Zisha Clay and Lead

Lead Testing a Cheap Yixing Pot

It is believed that some tea-ware coming from China may contain lead. Especially pots supposedly made of Zisha clay from Yixing, China. A few years back there was a thread in TeaChat about this, no one found any lead when using home test kits. I tried it with the cheapest “yixing” pot I could find (more about why this probably isn’t even a yixing pot in another post) online — $5.00. I smashed the pot with a hammer and then ground up the pieces until the pot was reduced to a pile of bits. I wanted to test the greatest
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Corey - Tiananmen

Tea Drinker Profile: Corey Cooper

Name: Corey Cooper Sex: Male Age: 29 Occupation: Education Consulting, tea sourcing, tea blogging Location: Beijing, China Do you drink tea at work?: I like to drink green tea or black tea at work, as proper gong fu brewing is not as essential to the experience.    Xi Hu Long Jing (西湖龙井) green tea as well as a nice Qimen Hong (祁门红) black tea are making it into my mug these days.  For a change of pace, I will brew some Dian Hong (滇红), a delicious black tea from Yunnan with a fragrant smell, orange and cinnamon notes. Interests: Tea
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You Decide: Tea and Cancer

There’s been many opposing studies out there about tea and cancer right now. Many are claiming that tea can “prevent” cancer. Some actually say that tea can promote cancer. As always — when human health is involved, there is money to be made. Big brands are just waiting to tack a new label on a product touting the latest health benefits. Take Cheerios for example, if you were to look back at the history of cereal boxes they’ve used you would see messages ranging from “promotes a healthy heart” to “lowers your cholesterol” and “helps prevent cancer.” It seems that
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Drinking green tea doesn’t lower breast cancer risk [via: Consumer Reports]

clipped from blogs.consumerreports.org In the new study, researchers looked at data on nearly 54,000 middle-aged women in Japan. Over five years, the participants completed two detailed questionnaires asking about their health, lifestyle, and diet, including their consumption of green tea. The researchers then tracked who developed breast cancer. On average, the study followed the women for 13.6 years. The researchers found no difference in breast cancer risk based on how much green tea the women drank. Those who consumed five or more cups a day were just as likely to develop breast cancer as those who drank less than one
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Ineeka’s Green Tea Beer

I had a chance to try Ineeka’s Green Tea Beer at Lush in Chicago last week. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now. Ineeka is a tea company based in Chicago known for their inventive take on the tea bag. Not much can be found regarding the type of green tea known, I only know it is from the Himalayas. About the brewing of this beer, the bottle notes that it is brewed in Holland. The beer is a great reddish/orange color with scents of honey and bread. It is very refreshing and the taste is both
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Tea Drinker Profile: Torsten Voigt

Name: Torsten Voigt Sex: Male Age: 26 Occupation: Self-employed with my Teashop TEE-ECK Location: Germany/ Thuringia / Eisenach Do you drink tea at work?: Yes, only tea! China Lung Ching, Bai Mu Dan, Assam in the evening…Porcelain cups and bowls! Interests: Tea, Whisky, Taste, Friends and cooking Favorite Tea Variety: White and Pu Erh! Very different! Favorite tea: At the moment white tea Bai Mu Dan King. Fresh, light and with a long taste! My all time favorite is China Lung Ching Tea. How long have you been into tea?: Seven Years. 2003 Self-employed person at 2005. What got you
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New Design

World of Tea has been up and running for just about two years now so I thought a redesign was well overdue. Along with this update, I’ve opened the blog up to guest writers. If you have a story you’d like to submit to World of Tea, there is a “Submit a Story” link in the top left corner. Simply register and submit your story for review. As always, we’re accepting teas to review, so if you have a great tea you’d like to see on World of Tea, let me know. Thanks for reading and sharing my tea journey
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James Norwood Pratt’s Tea Dictionary: Jin Xuan Oolong

Jin Xuan Oolong: Properly called “milk oolong,” this is a tea cultivar developed in the 1990s. It yields a lighter Jade oolong-type tea, mildly astringent and very aromatic with a milky character of its own. Jin Xuan is popularly marketed as “milk oolong” because of its remarkable cream like flavour and aroma. If you want to read more about James Norwood Pratt’s Tea Dictionary or to pick up  a copy, click here.
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