Tea Blog Posts From Around the Web

Here are the most recent tea blog posts from around the web, this list is updated twice daily. Please contact me if you’d like your site included in this list. If you’d like an OPML export file to add to your favorite RSS feed reader, this page is for you.

  • The Tin
    It's muggy here, and overcast. It's due to rain and storm later this week, and that's not a good sign for the tea. Tea cannot be, or, let me put it this way, should not be picked when it's wet or raining. Especially for oolong tea, the result is an air-conditioned dried tea, which is not preferred, sun drying is, and second, the dampness results in a bitter taste to the tea, where sun would… ... read more
    Source: Red Circle TeaPublished on March 31, 2015 8:37 pm
  • Onward
    The taxi bus is still my absolute favorite way to cross any customs or immigration ever. Clean, classy, non-complicated. Eight people in a leather seated minivan with air conditioning and no schleping through lines. Yes, there's a transfer to a coach that is both a little distressing, and makes you feel like cattle at an auction - will anyone notice my sticker indicating transfer of -in this case tourists- to their destination? You stand and… ... read more
    Source: Red Circle TeaPublished on March 31, 2015 2:12 pm
  • Date night
    Dear Singapore airlines. Wow, I didn't know things would be like this the first time, I didn't think I could fall so hard so fast and things would just feel so right. And they do. Plush is the first word that comes to mind to describe these seats, there's an adjustable neck rest to fit my petite height and a foot rest so i don't have to balance on my tip toes. You offered me… ... read more
    Source: Red Circle TeaPublished on March 31, 2015 2:07 pm
  • Aiya Tea Konacha
    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep green, very small particles Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: mesh infuser and ceramic teacup Liquor: vibrant greenish gold Konacha is Japan's OTHER powdered tea. It's not matcha but the leaf particles are very small. This particular one is a by-product of gyokuro production. Just as ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on March 31, 2015 11:00 am
  • The Yumewakaba Tea Cultivar
    Image source: http://agriknowledge.affrc.go.jp/ The Yumewakaba (ゆめわかば, dream young leaf) is a Japanese tea cultivar developed by the Saitama Prefectural Agriculture and Forestry Research Center. Its yield at harvest and picking time are about the same as for the Yabukita cultivar. History of Yumewakaba In 1968, the Yabukita cultivar was crossed with a tea plant called Saitama number 9 (埼玉9号), which was selected from seedlings born naturally out of Yabukita seeds. In 2006, Yumewakaba was registered… ... read more
    Source: My Japanese Green TeaPublished on March 31, 2015 10:05 am
  • Aged Huali Box Tea [Episode 99]
    Big thanks to Carolyn who sent this tea in. A mystery tea that came from a box!! ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on March 31, 2015 9:28 am
  • The online tea companies bubble!
