanced taste.  Read More….

Making a beautiful, exotic, and insanely flavorful Chai Tea Latte in your own home couldn’t be simpler with Firepot’s Masala Chai Tea Concentrate – you simply combine equal parts of the concentrate and milk (skim, whole, Lactose Free, soy…) in a saucepan and bring them to the desired temperature you’re looking for.

You could, of course, also simply drink the Chai Tea Latte cold.

To add a little loveliness to the production, you could top it off with a small amount of whipped cream or frothed milk.

I actually make all of my Chai Tea Lattes in a Breville Milk Frother (pictured in the sidebar).  I pour in 1 cup of the concentrate and 1 cup of milk, push the button and wait semi-patiently with my cup in hand.

Firepot Masala Chai and Rooibos Concentrates
In a wicked short amount of time, I have a frothy, delicious, piping Chai Tea Latte. And when the Chai Tea is as excellent as Firepot’s is, it’s truly a beautiful thing.  Sometimes I top Chai Tea Lattes off with a little cinnamon or nutmeg. I did so with Firepot’s Masala Chai Tea the first time I made it (pictured in the purple gradient mug). However, by the time I made it the second time, I realized it needed no help from me or my cinnamon or nutmeg, so they stayed in the cabinet.

Firepot Masala Chai Tea is packed with beautiful layers of flavor. Each sip is a total and complete experience and makes me fall in love with Chai Tea Lattes over and over again.

This Chia Tea fanatic strongly urges you to buy a bottle of Firepot’s Masala Chai Tea concentrate and take your taste buds on an exotic excursion. If you’re already a fan of Chai Tea Lattes, you’ll be blown away by the unique flavors Firepot brings to Chai Tea. If you’re new to Chai Tea Lattes, brace yourself – you’re going to have a new obsession.

Also See:  My Firepot’s Breakfast Tea Review

Firepot Masala Chai Tea Concentrate and Latte
Firepot Masala Chai Tea

Firepot Breakfast Black Tea Review

Firepot Nomadic Teas
Firepot Nomadic Teas: Breakfast Tea

I’m currently trying to break a lifelong addiction and it’s been about as easy as pulling teeth from a silverback gorilla. Sweet Tea and I have been together a long time and saying goodbye is anything but easy.  Ever since I discovered that my “innocent” glass of sweet tea has as many calories as a glass of Coke, I’ve tried to drink all of my tea unsweetened.

Fortunately, I’ve figured something out. If you brew and drink really good tea, you don’t miss the sugar.

At all.

As you may know, I’m not just a “crazy tea chick,” I’m also a “crazy coffee chick” – I just don’t have the website to prove it. Kaldi’s Coffee is, I guess,what you’d have to call my “go to” coffee.  You know, the brand you grab when you want your coffee to be on its very best behavior.  In fact, my favorite coffee in the world is Kaldi’s Birds and Bees Blend.  Sorry, Starbucks, but that’s just the facts of life.

When I read that Kaldi’s now sells Firepot Nomadic Teas, I knew I needed to try them immediately. If Kaldi’s believes Firepot Teas are wonderful enough to sell on their website and in their shops,  that tells me all I need to know.

Firepot Nomadic Teas

Firepot Loose Leaf Teas

Firepot Nomadic Teas

Firepot Teas include a couple of wonderful Chai Teas (Chai tea lattes are one of the reasons I get out of bed each morning) as well as a beautiful line of loose leaf teas.

Over the coming weeks, I’ll be reviewing each of these beautiful teas on Crazy Tea Chick. But first, I’d like to introduce you to Firepot Nomadic Teas.

Remember the first time you ever had a really good cup of coffee? The first time you tasted artisan bread or a great bottle of estate grown wine? You instinctively knew that you were experiencing something more wholesome and real.

This is the experience of Firepot Nomadic Teas. We offer teas so extraordinary that they change the way you think about tea! We delight in sharing the discovery of unforgettable teas with our customers, our tribe. – Firepot Nomadic Teas (Click the link to read more of their story)

The first Firepot tea I chose to brew was Firepot Breakfast Tea.  I loved it so much it’s also the one I brewed second.

And third.

Black tea is a beautiful thing, and when the blend is as beautiful and delicious as the Breakfast Black Tea blend from Firepot, you actually find that “beautiful thing” is an understatement.  Simply put, it’s what a cup of tea should taste like.

Firepot Breakfast Tea will make you fall in love with Black Tea all over again.


Firepot Breakfast Tea

Firepot Breakfast Tea


From the Back of the Box:

Some say that it was just one cup of a uniquely bold and brisk tea served to Queen Victoria at Scotland’s Balmoral Castle that spurred her love affair with this style of tea. Our classic English Breakfast blend combines a rich, malty SFTGFOP (Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) tea from Assam with golden Ceylon Pekoe from Sri Lanka’s famed Uva region. This noble tea can stand alone, but also pairs well with milk and sugar.

I’ve enjoyed this Breakfast blend hot as well as iced and honestly can’t decide which I prefer. They’re both exceptional.  Served hot or cold, the tea doesn’t need one single grain of sugar. Served hot, I love a little honey to sweeten the deal and, because I’m all about presentation, I often float a little slice of lemon or orange in my cup.

I’m fancy like that.

Steeping Directions:

Steep 2 teaspoons of Firepot Breakfast in 1 cup (8oz) of 205° F water for 4 minutes and strain. Makes 1-2 infusions. For 205° F water, boil then let cool 1 minute.

I’ve gotten 2 perfect infusions each time I’ve made Firepot Breakfast.

Order your own Firepot Breakfast Tea by visiting Firepot’s beautiful website. Tell them the Crazy Tea Chick sent you.

Firepot Breakfast Tea

Firepot Breakfast Tea is Delicious Hot or Iced

Also See:  My Firepot Masala Chai Review

Adorable Teapot: “Zero” From Disney’s Nightmare Before Christmas

Teapot Zero Nightmare Before Christmas
SO CUTE! The adorable Ceramic “Zero” Teapot , pictured above, is based on one of the most lovable characters in Disney’s Nightmare Before Christmas.

This beauty makes a great collector’s gift for any Disney and/or teapot collector.


  • Teapot measures 7.25″ high and has a 26oz. capacity
  • High quality ceramic design; functional and decorative
  • Officially licensed Disney product & design
  • A great collector’s gift

See Ceramic “Zero” Teapot for more information.

Doctor Who Teapot: What a Great Gift Idea!

Doctor Who Tardis Teapot

I have a confession to make – I have never seen a single episode of the insanely popular Doctor Who. As far as I’m concerned, I have no idea WHO Doctor WHO is! And yet… I am so in love with this adorable Doctor Who Tardis Teapot, I’m beside myself.

This beautiful collector’s item is fashioned after the time machine in the BBC TV show Doctor Who.

Wait? Time machine? What have I been missing?!?!

See Doctor Who Tardis Teapot for more information while I go look into catching up on Netflix!