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.

  • Aiya Matcha Monthly Radiation Test Report Available – January 2015
    The radiation test report is available for our January 2015 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 January 29, 2015 11:55 am
  • Perspectives sur la durée
    La dégustation de thé n'est pas qu'un plaisir de l'instant présent. Elle se construit par une préparation en amont, dans le passé proche pour choisir ses accessoires, arranger son Chaxi et faire bouillir son eau. On peut même remonter plus loin en arrière, puisque chaque thé construit progressivement notre expérience et améliore (si tout va bien) notre technique. Et ce plaisir se projette aussi dans un futur proche. Le but d'une coupe de thé réussie… ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on January 29, 2015 9:48 am
  • Adventures with a thermos
    So I’m currently in Shanghai doing some research, which means being in a library all day. This being China, you can bring a thermos into the library, and each reading room has a table for you to put your thermos along with everyone else’s. I figured that since I can’t drink tea otherwise, and I don’t want to wait till I get home before brewing some, I would try bringing tea in a thermos. I… ... read more
    Source: A Tea Addict’s JournalPublished on January 29, 2015 9:28 am
  • Tea review: Doke autumnal 2014
    This tea comes from a small producer in Bihar, south of Darjeeling. The flat tea garden, next to a river (a power plant outlet), is everything else than the almost eponymous “Darjeeling Himalayan vales” – and yet it can already rival with some of the finest Darjeelings. What is unique however, is that the leaf material is Assamese and indeed embodies their virtues without their climate. Not without reason, the Lochan family have baptized some… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on January 29, 2015 7:00 am
  • Share The Love
    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and instead of giving the expected roses or box of chocolate, give your significant other the Chocolate Lover’s tea sampler. With six chocolate and dessert flavored teas, you get to enjoy the sweet deliciousness without the calories. Plus, it will last a bit longer than your assorted candy chocolates.   Share how you and your loved ones are enjoying tea by using the hashtag #SharetheLoveSharetheTea for… ... read more
    Source: ArtOfTeaPublished on January 28, 2015 5:13 pm
  • “Moderation” Says The Geneticist – But What is Moderate?
    I had a mammogram yesterday. All the staff wear pink scrubs, even the doctors. It’s a little cute for my taste.  I find the whole experience unpleasant at best. But I reminded myself that this is what self-care looks like. It means going for routine check-ups and having an attitude of gratitude for the researchers, scientists, technologists and practitioners who develop these potentially life saving systems. Also for the X-ray tech with warm hands. I am in a high risk population because of my family history. The… ... read more
    Source: The Matcha BoxPublished on January 28, 2015 2:54 pm
  • Yunnan Sourcing’s 2012 Yong de Blue — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #14
    Inbetweenisode #14 covers a great daily-drinking ripe pu’erh that is very much to James’ taste, 2012 Yong de Blue. If you liked the Yong de Organic Ripe pu’erh covered in inbetweenisode #1 this is an excellent alternate. ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on January 28, 2015 12:47 pm
  • Global Tea Hut – December 2014: Old Man Camphor
    I so look forward to my Global Tea Hut every month. It often seems like I'm always drinking teas for reviews but this is the one tea that I set aside just for me to enjoy. I usually do a write up with pictures here but its nice to take a break from the usual formalities. December's shipment included a very nice Christmas card and a group photo of +Wu De and the gang. I've become quite a… ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on January 28, 2015 11:00 am
  • How to turn a nonevent into an event
    While on holidays back ‘home’ in Canada, visiting and getting nourished by family and old friends, my mind has entered sufficiently into mind meltdown phase that I can comfortably waft through a couple of recent tea memories. Come along for the ride, scrapbook-style, if you will . . . The Last Tea on Earth As happened everywhere across the planet, the calamitous December 21st came and went without a single meteorite dropping on our heads. Absent,… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on January 28, 2015 7:05 am
  • Cwyn’s Tea Kettle Problem
    It's time for a new tea kettle. Or new kettle set-up. Nothing brings out the Tea Ware OCD more than the idea of a new water boiling system. First we have the nightmare of actually shopping for something other than tea. I make my son eat whatever the Thrifty Mart behind the house has for sale because I am NOT getting in the car to actually go to a store. Once I get past the… ... read more
