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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A First Taste of New Zealand Oolong

There is a certain scent that I often smell when in the wilderness, the freshness of the open air coming down from the mountains, the cool feeling of the wind carrying this scent through the trees — the smell of New Zealand. I have traveled to both the North and South islands of this beautiful country twice and every so often I’ll get a wiff of that scent here in the states when I’m out in nature and it puts me right back to New Zealand. I smelled this scent when I opened my pack of Aromatic Oolong from New
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Open for business: Chicago Tea Garden…

I am proud to announce that our company, Chicago Tea Garden is finally open for business. We have 9 teas from David Lee Hoffman’s Phoenix Collection to start and some local tea-ware from Chicago Potter — Chris Chaney. Lainie Petersen has written a wonderful article on us as the Chicago Tea Examiner, see it here. The Little Yellow Teapot also wrote an article about our opening: here. I chose to sell David Lee Hoffman’s teas to start for a few reasons… the man is a pioneer in the tea industry. He has relationships with farmers all over China and has
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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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Fresh Darjeeling Tea – Rare Pearls Rohini Estate

Just before Christmas I received a beautiful package from India (it had a bit of a tough time in the mail as evidence by the dents in the box, but the tea was safe) from my good friend Sonam of “Fresh Darjeeling Tea.” Inside were 3 beautifully packaged fresh teas from Darjeeling — the likes of which I’ve never seen. Sonam has done a wonderful job sourcing rare and amazing Darjeelings — a quick browse through the image-slider on his homepage can show you this. He has found wonderful full-leaf oolong and pearls – teas not generally renowned in Darjeeling.
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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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