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.

  • Fandom Friday.. .Whovian FEELS from Adagio Teas #teageek
    TGIF my friends.  I hope you all have entered the fun ValenTea Giveaway and The Golden Snitch giveaway. Both have fantastic prizes in them. To celebrate Fandom Friday right, I thought I’d try another one of my Adagio Signature Blends.  And of course, it is Doctor Who related! (Look at my new Pops!! Insert squeals here!)   Whovian FEELS is a blend of Irish Breakfast, Gunpowder, Cream, Cocoa Nibs, and Cinnamon. I… ... read more
    Source: Cuppa GeekPublished on February 5, 2016 4:23 pm
  • Gifts for Tea Lovers (That Aren't Tea) Part 2
    Last week I posted about ideas for gifts for the tea lover in your life, but you don't want to buy them tea. This post will continue with that thought, and just in time for Valentine's Day, the focus is sugar. Sweets for the sweet! Chambre de Sucre sent a box of amazing gourmet sugar to me a while back and I have been really anxious to write about the different items for you. I… ... read more
    Source: TeaLover.netPublished on February 5, 2016 2:04 pm
  • Chinese New Year Teas
    We just celebrated the beginning of 2016 but there is another New Year’s celebration soon to come. The Chinese New Year is February 8th, which is fast approaching. This is the year of the red monkey! I just love Chinese New Year traditions. Char had a very close friend who would share the festive celebrations with her and I’ve been trying to teach Kat all about it. The decorations, food, and tea are amazing.… ... read more
    Source: The Lovely TeacupPublished on February 5, 2016 12:05 pm
  • Friday Round Up: February 7th – February 13th
    Interview with TJ Williamson of The World Tea podcastConnor of T Ching did a great interview with +TJ W of World Tea Podcast. Who knew that skiing could lead to a passion for tea?Bug-bitten teas: why are leafhoppers only sometimes a good thing?+Eric Scott (who contributed an awesome article to the latest issue of Tea for Me Please Quarterly) wrote a thorough and informative post about bug bitten teas on +Tea Geek.3 Leaf Tea: Wild Pu'erh Buds (Ya Bao):… ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on February 5, 2016 11:00 am
  • 11 Year Aged Pu’ Erh Tea from Chash Tea
    With the post-Christmas weight not seeming to shift all that quickly – I was delighted to see Pu’ Erh hiding in the big box of teas sent to me by Chash Tea. Pu’ Erh is a fermented, aged tea that is reported to have weight loss properties, if you didn’t know this already. What’s extra special about Chash Tea’s Pu’ Erh is it has been aged for 11 years! And the exciting thing about Pu’… ... read more
    Source: Tea Review BlogPublished on February 5, 2016 8:42 am
  • Darjeeling: a tea that should not be bought blindly
    Around the world, much more Darjeeling tea is sold than is actually produced in Darjeeling. There are also considerable differences between gardens in terms of quality, and considerable differences in quality within the same garden. These differences are due to major variations in weather (a garden might produce excellent teas in April, for example, which is impossible in July during the monsoon) and because the same plantation will have tea plants growing at widely… ... read more
    Source: Discovering TeaPublished on February 5, 2016 8:03 am
  • Blast from the Past: New Marketing Tools (Circa 2011)
    Marketing is one of my favorite parts of running our business – a close second to face-to-face interactions with our guests at the teahouse (which I love). It’s the part in which I get to be creative and have the opportunity to bring in business, but realistically, I just don’t have the luxury anymore to focus as much on marketing as I’d like. Aside from traditional marketing venues such as events, social media, and advertising,… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on February 5, 2016 7:02 am
  • Aiya at the Winter Fancy Food Show 2016
    Our 2016 trade show year began at the end of January with our exhibition at the annual Winter Fancy Food Show. Held in San Francisco at the Moscone Convention Center only a short distance away from our hotel, the show was exciting, busy, and filled with unique specialty food vendors from all over the world. The traffic at the show was incredible – much busier than any of our past Fancy Food Shows –… ... read more
    Source: Aiya America’ Matcha BlogPublished on February 4, 2016 7:57 pm
  • Tealeaves x Pantone New #PaletteForYourPalate Tea Collection
    Have you ever given much thought into how colour affects what you decide to indulge in? Tealeaves and Pantone are helping tea drinkers around the world notice “the first taste is with the eyes”. Their new collaboration revamps Tealeaves’ already popular Whole Leaf Pyramid Teabag collection and together, they created a “feast for the eyes”, blending borders between culinary and design. With this project, it’s much more than just new packaging. As a tea enthusiast… ... read more
    Source: The Cup of LifePublished on February 4, 2016 6:53 pm
  • New York City Moments
    New York, New York. It's a wonderful town. And it's even better when you have friends to meet you there and show you what you'd most likely never find on your own.I was in the city for just one day and one night at the end of a pilgrimage to see one of my dearest friends who had just had her second daughter and who lives in Upstate New York. Spending a few days with… ... read more
    Source: An International Tea MomentPublished on February 4, 2016 6:53 pm
  • Aiya Matcha Monthly Radiation Test Report – February 2016
    The radiation test report is now available for our February 2016 shipment.  It once again confirms that all of our Matcha and loose leaf teas are safe for consumption. Copies available upon request. ... read more
    Source: Aiya America’ Matcha BlogPublished on February 4, 2016 1:39 pm
  • Giveaway Time. . . It’s ValenTea Fun! Random Acts of Tea-dom. .
