They Only Make It Because We Buy It – Part One

“Brand X’s Tie Guan Yin Oolong” — Have you ever asked yourself what did “Brand X” do to make that oolong their own? What differentiates this tea from Brand Y’s Tie Guan Yin Oolong? We first must assume that they even purchased the tea from different sources. I challenge you to question every tea purchase you make, to look into the history of that tea, to inquire about where it came from, when it was harvested, who it was harvested by. Moving along… The way things used to be in America — are the way things still are in many
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Eight cups of tea a day good for heart, brain [via: Times of India]

Health experts in claim that drinking eight cups of tea daily can be good for you, claiming: “Caffeinated drinks have been unfairly demonised. Black tea, in particular, contains polyphenols, which are natural plant antioxidants. These have beneficial effects on many biochemical processes in the body because they protect cells against harmful free radicals. Flavonoids are thought to be especially useful, with a number of studies reporting a link between them and lower risk of heart attack.” This mostly applies to black tea, having more caffeine and thus — masala tea — which is a principle beverage in India. Read more:
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Young Raw Pu-erh Deserves More Recognition [via: Puerh Tea Community]

An interesting post came up today on the puerh tea community, and I wholeheartedly agree with what Linda Louie had to say: “Most attention about Pu-erh tea has been paid to the aged Pu-erh. There is a consensus in the Pu-erh community that Pu-erh tea is “the older it gets, the better it is.” Don’t get me wrong. I love aged Pu-erh because it possess qualities that no other teas can match. However, young raw Pu-erh should not be devalued either. Unlike the old days, many young raw Pu-erhs manufactured today are made of premium leaves and from a single
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Lochan Online Tea Tasting Event [via 39Steeps]

There has been a new trend in tea tasting events – online tea tastings. This may seem odd, but some of the best teas come from farmers with no access to tea-shops in the West, and that is where tea tastings are traditionally held. I think it is a great idea, I think it brings us all closer to the tea producers, cutting out the middle-men – thus giving us access to a wider variety of potentially better teas. In this way, we can all source tea, we don’t always have to let someone do the work for us –
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How to be a smart pu-erh purchaser…

(via: Puerh Tea Community Blog) Linda Louie, Owner of the Bana Tea Company [http://www.banateacompany.com] wrote this great post: “Not only are occasional Pu’erh drinkers fooled, professionals can be fooled also. Whether Pu’erh novice or professional, one needs to utilize common sense and trust his or her natural instincts. When it comes to buying Pu’erh, the most important thing is taste it before you buy. Many tea shops offer free tasting and many on-line tea shops offer free samples or samplers for a nominal price. Take advantage of these offers. Good Pu’erh, new or aged, should give you a comfortable sensation
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