Tea Blog Posts From Around the Web

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  • Cheung Hing Tea Shop Tie Lohan
    My new tea friend Richard Zhang who operates Viconey Tea in China gave a very good description on oolong tea "Wuyishan Mountain is an amazing Kingdom of tea trees. It produces countless tea cultivars. For hundreds of years, among them, some ones are considered having supreme character. Tea lovers usually call them "Ming Cong"(Famous Bushes 名枞). Yancha made of Ming Cong features rock charm and tastes mellow, thick, sweet and brisk, mixed with a flavor… ... read more
    Source: travelling teapotPublished on April 21, 2015 12:17 am
  • Killing time at Kunming airport, leaving Yunnan today for more…
    Killing time at Kunming airport, leaving Yunnan today for more fun adventures elsewhere. The sign says: noodle. China is the land of noodles and green tea in reality, not rice and Pu-erh as people think. Pu-erh and oolong, though popular, are grown in one province only, each, whereas green tea is everywhere. I heard the Taiping Houkui is going to cost, wholesale to us, at $1000 USD a kg, which, in the land of artificial… ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 21, 2015 12:16 am
  • Tomato Tomato
    Hair peak is the literal translation of Mao Feng. Admittedly, it's not a marketer's dream name. But what does it mean? Hair refers to the down on the bud of the tea leaf meaning the tea is fresh and new and delicate and precious. I think a better translation of the hair part of hair peak is probably down. It evokes the down of a baby goose, or the downy hair on the head of… ... read more
    Source: Red Circle TeaPublished on April 20, 2015 11:43 pm
  • The Tea Party by Jessica Nelson North
    The Tea Party~Jessica Nelson North"I had a little tea partyThis afternoon at three.'Twas very small-Three guest in all-Just I, myself and me.Myself ate all the sandwiches,While I drank up the tea;'Twas also I who ate the pieAnd passed the cake to me."Can you relate?  I think I could eat a whole plate of tea sandwiches alone! ... read more
    Source: Steph’s Cup of TeaPublished on April 20, 2015 11:25 pm
  • We are going to have a limited batch of Wild Ancient Pu-erh…
    We are going to have a limited batch of Wild Ancient Pu-erh Bingcha from the early spring harvest, I made my commission. Tasted the raw materials last night and it is superb, drinkable now but encouraging the wait- age for at least 5 years. I tasted one aged in Yunnan for 5 years and it was deep. Deep, in a way that it is not readily accessible, but those with complex and nuanced palates, or… ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 20, 2015 10:54 pm
  • 2015 Spring Tea Safari
    Our new tea urchinSorry dear readers, we haven't updated our blog in awhile, as we now have two wonderful little tea urchins brightening our lives! As you may have guessed from our commemorative bings last year, the latest addition to our family is a little girl named MJ (Jamie is her middle name). With Miles now a super intelligent 3 year old, clamoring for help with the latest iPad games, it's hard to find a… ... read more
    Source: The Tea UrchinPublished on April 20, 2015 4:15 pm
  • Charities Receive $5 million from Oprah Chai
    Teavana celebrated the first anniversary of its Oprah Winfrey signature chai this week with word that more than $5 million has been donated to youth organizations. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation receives a portion of all sales of Oprah Chai at Starbucks and Teavana locations. The foundation supports Girls Inc., National CARES Mentoring Movement, Pathways to College, and the U.S. Dream Academy. “Starbucks and Teavana, in partnership with Oprah […]The post Charities Receive $5… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 20, 2015 3:52 pm
  • World Tea Expo Considers Coffee Drinkers and Coffee Leaf Tea
    How Do You Get Coffee Drinkers to Enjoy Tea? World Tea Expo will explore how to get coffee drinkers to revel in tea, and ways the coffee shop can increase profits with tea. The event will also offer an exclusive presentation on coffee leaf tea – an exciting and revolutionary new tea in the marketplace. World Tea Expo takes place May 6 – 8, 2015 in Long Beach, Calif. at […]The post World Tea Expo… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 20, 2015 3:51 pm
  • Blueberry Tea and Diabetes Treatment
    Researchers at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania have identified a potentially valuable connection between the consumption of blueberry tea and diabetes. Diabetes is a significant problem in countries across the world. More than 1.5 million people in Australia suffer from the disease and one-fifth of Tasmania’s population is at risk for or has already developed the condition. Treatment options that do not rely on […]The post Blueberry Tea and… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 20, 2015 2:24 pm
  • Better MRIs with Green Tea?
