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.

  • Top Beverage Packaging Trends
    Lighter plastic and aluminum packaging to lower transportation expense and increased automation are important trends for beverage companies. Retail sales of functional drinks, including ready-to-drink tea, increased more than 30 percent from 2005 to 2015, according to Technavio, a London-based market research firm. Functional drinks include energy drinks, RTD tea and coffee, sports drinks, and enhanced fruit and water drinks. These products witness the highest growth rate in the beverage […] The post Top Beverage ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 21, 2017 6:08 pm
  • Tea for an Underwater Adventure
    I am presently escaping the Bay Area monsoon season for a still rainy but warmer corner of Kapoho. The Big Island of Hawaii has some perpetually sunny zones but I've fallen in love with the quieter overcast southeastern side.These black lava tide pools hold such an exquisite treasury of marine life that I've returned here four times in the last 10 years.  I rented a house direct in front of this magical snorkel zone so ... read more
    Source: Tea ClosetPublished on February 21, 2017 6:07 pm
  • At The Tea Table with Lauren of #tuesdayteacup
    #TuesdayTeacup is a hashtag on Instagram that is continuing to grow. Lauren R. started #tuesdayteacup as the perfect way for tea drinkers to share their fondest cups, and also give other tea lovers the opportunity to admire them (my favourite!). You can often find Lauren pairing her tea and teacups with needles and hooks. In addition to being a tea lover herself, her love for crocheting is also evident throughout her online shop A Bee ... read more
    Source: The Cup of LifePublished on February 21, 2017 5:05 pm
  • In order to learn and discover Japanese teas
    It is not always easy to find out what to buy in my very rich selection of tea for Thés du Japon. It is of course necessary to try as much tea as possible to know its diversity, but also... Read More › ... read more
    Source: Japanese Tea SommelierPublished on February 21, 2017 3:35 pm
  • Iran’s Domestic Tea Production Climbs 60%
    Domestic tea production is reinvigorated in Iran, the world’s fourth-largest tea market by volume and one of the top tea importers in the Middle East. During the long difficult period under sanctions, the nation’s tea factories fell into disrepair. Land use permits to grow tea on at least 7,000 hectares of  land  in Gilan were changed to grow more essential crops. [SG1]Tea imported at competitive rates far exceeded domestic production […] The post Iran’s Domestic ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 21, 2017 11:52 am
  • La Kouju
    I obtained this sample from Yamanashi Shouten, which is the company that makes it. But before I review it, let me explain a little bit about this new type of tea La Koucha La Koucha (La 香茶) is the name given by the company to a series of teas. La Kouju (La 香寿): Fruity aroma, made with the Kouju cultivar. La Koushun (La 香駿): Fresh and floral aroma, made with the Koushun cultivar. La Koushou ... read more
    Source: My Japanese Green TeaPublished on February 21, 2017 11:15 am
  • Bone-Marrow Disorder Patients May Benefit from Green Tea
    Patients facing often-fatal medical complications associated with bone-marrow disorders may benefit from a polyphenol found in green tea, according to information released by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis. The researchers’ paper, “Aggregation of Full Length Immunoglobulin Light Chains from AL Amyloidosis Patients Is Remodeled by Epigallocatechin-3-gallate,” was published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The compound epigallocatechine-3-gallate (EGCG), found in green tea, may be of particular benefit to […] The post Bone-Marrow Disorder ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 21, 2017 11:02 am
  • Blooming on Snow Days
    “This outward spring and garden are a reflection of the inward garden.” -Rumi Throughout the winter, we bundle up and remain snugged tight for several months. Therefore, it only seems fitting to create a beautiful, warm sanctuary for the soul with blooming tea. Bundled like our bodies, each tea boasts layers of dried leaves wrapped around one or more flowers. While steeping, expanding leaves dance and petals unfurl as a flower rises upward to the ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on February 21, 2017 7:00 am
  • L’esprit du thé et calligraphie chinoise
    La pratique du thé nous ouvre aussi des portes vers la culture chinoise, plusieurs fois millénaire. Son art de la calligraphie se retrouve souvent sur les accessoires à thé (jarres, coupes, théières...) Son utilisation est soit poétique, avec des vers souvent courts (comme sur mon rouleau en arrière-plan), soit symbolique, presque incantatoire (comme le caractère de 'longue vie' sur la jarre ci-contre).Aussi, j'ai choisi des caractères uniques exprimant une attitude, un état d'esprit durant le ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on February 20, 2017 9:16 pm
  • 6 Reasons You Should Stock Up on Holiday Teas
    It’s no secret that our Fall and Holiday teas will be going back into the Art of Tea vault sometime soon. That time is quickly approaching. The good news is, that means Spring is almost here! The bad news is that there’s not much time left to stock up on Fall and Holiday teas for the rest of the year. If you’re a fan of one of our awesome Falliday flavors, you know the importance ... read more
    Source: ArtOfTeaPublished on February 20, 2017 6:09 pm
  • An Intriguing Persian Ware–Made in Germany Teapot (Now, How the Heck Do I Use It?)