    I have been closely associated with the tea industry for 17 years now. The change in the speciality tea industry has been one of the most noticeable new achievements for our small tea world. I have been especially impressed with the new tea shops, boutiques, and tea parlours springing up in every nook and on every corner. These establishments have changed the mindsets of people, exposed them to a tea culture that they never knew… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on March 31, 2015 7:02 am
  • Review: Firepot Chai Chocolate Chai
    I’m not a huge fan of chai; there, I’ve already admitted it, yet here you are, scrolling over a review meant to provide meaningful and reliable insight into a specific and ultimately unique chai tea. Rest assured, I’ve had many varieties albeit comparably slim to those more enthusiastic towards some liquored sweet and spice. Predictably, I’ve never purchased anything from Firepot Chai, a Nashville-based company providing organic spices and Fair Trade teas from communities in… ... read more
    Source: Teaviews.comPublished on March 31, 2015 1:00 am
  • Review: Amazonian Guayusa from Ecuador
      If tea were a cartoon character, who would it be? The Hulk? Yoda? There are without a doubt illimitable perspectives about tea’s physiognomies; too many to gain any agreement. However, it is relatively easy to cast Amazonian Guayusa (why-you-suh) as Superman. Until recently, not too much was known about Guayusa. But type ‘Guayusa’ into any search engine today and it will come up with a range of articles, including an interesting piece featured in Destinations… ... read more
    Source: REVOLUZZION: The Voice of TeaPublished on March 30, 2015 11:19 pm
  • Red Espresso to Sell Capsules in Europe
    Many tea companies are looking to capitalize on the coffee capsule craze. Red Espresso, a company that has been seeking to make rooibos a coffee equivalent, seems a natural fit.Rooibos is made from Aspalathusa linearis, a legume native to the Cederberg region of South Africa. It has long been steeped into a popular caffeine-free, antioxidant-rich beverage. The Red Espresso founder, Carl Pretorius, was seeking a replacement for his daily coffee when he tried grinding the… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on March 30, 2015 8:31 pm
  • Chai: Spiced goodness in a cup
    Ever-increasingly we are seeing articles about health and well-being posted in social media. It seems the world has decided “good health is in.” Well, it’s not the first time… In the years leading up to the early 19th century, citizens around the globe relied on herbs and natural remedies to meet their primary health care needs. Indigenous New Zealanders and Australians used a variety of native leafy bushes and plants (e.g. lemongrass, myrtle… ... read more
    Source: REVOLUZZION: The Voice of TeaPublished on March 30, 2015 5:37 pm
  • First Tea in Nespresso Capsules
    The Cornish Tea Company has introduced the first Nespresso-style capsules containing tea.Duncan Bond, managing director of the firm said the capsules are a logical addition to the company’s line of tea in single-serve filter pods.“We are terrifically proud to be the first tea brand in the world to be launching a Nespresso-compatible capsule. It’s never been done before and it has tremendous global potential,” Bond told the Daily Mail of London.Dualit, which packs its own… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on March 30, 2015 3:15 pm
  • Tg Green Teas Joins Ethical Tea Partnership
    Tg Green Teas, founded by Dr. Hua He and Sophia Nadur, has recently announced its decision to join the Ethical Tea Partnership.The Ethical Tea Partnership was established in 1997 to examine and assess supply chains throughout the tea industry. Monitoring looks at labor conditions, environmental health and social support systems. ETP currently has 30 members across Europe, North America, New Zealand and Australia.Annually, ETP and IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative co-host a gathering that… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on March 30, 2015 3:09 pm
  • Teavana’s Global Ambitions
    While Teavana is home grown, generating virtually all its sales within the U.S. and Canada, tea is not. The global market for tea is largely concentrated in Asia, with premium and super-premium brands experiencing strong sales, according to market research firm Euromonitor International.Last week Starbucks, during presentations at its annual meeting, made it clear that Teavana is to be counted among the largest global brands by announcing a five-year plan to achieve $2 billion in… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on March 30, 2015 3:03 pm
  • In Tribute to Steven Smith
    There are people who can see possibilities and potential in the places many of us miss. Their vision opens our eyes, and in this case, awakens our palates, to something that we now can’t imagine doing without. Steven Smith, a tea entrepreneur and visionary who was once described as “Merlin meets Marco Polo” by Tazo brand strategist Steve Sandstrom, has been one of these people.Photo by Tiffany Talbott/Smithtea.comOn March 23, Smith died at age 65… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on March 30, 2015 2:50 pm
  • You Never Know What You’ll See on a Portland Street…
     This incredible bubble art...Or maybe two women dressed in Victorian-style clothes, out for a stroll...To my fellow chanoyu students: Ms. M and I got a big kick out of this photo. Notice our tea hands!The truth is my friend Ms. M (in blue) is much more practiced at costuming than I.  I was a little nervous to walk around in public, but I am SO glad that we did!  Truly, I have never seen so… ... read more
    Source: Steph’s Cup of TeaPublished on March 30, 2015 1:29 pm
  • New York Coffee and Tea Festival – 2015
    I was really excited to be able to attend the annual coffee and tea festival since I missed out completely last year. I wasn't sure what to expect because it was moved to a new venue, the Brooklyn Expo Center. The tickets hadn't sold out as they had in past years so I was hoping that it would be less crowded. Unfortunately it seemed like it was more crowded than ever. It was difficult to… ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on March 30, 2015 11:00 am
  • The next wave for tea?
