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  • Which is Healthier, Iced Tea or Hot Tea?

    ESP Tea
    Steven Popec
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    It’s that time of the year again, and what goes best with a hot summer day, when the sun is high and burning your skin to a nice crispy red? You got it, ICED TEANothing is more refreshing and lowers your body temperature better than a cold crisp glass of premium loose tea from ESP Tea Emporium. Actually, many people enjoy iced tea in place of soft drinks all year round. It’s cold refreshing and much healthier than soft drinks, energy drinks or yes even iced coffee.However, the question always comes up. Which is healthier, iced tea or hot tea? Does tea lose any of the many health benefits,…
  • 80ml Huanglongshan Pan Hu Yixing teapot

    New Products from Main Website
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 pm
    These pots were picked up by Kathy on her recent trip to Yixing. They were part of an order we'd made last year, but Chen Ju Fang has been so busy that she's trying to finish off our pots when she can. These were completely handmade by Chen Ju Fang from 60 year old clay that has been stored by her family since it was mined in Huanglong mountain. The pot was twice fired, allowing refinement of the between firings & the resulting pot is physically and functionally perfect. Inside is a flat, multi hole filter. These are lovely pots & very nice to use. £160.00
  • Trips

    The Half-Dipper
    14 Jun 2015 | 9:30 pm
    William of Bannacha has lain tea thricely upon us.  When a man married to JINGMAI LADIES (probably in the singular) sends you Jingmai tea, you take it seriously. These are, it would seem, the first 2015 teas that I have written about on this humble web-site; I have to create a "2015" tag for the occasion.  Let's drink some twenty-fifteen! You know the drill by now: in tea, as in life,
  • New Product: Badamtam Estate FTGFOP Organic (DJ-59)

    News from Upton Tea
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This smooth, mellow selection is the perfect choice for an afternoon cup. The liquor has delicate notes of pome fruits and a light citrus hint in the finish. For those who enjoy a classic Darjeeling without harshness or bitterness.
  • Trip to Europe

    Tea Masters
    Stephane
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:13 am
    The tea-masters.com boutique won't make any shipments for a month starting now. I thank all of those who placed their orders just before my European trip and I kindly ask the others for patience until I come back.Summer is a great time to drink tea! The sunshine gives such nice colors to the brew and to the ware... I'm looking forward tasting my teas on this trip with friends and family!
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    New Products from Main Website

  • 80ml Huanglongshan Pan Hu Yixing teapot

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 pm
    These pots were picked up by Kathy on her recent trip to Yixing. They were part of an order we'd made last year, but Chen Ju Fang has been so busy that she's trying to finish off our pots when she can. These were completely handmade by Chen Ju Fang from 60 year old clay that has been stored by her family since it was mined in Huanglong mountain. The pot was twice fired, allowing refinement of the between firings & the resulting pot is physically and functionally perfect. Inside is a flat, multi hole filter. These are lovely pots & very nice to use. £160.00
  • 125ml ROC period Gaiwan

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 pm
    We have 2 of these gaiwans, in perfect condition (no cracks/chips). They date from the early 1900's (Minguo/ROC period). Gaiwans of this quality are more and more difficult to find available on the open market. We bought these two several years ago and have decided to offer them available for sale. £110.00
  • 900ml 'Cha Niang' Yixing Teapot

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 pm
    I've had one of these for the past year & it quickly joined the ranks of my most used teapots. These are a great size for western style brewing, for drinking tea casually with meals or in front of a movie, but still want the benefit of good Yixing clay. You can brew a large pot of tea and let it slowly steep for large groups or for those occasions when gong fu style brewing isn't appropriate. These are fully handmade by Wuxing Shan Fang from aged Zisha clay. Inside is a flat, multi hole filter. £230.00
  • 1970's SSHC Liu Bao

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 pm
    SSHC is one of the most famous of the Liu Bao teas from the 70's. This particular basket has been very well stored. The taste is smooth and very clean, allowing the characteristics of the tea to appear clearly in the brews. It's very mellow, rich and grounding. If i was to criticise it, I'd say that it could be thicker in the mouth, but from the Liu Bao teas from the 70's that I've come across, this one definitely stands out. £2.00 As low as: £1.80
  • 85ml No.1 Clay FaXiang Hu by Chen Ju Fang