    Source: Cwyn’s Death By TeaPublished on January 27, 2015 9:05 pm
  • Taxonomical Tea Box Poster
    I received this very informative and thorough tea poster recently, a gift from a colleague.  It's perfect for a tea geek like me!  The poster is produced by Pop Chart Lab.  Whomever pulled together the content has a depth of tea knowledge.  I was pleased to find the "Dark Tea" category present.  In that category, it includes Pu-Erh and other more obscure teas.  I was a little surprised to see Rooibos on the list (and… ... read more
    Source: Steph’s Cup of TeaPublished on January 27, 2015 3:14 pm
  • TEA SCOOP – January 2015 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 27, 2015 2:43 pm
  • Tea Classes! I love sharing tea with people as many of you know…
    Tea Classes! I love sharing tea with people as many of you know (and experienced!) These photos are from the first three classes in the Appreciating Tea Series. Photos and cameras thanks to Hudson, Julia and Kristen! Special thanks to Chrissy at Grateful Yoga in Montpelier for the beautiful space! The first class was an overview of tea styles, history and tasting Second was about teaware, history and usage of Song dynasty Bowls, Yixing ware… ... read more
    Source: Cha Xi CollectivePublished on January 27, 2015 11:53 am
  • Golden Tips Tea Halmari Gold Assam Black Tea Second Flush 2014
    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, twisted with lots of golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time:  5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Teamaker Liquor: amber This tea has got to be the prettiest Assam that I've ever seen. If I didn't know any better, I'd think that it was from Fujian. The taste was full bodied and complex with a ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on January 27, 2015 11:00 am
  • Shang Tea’s 2007 White Tea [Episode 90]
    Denny and James review an aged white tea from white tea specialists, Shang Tea. This tea was processed as a white tea in 2007 and was pressed into brick form. ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on January 27, 2015 10:08 am
  • 2002 Little yellow mark (White2tea)
    What is this LYM? Little yellow mark or Little yellow miracle - both are equally valid I'd say.This is one of the teas you can't really fault. First, it is fairly thick and sweet, in a very "well defined" fashion (imagine the sound reproduction of double bass - it can be either all-over-the-place-boom, or a well focused, if bassy, sound - the sweetness is like the latter in the LYM). At the same time, there… ... read more
    Source: TPublished on January 27, 2015 8:05 am
  • An insider’s look at the Turkish tea industry and beyond
    While the most ubiquitous role for women in the tea industry has been that of plucker, women are gradually moving from the fields to tea company C-suites. Here in the United States, a number of prominent tea companies, such as Teas, Etc and The Tea Spot, are led by women. Internationally, change is also afoot. One such woman on the forefront of that change is Şaziye Ilgaz, who heads the Technology Department and oversees… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on January 27, 2015 7:00 am
  • 1998 Xiaguan Yi-Ji Tuo
    During my trip to the Malaysian tea expo last month, I spent the bulk of my tea money buying these 98 Xiaguan tuos.  I purchased 4 bags containing 5 100g tuos in each bag.  You will noticed the 'yi-ji' or 1st grade description on the bag as well as on the individual wrappers of each tuo.  Xiaguan today produces many pu erh tea and many of their tuos have descriptions like jia-ji, te-ji meaning special grade and… ... read more
    Source: travelling teapotPublished on January 27, 2015 2:48 am
  • Review: Golden Tips Arya Ruby Darjeeling Second Flush
    Recently I was contacted by Golden Tips and asked if I would review some of their teas. Since I have been rather happy with the teas that I have had in the past from this vendor who is based in India, I immediately agreed. The first one I grabbed from my box of samples is a Summer or Second Flush Darjeeling from the Arya Estate. All of the teas grown on this estate are organic… ... read more
    Source: Teaviews.comPublished on January 27, 2015 12:00 am
  • Embracing The Grey Zone
    Being away adds to the challenge.  I’ve managed ok but definately let some things slide.  While traveling,  I drank wine,  ate a fabulous orange genoise dessert and even ate toast and dinner rolls- and enjoyed them all.  But I also avoided many foods I would have eaten without thinking about it like potatoes,  most bread, most desserts and so on. So moderation won out. Heading back to LA tonight and looking forward to resuming… ... read more