    This morning I read an article by Jacob Jeber, son of Phil Jeber of Philz Coffee.  If you haven’t heard of Philz yet, you probably will very soon. They just received a huge infusion of venture capital from people who normally invest only in technology, people like top executives in companies such as Yahoo.  These folks are based in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area, but now, with pockets full of growth money, are planning to expand across the… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on March 30, 2015 7:01 am
  • Why do we drink tea?
    Aside from the fact that tea is addictive through caffeine, why do we drink tea? Since I drink tea daily, it is not something that I spend a lot of time thinking about. For most of us, it’s already become such a routine that it’s just a simple part of day, but there is always a dimension of “why”, especially when it comes to trying to look for the finer teas, or to find teas… ... read more
    Source: A Tea Addict’s JournalPublished on March 30, 2015 2:23 am
  • Chiptunes + Shoops
    The Easter Vac.  It is a sacred time.  Not least because my college has, it being the end of term, wound down.  This means two things: (i) all the academics get to focus on sweet, delicious research; and (ii) I have the time to combat a Dark Breakfast every day, followed by a remedial diet of chiptunes + shoops (i.e., shupu) upon hitting my lab shortly thereafter.   Bacon followed by shoops ... read more
    Source: The Half-DipperPublished on March 30, 2015 12:08 am
  • The Diamond Year
    This is my 10 year anniversary. I've been traveling to China for 10 years now and I'm so incredibly proud of that and happy to have reached this benchmark.  This year I'm headed up to Huangshan, Yellow Mountain in Anhui province. It's about 2 hours west of Shanghai by train, and just under 2 hours due north from Guangzhou by plane. I'm looking for Mao Feng tea and any other surprises the mountain wants to… ... read more
    Source: Red Circle TeaPublished on March 29, 2015 7:18 pm
  • Tea Cocktails: A Mixologist’s Guide to Legendary Tea-Infused Cocktails
    Tea Cocktails: A Mixologist's Guide to Legendary Tea-Infused Cocktails (from a press release) In classy bars and cocktail lounges across America, tea is making a big splash. Absolut has launched a line of tea-infused vodka, companies like Owl’s Brew are springing up with teas crafted specifically as cocktail mixers, and foodie magazines such as Saveur and Food & Wine are featuring hot chai toddies and gin-spiked iced teas. With Abigail R. Gehring’s Tea Cocktails: A… ... read more
    Source: Tea Guy SpeaksPublished on March 29, 2015 1:26 pm
  • Tea and Roses at Freylinghuysen
    New Jersey - Tea and Roses will be offered at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township on either Wednesday, May 13, or Wednesday, June 10. The tour begins at 11:30 a.m. and the tea is completed by 1:30 p.m.  Story by NJ.com Read More »THIS TEA NEWS FEED IS SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THE TEA HOUSE TIMES. http://www.theteahousetimes.com ... read more
    Source: Tea House Times Tea ScoopPublished on March 29, 2015 11:04 am
  • Tea set collector launches rental business
    London - 500 pieces of china including 144 cups and saucers. What to do? Rent them out - new business!  Story by Westport News. Read More »THIS TEA NEWS FEED IS SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THE TEA HOUSE TIMES. http://www.theteahousetimes.com ... read more
    Source: Tea House Times Tea ScoopPublished on March 29, 2015 10:48 am
  • Steven Smith Memorial March 31
    Steven Smith (1949-2015), the teamaker; an uncommon man, and a remarkable life.  Memorial to be held March 31, 2015  His Company Smith Teamaker lives on.  Learn more. Read More »THIS TEA NEWS FEED IS SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THE TEA HOUSE TIMES. http://www.theteahousetimes.com ... read more
    Source: Tea House Times Tea ScoopPublished on March 29, 2015 10:16 am