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 pm
    This is the highest grade of clay in Master Zhou's collection. It is an exceptionally pure, aged Zini clay that makes very good tea. This clay and the '#2 Clay' we also offer are really exceptional in the scope of Yixing clays available today. This pot was completely handmade by Chen Ju Fang, and fired twice, allowing refining of the pot between firings and a more uniform firing of the clay. These pots perform perfectly with Yancha and Puerh teas. This is the highest quality clay we are able to find. £440.00
 
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    The Half-Dipper

  • Trips

    14 Jun 2015 | 9:30 pm
    William of Bannacha has lain tea thricely upon us.  When a man married to JINGMAI LADIES (probably in the singular) sends you Jingmai tea, you take it seriously. These are, it would seem, the first 2015 teas that I have written about on this humble web-site; I have to create a "2015" tag for the occasion.  Let's drink some twenty-fifteen! You know the drill by now: in tea, as in life,
  • Rolling the Dice, Playing Croquet with MJOLNIR

    7 Jun 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Every time drink the pu'ercha, you're rolling the dice - let alone before buying the darned stuff with the hope of it aging nicely.  We are, therefore, no strangers to risk.  We are not risk-averse.  Indeed, there can be little chance of reward without risk.  It's all about playing the probabilities.  You gotsta play the numbers, as the wise man once said. I've been through the 1980s "Yiwu
  • Be'elzebub and Aged Fish

    1 Jun 2015 | 9:30 pm
    When in 1816 that great Romantic poet, Lord Byron, wrote his famous verse "I've got a love-Jones for your body and your skin tone" he may well have had the 2014 Laochatou from Dubs in mind. Laochatou [laow-char-toh] is the crystallised evil that is left over after the composting process for making shupu has completed.  They are, perhaps, the kidney stones of Be'elzebub.  Happily, when you
  • YOU WIN OR YOU DIE

    26 May 2015 | 5:11 am
    I have long searched for an accurate analogy for the life of an "early career academic" (for which one should of course read: "someone too ignorant to get a real job").  The nature of this life is well-documented - articles on the difficulties faces by the new generation attempting to secure a permanent academic position crop up quite frequently in the media.  It's a tough prospect, and one that
  • Better Dead Than Red

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Ave, Reader, full of tea, blessed art thou among drinkers and blessed is the fruit of thy zishahu. It has been one month to the very day, at the time of writing, that I have foisted my missives in your general direction, and I trust that this lunar cycle has been favourable to you and yours.  I have come to conclude lately that my tiny little world is so very tiny, and my mind likewise, that
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    News from Upton Tea

  • New Product: Badamtam Estate FTGFOP Organic (DJ-59)

    25 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This smooth, mellow selection is the perfect choice for an afternoon cup. The liquor has delicate notes of pome fruits and a light citrus hint in the finish. For those who enjoy a classic Darjeeling without harshness or bitterness.
  • Upton Tea Imports will be closed from July 4 - July 12

    25 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Upton Tea Imports will be closed from July 4th through July 12th to allow our employees to take a well-deserved vacation. Orders received by Friday, July 3rd, at 12 Noon (Eastern Time) will be shipped that day, before we close down. While online ordering will remain fully functional during vacation week, orders will not be processed or packed until our return on Monday, July 13th. All orders received after Friday, July 3rd, will be processed beginning Monday, July 13th. Customer service representatives will not be available during our vacation. All services will resume upon our return on July…
  • New Product: Keemun Mao Feng

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This top grade Keemun has a smooth character and medium body. The aroma has hints of fruit and a sweet note. The liquor has a nuance of warm spice as well as a note of biscuit. The mouth feel is a balance of light sweetness and delicate briskness, with a lingering hint of molasses.
  • We're celebrating the beginning of Summer with a Sale!

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Through the end of July and while supplies last, we are offering three of our flavored teas, Peach Tea (bold leaf with flowers), TF71, Black Tea Wild Berry, TE26, and Sweet Almond Tea, TF07, at 40% off their original prices. Stock up on these wonderful choices for iced tea at a great price! *Please note that TF07 contains tree nuts.
  • New Product: Zaloni Estate STGFOP

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This wonderful selection has a dry leaf with subtle, sweet aroma and rich, dark color. The liquor is also dark, with an amber color and medium-bodied intensity. The aroma has a malty hint and biscuity note. The cup has a very forward sweetness, reminiscent of light molasses or dark honey.
 