    Source: The Matcha BoxPublished on January 26, 2015 3:59 pm
  • Trends and Education at World Tea Expo
    Geared towards bolstering businesses of all kinds through its in-depth education program, World Tea Expo is the leading tradeshow focused 100 percent on premium teas and related products.  The event takes place May 6 – 8, 2015 in Long Beach, Calif. at the Long Beach Convention Center.This year’s agenda covers a wide variety of industry topics and tea retail strategies, including: the state of the tea industry, direct trade with tea producers, sustainability and the… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on January 26, 2015 1:31 pm
  • Entrepreneur Mag Highlights Kombucha Biz
    Leslie Crews, founder of Kombuchick, earned the attention of Entrepreneur Magazine this month. Based in Norfolk, Va., Kombuchick is a kombucha microbrewer.Crews came to the attention of the magazine through a speaking engagement with Old Dominion University. She’d been asked to give a talk through the President’s Lecture Series at the school, “From Bachelor’s to BEVolution: How Kombuchick Kicked Glass and Took Names.” She was invited to a dinner with Entrepreneur’s editor-in-chief Amy Cosper. Cosper… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on January 26, 2015 1:13 pm
  • Topsham’s Georgian Tearoom on the Market
    Heather Knee has been something of a celebrity in British tea circles. Her scones and clotted cream bring raves. The cream is so special that Michael Caines, a Michelin-starred chef, sourced from her when he was on Great British Menu and asked for her secret. Her Georgian Tearoom was highlighted on the BBC’s Escape to the Country show and she was even invited to meet the Prince of Wales at Highgrove House. Knee estimates that… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on January 26, 2015 1:04 pm
  • Indian Gardens Sold to Ambootia, Malnady
    Two corporate bidders will divide holdings of the West Bengal Tea Development Corp. that include 1700 acres (679 hectares) of Darjeeling tea gardens among 2,600 acres in five estates.The government invited bids last year after the corporation defaulted for six month on INRs 300,000 in gratuity payments due 4,211 workers. The West Bengal Tea Development Corp. also failed to provide food rations, firewood and is in arrears on payments for other goods and services, according… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on January 26, 2015 12:58 pm
  • Teavana Trumps Tazo at Starbucks
    In September 2013 Starbucks first replaced Tazo on the retail wall and menu boards of several Atlanta locations. Upscale and more expensive Teavana loose leaf selections vied for attention with die-hard Tazo teabag devotees during a trial period. Eighteen months later Tazo is vanquished. On January 6 Starbucks announced that Tazo will no longer be sold at 12,000 of the nation’s 52,000 coffee and snack shops. Tazo was banished to restaurants, big box outlets including… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on January 26, 2015 12:24 pm
  • Tea Places: Tiny Pinecone Teahouse and Bakeshop
    Just when I thought that I had run out of new tea places to visit, I found out about a pop up tea shop called +Tiny Pinecone Teahouse and Bakeshop. The location is just as adorable as their name. The seating area is small but inviting. One of the first things I noticed when walking in was a display of gaiwans and other teaware. My kind of place! The tea list was not very big but… ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on January 26, 2015 11:00 am
  • Automated Tea Purchases with TeaBOT
    Toronto area high school friends Brian Lee and Rehman Merali are riding a wave of enthusiastic support for a personalized loose leaf brewing kiosk they call the teaBOT.The device is a tea shop in 10 square feet open 24/7 with an app that lets you design, order and pay for loose leaf blends and then share your creation online.The two young engineers loved tea, thanks to Brian’s family tea store. One day Brian mentioned his… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on January 26, 2015 10:21 am
  • aura
      … aura of tea … a bamboo twig … a cracked bowl … a drifting mind … in the absence of tea     ... read more
    Source: Teaism99Published on January 26, 2015 9:23 am
  • Inquiring minds ask questions about specialty tea
    A wonderful, kind, amazing man, known as The Candyman, David Klein, the originator of something you’ve all probably enjoyed – Jelly Belly jelly beans –  invited me to join his Internet board of entrepreneurs recently.  There is an interesting and wonderful interactive mix, including founders of big companies and inventors of ‘real cool stuff.’  Being a bit tired and trying to think of something creative for my contribution this month, I decided to invite these… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on January 26, 2015 7:05 am