    A report in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces demonstrates the use of green tea compounds in improving cancer tumor imaging in mice. “Enhanced In Vitro and In Vivo Cellular Imaging with Green Tea Coated Water-Soluble Iron Oxide Nanocrystals” was published in the journal in March 2015. Nanoparticles, particularly iron oxide, have been shown to improve imaging in biomedical settings. But nanoparticles are not always cooperative. They like to bunch together […]The post Better MRIs with… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 20, 2015 2:22 pm
  • In the US, it’s extremely common for people to walk into a shop asking after “a cup of tea” and then…
    In the US, it’s extremely common for people to walk into a shop asking after “a cup of tea” and then ask for Chamomile, Peppermint, or some blend of flowers and spices. What these customers actually want is a Tisane. Tea : a shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) cultivated especially in China, Japan, and the East Indies. Tisane: an infusion (as of dried herbs) used as a beverage or for… ... read more
    Source: Cha Xi CollectivePublished on April 20, 2015 12:24 pm
  • What are we even drinking? Tea and Tisanes
    In the US, it’s extremely common for people to walk into a shop asking after “a cup of tea” and then ask for Chamomile, Peppermint, or some blend of flowers and spices. What these customers actually want is a Tisane. Tea : a shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) cultivated especially in China, Japan, and the East Indies. Tisane: an infusion (as of dried herbs) used as a beverage or for… ... read more
    Source: Some Tea With MePublished on April 20, 2015 12:24 pm
  • Adagio Teas Kai Hua Crescendo
    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: jade green, needle-like Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker Liquor: deep gold +Adagio Teas  is well known for their fandom blends but every once in a while, they offer a straight tea that really makes me sit up and take notice. I ordered a sample pack this tea because ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on April 20, 2015 11:00 am
  • Tea With Miss Minerva
    By Stephenie Overman Miss Minerva may not have much of a head for business, but Pat Settle, who owns Miss Minerva’s Tea Room and Gift Shop, knows a thing or two about attracting customers. One of the big attractions is Miss Minerva herself, an almost life-size but not especially life-like doll who usually sits outside the shop greeting visitors on Culpeper, Virginia’s main street. “Miss Minerva is probably the most […]The post Tea With Miss… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 20, 2015 10:49 am
  • Protecting this unknown wild forest of ancient Pu-erh trees is…
    Protecting this unknown wild forest of ancient Pu-erh trees is paramount, both to prevent too much demand, too many buyers or tourists, and oppression on the local ethnics. Too many buyers and tourists, once word gets out, means certain destruction of the trees and its habitat. It struck me that most Pu-erh books have not recorded this section of the mountain and all these extremely old and interesting trees, not to mention the complex tasting… ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 20, 2015 10:02 am
  • Tasting the tender leaves from the old trees, a new plan is…
    Tasting the tender leaves from the old trees, a new plan is hatched- I am going to commission a series of Bingcha made only from these trees. Mr. Qian, specialist in wild and ancient trees, produces at most a couple hundred Kgs per year, and he agreed to make tree specific, if not hill specific, leaves. So, how many of you would want some Pu-erh made from wild ancient trees, the ones that are almost… ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 20, 2015 9:36 am
  • Ancient Pu-erh trees in the forest in Meng Song Shan。 After a…
    Ancient Pu-erh trees in the forest in Meng Song Shan。 After a while, I fantasize that these were the Ents and they will start roaming around the forest and talking to me. They have lived thousands of years and time passes slowly. They grow very tall, the roots very deep, the lichen very thick, the branches holding up the sky. The sparse leaves on each tree will make just a few Bingchas worth. ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 20, 2015 8:59 am
  • Very strenuous indeed, hiking up some steep hills to the natural…
    Very strenuous indeed, hiking up some steep hills to the natural habitat of the ancient wild tea trees. At 1960 meters, the sudden incline caused a bit of palpitation. But it’s all worth it, to see a forest full of knarly characters, most trees being between 800 to 1500 years old. Seeing one or two old tea trees is one thing, but an entire forest filled with Ent like beings with all different personalities, is… ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 20, 2015 8:29 am
  • Being Indiana Jones, even for a tea version, is rather…
    Being Indiana Jones, even for a tea version, is rather strenuous. This morning, at Nannuo Shan, visiting with the ancient tea trees. It’s hard to keep track after a few hundred years, particularly for the ethnic minorities who often don’t even have a written language. These trees are likely thousands of years old, based on the circumference of the trunk at base. High elevation means slow growth, so based on growth rate vs trunk size,… ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 20, 2015 8:06 am