    It’s time for another fun edition of Random Acts of Tea-dom inspired by dePepi.com’s Random Acts of Fandom but this time it’s ValenTea Fun inspired! Valentine’s Day is almost here.  Jason and I have decided to celebrate in a style that fits us.  We are going to see PPZ and Deadpool on the same day. I’m super excited for both movies. I have loved Pride and Prejudice for years so when they started with the paranormal… ... read more
    Source: Cuppa GeekPublished on February 4, 2016 7:05 am
  • Review: Tearrific! Ice Cream
    Our resident foodie Robert Wemischner always seems to wow us with how well tea can be incorporated into meals (especially dessert!), so it was only a matter of time before I came across a business that is doing just that, albeit on a slightly larger scale. Tearrific! Ice Cream is, if you couldn’t guess by the name, all about creating ice cream flavors with tea as the focus. As I opened my package of ice cream,… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on February 4, 2016 7:00 am
  • 6 Reasons Used Tea Leaves are Best Household Helper
    In love with your cup of tea but don’t know what to do with loads of brewed tea leaves? Instead of disposing them, Japanese like to dry and re-use these tea leaves (also called chagara) in many ways, be it beauty care or household maintenance. Here’s how chagara can be used to enhance our household […] The post 6 Reasons Used Tea Leaves are Best Household Helper appeared first on Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms. ... read more
    Source: Kyoto Obubu Tea PlantationsPublished on February 4, 2016 2:00 am
  • Does Tea Matter?
    My dad is big on hospitality. When I was a teenager, any friend of mine who visited our home was asked without fail what they would like to drink—lemonade, pop, tea. . . . Not if. What. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but years later, several of my friends mentioned this. That it had been a relatively unique experience for them. That it had stuck with them. Looking back, I realize that… ... read more
    Source: It’s More Than TeaPublished on February 3, 2016 2:44 pm
  • Bug-bitten teas: why are leafhoppers only sometimes a good thing?
    For most crops, insect damage is a bad thing—both for yield and quality.  With tea, however, we have this somewhat unique case of the so-called “bug-bitten” teas where attack by an insect actually improves the quality compared to an un-attacked plant by inducing chemical changes that are said to improve the aroma of the finished tea.  Famous examples of this are Oriental Beauty (东方美人, dong fang mei ren), Concubine Wulong (贵妃, gui fei), and Honey-Aroma… ... read more
    Source: Tea Geek BlogsPublished on February 3, 2016 2:33 pm
  • How to Make Tea by Brian Keating and Kim Long
    I'm always excited when I hear about new tea books so I couldn't resist snapping this one up when I had an Amazon credit to use up. These days I mostly read on my Kindle but I sprung for the hardcover since it was only a bit more. The size is adorably portable and I love the sturdy and well made construction. I commute a lot by train and it's nice to be able to… ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on February 3, 2016 11:00 am
  • Storage, My Pumidor, a little Q&A — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #67
    A one-off episode about storage, pu’erh storage, tinning teas, and my pumidor. Thanks to Benoit for the great questions. ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on February 3, 2016 10:17 am
  • Interview with TJ Williamson of The World Tea podcast
    TJ Williamson is the founder and host of the World Tea Podcast. His podcast has helped bring the tea community together and has addressed many issues and interesting topics in the tea world in a fun and lighthearted way. He continues to innovate and expand and now has a YouTube channel and blog built around his passion for tea and tea culture. His tea sample service, 5ample Gram, brings tea samples to people who are… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on February 3, 2016 7:00 am
  • What is Kimchi?