  • Do not accept a bad cuppa tea
    "Do not accept badly made cups of tea. Do not surround yourself with people who make them. They don’t care about you." Funny story about avoiding a bad cuppa tea.  Story by Munchies. Read More »THIS TEA NEWS FEED IS SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THE TEA HOUSE TIMES. http://www.theteahousetimes.com ... read more
    Source: Tea House Times Tea ScoopPublished on March 29, 2015 9:59 am
  • Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster Charlie Baden
    ". . .Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster Charlie Baden life's work in Boulder, Colorado, using his palette and expertise of tea blends to discover new flavor profiles and distinguish Green Tea, Herbal Tea, Wellness Tea, Sleepytime and Kombucha tea blends."   Story by Latin Post. Read More »THIS TEA NEWS FEED IS SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THE TEA HOUSE TIMES. http://www.theteahousetimes.com ... read more
    Source: Tea House Times Tea ScoopPublished on March 29, 2015 9:51 am
  • Another Downton Abbey Tea Party
    Downton Abbey continues to bring people together over tea!    Story by Delco Daily Times. Read More »THIS TEA NEWS FEED IS SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THE TEA HOUSE TIMES. http://www.theteahousetimes.com ... read more
    Source: Tea House Times Tea ScoopPublished on March 29, 2015 9:28 am
  • Finding Good Tea
    A look at 11 tea suppliers. . .  Story by Eater Read More »THIS TEA NEWS FEED IS SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THE TEA HOUSE TIMES. http://www.theteahousetimes.com ... read more
    Source: Tea House Times Tea ScoopPublished on March 29, 2015 9:24 am
  • Tea in Sri Lanka
    A story of a tea experience in Sri Lanka. . .  Story by The New York Times  Read More »THIS TEA NEWS FEED IS SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THE TEA HOUSE TIMES. http://www.theteahousetimes.com ... read more
    Source: Tea House Times Tea ScoopPublished on March 29, 2015 9:16 am
  • Organic matter
    In my last post, I talked about the importance of a good soil structure for having a high fertility. Another very important factor is the percentage of organic matter present in your soil. Organic matter is essentially made of carbon, the atom that defines life. Carbon is the basic unit of all living things, from bacteria to humans. As Antoine Lavoisier said: “in Nature, nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything is transformed”.  I’m going… ... read more
    Source: BannablogPublished on March 29, 2015 2:30 am
  • Guangzhou Adventures – A Smoky Xiaguan Morning
    I sampled 2 Xiaguan pu erh teas during a morning while I was in Guangzhou.I had the opportunity to sample the 2003 Xiaguan iron cake and the 2006 mushroom tuo cake.  Both are raw pu erh and you will observe from the above pix that these 2 forms of tea compression are usually found in Xiaguan pu erh tea products.  Xiaguan tea factory commonly compressed their pu erh tea into cakes, small tuos and bricks.… ... read more
    Source: travelling teapotPublished on March 28, 2015 11:19 pm
  • May/June/July Tea of the Month 2015
    Here’s the announcement of the next batch of tea of the months. Feel free to drink alongside, give suggestions, etc. Due to being egregiously and hilariously over my tea budget, I’m not sure how much I will be able to accommodate specific requests! Greater Yiwu, Mengla County + Youle (May 2015) Menghai County (June 2015) Aged Oolongs (July 2015) Regrets & Repeats (Redos) Tea journeys often involve pretty steep learning curves. Mine is no exception.… ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on March 28, 2015 3:00 am
  • Untanned Yak Butt 1994 Ya’an Kang Zhuan
    1994 Brick HeichaBrick heicha is tea for the brave, or the crazy, of which I'm definitely one, and crazier than usual. What was I thinking when I ordered nearly a half kilo brick of 1994 Sichuan Ya'an Kang Zhuan from Chawangshop?? Someplace on my bucket list I can now cross off the "to-do" experience of tea stored in untanned yak hide. Apparently I thought I needed to try this. Maybe I'm just naughty and contrary,… ... read more