  • ITCC at WTE in LB . . . and other acronyms
    For tea lovers attending the World Tea Expo in Long Beach May 6-8, ITCC (International Tea Cuppers Club) will host their 6th Annual Cup Warming event. This year, the tea tasting social will be conducted on the main events stage on Friday, May 8, from 1:00 – 2:00. As in the past, several producers and experts will be presenting teas from their countries and offer a taste of their special teas. As always, the event… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on April 20, 2015 7:01 am
  • Simulated Anneiling
    Hoho, a pun to do with numerical optimisation.  Is there anything funnier than numerical optimisation?  If so, I don't think I've encountered it. Today's article is about, you guessed it, tea from NEIL.  I.e., tea from Teaclassico.  Thx, Neil.  I have written extensively about "TC" before, and how Neil, simulated or otherwise, has a unique talent for separating me from the contents of my ... read more
    Source: The Half-DipperPublished on April 19, 2015 11:30 pm
  • I’d like to think that tea brings all kinds of people…
    I’d like to think that tea brings all kinds of people together in the world, and good tea, of course, comes from nice people. Here is Mr. Bai of the mixed ethnicities, his mom, his daughter, and the string of garlic to ward off evil. I guess somethings are universal. ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 19, 2015 7:37 am
  • The 3 member purchasing committee of Zhong Cha covers 3…
    The 3 member purchasing committee of Zhong Cha covers 3 different ages, experiences, male vs female palates and 2 out of 3 has to agree on the lot. Definitely a more professional way to go about curating tea for all kinds of consumers, as opposed to a very personalized selection based on my palate alone. So, it’s time for me to get two staff to step up, fast, maybe 3, so I can retire? ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 19, 2015 4:44 am
  • Hundreds of lots to taste through each day….and…
    Hundreds of lots to taste through each day….and it’s only at Maocha 毛茶 stage ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 19, 2015 4:25 am
  • A Little More Winter
    Winter in the Himalayas “Often leaves in small stages…but sometimes it simply leaves one night” says Kersang from her village near Deqin in northwestern Yunnan. It is still ‘spring’ of this year when she says this. Being Tibetan she feels the winter and sees it as something more than simply cold but rather as a time. Spring this year is but a word as snow still lines the mountains and the north-facing valleys padding… ... read more
    Source: Jeff Fuchs’ Tea and Mountain JournalsPublished on April 19, 2015 4:10 am
  • Back to business. The old Menghai factory is now Tae Tea, and…
    Back to business. The old Menghai factory is now Tae Tea, and the old Yunnan Import Export company ‘China Inc.’ has folded into Zhong Cha Company, which is the largest State owned brand of teas. (中茶). Tae is privately owned and produces the largest quantity of Pu-erh today. Above: the old Menghai factory is still going strong. Professionals for Zhong Cha is tasting and grading Maocha, the raw material, to determine its future life. These… ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 19, 2015 4:10 am
  • Bulang village is prospering off of the old tea trees on top of…
    Bulang village is prospering off of the old tea trees on top of the mountain. Of the 16 different ethnic minorities at Xishuangbanna 西双版納 the Dai 傣族 are the majorities here and cleverly banished the Bulang 布朗 up to the top of the mountain where transportation is difficult some remote ancient years ago. Little did they figure that Pu-Erh tea from the old trees would fetch astronomical auction prices in the future. Here, the Bulang… ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 19, 2015 3:57 am
  • Wild ancient Pu-erh trees that are between 1500 to 1800 years…
    Wild ancient Pu-erh trees that are between 1500 to 1800 years old at Bulang Shan. These enormous leaves are classified as Da Ye Qiao Mu, large leaf arbor type, tea. Leaves this large are bitter, and will turn to sweet, over a long aging process of 20-50 years. ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 19, 2015 3:47 am
  • Three little pigs went to the market. Here at the Bulang village…
    Three little pigs went to the market. Here at the Bulang village where the wild old tea trees live, the pigs are equally wild. ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 19, 2015 3:20 am
  • Me, and Mr. Wang, one of the most serious, and seriously…
    Me, and Mr. Wang, one of the most serious, and seriously respected, Pu-Erh merchants around. To say he is merely a merchant though, is hardly close to his deep expertise, selection process, serious attention to all nuances, and his ability to push all the levers throughout the new incarnations of the old Menghai and Yunnan factories. He is responsible for setting the standards for what is regarded as some of the highest quality Pu-erh. Here… ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 19, 2015 3:18 am
  • I made my way up 1600 meters atop Bulang Shan 布朗山 after the…
    I made my way up 1600 meters atop Bulang Shan 布朗山 after the burst of torrents,to one of the Six Ancient Tea mountains, where the ancient Pu-Erh trees live. Blue skies and incredible cumulus formations after the storm. ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 19, 2015 3:11 am
