This website isn’t about all tea. It’s about specialty tea. Specialty tea production prioritizes quality over quantity. Teas that fall beneath the specialty moniker exhibit a diversity in flavor that cannot be matched by coffee or even wine. Yet most of the world (maybe you too) is only familiar with commodity tea—production that prioritizes quantity over quality. This is the cheap black tea (sold in individual tea bags) that most consumers know. The goal of World of Tea is to celebrate the diversity of fresh, complex loose-leaf specialty teas.
You may find that tea is one of those subjects where the more you learn, the less you know. Because of this, I focus largely on tea classification and tea processing, that is — what about tea processing creates specific teas and how can we classify them? Let this page be a jumping off point in your tea journey. Below, I share seminal posts on topics such as tea classification, tea processing, and tea preparation.