    Source: Cwyn’s Death By TeaPublished on March 27, 2015 8:43 pm
  • Tea Cocktail | Marco Polo Spiced Berry
    I had tried Capital Tea’s Marco Polo tea brewed hot, and quite liked it. Recently, being challenged to come up with a cold tea beverage, I decided Marco Polo was fair game for this experiment. First I brewed 2 tsp of tea leaves in room temperature, leaving it in the refrigerator for 24 hours to chill. Next, I went through what few bottles of spirits I have…because the Marco Polo flavour is more reminiscent… ... read more
    Source: Leaf in Hot WaterPublished on March 27, 2015 4:10 pm
  • Tea Cocktail | Marco Polo Spiced Berry
    I had tried Capital Tea’s Marco Polo tea brewed hot, and quite liked it. Recently, being challenged to come up with a cold tea beverage, I decided Marco Polo was fair game for this experiment. First I brewed 2 tsp of tea leaves in room temperature, leaving it in the refrigerator for 24 hours to chill. Next, I went through what few bottles of spirits I have…because the Marco Polo flavour is more reminiscent… ... read more
    Source: Leaf in Hot WaterPublished on March 27, 2015 4:10 pm
  • The NY Coffee & Tea Festival 2015 Recap
    The SceneThe NY Coffee & Tea festival is always a fun place to sample teas, meet tea folks, and explore new companies. I met up with my friend Rit, who was a great sport and we fought through the crowds together. I spoke with new and familiar faces during the festival, and sampled tasty teas.This year the venue was moved to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I was hopeful this would mean a bigger space and less crowds.… ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on March 27, 2015 3:37 pm
  • Patina development of Yixing pots
    Patina development of Yixing pots is an original post from KyaraZen. Every yixing pot collector probably would have heard of the legend of seasoning yixing pots, that the longer you use it, one day, by just adding hot water to the pot, you can get tea! It is a myth and a huge misconception, partially due to poor translations of chinese texts. The original historical phrase... [Read More...] This post Patina development of Yixing pots… ... read more
    Source: KyaraZenPublished on March 27, 2015 2:26 pm
  • David and Goliath of hongcha (and a third one as well)
    After a long sample drought, I finally got more new tea. I'm drinking through them now and with a couple of them, I collected enough samples to finally write.So, I might not be the biggest hongcha fan, but sometimes I like to have it as well and besides, all of three today's hongchas are somewhat unusual).First one is 2014 Autumn Mengsong Old Tree OrganicRed tea from an established puerh region of Mengsong? Count me in,… ... read more
    Source: TPublished on March 27, 2015 12:54 pm
  • Friday Round Up: March 22nd – March 28th
    Cooking with Tea - Matcha Fruit Salad Dressing +Leaf in Hot Water posted a delicious sounding salad dressing recipe that uses matcha. My last attempt at this was less than appetizing looking so I'll definitely have to try their version. The Passing of a Tea Shaman On a somber note, the tea world was dealt a loss earlier this week when we all learned about the passing of Steven Smith. +Geoffrey ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on March 27, 2015 11:00 am
  • 2001 Xiaguan Tea Factory Jingua puerh (shu)
    Quel étrange printemps Taiwanais! La semaine dernière, il fit si chaud qu'on se serait cru en été. Canicule et sécheresse. Mais depuis 7 jours, il pleut pratiquement sans arrêt sur le nord de l'ile et les températures ont chuté. Les réservoirs d'eau se remplissent à nouveau... mais je me reprends à avoir des envies de thé chaleureux. Cela tombe bien, car j'ai pu sélectionner ce melon de puerh cuit de Xiaguan de 2001!Cette manufacture se… ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on March 27, 2015 10:40 am