    A friend handed me this incredible teapot—which I puzzled over for a bit. How the heck was it used?? The clue: those little feet on its back. You place the teapot on its back, supported by its legs, and then put the tea leaves in the top part of the pot, above the strainer. Add hot water and let the tea steep. To serve the tea, simply put the pot back upright and ... read more
    Source: It’s More Than TeaPublished on February 20, 2017 4:05 pm
  • Yixing inventory #18: Duanni?
    This is another one of these yellow clay pots that are a bit odd – this one has a slight greenish tint to it. No marks. 125ml.   ... read more
    Source: A Tea Addict’s JournalPublished on February 20, 2017 11:36 am
  • What is White Tea?
    It dawned on me that I've never done an introduction to each of the tea categories. Information like this might be old hat for some of you but I think those that are new to tea who might find it useful. Over the next few weeks, I'll be covering a different type of tea each Monday. Please let me know in the comments if there's something you'd like to see covered for yellow tea, green ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on February 20, 2017 11:00 am
  • Houjicha: roasted Japanese green tea
    I live in a 60-year old Japanese house. Beautifully positioned between two mountains surrounded by rice fields and a flowing stream. Sliding doors. Tatami floors. Single glazing. Zero insulation. No central heating. Get the picture? It’s so cold inside the house that I find myself living at the local onsen (hot spring bath house) just to heat my feet back into circulation! So what does this have to do with tea? Well, out here in ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on February 20, 2017 7:00 am
  • Thé : faut-il toujours le choisir bio ? Notre opinion sur le sujet.
    Les vertus du thé sont reconnues depuis longtemps ; il contribue à notre longévité en stimulant les fonctions du cœur, en renforçant le système immunitaire et en prévenant les mutations cellulaires. Depuis quelques années, la question des pesticides est toutefois soulevée lors de discussions autour de ce breuvage. Voici la position de Camellia Sinensis sur le sujet. Chez Camellia Sinensis, notre critère principal quant au choix d’importer un produit est sa qualité globale ; ... read more
    Source: Blogue du dégustateur de théPublished on February 20, 2017 6:40 am
  • A Song style teappuccino!
    The variety of tastes, styles and methods make tea such a vast subject of study. It's important to learn the connections and evolution of these various styles. Song dynasty (960-1279) style, for instance, uses green powdered tea that is whisked in a bowl. It's clearly an evolution from the Tang dynasty (618-907), when green tea powder was added to water boiling lightly, mixed but not whisked, and some salt was added. There are some similarities, ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on February 19, 2017 8:20 pm
  • Saturday Morning Tea
    Good morning, dear tea friends! With my tea choice this morning, I’m traveling to the island of Java, the largest in the string of volcanic islands that make up the Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia. This tea was grown on the Malabar Tea Estate, located in West Java, near Mount Malabar, a stratovolcano built up […] ... read more
    Source: Art and TeaPublished on February 18, 2017 9:58 am
  • Taetea Dayi Sampler Presentation Boxed Set
    Taetea (we call the company Dayi in our part of the world) in 2015 introduced a sampler box of their teas.  This very large presentation box (I placed a gaiwan on the box to give you a sense of the size) was very fancifully designed with 10 compartments within the box.  30 different Dayi teas were individually packed in the box, each pack containing 30g of tea.  There were 15 raw teas and 15 ripe teas.  Information of ... read more
    Source: travelling teapotPublished on February 17, 2017 10:13 pm
  • Teas on Tap by Rishi Tea
    Rishi Tea recently debuted craft brew teas on tap in its Milwaukee, Wisconsin, hometown to reach a new kind of customer. The organic sparkling tap tea comes in two flavors: Runner’s High and Sparkling Turmeric. Both are unique blends with different purposes. Runner’s High contains green tea and yerba mate, as well as hibiscus flowers and schizandra berry. Sparkling Turmeric has a completely different array of ingredients. The natural remedies […] The post Teas on ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 17, 2017 6:08 pm
  • The Tilted Teacup: A Piece of England in Florida
    Set on a historic property and featuring events to match, the Tilted Teacup Tea Room & Boutique strives to give customers an authentic English tea experience. The owners, Aimee and John Gans, opened the Tilted Teacup in 2012 and business has been growing ever since. John Gans, a former US Army mechanic, said he “went from tanks to tea” when he moved forward with supporting his wife’s passion for managing […] The post The Tilted ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 17, 2017 6:08 pm
  • Friday Round Up: February 12th and February 18th