    As the national dish of Korea, Kimchi is so popular that the city of Seoul even has a museum dedicated to the spicy, yet tangy dish, and many Koreans say ‘kimchi’ instead of ‘cheese’ when posing for a photo!

Kimchi is a fermented side dish traditionally made with cabbage and seasonings such as garlic, ginger, onions and chili peppers, to give it a spicy kick. However, there are hundreds of different varieties of Kimchi, which vary… ... read more
    Source: Wooree Tea StoriesPublished on February 2, 2016 11:56 pm
  • Review: Water Drop Vege Café, Auckland
    A Bowl of Pickled VegetablesA Portion of CompassionA Drop of Water A Portion of Gratitude   Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order, became a monastic at the age of 12. When he was 17 years old, he became gravely ill and was unable to have any food for two months. His teacher, Venerable Master Chi Kai specially arranged for a bowl of pickled vegetables to be delivered to him. During… ... read more
    Source: REVOLUZZION: The Voice of TeaPublished on February 2, 2016 4:46 pm
  • The very small step between hot tea and hot toddy
    It's early February ... do any of you need to warm up a bit? ... read more
    Source: Two leaves and a budPublished on February 2, 2016 3:31 pm
  • Tea at a London Pub
    In the US, we might not consider a bar a place for afternoon tea, but it's pretty common in the UK.  When I was recently there, I had a lovely tea at Browns Brasserie & Bar. Tea was served in the traditional leaves-in-pot style, and I poured through a filter to strain. The food was delicious! Sandwiches: Watercress and egg salad, salmon with butter, and cucumber with cream cheese.Scones with jam and clotted creamDesserts: Vanilla custard, chocolate-covered cream… ... read more
    Source: Steph’s Cup of TeaPublished on February 2, 2016 1:05 pm
  • Giveaway: Win Tickets to the Southwest Tea Fest!
    On February 27th tea vendors and enthusiasts from all over the South Western US will gather in Las Vegas for the Southwest Tea Festival. Taste teas, discover new tea pairings, and learn all about tea culture at this upcoming event. You can also attend various presentations to expand your tea knowledge. Visit the Southwest Tea Festival's website and Facebook page or more information on this great event!Naomi Rosen of Joy's Teaspoon and Elyse Peterson of Tealet… ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on February 2, 2016 10:51 am
  • Denny Tea Farm Green & Black [Episode 143]
    Very special episode.. Hand-harvested, monkey-picked teas from Denny’s farm… ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on February 2, 2016 10:07 am
  • Wuyi Mountains – Home of Rock Teas
    River of Nine Bends, Wuyishan, Fujian, China The Wuyi Mountains are a mountain chain in the northeast of the Chinese province of Fujian. It stretches over more than 500km along Fujian’s northern border with Jianxi province. According to legend, the mountain range received its name based on the story of two brothers Wu (武 = ‘Krieg’) and Yi (夷 = ‘Barbarian’), sons of an alleged descendant of the Yellow Emperor living in the area of… ... read more
    Source: siamteas siamteasPublished on February 2, 2016 10:03 am
  • Tengu Kurocha
    This post is a review of an Ishizuchi kurocha branded as Tengu kurocha, and produced by Satsukikai (さつき会). This tea’s story is very interesting. It turns out that at one point there was only one producer of Ishizuchi kurocha in all of Japan: Mr. Sogabe. A TV show was made about him, and how there was no one else that would inherit this traditional skill. Upon hearing this sad news, a group of people from… ... read more
    Source: My Japanese Green TeaPublished on February 2, 2016 8:40 am
  • Is Bigger Better? Big Tea vs. Small but Reliable Tea
    What does the recent planned closure of four Starbucks’ Teavana tea bar concept outlets (three in NYC, one in Beverly Hills, CA and one in Seattle) and converting them to Starbucks say about the marketing efforts and style of Big Tea? Despite their avowed affirmation that this move does not change the company’s “commitment to tea,” is this an admission that they are not the right company to bring a reliable and rewarding tea experience… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on February 2, 2016 7:00 am
  • The Silver Teapot
     Out from the cupboard and in need of cleaning.This silver teapot was an acquisition from India over 5 years ago. It was stored so well I forgot about it. After a recent rediscovery I decided to take it out for an inspection in order to make better use of it. Water that is boiled in a silver teapot and used for steeping tea brings a new dimension to the brew. It is something I look… ... read more
    Source: The Guide to Puerh TeaPublished on February 2, 2016 3:41 am
  • A Forest in a Tea Cup?
