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How to enjoy a perfectly mixed hot beverage without using a stirrer

As a former barista, little strikes me as more wasteful than the gigantic piles of coffee straws, stir sticks, and spoons that reliably accompany every warm beverage display. Many coffee and tea drinkers don't realize that by simply rearranging the order in which one mixes a drink, it's possible to never need a stirrer and still enjoy a perfectly mixed cup o' whatever. It's all in the swirl!

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So you want to get into loose leaf tea, but don't know where to start…

My hubby and I started drinking tea a few winters ago while trying to cut down on sugar and pop, and it's been a huge hit in the house ever since. Unfortunately it did take some trial and error to figure out the best ways to buy and brew a variety of loose leaf teas. That is what I'd like to share, the basics of getting into loose leaf tea without breaking the bank or winding up with a bunch of tea you hate (I swear I didn't just throw out three tins of two-year-old tea that had only a couple of cups used…)