  • On top of Bulang Shan. People are not too sure but these Pu-Erh…
    On top of Bulang Shan. People are not too sure but these Pu-Erh trees are over 1500 years old, and who’s counting? Maybe 1800 years or more. The leaves are palm size, and the tops are 25 or 30 feet tall. How long do these trees live? Camellia Sinensis, an incredible plant of longevity, also gives longevity to those of us who can’t live without it. How can this be called anything but Camellia Sinensis… ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 19, 2015 2:50 am
  • Sudden and fierce torrential downpour= no going up the mountain…
    Sudden and fierce torrential downpour= no going up the mountain today, no harvesting, no production. Loudest thunder and biggest lightening bolts ever seen. Yunnan is a land of extremes. ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 19, 2015 1:21 am
  • For Pu-Erh, ugly is the new pretty. The conventionally pretty…
    For Pu-Erh, ugly is the new pretty. The conventionally pretty white tippy buds(right) of the Spring Pu-Erh, are relatively useless for aged Pu-Erh. After a period of aging, these white tips will have no taste. Aging the tea requires the more mature hardy leaves (left). In the Spring, many of these large arbor type tea plants will produce some enormous silver buds. Uneducated consumers will prefer these…. ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 19, 2015 1:00 am
  • What machines can not replace: hand sorting tea. Here, sorting…
    What machines can not replace: hand sorting tea. Here, sorting through Sheng Cha, and Shu Cha on the right. Ensuring that every piece of leaf that goes into a compressed Bing is the right quality- Machines can never replace the discerning hand eye sorting such brittle large leaves. For many consumers, buying Pu-Erh compressed cakes blind means not only not knowing what the leaf quality inside the middle of the cakes are, or whether it… ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 19, 2015 12:45 am
  • 西定章朗Xiding Zhanglang area old tree Maocha. Parsing down to…
    西定章朗Xiding Zhanglang area old tree Maocha. Parsing down to specialized and micro terroir is super important to Yunnan Pu-Erh. After all, processing is not as skill involved as Oolongs, so terroir, tree stock, age….all make the big differences. I am getting to know the taste of Bulang Mountain, with its dance of intricate, complex tastes of BITTER. The bitter note is what is crucial for aging Pu-Erh! That said, there is a lot of latitude… ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 18, 2015 10:52 pm
  • New Year’s for the Dai ethnics. Luckily I wasn’t here for the…
    New Year’s for the Dai ethnics. Luckily I wasn’t here for the Water Splashing Day on the 15th. Today, one can’t tell if this was Thailand, Burma, or Yunnan as everyone of all different tribes pile onto the streets to continue the celebrations. The ethnics here handle mostly agriculture: rubber trees, fruits, and tea,of course. Business handling goes to the enterprising Han people, the majority tribe. Actually, we are all descendants of tribal people, though… ... read more
    Source: Tea AdventuresPublished on April 18, 2015 10:16 pm
  • Curious Tea’s Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea | Day 29 of 100 Days of Tea
    With the spring weather I’ve been bringing out green teas more due to their light, fresh, clean flavours. One of my favourite green tea discoveries has been Curious Tea‘s Liu An Gua Pian (Chinese: 六安瓜片; pinyin: Lù’ānguāpiàn), which roughly translates to Liu An Melon Seed. Before I dive into the tea, here’s a look at what Curious Tea offers in their subscription boxes. Each month you receive 2 varieties of tea, in generous 50g… ... read more
    Source: Leaf in Hot WaterPublished on April 18, 2015 8:48 pm
  • 2014 TOST’s Opening Ceremony with Oriental Beauty Cupping
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on April 18, 2015 8:29 pm
  • Visit Tse-Xin Organic Tea Farm
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on April 18, 2015 8:20 pm
  • Lunch at Sheng-Kung Old Town…
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on April 18, 2015 8:11 pm
  • Visit Muja Tea District to see how Taiwan Tie-Kuan-Yin…
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on April 18, 2015 8:08 pm
  • Visit Hwa Gung Tea HQ in Feng Yuan, Taichung
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on April 18, 2015 7:51 pm
  • Co-op Refinery Factory in Ming Jian tea district
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on April 18, 2015 7:23 pm
  • Machinery Harvest in Ming Jian tea district
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on April 18, 2015 7:13 pm
  • Short stop at a Tea Fair in Sun Moon Lake
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on April 18, 2015 7:04 pm
  • Visit Dong Feng Tea Factory in Sun Moon Lake
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on April 18, 2015 6:55 pm
  • Visit Wang Ting Tea Garden to see the leaves that are plucked for our project…
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on April 18, 2015 6:38 pm
  • Outdoor withering
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on April 18, 2015 6:20 pm
  • Having a break after the leaves moved indoor to start indoor withering
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on April 18, 2015 5:50 pm
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