Normally I would not cite Christopher Hitchens with approval, but I must say this recent piece by him is superb: "How To Make a Decent Cup of Tea: Ignore Yoko Ono and John Lennon, and heed George Orwell's tea-making advice" (http://www.slate.com/id/2279601/). Highly recommended for nearly all of my American (and most of my Canadian friends) who have me over for a cuppa! HT: Jim Parker (my Texan friend).
PS: Had trouble to know how to tag this entry. Maybe I need to start another category and entitle it "Tea"!