      In a recent article in the on-line journal "The Conversation", Professors Craig and Prescott answer why it is that walking and being in nature is so good for us externally, internally and psychologically. The Japanese have a word for it which means “Forest Bathing”. They discuss essential oils and in particular mention “phytoncides”, active ingredients in plants that act as “exterminators”, a sort of plant antibiotic. These oils are found in plants and fungi.… ... read more
    Source: Tea TotalPublished on February 2, 2016 3:33 am
  • Matcha Review: Gracious of the Court (2011) by Kaburagien
    The Tencha leaves for this Matcha powder are being stored since 2011 already. However, a closer look reveals that Gracious of the Court (2011) is not a real enriched Kuradashi Matcha. But nevertheless it has a pleasant taste with surprising sweetness.Gracious of the Court (2011) by KaburagienGracious of the Court (2011) by Kaburagien prepared as Usucha第64回関西茶品評会 入賞抹茶 “宮廷の雅”Name: Gracious of the CourtGrade: -Origin: Ayabe, JapanProducer: Keiko NakataShop: KaburagienYear: 2011Packaging: Tin with an interior bagWeight: 30gPrice: ¥ 1,550Kaburagien writes about… ... read more
    Source: A Matcha Enthusiast’s DiaryPublished on February 2, 2016 3:24 am
  • India Revises Plant Protection Code
    Mindful of increasingly stringent import requirements and a domestic market concerned about pesticide residue the Tea Board of India is enforcing the fifth revision of the Plant Protection Code. The goal is to “achieve sustainability through GAP including IPM, promotion of alternative control strategies (biological controls etc.) to gradually reduce the dependence on chemicals,” according to The Economic Times. GAP (Good Agricultural Practices in the application of pesticides) and IPM […] The post India Revises… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 1, 2016 9:09 pm
  • International Tea Sippers Society: More Than a Beverage
    The International Tea Sippers Society has developed a clever new means of inviting tea drinkers to become specialty sippers. Nationally known book author Babette Donaldson is producing 15-minute audio recordings relating the personal stories of tea people “who demonstrate great diversity in the industry.” “Not just the best known and most beloved, but also those working behind the scenes to enhance the opportunity tea lover’s to broaden their experiences and their understanding,” […] The post International Tea… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 1, 2016 8:57 pm
  • Teabox Growth Potential Boosted by Tata Investment
    Ratan Tata, the man credited with making Tata a global company, has pledged substantial capital to Teabox this week. “We have grown up admiring and respecting (Tata’s) vision and business acumen on scaling the Tata group to a global level,” Teabox founder and CEO Kaushal Dugar told the press. “His direct guidance and experience in the tea industry will surely help us grow Teabox.” Teabox intends to use this financial […] The post Teabox Growth… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 1, 2016 8:52 pm
  • Kombucha: Powerful Healer or Risky Business?
    WebMD questioned the safety of kombucha in an article this week so World Tea News spent some time exploring this unusual beverage. The process of making kombucha involves fermenting tea leaves for 7-10 days with a mix of live cultures called a SCOBY or “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast” and sugar. The resulting beverage, popular in Asia for centuries, is effervescent with slightly sour, tangy flavor. The drink is […] The post Kombucha: Powerful… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 1, 2016 8:34 pm
  • What Makes Tea Bitter?