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    Tea Masters

  • Trip to Europe

    Stephane
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:13 am
    The tea-masters.com boutique won't make any shipments for a month starting now. I thank all of those who placed their orders just before my European trip and I kindly ask the others for patience until I come back.Summer is a great time to drink tea! The sunshine gives such nice colors to the brew and to the ware... I'm looking forward tasting my teas on this trip with friends and family!
  • Fête des pères

    Stephane
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    Le plus beau cadeau, c'est la vie! En tant que parent, la plus grande joie, c'est de voir son enfant grandir et devenir plus autonome, cultivé et responsable. Il ne s'agit pas seulement qu'il sache ses leçons par coeur et qu'il obtienne des 20/20, mais qu'il fasse sien ce qu'il apprend. Et si en plus il ressemble un peu à son papa, alors le bonheur devient quasi métaphysique! Pour donner encore plus de sens à ce Chaxi, je demande à mon fils d'infuser un Hungshui oolong de 2003, son année de naissance.C'est un moment de transmission. Je suis à ses côtés et lui rappelle le point clé…
  • A first class feeling

    Stephane
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    Traveling to another continent is great. But the 12 hours (or more) journey in a plane to get there is modern torture. There's lost time, crowds, police, a lack of legroom and bathroom access, bad food, noisy engines... Taking the plane is stressful and I completely understand that affluent fliers would agree pay more to get pampered with better service on board. My  financial resources are too limited for a business or a first class seat, but I've managed to find a couple of tricks to make the trips much more sufferable.The first is to use a noise-cancelling headphone! It's such a…
  • Brique de puerh cru d'Yiwu de 1995

    Stephane
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:41 am
    Quelle idée de boire un vieux puerh cru par une après-midi ensoleillée où le mercure dépasse allègrement les 30 degrés Celcius! D'habitude, ce genre de thé chaleureux est surtout réservé aux froides soirées d'hiver! Mais c'est compatible avec un précepte de la médecine chinoise: quand il fait chaud, boit chaud pour te rafraichir!Ces feuilles proviennent d'une brique de 500 gr de vieux arbres d'Yiwu. C'est une commande spéciale d'un marchand de Hong Kong en 1995. A cette époque, le marché n'était pas encore libéralisé et tout transitait par la CNNP. 2 ans plus tard, Hong…
  • The Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner faces of tea

    Stephane
    14 Jun 2015 | 10:23 am
    Fenqi Hu Oolong, spring 2015Plastic surgery, photoshop, Botox, makeup... The difference between before and after can be breathtaking. We've all seen such pictures of celebrities or normal people. The transformation can sometimes be as radical as with Bruce becoming Caitlyn! A few days ago, a tea friend brought a new tea. I brewed it competition style with a gaiwan, which means I used few leaves and a long first brewing time. He wondered why I wouldn't use more leaves and a shorter time to make a better cup of tea. Where's my gongfu?The first skill is to know when to use it! Those who've…
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  • The Economic Future of Direct Trade Tea: A Look at Chinese Quality Tea

    Elyse Petersen
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The sustainability of the commodity tea industry is in question as the cost of production continues to grow and the global market price of tea has not changed much in the past decades. Like with the coffee industry, many are advocating that the sustainability of the tea industry doesn’t require certifications but rather a focus on quality and doing trade directly with the producers of the product. Direct trade tea serves as an opportunity for tea producers to find better margins in their business as they struggle to find a profit and keep their younger generations on the farm propagating…
  • Spirals: Part 3

    Global Tea Hut
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Some time ago, I traveled south in Taiwan to a new Vipassana center. Ten days later, I was given a ride to the nearest train station by a kind fellow meditator. As we drove along through the beautiful scenery, I learned that she was the owner of an English school, and she was looking for a teacher. But this wasn’t a normal English job; it would have been a dream come true for me a few years ago, the best job in the country by my standards. She wanted someone with a passion for the outdoors who would inspire Taiwanese children to interact more with the natural world, to design hands-on…
  • A Plummy Idea: Summer Fruit Poached in Tea

    rwemischner
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Summer is here and the rainbow of stone fruit has begun coloring the stalls at my local farmer’s markets. Though eating fruit out of hand can be a sublime experience, poaching some of those fruits in black tea is another distinct pleasure. Depending on the sweetness of the fruit itself, the brewed tea used as a poaching liquid can be sweetened just a little or not at all. The key to poaching delicate fruits is to heat the liquid, reduce it to the barest simmer, and then add the fruit. I like to cut the fruits in half, removing the pits, and after cooking to just tender, I allow the fruits…
  • Recognizing the Leaf

