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New Design

World of Tea has been up and running for just about two years now so I thought a redesign was well overdue. Along with this update, I’ve opened the blog up to guest writers. If you have a story you’d like to submit to World of Tea, there is a “Submit a Story” link in the top left corner. Simply register and submit your story for review. As always, we’re accepting teas to review, so if you have a great tea you’d like to see on World of Tea, let me know. Thanks for reading and sharing my tea journey
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Tea Drinker Profile: Jordan M. Williams

Name: Jordan M. Williams Sex: Male Age: 22 Occupation: Student (nursing major); Hospital Sterilization Location: Fresno, California Do you drink tea at work?: Yes, cup, and Dragon Well Interests: Traveling, Tea, Books, Asian Culture and cuisine. Favorite Tea Variety: Pu-erh & Oolongs. Favorite tea: Bamboo Pu-erh, Jin Xuan Milk Oolong. How long have you been into tea?: 4-5 Years What got you started with tea?: Taking a trip to India in high school, I was introduced to loose leaf tea in the form of Masala Chai, and Lemon Grass Black tea How do you store your tea?: Tea cans, and
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Tea Drinker Profile: Nicole Martin

Name: Nicole Martin Sex: Female Age: 26 Occupation: I’m the store manager of a pet boutique that also does dog daycare and pet grooming.  Location: Bayonne, NJ. Do you drink tea at work?: I rarely get to drink tea at work since I’m always on the move. When I do it is normally a green tea or chai latte from the Starbucks down the street. Interests: Outside of tea I love anything to do with the outdoors, especially camping and hiking. I’m also very active in Girl Scouting and am an advisor for three troops. I also enjoy photography, genealogy
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Best Tea of the Year: Hype

So many times i see awards being given out for “best ceylon tea of 2010″ etc.  [like here] And this practice is hard for me to swallow. The following thoughts instantly come to mind when I see an American company accept an award for a tea they “procured”: 1. Is it possible that more than one company imports the same tea? Must they have exclusivity to enter such contests? 2. Do they mention the farmer at all? After all, the farmer is the one responsible for the tea. I ask myself, what is the point here? Isn’t the farmer the
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Pu-erh Tea and Tobacco: A trip to Iwan Ries

Much has been written on tobacco notes in young pu-erh teas. Because of this, some local Chicago tea friends and I decided to take this idea for a spin and spend a day at Iwan Ries with Certified Tobacconist Ron Carroll. Ron wanted to learn more about pu-erh and we wanted to compare the subtle complexities of pipe-tobacco with the nuances of pu-erh tea. Instead of immersing ourselves in not-taking and in-depth comparisons, we just enjoyed ourselves and let the conversation flow. Thomas Conner of TeaSquared elaborated on the day: http://teasquared.blogspot.com/2010/05/tea-and-tobacco-smokin.html
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Todd & Holland, a tea shop in Forest Park, Illinois

On July 31st, I held my first Chicago Tea Meetup @ Todd and Holland in Forest Park, IL. Meetup Groups are a great way to meet people in your area with similar interests. The Chicago Tea Lovers group has around 250 members (As of August 2010) and has held 56 meetups in the Chicago area since 2006, so I am very excited to head up this group. Seven members came out to Todd and Holland, a tea shop owned by Janet and Bill Todd that has been in the Chicago area for over 15 years. Bill frequently travels to tea
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Tea Drinker Profile: Rachana Carter

Name: Rachana (Rachel) Carter Sex: Female Age: 33 Occupation: Some Retail – Primarily a Stay-At-Home Mom. Location: Suburb of Chicago. Do you drink tea at work?: At work I drink Adagio’s RTD Green Tea – Anteadote. Interests: First, I am an absolute addict of all things tea.  I love the chance at trying new teas and coveting old favorites. The infinite possibilities of flavor excites me and the fact that I will never be bored amazes me.  I also enjoy scrapbooking and cardmaking, but I must say I am a bit of sci-fi and computer geek.  That includes, all Star
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Tea Drinker Profile: Brian Pfeifer

Name: Brian Pfeifer Sex: Male Age: 38 Occupation: I’ll be a DOS (English Teacher + manager + teacher trainer) as soon as I finish this dissertation.  Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, but in August I’m moving to Shanghai, China. Do you drink tea at work?: At school, and at my last job I brewed up a bit travel mug of tea or a big Nalgene bottle of iced tea. Interests: History, hiking, spaceflight, and tea. Favorite Tea Variety: For me, it’s not about the general variety, but rather exceptional quality of each tea brewed and drunk. The only thing I’m
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Tea Drinker Profile: Brittiny Lawson

Name: Brittiny Lawson Sex: Female Age: 24 Occupation: Secretary/Marketing Location: Indiana Do you drink tea at work?: I make tea at home, put it in a travel mug, and then drink it at work in the morning.  Because I only work half days, that is all the tea that I drink at work.  I normally drink black teas in the morning and save the greens and whites for the afternoon and evenings when I’m home. Interests: Tea, of course.  I also like reading all types of books, magazines, newspapers, and blogs.  I enjoy playing video games.  I also have interests
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