Tea is the new… Money?

via BBC [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/north_yorkshire/8428824.stm]: Motorway thieves steal tea bags in Yorkshire Thieves have stolen 11 pallets containing tea from a lorry parked in a lay-by on the A1 in North Yorkshire. The tea was taken on Monday night as the lorry was parked by the southbound carriageway near RAF Leeming. Officers said that despite the lorry being locked thieves cut its side curtain and took the pallets. They contained Tetley Tea products including Red Bush and Green Tea. North Yorkshire Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
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Christmas Tree Tea

You’re right, its not really tea. There’s no tea included. I found this curious product at the Ferry Building’s Saturday Farmers Market in San Francisco a few weeks ago. What you get for around $7.00 is 20 tea-bags filled with douglas fir tips. From the box: “this tea [tea? really?] is made with hand-gathered, sustainably-wild-harvested Douglas Fir Tips. Although nothing that comes from the wild can be certified organic, since this term applies only to farm-grown produce, our Douglas Fir is harvested in pristine wilderness that has never seen any chemicals and is probably more natural than the most organic
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The Gong Fu Cha Institute at Penn State

I had a chance to speak with Jason Cohen, president of Penn State’s new “Gong Fu Cha” institute. The institute aims to: “build a tea library in order to document the vintages of tea and to propagate through instruction the art of GongFu Cha.” If you go to Penn State, you can join the institute every Wednesday from 6-9 in the HUB-Robeson Center. I asked Jason a series of questions… here we go: What got you started in tea? I got started in tea in the summer of 2007. I was in China for about 2 months, during which I
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Review: Lu Shan Yun Wu from Dream About Tea

I’ve been itching to get my hands on some of this green tea for some time, and Lainie Petersen just happened to give me a bit: This tea looks awesome, its tiny and wiry leaves steeped up a beautiful light-green liquor that had a very subtle taste with no astringency whatsoever! I definitely recommend this tea for a simple green tea if astringency is not your thing. Dream About Tea’s site says: “This is a rare and unusual Chinese green tea, grown in Lu Shan, Jiangxi, China. The dry leaf is dark green, small, and twisted, and infuses to a
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What is a HOB? And how does it keep my tea warm?

I received a curious package in the mail last week. It contained “hobs” from Thistledown.com. What is a “hob” you ask? Their site defines hobs as: “a shelf in the back of a fireplace on which to place things to keep warm”; and “hob” is a British colloquialism for a stove top.” Thistledow’s hobs are not shelves in the back of fireplaces, rather — they are cozies for your tea. Not one of those old-lady Victorian style cozies either. It looks cool. They have all sorts of designs on the site. But, the big question… do they work, and if
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Review: Roy Fong's Great Teas of China

I had a chance to read an advance copy of Roy Fong’s “Great Teas of China” — a book where Roy (of Imperial Teas) takes us on his lifetime tea journey as he rediscovers tea in Hong Kong and travels China to find the best teas. He discusses ten of his favorite teas in the book and explains the stories behind them and the processing methods involved. The book is a great insight to Chinese teas as there is still a lot of information that has never been translated to English on the subject. Roy also realizes the breadth of
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Give the gift of Matcha: Matcha Source's Matcha Kits

Do you have a tea-lover in your life and don’t have a clue what to get them for the holidays? Have they tried matcha? Matchasource.com offers several matcha kits for a low-cost foray into the world of high-quality matcha. You get everything you need to start drinking one of the healthiest teas on the planet. For $69.00, you get: a 30 gram tin of Morning Matcha Classic Grade Organic Matcha, a 100 prong bamboo whisk for frothing tea, a stainless sifter (to rid the matcha of clumps and provide for a smoother brew), a bamboo tea scoop, a ceramic matcha
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This Week in News: Tea and Your Health

In the past week, I have seen more news reports claiming health benefits of tea than ever before. I wanted to share with you some of the more interesting ones: November 20: Brewed Tea Loaded with Health Benefits http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/lifestyle/health_and_environment/x1945261872/Brewed-tea-loaded-with-health-benefits “Chinese tea increases antioxidants; boosts metabolism; regulates female emotion; cleanses kidneys and bladder; regulates gastrointestinal system; lowers cholesterol; burns calories; [and] soothes [the] nervous system.” November 23: Green Tea Eases Stress and Fatigue from Overworking http://www.naturalnews.com/027553_green_tea_stress_reduction.html “Those who drank five cups of green tea per day showed considerably less psychological distress than those who drank less than a cup a day.
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How a Water Boiler Changed My Life

I recently made a rather large tea purchase, I bought a $170 water boiler. This may sound like a lot of money, but I am completely in love with the purchase. I bought a Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler. Let me tell you why it is awesome: My Tea Brewing system: – All water used for tea is treated with bamboo charcoal. I simply pour water into a gallon pitcher with several pieces of bamboo charcoal in it. Once my water boiler is empty, the bamboo charcoal water is then poured into the Zojirushi. – The Zojirushi heats the
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