    All tea (Camellia Sinensis that is) naturally contains substances that can produce bitterness in the brewed cup. When people say that a tea is bitter, they are most likely referring to astringency. This is usually described as a dry, mouth puckering feeling. Astringency has different levels and for many types of tea, particularly black teas for the western market, it is a desired trait.Caffeine in its pure state is extremely bitter. There is probably more… ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on February 1, 2016 11:00 am
  • January Round Up: The Best, Most Interesting Blogs this Month
    January was a wonderful start to the new year. It definitely didn’t let me down. Being National Hot Tea Month, it was jam packed with many tea related events. The first official National Hot Tea Day was announced, Food Bloggers Canada and Tea Association of Canada hosted a Twitter Tea Party, and the Toronto Tea Festival was held. My monthly round up is a day later than usual because I didn’t get back from the… ... read more
    Source: The Tea Cup of LifePublished on February 1, 2016 10:46 am
  • More Inscrutable Tea Quotes
      Tea is wealth itself, because there is nothing that cannot be lost, no problem that will not disappear, no burden that will not float away, between the first sip and the last. – The Minister of Leaves It seems the Minister of Leaves favors the tabooed double negative and circumlocution? Between the first sip and the last… A gaiwan of tea? A pot? Or a lifetime? Water instead would totally legitimize the quote.… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on February 1, 2016 7:00 am
  • 2003 Xiaguan Iron Cake
    This is the 2003 Xiaguan Tea Factory iron cake.  I had purchased a few of these cakes during one of my Malaysian trips in December last year.  This 2003 iron cake was a much discussed cake in the Chinese tea forums in China.  I supposed this cake had already 'aged' for more than a decade and I guessed a few collectors had taken the cake out, brewed the tea and made notes. I had my… ... read more
    Source: travelling teapotPublished on January 31, 2016 11:06 pm
  • Winter in Wuyishan
    This years winter has brought snow, ice and burst water pipes to Wuyishan. Water courses have frozen and are only flowing now. Tea producers have had to cover tea bushes to protect them to ensure a harvest for the coming spring. Of course, the whole of North East Asia has been in the grip of this severe weather including Korea and Japan. Tea Total will be in Wuyishan this year on our "Ultimate Tea Tour… ... read more
    Source: Tea TotalPublished on January 31, 2016 10:15 pm
  • Beacon Hill Tea Company’s January Box. . .#BeaconHillTea #Simplycode
    This past week has been a crazy one. Full of Doctor Who, loads of tea and coffee, learning how to code with my son and a bum shoulder and back.  You know you are getting older when you pull something in your back brushing your teeth (true story).  So my posts haven’t been as frequent as I would’ve hoped,  but I’m back on the mend. The hubby has been taking good care of me… ... read more
    Source: Cuppa GeekPublished on January 31, 2016 7:29 pm
  • Shu, bit and bit more
    I noticed some change in my tea drinking pattern. Just several years ago, in 2009-ish, I still didn't get what was in shu puerh that could be enjoyable. Sure I could always drink it, most of the time with food, but I rarely found a shu interesting. Later on, I came across with some interesting shu, and liked shu better. But still, for a long time, I didn't think shu was as interesting as some… ... read more
    Source: Life in TeacupPublished on January 31, 2016 2:06 pm
  • 88607 Rose Oolong
    Rose Oolong - 88607Jade Oolong enhanced with Rose essenceEstate:  Chen's Tea Garden (Mingjian, Nantou, Taiwan)Crop: Summer 2015Cultivar:  Taiwan Chinsin Oolong Oxidation: LightFlavoring with Rose EssenceBaking: lightlyHarmony Code: 3g, 6oz, 210F,  5min ... read more
    Source: Taiwan Tea SourcePublished on January 31, 2016 12:04 pm
  • The Twinings English Breakfast Tea Song
    Not so bad, as these odes to tea go. The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker ... read more
    Source: Tea Guy SpeaksPublished on January 31, 2016 9:30 am
  • The Tea Song – by Yorkshire Tea
    A peppy little number and a whimsical video to go with it, from the good people at Yorkshire tea. Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper ... read more
    Source: Tea Guy SpeaksPublished on January 31, 2016 9:00 am
  • TEA SCOOP – January 2016 Tea News Summary
    TEA SCOOP™ - TEA AROUND THE WEB - Pre-screened news brought to you by The Tea House 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 January 30, 2016 11:00 pm
  • Evidence and Analysis of Archaeological Tea Find
    Earliest tea as evidence for one branch of the Silk Road across the Tibetan Plateau.  Scientific Reports 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 January 30, 2016 9:51 pm
  • NatGeo Presents 10 Charming Tea Plantations to Stay At
    NatGeo Traveller India presents 10 beautiful places to stay - tea plantations across India. Story here. 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 January 30, 2016 9:17 pm
  • More Tea in Hawaii Planned
    Ka'u Royal Hawaiian Coffee & Tea plans for tea. Story by Hawaii Tribune Herald 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 January 30, 2016 8:59 pm
  • Great Ideas for People – Iron Chef, Alex Guarnaschelli Blogged About TEA!
    "Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network celebrity chef, author of Old-School Comfort Food and the executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurants." - In her blog for People, she admits to being a tea fantatic!  See Great Ideas for People 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 January 30, 2016 8:56 pm
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