    Rajiv Lochan
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    We two – India and China – have a strange relation when it comes to tea. We have nothing in common except that tea came to India from China and was established by the British on a slavery model to outsmart China on its profitability. Things have changed with the passing of time since 1828 when it was first commercially produced in India but little has changed as far as the model is concerned, and the burn is being felt by the tea garden workers. Now there is another sufferer – the small grower. Uncontrolled conversion of other crops to an easy and clean cash crop – tea…
  • From the Archives: How to Break the Coffee Habit

    tmonson
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every day, new patrons come to our tea house looking for an alternative to coffee.  Perhaps their doctor told them to cut down on their caffeine intake, or perhaps coffee wasn’t “working” like it used to, causing jitters and anxiety, accompanied by lower highs and even lower lows.  Often, the search for an alternative is borne out of one’s own addiction realization, and the resultant fear that coffee is needed to lift the fog and function throughout the day. I’m not against coffee; I’ll drink it, but only if it’s extraordinary.  Tea is truly my first love, what my body…
 
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  • So Much Dried Lemon Balm!

    foxtaylor
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:23 pm
    We started a whole tray of lemon balm last year and they grew huge this spring after we moved them all into one big patch between our hazelnut trees. We did a big harvest before it got too dry around here and hung them all up in the sun room to dry. It was a quick process because it’s been obscenely hot here, and tonight I bottled up all the dry leaves. So much lemon balm!! Can’t wait to make tea blends with this stuff. We got two full large sized jars and they are now sitting comfortably in the pantry. I love the citronella scent of this plant! The sun room smelled gorgeous. Our…
  • Still Life | ***

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    2 Jul 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Please Help Me to Get a New Camera => Hi my friends! My Name is Randall and I live in Easton, MD USA. I’m 39 years old and I’m currently disable for multiple back injuries and Major Depression. I can’t have a regular job anymore and I’m receiving Social Security Disability benefits from the work I did when I was able to have a regular job. I have a family… Read More Description From Photographer if Any: By sl451989 Source: 500px.com
  • Homemade Ice Tea

    thebeautynary
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Normaal gezien kwam er vandaag een ander artikel online, maar met de hittegolf die momenteel door België en Nederland raast besloot ik om een zomers recept te posten. Veel water drinken is belangrijk en om toch een beetje afwisseling te hebben besloot ik om zelf ice tea te maken. Lekker verfrissend en heel simpel om te maken! There actually was a different article planned in for today, but with the current heat wave that is raging through Belgium and the Netherlands I decided to post a recipe that’s perfect for summer. It is important to drink a lot of water and to add a little bit of…
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    2 Jul 2015 | 10:58 pm
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  • Tea Time

    fingersineverypie
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Trying to learn Final Cut Pro doesn’t feel like a chore when tea is involved. Cheers!
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  • Beautiful Teapots

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:37 pm
    These teapots are just two of Bruce Noske’s astounding designs which reflect the Victorian days of chintzes and Wedgewood with a minimalist Oriental twist.  His pots are meticulously developed, all with similar shoulder, base, lid, unique handle and spout.  Because he has always enjoyed doodling, or sketching, patterns of leaves and animals, Bruce applies these to teapots via hand painted brushwork and slip carved decorations. Read More
  • Icy Teapots

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Take a look at these wonderful ice teapots. One has been sculpted out of the ice itself and the other is a metal frame that has frozen and collected icicle's. Both tepots are obviously not for the use of hot tea but beautiful none the less! Read More
  • Funky Teapot

    21 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Check out these funky teapots created by Japanese student Sharese Mirzakhanyan. Read More
  • tea board games

    16 Jun 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Looking for something to do on a quiet evening with family, friends or children?  Why not try playing vintage tea board games.  Just how many of these games exist?  Actually there are quite a few.  There is the 1920’s Alice in Wonderland game; the 1973 version in which the first to overflow other player’s cups with sugar, water and tea is the winner.  And, for the younger ones there are “the teapot game” and “Tea Party Game.” Of course plenty of tea and biscuits are required. Read More
  • Leaning pumpkins