    My tasting notes: Indonesian rolled black tea+Anna Mariani's pairing of this Indonesian black tea with homemade olive oil challah bread and olive oil passion fruit curd sounds absolutely delicious. She got to share lunch with Melanie Halim of Harnedong Organic Tea Estate too!Going Back to Bitaco...with Video+Geoffrey Norman is doing a sequel month on his blog, revisiting some of his favorite gardens. He had so much to say about this Colombian grown tea that there was no ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on February 17, 2017 11:00 am
  • Mr Kumada, a farmer attached to his land
    I’d like to introduce you to Mr Kumada. He lives with eight cats and grows tea on seven hectares in the extreme south of Japan, high above the city of Kagoshima, far from anywhere, even the smallest village. Mr Kumada took over from his father, who was also a farmer. But he only grows tea, unlike his father who also grew tobacco, and raised cows, pigs and silkworms. When I asked him what he’d ... read more
    Source: Discovering TeaPublished on February 17, 2017 9:52 am
  • Yamanashi Shouten
    Mr. Yamanashi This was a tea factory tour courtesy of The World Green Tea Association. Mr. Nishikawa (Manager) and Mr. Uchino (Senior managing director)  were kind enough to take me along. We took a taxi from Shizuoka JR station. Our destination was Yamanashi Shouten (山梨商店), a tea wholesaler in Shizuoka city. In Japan, it’s rare for a company to harvest, process and finish its own tea. Wholesalers usually buy aracha (crude tea) and refine it. ... read more
    Source: My Japanese Green TeaPublished on February 17, 2017 9:36 am
  • Blast from the past: You don’t have to break the bank to drink great tea
    This article was originally posted to T Ching in February of 2011. In fact, loose-leaf tea is a screaming deal. Even though most loose-leaf teas are of much higher quality than bagged teas, they are often more economical ounce for ounce. Even the most expensive teas rarely cost more than 15 cents a cup to steep, which seems to be a well-protected secret, as people are always surprised when they see the numbers. However, the ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on February 17, 2017 7:00 am
  • Review: Golden Leaf Tea Charcoal Roasted Jade Oolong
    I love me a roasted oolong. Never met one I didn’t like. The more heavily roasted, the better. Roasted is another word for “baked” actually. After an oolong tea is oxidized and dried, it can be roasted for various lengths of time and various temperatures. Oolong tea is the most complicated to produce because there are so many variables: cultivar, oxidization time, drying time, and roasting time, if any. By contrast, green tea is not oxidized ... read more
    Source: Teaviews.comPublished on February 17, 2017 6:07 am
  • Extended Episode LA vs. HK Dry Treasures from Five Mountains Storage Comparison [Inbetweenisode 121]
    A storage comparison of LA vs. HK dry stored Treasures from Five Mountains. Thank you to Linda Louie of Bana Tea for sending in these samples! ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on February 17, 2017 4:02 am
  • Exploring the Depths of Aged White Tea
    Aged white tea is a strange concept to many in the West. We’ve become very familiar with puerhs and many of us understand how well they tend to age over the years, but only the tea connoisseurs and the lucky come to realize that there are other kinds of aged teas as well. Perhaps the most surprising kind of aged tea to stumble upon is aged white tea.    While aged white tea has been ... read more
    Source: MeiMei Fine Teas BlogPublished on February 17, 2017 12:51 am
  • Clay, and 2016 CYH Mahei
    Our February this year is a confusing mix of warmer spring-type weather, think April, alternating back to winter. Best to ignore the weather now and fold myself into my puerh hobby. If you have a lot of puerh tea, free time spent in the company of your teas is time between worlds, somewhere between the places of home and work. I imagine our tea hobby is somewhat comparable to greenhouse gardening of orchids or roses ... read more
    Source: Cwyn’s Death By TeaPublished on February 16, 2017 6:08 pm
  • Global Tea Championship Takes Place Feb. 25-26
    The Global Tea Championship is right around the corner. Tea purveyors will put their work in front of a panel of judges meeting in Colorado to see which will become the Fall Hot (Loose Leaf) Tea and Packaged Single Service tea champions. The four February competition judges, Scott Svihula, Suzette Hammond, Richard Enticott and Kelly Amoroso, all have extensive industry experience. Hot tea evaluations occur twice per year—once in February […] The post Global Tea ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 16, 2017 6:08 pm
  • Tasting: Tillerman Tea Spring 2016 Dong Ding Roasted Oolong
    February is always a tough month. The skies are often grey and dull. It's cold and dark when I wake up and return home from work. It's too cold to take long walks with the kids, so weekends are fidgety and anxious. For these and many other reasons, it's been a tough winter.One of the bright spots is sharing tea with friends. It's amazing how much lighter and airy things feel after a few shared ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on February 16, 2017 6:07 pm