  • It’s a Small Tea World and Steven Smith
    Steven Smith, at a cheese and tea pairing in August, 2013"The man breathed in deeply - of rosebuds and mint, of sunny meadows and salty cliffs, of streams in no hurry and the sound of bagpipes."~Ethel Pochocki, Wildflower Tea, 1993This quote reminds me of Steven Smith, who got his business start with "tea" by selling herbal blends along the West Coast.  He was a major player in the birth of both Stash and Tazo, and most… ... read more
    Source: Steph’s Cup of TeaPublished on March 27, 2015 9:44 am
  • Throw back Friday: drink your tea slowly
    Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life. by Thich Nhat Hahn First published on the blog 20 June 2008. Loading Image:           IMAGE 1: The post Throw back Friday: drink your tea slowly appeared first on T Ching. ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on March 27, 2015 7:05 am
  • WTP, EP.25: The 5 Tastes Of Tea – Salt
    The World Tea Podcast Brew-A-Long Blog! Recommend Tea: Any “Everyday” Drinking Tea. ... read more
    Source: World Tea PodcastPublished on March 27, 2015 5:30 am
  • Tea Bush Yield
    How much tea would a tea bush yield, if a tea bush could yield tea? That’s the way the nursery rhyme goes, right? A few days ago, we had an interesting conversation about tea bush yield on our USLTG Facebook page and we thought that since we have so many new tea growers, this information might be great to get out to everyone! Nicole: I was considering growing tea and am having difficulty finding… ... read more
    Source: US League of Tea GrowersPublished on March 27, 2015 4:00 am
  • Infusion time for first-flush Darjeelings
    First-flush Darjeelings should be infused for between 3’30 and 4 minutes. The easiest way is to set your timer to 3’45. You have to be accurate when preparing this type of tea. If you want to retain a good balance between the aromatic bouquet, texture and flavour, you must stop the infusion in time. What you need is to give the aromas time to develop, while keeping the astringency and bitterness at a delicate… ... read more
    Source: Discovering TeaPublished on March 27, 2015 3:30 am
  • Organic GABA Oolong – InBetweenIsode #21 w/ Denny
    Source: TeaDBPublished on March 27, 2015 3:00 am
  • Review: Ambrosia Herb Earl Grey Organic
    I’ve had lots of Ambrosia Herb tea and I’ve yet to be extremely disappointed with any of their teas. They focus on herbal teas and create some delicious blends. Their Earl Grey is an organic black tea from Italy. Natural Bergamot essential oil is added to their Nilgiri tea. Nilgiri tea is a very dark and aromatic tea, also called Blue Mountain Tea. This tea looks and smells like a typical Earl Grey. It smells… ... read more
    Source: Teaviews.comPublished on March 27, 2015 1:00 am
  • Does a flat teapot can brew better tasting tea?
    Why Flat Shape Is GoodYou might have heard different opinions regarding the ideal shape of a teapot. Here is one of the opinions. Some people says that flat pots can brew good tasting tea. I’ve heard two reasons about it. First, people tend to put a lot of tea leaves in a flat pot because it has a large bottom and it makes the leaves inside look few. It’s a visual deception, so people put… ... read more
    Source: Tales of Japanese TeaPublished on March 26, 2015 9:31 pm
  • 3 Items That Can Make Travelling with Tea Easier {+ giveaway!}
    It may be hard to face but it can sometimes be difficult to find great tasting, high quality tea when you're on the go. In addition, grabbing a tea to go can be a lot more expensive. I have never been the type of person to go out for a tea run at a Starbucks, Tim Hortons or other fast service cafe chains. My initial reaction would be "why would I get a tea there when I have… ... read more
    Source: The Cup of LifePublished on March 26, 2015 12:59 pm
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