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Colonial Tea Prices

Posted by Natalie Carey – Tea Historian, Oliver Pluff & Co. on 8th Jun 2019

The price of tea in England declined during the 18th century. Now able to afford this commodity, English laborers included tea in their budgets for the first time. A study of such budgets published … read more

To Boil or Not to Boil?

Posted by Ashley Isom on 16th Aug 2018

If you order tea from Oliver Pluff, you know our labels come with a guide for how long and at what temperature water to use to brew your tea. We have had several people ask if they need to boil th … read more

Cocoa and Cacao Shell Tea

Posted by Natalie Carey – Tea Historian, Oliver Pluff & Co. on 15th Mar 2017

19th Century Drinking Chocolate Ceramics, London. Special thanks to: GEORGE C. BIRLANT & CO. (Antiques), Charleston, 843-722-3842, www.birlant.com. Photography: Kyle Brown. All Rights R … read more

The Origins of Earl Grey Tea

Posted by Natalie Carey – Tea Historian, Oliver Pluff & Co. on 13th Mar 2017

Bergamot Orange watercolor illustration (Citrus Bergamia), by L. Osbeck The origin of “who first put leaf to water” is completely unknown to culinary historians. Before the mid-nineteenth century, bo … read more

Bohea over ice

Posted by Kyle Brown, Oliver Pluff & Co. on 10th Mar 2017

I started a tea business in 2009 with a business plan of becoming the “Ben and Jerry’s of iced tea”. After sampling over 300 broken orange pekoes from India and Sri Lanka, we selected single estate te … read more