  • Ninjas Scaling Your Building
    William of Bannacha is silent, but deadly. In the popular vernacular, he is both "camouflaged chameleon", and, simultaenously, "ninjas scaling your building"*.  You won't ever see him coming.  And when you do, it's too late.  *No time to grab your gun, they already got your wife and children /  A hit was sent / from the President / to raid your residence / 'Cause you had secret evidence / and ... read more
    Source: The Half-DipperPublished on January 25, 2015 11:30 pm
  • David Carradine, Kung Fu & Lipton Iced Tea
    Source: Tea Guy SpeaksPublished on January 25, 2015 3:38 pm
  • Puerh Storage is a Crock #2
    Old Cwyn has too much tea, no doubt about it. Any more and she will be needing a larger house. In addition to wedging issues with my tea cakes in the storage fridge, I have many cakes and tuos stored in crocks. Now I can add loose maocha to my storage, which takes up even more space. At my age I can afford to experiment because the kid is just going to throw out all… ... read more
    Source: Cwyn’s Death By TeaPublished on January 25, 2015 3:02 pm
  • Banana Avocado Matcha Smoothie
    Banana Avocado Matcha Smoothie Sunday, January 25, 2015Posted by Admin Start your morning with a Matcha smoothie. Ingredients 8 oz. brewed Matcha (instructions follow) 1 ripe banana 1/2 ripe avocado 1 cup ice Matcha Instructions 1. Preheat Matcha bowl for 1 min using hot water, and then discard. 2. Using a traditional bamboo tea scoop (Chashaku), measure out 2 tea scoops (1 Perfectea Spoon) of Matcha into strainer, and gently sift into… ... read more
    Source: Heaven of TeaPublished on January 25, 2015 2:34 pm
  • Notes from Qiu Shan Tang 秋山堂
    When I was leaving for my first visit of Taiwan last spring, I promised myself to take many pictures, making notes and then share as much as possible here, for my curious readers. Yes, I took over thousand pictures. Yes, I put down some notes about my "pots and tea" experiences. Just that sharing part is missing. My good friend Daniel, who joined me on that trip, just posted some of his notes, memories and… ... read more
    Source: Pots and Tea Pots and TeaPublished on January 25, 2015 4:04 am
  • Green tea infused sake and avocado sashimi
    My favorite green tea and avocado combo is premium green tea infused sake and avocado sashimi.  Avocado is rich and creamy, and texture reminds me of toro, or fatty tuna and uni, or sea urchin.Mauna Kea Premium green tea is cold infused at room temperature for 5 hours in Kikusui junmai ginjo sake.  1 tablespoon (0.25oz) of green tea to 1/2 cup of this sake is a bit more than what I would use for… ... read more
    Source: Farm Blog – Hawaiian Tea in the MakingPublished on January 25, 2015 3:43 am
  • Gambling on Taobao 1: Disaster Strikes
    As some of you may know, I recently placed an order to Taobao - uncharted land. Anything goes on Taobao - from great bargains to great disaster. My first Taobao adventure led to both ends of the spectrum. Today I'll be writing about the disaster end of the spectrum.Have you ever thrown a tea out after the first cup? I didn't even get to that point with these teas. I'm not even living up to… ... read more
    Source: drinking teasPublished on January 24, 2015 5:20 pm
  • Still alive (with more teas from Chawangshop)
    Hello again! Long time no see I guess... I have decided to transform this blog, as I no longer have the compulsion to dissect teas, photograph every piece of sparkling fur on the leaves and such things. I am not living in an interesting region tea-wise, nor do I possess noteworthy knowledge (such as MarshalN) of which to write - so I won't write as much, rather than to inflate my posts with meaningless words.I… ... read more
    Source: TPublished on January 24, 2015 10:22 am
  • Saturday Morning Tea
    Good morning, dear tea friends! I woke up to a white world this morning, our first significant snowstorm of the winter. Can you believe that, at the end of January?!! No one’s complaining but it is certainly strange for New England. It has been bone chilling cold though. On to tea… For my morning tea, […] ... read more
    Source: Art and TeaPublished on January 24, 2015 10:21 am
  • What is Hung Shui Oolong?
    Hung Shui Oolong from Yong Lung village, Dong Ding areaIt's one of the most popular Oolong category in my selection and a style I often write about. So, I was a little bit surprised to receive a question from a longtime reader to clarify what Hung Shui Oolong is, especially its relationship to Dong Ding Oolong. If it's not clear for him, I'd better explain it one more time!Hung Shui (red water) Oolong is the… ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on January 24, 2015 7:38 am
  • Ripe Pu’erh Shopping. What does your Money Buy?
