Tea Drinker Profile: Brittiny Lawson

Name: Brittiny Lawson Sex: Female Age: 24 Occupation: Secretary/Marketing Location: Indiana Do you drink tea at work?: I make tea at home, put it in a travel mug, and then drink it at work in the morning.  Because I only work half days, that is all the tea that I drink at work.  I normally drink black teas in the morning and save the greens and whites for the afternoon and evenings when I’m home. Interests: Tea, of course.  I also like reading all types of books, magazines, newspapers, and blogs.  I enjoy playing video games.  I also have interests
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An Introduction to James Norwood Pratt’s Tea Dictionary

James Norwood Pratt is best known for his book, New Tea Lover’s Treasury. Considered an authority on tea and tea lore, he has spent much of his life disseminating the way of tea to America and the West. His latest book, the Tea Dictionary includes terminology for the cultivation, manufacture, tasting, trading, marketing, and classification of tea: some of which has not been translated to the English language until now. Pratt collaborated with Dr. Chen Zhongmao (now Honorary Chairman of China’s Tea Research Institute), Devan Shah and Ravi Sutodiya to create this 370-page book. The dictionary also includes a  timeline of
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Small Tea Farmers in Sri Lanka

One of the highlights of the tea expo for me was meeting the consulate general of Sri Lanka to the US, Asoka Godawita. His pride for his country and the hardworking tea farmers there overwhelmed me. Sri Lanka’s tumultuous past has made it difficult to travel there for the reason of buying tea. The insurgency ended in May of 2009 and since then, we have seen a wealth of information and good tea flow out of Ceylon. Asoka was able to connect me with many small tea farmers in Sri Lanka that I have been speaking with for the past
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World Tea Expo 2010

This year, I was lucky enough to go to the World Tea Expo in Vegas. It was a great chance to meet a lot of tea friends that I’ve been talking to online since the birth of this website over a year ago. This year many authors spoke, many tea growers has booths, it was a great way to see the directions the industry is going. I saw many more tea growers than I saw middle-men importers – this really excited me as I believe the future of our industry lies in buying tea directly from farmers in tea producing
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Chicago Tea Garden First to Import New Zealand Tea to the USA

Tea lovers in the United States will have their first chance to try New Zealand’s only tea, Zealong, beginning on June 28, 2010, when Chicago Tea Garden makes it available to its retail and wholesale customers. Zealong began in 1996 when its owners planted imported Taiwanese seedlings on their New Zealand farm. Only 130 of the original 1500 imports survived the strict 10-month quarantine period, and from these hearty plants, over 1,000,000 tea bushes now grow on Zealong’s 120 acre farm. For Chicago Tea Garden’s co-owners, Tony Gebely and Erin Murphy, being the first American company to sell this exclusive
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2010 First Flush Hawaiian Oolong

The long delicate, hand-processed leaves of Mauna Kea’s 2010 First Flush Oolong are something to behold. Taka is getting better and better at replicating China’s Oolong process of olde. The dry leaves have the familiar floral scent of a Chinese or Taiwanese Oolong, but with a wisp of something more fresh, like the smell of laundry left to dry outside in wind blowing over a hay field. The New Zealand Oolong I recently tried also had this fresh scent. After a 1:00 infusion at 195 degrees fahrenheit, the leaves had barely begun to unfurl. Because these leaves have barely unfurled,
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Pu-erh Ice Cream Float

Alright, I know I’m not into ridiculous flavored teas — the kind where the taste of the tea is lost. But I am a fan of using teas in recipes where tea compliments another food, or another food compliments a tea. So while drinking some of my Green Elephant Pu-erh, I was thinking that it would go great with vanilla ice cream. So I filled a mason jar with a nice chunk of my beencha and filled the jar with boiling water, I sealed the jar and left it in the refrigerator for 12 hours. The resulting tea was completely black, like
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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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