    11 Jun 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Daniel Rotblatt works mostly in bronze.  His talents are many:  bronze casting, photography, knife making, wood sculpting and ceramics.  Rotblatt is an instructor for all of these but the latter.  Amazingly, he just likes to tinker in ceramics.  These teapots are his first experiment with this media.  The idea for the shape of the pots in this series came to him after viewing a leaning pumpkin.Read More
 
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    World of Tea

  • Drying in Tea Processing

    Tony Gebely
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:25 pm
    In all of our talk of tea processing thus far, we’ve been dealing with tea leaves that contain some water. In order for processed tea leaves to be shelf-stable, they must be dried. There are two reasons for drying tea though, to dry the leaf, making it shelf stable, and to enhance the flavor. At times, these can be two distinct steps in processing and at other times, it can be seen as more of a continuum, and sometimes teas are only dried for shelf-stability. For our discussion here, I’ll explain each separately. Photo Credit: Michael Petersen, Tealet. Most common drying methods:…
  • Chemical Compounds in Tea

    Tony Gebely
    23 May 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Tea chemistry is complex. Just how complex? Well, on the bush, tea leaves contain thousands of chemical compounds, when they are processed, these compounds break down, form complexes and form new compounds. When we steep tea leaves, our senses are tingled by the thousands of volatile compounds (collectively known as the “aroma complex”) from the tea liquor and the thousands of non-volatile compounds and the complexes between them, not all of which are water soluble, and the ones that are water soluble are soluble at a function of the properties of the water used for steeping like…
  • World Tea Expo 2015 Highlights

    Tony Gebely
    7 May 2015 | 11:42 pm
    World Tea Expo here in Long Beach has been a blast! From the moment James Norwood Pratt cut the ribbon, it’s been an action packed expo. There were a few stand-out exhibitors and sessions that are worth mentioning but the best part about these events is being together with thousands of fellow tea-lovers. I cover some of my favorite things from the expo below. To see more photos and happenings, check out my Instagram feed. The Need for Standards in Specialty Tea A much anticipated panel moderated by Austin Hodge starring Dan Bolton, Kevin Gascoyne, Jennifer English, Elyse Petersen, and…
  • Tea Processing Chart

    Tony Gebely
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    Tea processing is the most important quantifier when determining or producing a tea type. Green tea, yellow tea, white tea, oolong tea, black tea and post-fermented teas all begin as fresh camellia sinensis leaves and go through different processing steps. While there are an infinite number of variations that result in an infinite number of tea styles, the same underlying processing methodologies largely define the tea’s type. There are many tea processing charts that attempt to accurately depict the tea process, but many of them add unnecessary levels of complexity, or skip steps. The…
  • The Six Immutable Laws of Tea Storage

    Tony Gebely
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    Storing tea can be very simple. If you keep your tea in an airtight container and then store your container in a dark, cool, dry place free from strong odors, you will likely consume it before you begin to notice any degradation in aroma or taste. Looking a bit deeper into tea storage opens up a bit more complexity and in this article, I break it down for you. When we talk about a tea deteriorating, what do we mean? Mostly oxidation. For teas that are prevented from oxidizing during production (see tea processing chart here), or that are not heavily oxidized, there is the potential for these…
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  • Frequently asked questions

    MarshalN
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:54 am
    I have put up a new page with a few frequently asked questions that I am asked from time to time, take a look if you’d like.
  • Tea fair in Kyoto

    MarshalN
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:29 pm
    While I was doing research and waiting for my books at the Urasenke School‘s library, I discovered that there was, that day, a tea fair across town at the Yoshida shrine near Kyoto University. Since the library closed at 3 anyway, I decided to hop over and take a look. The tea fair was a decent size – about 20-30 booths from various sellers. What was perhaps the most surprising was that about half of them were selling Chinese teas of various sorts. Like these guys: Or something like this: The Chinese tea they sold and were pushing were mostly oolongs of various sort, with some…
  • Instant tea

    MarshalN
    13 Jun 2015 | 12:04 am
    So last time I tried K-cups for you, and the results are pretty bad. Well, I’m just wrapping up a work trip in Japan, and while here, I had the pleasure of staying at a place that offered this in the room For a country with a lot of tea, and where teabag is really commonplace, I’m not sure what compelled this particular hotel in Kyoto to give you these things instead. They are, basically, instant tea. There were two flavours – hojicha (brown) and sencha (green). I tried the hojicha first, because why not? I filled the cup with hot water Hojicha, as many of you know, is…
  • Grandpa style in action

