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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How to Use Bamboo Charcoal

Bamboo charcoal, you’ve heard of it, you’ve heard of the great things it can do. But really, does it work? I think so. I’m not 100% sure, but I allowed several people to try my “bamboo water” and tea brewed with it alongside normal Chicago tap water and the results were positive. I have no scientific evidence, and I don’t need any – I like it, it tastes good, and I’m going to use it — and that’s enough for me (want technical? read this). If you are interested in making bamboo charcoal, Pyro Energen has put together this pretty
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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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Jing Tea Teaware: Practical and Beautiful

I tend to think of Jing as a leader of the online tea shop world. I’ve had many wonderful one-of-a-kind teas from Jing. But I recently had the opportunity to try out some of Jing’s teaware. Jing’s 400ml Glass Tea-iere is a thing of beauty, it looks good, it feels good, and its completely practical. It fits right into my lifestyle: I used the tea-iere in conjunction with their glass cup and saucer. Not only do these items look great, but they function well. I don’t always have time for my Yixing Gongfu set, and this is the complete answer
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Mellow Monk's Genmaicha

I’ve always had a fascination with genmaicha which is– green tea mixed with roasted rice. The rice imparts a nutty, toasty flavor. I had a great experience with genmaicha in Thailand nonetheless and have not yet been able to reproduce it… until now. I’ve tried cheap supermarket genmaicha (right side of image), and found the taste to be very bland — without any real nutty flavor or even tea flavor for that matter. I decided I needed to try a higher grade genmaicha. Enter Mellow Monk teas. Mellow Monk’s Harmony Genmaicha tea (left side of image) has a greener leaf,
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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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The Tea Round Table Opens to the Public & Contest Details

We agree, twitter is great, but it has one problem. When topics that are important to a community are discussed, we need them to be saved, and to be accessible by all. Twitter is a great place for us to meet new people, but The Tea Round Table [http://www.tearoundtable.com] is a great place for us to discuss the world of tea long term. The vision behind the Tea Round Table is to bring people together to network on a smaller scale, collaborate, and learn. By providing an online meeting place, the goal of The Tea Round Table is to create
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Chicago's Chinatown – Not a tea mecca.

I set out about two weeks ago to explore Chicago’s Chinatown — just off the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line stop. I hoped to find tiny tea-houses tucked away off the main streets, tea importers, tea shops — I hoped to find a mecca of tea right in my own city. However, I found none of this. Not even an inkling of hope. I left completely and utterly disappointed. I began walking around, first North on Wentworth to China Square on Archer, there were many shops, Americanized restaurants, Chinese Herbs, bookstores, and a few stores selling cheap souvenirs. The only store slightly
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