Tea and Gender

There have been no polls or studies in the United States that I’ve seen that reveal the demographics of tea drinkers in the country. But evidence is suggesting that the bulk of tea-drinkers fall in the 18-35 year old male category. A growing group of men drawn by the history and culture behind the drink. “‘The vast majority of Asian tea masters are men, and in fact, the tea industry itself is known as a “gentleman’s” business. Women might drink much of the tea in the western world, but men are usually the ones buying and selling it in the
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Chicago Tea Writers Confab

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting with Steve Knoerr [http://39steeps.blogspot.com/] and Lainie Petersen [http://www.lainiesips.com/]. We spent most of the day drinking our favorite teas and talking about the current state of the world of tea. This is what its all about folks — community, friendship. Tea brings people together. Make sure you hop on over to Steve’s blog and check out his post chronicalling the event: http://39steeps.blogspot.com/2009/08/chicago-tea-writers.html If you also live in the Chicago area and would like to participate in one of these meetups, let us know: http://twitter.com/WorldofTea
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Tea Pig's Name and Shame Campaign

I don’t usually like to tout tea companies, and I’ve never even tried tea from this company but “Tea Pigs” in the UK has begun their “Name and Shame” campaign. They have a form on their website called “Name and Shame a Purveyor of  Slop” where a customer can “shame” a cafe or tea shop that is serving terrible tea. Not only is this hilarious, but it is an awesome way to promote tea education — because these claims will undoubtedly raise the question: “What makes the tea bad?” From Caterersearch: The company wants 2009 to be a ‘year of
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Interview: Yunnan Sourcing's Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson is an American who settled in Kunming China and founded the tea export company Yunnan Sourcing. He spends his days working on the floor of one of the largest Pu-erh trading centers of the world. How did you come to love tea? It all started with Yunnan. I traveled for about 5 months in Yunnan province in 1998-1999. At that time I started to drink Pu-erh and other Yunnan teas. I had this idea that I would try and introduce it people in the USA. I purchased and shipped back more than 80 kilograms of Pu-erh tea at
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On Proper Storage of Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh is one of the most interesting and sought after teas these days because of its medicinal properties as well as its general collectibility. With pu-erh cakes from decades past going for thousands of dollars these days, collecting pu-erh for long-term storage can be quite an investment. Before deciding where and how to store pu-erh, you have to figure out which type of pu-erh you are actually in possession of. Jump over to Wikipedia to decide whether you have a raw pu-erh or ripened pu-erh. Ripened pu-erh has already gone through a secondary fermentation process to “fake” the aging process,
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Welcome to the inaugural Tea Tuesday

From the mind of http://twitter.com/siptea I present to you the latest “Twitter Day”: #teatuesday and #teatimetuesday What will you drink today? The Original Tea Time Tuesday: http://twitter.com/teatimetuesday Tuesday is the day to tweet #tea! Feel free to join in. Also, don’t forget to follow World of Tea!
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5 Ways to Destroy Your Tea

How many of you have a kitchen cabinet dedicated to tea? How many of our cabinets are complete unorganized messes — tea in zip-lock bags, old tupperware containers, paper bags from the tea shop? It is time to get organized. Most tea is vulnerable to 5 things which will gradually cause it to lose flavor and become stale: Air Light Odor Heat Moisture There are some exceptions, Pu-Erh as well as some other high quality black teas will become better with age. From Enjoying Tea: “If you plan on not using your tea for a while, the best place to
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The Adventure of Finding Great Tea

To me, finding a great tea is an adventure. I can’t always wander around the hills of Asia searching out tiny tea gardens, or wander the streets of Chongqing looking for that tiny tea shop that no tourist has ever set foot in. Because I cannot always do these things, I’ll go to great lengths to find little-known teas, to discover something that not many in the Western world has tried. Some of my great finds have been on EBay and Twitter. I stumbled across Yunnan Sourcing a few years ago on Ebay, run by an American Expat — Scott
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