  • China Royal Jasmine Curls Green Tea: What It Is and How to Brew It
       China Royal Jasmine Curls—the name alone suggests that this is an exquisite tea! This specialty green tea, unique to China, is made with time-honored traditions. In Fujian Province (located on mainland China’s southeast coast), bud sets are plucked in the spring and lightly processed. Then, when jasmine blossoms are available in the summer, the blossoms and tea leaves are layered. This allows the tea to pick up the aroma and flavor of the flowers. The beautiful ... read more
    Source: It’s More Than TeaPublished on February 16, 2017 4:05 pm
  • Meet the Global Tea Championship Judges
    The Global Tea Championship’s Fall Hot (Loose Leaf) and Single Serve competitions will take place February 25-26, 2017. These four tea industry experts will be judging 245 teas. They have established themselves in the world of tea and all have unique stories to tell and specialized knowledge to bring to the competition.   Kelly Amoroso is the tea buyer at Allegro Coffee and brings more than 23 years of experience […] The post Meet the ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 16, 2017 10:29 am
  • Tea and Building Muscle
    We’ll begin with the statement that every human body is different. The processes and mechanisms that run it are complex, and we should be informed enough to understand at least the general rules that govern our bodily functions and development. Some people seem not to mind what they eat and when they train, and their muscles can grow in just a few months. Others find getting a few pounds of muscle mass very difficult. How, ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on February 16, 2017 7:02 am
  • Richard Enticott
    Richard Enticott brings more than 25 years of experience in the tea industry to the Global Tea Competition. He is currently the owner of Meridian Trading Company, supplying botanical ingredients to customers around the world. World Tea News asked him more about his background. What sparked your interest in tea? Growing up in England I became a heavy black tea consumer at a very young age. From the age of […] The post Richard Enticott ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 15, 2017 6:27 pm
  • Suzette Hammond
    Suzette Hammond brings more than 13 years of experience in tea retail and wholesale to the Global Tea Championship. She founded Being Tea, which is an independent consultancy offering training and program development. World Tea News asked her more about her background. What sparked your interest in tea?  Initially, my professional background was journalism, as a broadcast news producer. I later worked with coffee and tea both as a break […] The post Suzette Hammond ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 15, 2017 6:17 pm
  • Tea & Oranges
    I have always been captivated by the line in Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne  “She feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China”. I recently learned that this line was inspired by Cohen’s introduction, by his friend Suzanne, to Constant Comment®, an orange spice tea blend from Bigelow. Constant Comment was one of the few teas (all loose leaf) that sat on my shelf ... read more
    Source: The Tea StylistPublished on February 15, 2017 6:08 pm
  • Scott Svihula
    Scott Svihula is one of the judges for the Global Tea Cohampionship and brings his expertise in tea and his business acumen to the competition. World Tea News asked him some questions about his background. What sparked your interest in tea? I was working for a coffee company and they wanted to get involved with tea but didn’t know how. They asked me to look into tea and see if […] The post Scott Svihula ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 15, 2017 6:08 pm
  • Kelly Amoroso
    Kelly Amoroso is the tea buyer at Allegro Coffee Company and brings more than twenty-three years of experience in the tea industry to the Global Tea Championship. World Tea News asked her more about her background and her judging criteria. What sparked your interest in tea? I come from the coffee world and was inspiring to know that there was another beverage in the world that brought just as much […] The post Kelly Amoroso ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 15, 2017 6:08 pm
  • Tea Review: Nannuoshan Mei Zhan Black Tea
    This week’s tea, Nannuoshan Mei Zhan Hong Cha, is coming from Ya’an in Sichuan province and harvested in Spring 2016. It takes its name after its cultivar, Mei Zhan, which is mainly used to produce oolong tea until very recently. The aromatic and floral smell of dry leaves is very promising. Dark black tea leaves are quite uniform in shape and slightly curly. They consist of both short and long leaves which are shiny in ... read more
    Source: ChapediaPublished on February 15, 2017 11:14 am
  • Eco-Cha Four Seasons Spring Oolong Tea
