World Tea Expo 2010

This year, I was lucky enough to go to the World Tea Expo in Vegas. It was a great chance to meet a lot of tea friends that I’ve been talking to online since the birth of this website over a year ago. This year many authors spoke, many tea growers has booths, it was a great way to see the directions the industry is going. I saw many more tea growers than I saw middle-men importers – this really excited me as I believe the future of our industry lies in buying tea directly from farmers in tea producing
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Chicago Tea Garden First to Import New Zealand Tea to the USA

Tea lovers in the United States will have their first chance to try New Zealand’s only tea, Zealong, beginning on June 28, 2010, when Chicago Tea Garden makes it available to its retail and wholesale customers. Zealong began in 1996 when its owners planted imported Taiwanese seedlings on their New Zealand farm. Only 130 of the original 1500 imports survived the strict 10-month quarantine period, and from these hearty plants, over 1,000,000 tea bushes now grow on Zealong’s 120 acre farm. For Chicago Tea Garden’s co-owners, Tony Gebely and Erin Murphy, being the first American company to sell this exclusive
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Pu-erh Ice Cream Float

Alright, I know I’m not into ridiculous flavored teas — the kind where the taste of the tea is lost. But I am a fan of using teas in recipes where tea compliments another food, or another food compliments a tea. So while drinking some of my Green Elephant Pu-erh, I was thinking that it would go great with vanilla ice cream. So I filled a mason jar with a nice chunk of my beencha and filled the jar with boiling water, I sealed the jar and left it in the refrigerator for 12 hours. The resulting tea was completely black, like
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Tea 4:20 Edition: Smoking Tea

Update: there has been some information circulating the internet about this growing trend of smoking tea from tea-bags. This can be very harmful to your health. Smoking tea does not get you high, however you are inhaling carbon monoxide which could make you lightheaded. There is a bit of information online about the healthful effects of smoking tea leaves. I do not condone this, I would not try this, I’m not telling you to try this — I believe that smoking anything is harmful to your health, but I wanted to see if I could dig up any information on
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Kenya Tea Strike is Over [via: Businessweek]

Kenyan Tea workers went on strike from Feb 8 to Feb 12 — happily they have reached a resolution in the matter: “The strike started after some workers were paid below the minimum recommended wage, George Nesbitt, director of Tea Warehouses Ltd., said by phone from Mombasa” Read the whole thing here: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-17/kenya-tea-workers-strike-over-wages-disrupt-shipping-update1-.html
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Tea Science [via: The Malaysian Star]

The Malaysian Star posted quite a lengthy article on their fortnightly column “Nutri-Science” by Dr. Tee Siong — its a great summation of all of the tea health stories we’ve been hearing of late. I invite you to give it a read: http://thestar.com.my/health/story.asp?file=/2010/1/31/health/5568096&sec=health
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A Long Time Coming…

Its been a long time coming, but I am finally starting my own tea company. Things are in the late stages, teas have been sourced, packaging is finalized. I’m just working on the web site at this time, so if there is anything that annoys you about tea shop sites, please let me know asap! I’m a web developer by trade, so I’m developing the site myself. It should be up soon. Thats all I can say, soon. This idea started in 2006 with a trip to China. My partner, Erin Murphy and I are excited to get things up
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State of the tea industry 2010…

There have been many changes in our industry of late, and as it grows — we must be sure to be mindful of our actions as consumers in this growing industry — demanding only the best, honest, fair goods. A store can only sell things if we buy them. The power is in our hands, especially as this industry takes off. Let me start by introducing three societal “movements” from where many of my ideas and opinions are sourced: 1. Slow Food 2. Free Knowledge 3. The end of mass-marketing The slow food movement was started 20 years ago and
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