Our goal is to share in the tea culture, building a community of tea enthusiasts from all walks of life.

Teaminded is a website dedicated to the world of tea.

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”
― Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

Drinking tea is a wonderful pastime, but there is so much more to the tea experience that can be explored. What we want to do at Teaminded is pass along our knowledge of different types of tea and how to make tea, review teaware that makes brewing tea easy, and provide as much information as possible to help you along in your tea journey.

Tea Leafs and Products

A Complete Guide to Cast Iron Teapots

Avid tea brewers believe the best tea is made in cast iron teapots. Made with natural iron, the water boiled in them gives off a unique taste, resulting in the tea brewed to taste better than when brewed in other teapots or kettles.

A Guide to Electric Teapots and Kettles

Electric teapots and kettles allow the user to heat the water, without having to place the teapot/kettles on a heated stove.

Best Tea Subscriptions

Art of Tea is a tea company based in Los Angeles, California. They hand blend and custom craft the world’s finest organic teas and botanicals, selected directly from growers.

Gift Ideas for Tea Lovers

The set is equipped with a tasting menu that highlights the different types of black, green, white and herbal teas. There is no compromise on the quality of these teas, and the collection is diverse.

Best Teas for Surviving the Cold and Flu Season

For years, herbalists have been using teas to successfully combat everything from nagging coughs and stuffy noses to chest congestion and body aches.

Best Easy to Use Teapot for Loose Leaf Tea

Using the Rishi teapot allows you complete control over every aspect of the tea brewing experience. It is ideal for making multiple steeps of tea, and is great for preparing other filtered single-serve beverages.

The Ritual of Tea

“A simple cup of tea is far from a simple matter.”
– Mary Lou Heiss, The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide

Reaching back to the early Chinese emperors, the tea ceremony is a lasting reminder that the most simple things in life can be performed with respect. When every step in the tea making process is given meaning through ritual, internal thoughts can become simple background noise instead of distractions.

The act of making tea, from using loose leaf green tea or a bag of sleepy chamomile tea, involves multiple steps that eventually become meditative and help calm our minds and bodies.

Latest Posts

Review of Ochre Leaf

There are a lot of online tea shops, yet only a few produce the best loose leaf tea bags for quality steeping. In our search for organic tea leaves, we found one that’s a product of a five-decad…

Friendship Organics Sustainability
Review of Friendship Organics

Organic tea is popular with some tea drinkers because of its health and environmental benefits. Friendship Organics is among the brands that offer clear-conscience tea products. With that, we’re…

A cup of earl grey tea
Earl Grey vs Lady Grey

Earl Grey and Lady Grey teas are among the most popular tea variations, yet they come from the same tea family. With that said, we’re giving you a closer look at what separates Earl Grey vs Lady…

Two jars of loose tea leaves and a cup of tea with sliced lemon on top
Caffeine in Black Tea vs. Green Tea

Black and green tea are among the most common types of tea. Whether you’re a tea aficionado or a newcomer, knowing the amount of caffeine in black tea vs. green tea can help you make better deci…

How Many Cups of Tea is Too Many?

Tea is one of the most beloved beverages worldwide, providing a range of healing benefits. The most popular tea varieties include green, black, and oolong, with the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis pro…

Selective focus of cup filled with yerba mate
Yerba Mate vs Matcha

If you’re an avid tea drinker, it’s easy to identify the differences between real tea — and what is not. Yerba mate and matcha are often compared to each other and seen by some peopl…

Daily Tea

“But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea.”
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

There are so many beverages that we consume on a daily basis that it can be hard to keep track of them, but there are ones we turn into a ritual. That morning latte from the coffee shop. The soda at lunch. An espresso with dessert.

Tea should be a part of your daily ritual, and in many cases can even be a healthy alternative. 

What about visiting a tea house in the morning and ordering black tea with cream and sugar? It  will still wake you up, but keep you from having the same caffeine crash as the latte.

An iced oolong tea easily replaces soda as a bright, flavorful drink during lunchtime.

Green tea is an excellent companion to most desserts with its low caffeine content and smooth taste.

While coffee and sodas have their place, the benefits of tea and the sense of well being gained from steeped leaves should not be ignored.

Our Top Tea Resources

Loose Leaf Tea Essentials — A “Getting Started” Guide

The use and art of tea have been depicted in many paintings throughout history as well, circling across the globe from China, to Japan and Europe. It was indeed the Japanese monks,

A Complete Guide to Loose Leaf Green Tea

Nowadays, green tea is loved all over the world because of its taste and amazing health benefits (which we will be covering as well). Drinking green tea has become a connection to the land where it is grown

What is Matcha Tea? Our Complete Guide to All Things Matcha

Green tea was first cultivated in China. From there it made its way to Japan in 1191 where it has been cultivated since.

A Guide to Darjeeling Tea

Darjeeling tea is often marked as “black tea” but the actual color of the tea is far from black. More than 90% of the Darjeeling tea is not completely oxidized, which makes it a very light tea.

Tea Culture: Some Common Types of Tea Ceremonies & Rituals

For me personally, tea rituals slow me down and foster a “community” vibe. I especially like Gorreana Tea Estate’s description — “Tea rituals are about relationships.

Yixing Teapot User Guide

Pottery during the Sung Dynasty was being produced from purple (zisha) clay found in the Yixing (pronounced yeeshing) region of China.

Teaware Recommendations and Reviews

“We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven’t had any tea for a week…
The bottom is out of the Universe.”
― Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Poems of Rudyard Kipling

Making tea does not have to be a complicated endeavor, but the right tools can make a difference in your enjoyment of the process and also the quality of the end product. We can show you how to make tea in different styles and with different teaware.

The most important part of tea other than the leaves will always be the tea kettle, so make sure to read our guide on which tea kettle to buy.

If you want to use the Eastern style gong fu method of tea brewing with a gaiwan or yixing teapot, we can help with the right teaware to purchase, as well as steeping times and ratios of tea leaves to water.

If a filtered Western style tea is more your style, we have recommendations on tea infusers, teapots with filters, and other ways of infusing to keep the tea leaves from ending up in your cup.

Different Types of Tea

Slow Down and Enjoy the Tea

“The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort and refinement.”
– Arthur Gray, Little Tea Book

Whether it’s the meditative process of making tea or the pure enjoyment gained by lifting a cup of warm deliciousness to your mouth, most of us can agree that tea has a positive effect on our lives. Join us in our enjoyment of all things related to tea.