    Tea quality and price aren’t exactly cause and effect. There’s alot of factors that go into pricing tea and there’s a reason why hunting white labels can be lucrative. It’s important to know what exactly goes into the pricing of tea, in order to know where your money is going and to most obviously not get ripped off. Ripe pu’erh occupies a different niche for most tea drinkers compared with raw pu’erh. For many that specialize in other… ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on January 24, 2015 6:00 am
  • Pair of Xiao Xiao Xi Shis
    I've been searching high and low for a reasonable yixing to brew Su's teas.  Yixing teapot buying always fills me with a sense of dread. First I know with 100% certainty that I'll chip the spout or finial given time.  Second I fear I'll end up with something wonky, dribbly, or fake with my inability to spend more than two figures on a teapot.  To ease my shopping pain and fear or chipping, Su recommended… ... read more
    Source: Tea ClosetPublished on January 23, 2015 3:09 pm
  • Local Tea Variations – Kyō-Bancha
    Have you ever experienced receiving a cup of green tea upon entering a store or restaurant in Japan, for free? Well, this is more or less common practice as the Japanese deem it highly important to properly treat their guests. This type of hospitality has even evolved to the point where the Japanese customer has grown more or less reluctant to pay for any kind of green tea, making it extremely difficult for Sencha and… ... read more
    Source: Tea TalkPublished on January 23, 2015 2:00 pm
  • Friday Round Up: January 18th – January 24th
    Best Bay Area Tea Shops +Tony Gebely posted this very handy guide to all things tea in San Francisco. This is one destination that is definitely on my to-do list. { "@context" : "http://schema.org", "@type" : "Review", "name" : "title", "author" : { "@type" : "Person", "name" : "Nicole Martin" }, "datePublished" : "date", "image" : "image url", "itemReviewed" : "item", ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on January 23, 2015 11:00 am
  • On the Road
    Traveling for a few days.  The hardest part for me is the airport  where I troll around for chocolates and my “airport only” must-have…oreo cookies.  I made it through.  But for now all our meals are in restaurants.  EVERYTHING comes with bread, potatoes, cheese, rice, tortillas, and sweet sauces.  I leave it all on the plate or ask to not have it at all. I did have a glass of wine with dinner,… ... read more
    Source: The Matcha BoxPublished on January 23, 2015 8:43 am
  • Back Seven: A tea song
    Dan Chiu was an Immortal Who cared nothing for rich foods. But, after picking some tea & drinking it, he sprouted wings, And flew to the Abode of The Immortals, To escape life’s emptiness. Now he lives among the clouds In a palace unknown to humans. His tea is brewed in a golden teapot By a young immortal who lives Upon a peak amidst the clouds. How worthless is LuYu’s Classic of Tea When compared… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on January 23, 2015 7:01 am
  • A meeting with Daniel Rebert, pastry chef
    There is nothing I enjoy more than thinking about what tea I will drink next. For me, the pleasure of tea begins as soon as I lift the lids from my canisters, inhale the scent of the leaves and decide which one is best suited to the moment, mood and season. From time to time, this exercise moves beyond the close confines of the teapot, when considering which tea will go best with a… ... read more
    Source: Discovering TeaPublished on January 23, 2015 3:00 am
  • Kombucha: Every Body’s Friend
      Naturally fermented foods have been inching into the spotlight lately as more and more consumers learn about their inherent health benefits. Kimchi, sauerkraut, chutney, kaffir milk, miso and shrubs. We’ve all heard the buzz. But is it the sound of the internet talking about fermented foods? Or is it the pressure being released from bottles of kombucha? Kombucha. Typically, when people talk about kombucha (pron. “kom-BOO-cha”), they fall into one of three categories: Love… ... read more
    Source: REVOLUZZION: The Voice of TeaPublished on January 22, 2015 10:33 pm
  • Ramblings: My own private tea room
    All ready to serve the morning’s tea. Almost ten years ago, in mid-2005, we relocated from the NYC area to South Carolina, and started shopping for a house. We saw a style we loved, and found a contractor to custom-build it on our land. DH and I each made a list of the must-have features we wanted in our new house. On his list were a balcony and lots of land. On my… ... read more
    Source: TeaGuidePublished on January 22, 2015 2:05 pm
  • 2011 Nan Jian Organic Mushroom Tuo from Yunnan Sourcing – InBetweenIsode #14 w/ Denny
    A ripe pu-er and some delicious Colombia coffee!! ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on January 22, 2015 11:58 am
  • Aiya at the Winter Fancy Food Show 2015
    Winter Fancy Food Show 2015 Recap Last weekend, the Aiya team flew out to beautiful San Francisco, CA for the annual Winter Fancy Food Show.  It was held at the Moscone Convention Center, which was only a short ten minute walk from our hotel.  Instead of renting a car this time, we walked to the show every day, taking in the crisp, chilly air and gorgeous scenery. With perfect weather and an amazing turn… ... read more
    Source: Aiya America’ Matcha BlogPublished on January 22, 2015 11:53 am
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