    Country of Origin: TaiwanLeaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolledIngredients: oolong teaSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: pale green goldWhenever I get asked for Taiwanese oolong vendor recommendations, +Eco-Cha Artisan Teas is one of my immediate go-to. I've been writing about and enjoying their teas for close to five years now. Andy and Nick have both been contributors on the blog as well as inside the pages of Tea for Me Please Quarterly. Trust me ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on February 15, 2017 11:00 am
  • Celebrate “Singles Awareness Day” In Style
    If February 14th was a gentle reminder that you don’t have a special somebody, perk up and get ready to celebrate. February 15th is, unofficially, Singles Awareness Day. We’re not sure if this means we should celebrate the unattached people in our life or if we should just be aware that being single is an option. Either way, we’re always down for an excuse to drink tea and celebrate! If You’re Your Favorite Valentine ... read more
    Source: ArtOfTeaPublished on February 15, 2017 9:00 am
  • Taipei – Paris: 3:0
    Lao Ban Zhang 2009Non, il ne s'agit pas de foot, juste un clin d'oeil à la victoire du PSG contre le Barça. En fait, Olivier, un lecteur passionné de thé est venu pour un cours de thé sur les puerhs hier. Et comme il voulait profiter de ce cours pour comparer mes puerhs à ceux de la plus célèbre maison de thé de la capitale, cela m'a donné envie d'en faire une petite compétition. Pour ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on February 15, 2017 8:33 am
  • Brief Encounter with Tea in Denmark
    Sometimes strangers offer the best advice.  Rick Steves, travel guru and a stranger, recommends subtly in his Scandinavia tour book that if time does not permit one to visit both Frederiksborg Castle and Kronborg Castle, also known as the “Hamlet” castle, in Denmark, then pick the former as it is the more adorned of the two.  I arrived in Hillerød via train and was dropped off by a local bus somewhere near the palatial complex’s ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on February 15, 2017 7:00 am
  • Japanese Tea Workshops in Oxford 6th March, 2017
    A year has passed and Obubu will be in Oxford again! Hosted by the University of Oxford Japanese Society and supported by James from the Chayoutea we are bringing you stories and flavors of Japanese tea. On the 6th of March we will hold two tea workshops: Sencha workshop and Matcha Workshop . Sencha workshop will give you […] The post Japanese Tea Workshops in Oxford 6th March, 2017 appeared first on Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms. ... read more
    Source: Kyoto Obubu Tea PlantationsPublished on February 15, 2017 6:08 am
  • Japanese Tea Events in Oxford 6th March, 2017
    A year has passed and Obubu will be in Oxford again! Hosted by the University of Oxford Japanese Society and supported by James from the Chayoutea we are bringing you stories and flavors of Japanese tea. On the 6th of March we will hold two tea events: Matcha Workshop and Japanese tea tasting event . Matcha workshop […] The post Japanese Tea Events in Oxford 6th March, 2017 appeared first on Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms. ... read more
    Source: Kyoto Obubu Tea PlantationsPublished on February 15, 2017 3:13 am
  • What Is Amacha And Why Is It So Sweet?
    Amacha is a Japanese herbal tea from a plant called hydrangea macrophylla. Amacha translates to “sweet tea” and if you taste this herbal tea you would instantly experience why it is named perfectly. The first time I ever tasted amacha my first sip thought was actually “Did someone just dump sugar in my cup when I turned my back for two seconds?” That might sound a bit bizarre but amacha is actually about 200 times ... read more
    Source: The Tea Cup of LifePublished on February 14, 2017 6:07 pm
  • Why I Drink Loose Leaf Tea
    At the most elemental level, it is just immensely satisfying to brew my tea and then find this:             SO much more aesthetically pleasing than a sodden teabag!! And this example is textbook perfect! And this is what you should be finding if your green tea says it consists of the first leaves and bud And this is why loose leaf tea yields a far superior cup than that made with a ... read more
    Source: It’s More Than TeaPublished on February 14, 2017 4:05 pm
  • Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Source: Steph’s Cup of TeaPublished on February 14, 2017 11:31 am
  • Retailers Experience the Valentine’s Day Love
    [View the story “Retailers experience the Valentine’s Day love ” on Storify] Save The post Retailers Experience the Valentine’s Day Love appeared first on World Tea News. ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on February 14, 2017 9:44 am
  • 2009 Xizihao Guafengzhai [Episode 197]
    Another fancy pants pu’erh from Xizihao. This one is a 2009 production allegedly coming from Guafengzhai. ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on February 14, 2017 9:42 am
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