    MarshalN
    3 Jun 2015 | 12:16 am
      A grandpa with sencha in a bottle, note the high leaf to water ratio.
  • K-cups

    MarshalN
    21 May 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Many of you have probably seen these machines, some of you probably use it on a regular basis at work or at home, and others have most likely at least heard about it. Keurig is one of these companies that make single-use pods for caffeinated (mostly) drinks. You stick the cup in the machine, you press a button, and out comes a cup of whatever it is that you were promised. Sounds good enough? I remember we had one of these almost 15 years ago at my workplace then, when these were still pretty novel. I never used it, of course, because back then the selection was almost entirely coffee.
 
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  • Crimson Hollow Owl Teapot

    Joi
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    If you love (and maybe even collect) owls, this Grasslands Road Crimson Hollow Owl Teapot has already won your heart. This ceramic beauty is dishwasher and microwave safe and is available on Amazon. Apparently it’s selling like crazy, though, so be sure to grab one fast. When you click through the link or picture, you’ll find MANY other beautiful owl pitchers, salt and pepper shakers, and more from Grasslands – each one is absolutely gorgeous.
  • Beautiful Turkish Tea Glass Set (Great Gift Idea for Tea Lovers!)

    Joi
    13 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    I have to tell you, I’ve gone ahead and fallen head over heels in love with Turkish Tea Glasses.  They’re almost too beautiful to even think of as glasses. They look like little artsy vases, but make such perfect vessels for iced tea that I’d never dream of putting anything BUT tea in them. This beautiful Turkish Tea Glass Set is on Amazon for less than $20. Click through for more information. While on Amazon, check out the gorgeous Turkish Tea Glass Saucers too. SO pretty!
  • Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino (With Whipped Topping and Raspberry Syrup on Top, of Course!)

    Joi
    5 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    I am as big a fan of Starbucks as you’ll ever find. In fact, every member of my family know the “right” thing to get me for Christmas, Mother’s Day, or my birthday is a Starbucks gift card.  One Christmas I racked up 5 and I was in caffeinated bliss for weeks! The crazy thing is, I never… seriously, never…. order coffee at Starbucks. In the cooler months, I always get a Chai Tea Latte or hot black tea and in the warmer months, my Baristas know exactly what’s coming out of my mouth, “Grande Green Tea Frappuccino with Whipped Topping and…
  • Cherry Blossoms Ceramic Teapot… LOVELY!

    Joi
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    Maybe it’s because all I’ve seen for weeks now is snow, bare tree limbs, and icicles, but this Cherry Blossom print looks especially beautiful right now.  The colors, the design, and (most importantly) the promise of Spring and Summer – they all make Tea Forte Pugg’s Cherry Blossoms Ceramic Teapot irresistible. Teapot Description and Features: PUGG’S cheerful attitude and foolproof brewing system will become a lifetime companion to any tea lover. Steeps a generous amount of piping hot tea for two, using either loose leaf tea or teabags. Made from durable,…
  • Golden Tips Tea: Review of Delicious Tea and a Beautiful Experience

    Joi
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    As someone who drinks and loves tea like it’s her job, I fully understand the worldwide obsession and fascination with tea. It’s healthy, “green,” and always fresh and delicious. But it goes further than that. We love tea, not only for each of the above reasons, but also for the fact that it’s an experience. At times a beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, and extra special experience. Other times, tea’s an extra special experience similar to a refreshing shower in the morning. That’s what makes tea so uniquely wonderful – it’s an extra special…
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  • Which is Healthier, Iced Tea or Hot Tea?

