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How to read Indian and Sri Lankan tea grading July 22 2021

An infographic chart reading "Indian and Sri Lankan Letter Grade Guide" with stripped down version of content in blog post body.


"Yes, I'd like two ounces of the Darjeeling...sfff...tug..fop?"

We hear your attempts at pronouncing this alphanumeric stew every day at the tea house, and who can blame you? When an estate or region name is followed by a gibberish string of letters and numbers and you have no idea what they mean but remember your grandmother pouring you delicious steaming cups of fine Indian black tea and just...


Behind the Blend: Writer's Fuel May 07 2020

For those new to our blends, welcome! Our themed teas are mostly developed from CEO Friday Elliott's neurological superpower, lexical-gustatory synesthesia. These BTB (behind the blend) posts serve as a dissection of Friday's process and experience.

Caffeine jolt with a leather body and smoke underbelly

You know that energy dip that hits about 70% through a writing session? The total drop in...

BTB: The Excelsior January 30 2020

The Excelsior

My parents met in their high school Star Trek club, and so naturally baby's first fandom was the one to which I literally owe my existence. I've lost count of the number of conventions I attended growing up. The Klingons I've met surely number in the hundreds at this point. This may not have made me the coolest kid growing up, but I can honestly boast the ability to paint my body...

BTB: September's Blend September 17 2019

Fall is here and we are ready ready READY for autumnal flavors. I'm personally using the season as an excuse to highlight one of my favorite fandom teas, inspired by an ill-tempered and irascible young girl from Omaha, Nebraska.

September is the protagonist of Catherynne M. Valente'slush and heartbreaking Fairyland series. When the series begins (the first book is titled The Girl Who...

BTB: Raise the Dead April 29 2018

Today's episode of Behind the Blend may feel a bit out of season, but it's a particularly chill and blustery April morning and I've been thinking a lot about death and seasonal shifts lately. So, for today's foray into synesthetic perception, I would like to introduce you to an old Friday Afternoon fave: Raise the Dead. 


Raise the Dead

The inspiration:This blend was originally commissioned by our...