    Steven Popec
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    It’s that time of the year again, and what goes best with a hot summer day, when the sun is high and burning your skin to a nice crispy red? You got it, ICED TEANothing is more refreshing and lowers your body temperature better than a cold crisp glass of premium loose tea from ESP Tea Emporium. Actually, many people enjoy iced tea in place of soft drinks all year round. It’s cold refreshing and much healthier than soft drinks, energy drinks or yes even iced coffee.However, the question always comes up. Which is healthier, iced tea or hot tea? Does tea lose any of the many health benefits,…
  • To Bag or Not to Bag: Tea Bags vs Loose Tea

    Steven Popec
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    To bag or not to bag, that is the question that causes heated debate in the wonderful world of tea. In the United States, we have grown accustomed to going to the grocery store and picking up a box containing a hundred tea bags of the commercially popular blend of tea. Well, in the rest of the world this isn’t norm, in fact it is even frowned upon.So where did these cute little tea bags come from, and what is the difference between tea bags and loose tea? I’m glad you asked, here is a little history on, one of the worst inventions known to tea, the tea bag.Tea bags were actually invented…
  • Caffeine: Tea vs Coffee

    Steven Popec
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Caffeine is a big part of the lives of many adults. It’s the main reason coffee is so popular. Most people would find it very hard to believe that coffee gained its popularity because people actually enjoy drinking a cupful of bitter sludge. But hey, there’s no accounting for people’s taste.More and more, we seem to be a civilization running on overdrive, trying to go faster, produce more and stay up longer. This is evident by the wide selection of energy drinks, energy pills and an ever increasing dosage of caffeine.According to research published by the Mayo Clinic, an 8 oz. cup of…
  • What are Tisanes?

    Steven Popec
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    A confusing aspect of tea is that a lot of the beverages we commonly refer to as “tea” actually aren’t tea at all. Tisanes (meaning “herbal infusion” in French), which are commonly called herbal teas, usually consist of dried flowers, fruits or herbs steeped in boiling water, and don’t actually contain any tea leaves at all.Actually, in some countries, the word “tea” is legally regulated to only be used in describing products from the Camellia Sinensis plant. However, we aren’t so strict in the United States, we call just about every beverage that it steeped “tea”.Many…
  • The Amazing and Versatile Camellia Sinensis

    Steven Popec
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:06 am
    Most true tea comes from one plant, the Camellia sinensis which is part of the evergreen family. The leaves are glossy green with serrated edges. When allowed to flower, the plant produces small white flower with bright yellow stamens.Flowering is prevented during cultivation by harvesting the leaves and forcing the plant to constantly make more buds. There are two primary varieties of Camellia sinensis used for tea and a third which isn't. Camellia sinensisThe Camellia sinensis plant strain is from China and is usually used to make green tea and white tea. This variety is also used to make…
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  • Vacation In Nagoya

    wilson
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:19 pm
    I had just returned from a week's vacation from Nagoya, Japan.  I always loved Japanese food, and upon landing in Nagoya and checking my bags at the hotel, I rushed over to Unagi Horaiken, queued for more than an hour for my table to enjoy the famous Unagi set meal.  Unagi is roasted eel, and the preparation of this dish at that restaurant was magnificent.  I spent most of my Japanese holidays outside the city of Nagoya including staying 2 days in Shrirakawa, a Unesco world heritage site where this town had very well preserved Gasso-zukuri, which are farmhouses that…
  • Japanese Tea Caddy

    wilson
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:31 am
    My recent tea ware purchase was this Japanese tea caddy.  This tea ware is made in Kyoto and such ceramic works are known as Kyo ware.  This tea caddy measures about 2.8 inches high with its girth at about 2.8 inches as well.  This tea caddy comes with a cow bone lid with gold foil lining the base of the lid.  A cloth bag call shifuku was included in this purchase.  I was informed that the lid of the tea caddy was made from cow bone.  Such lids may also be made from resin, bone and even ivory.  I found the lid extremely light.   It looks very…
  • Teacup Plate

    wilson
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:23 pm
    A teacup plate is a plate where you rest your teacup.  I believe the term 'saucer' is used in the UK, to described these tea ware.  Saucers are normally circular in shape and may have a depression in the middle of the plate to prevent the teacup from sliding around on the saucer. Call it anyway you want - plate, saucer, tray, coaster, holder or dish.  The 1st two pix shows some of the teacup plates in my collection.  You will observed that even a gaiwan (literally means covered bowl) comes with a plate.  And….such plates need not be circular in shape.  The…
  • Sea Dyke Lao Chung Shui Hsien - Premium Tin

    wilson
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:06 pm
    \Sea Dyke recently introduced their premium Lao Chung Shui Hsien that came in a small fancy gold tin.  Sea Dyke's famous yellow can Lao Chung Shui Hsien in the last pix (link) had been around for more than 30 years and remains today a favorite among many oolong tea drinkers, myself included.  This premium edition tin has 4 gold foiled packets of shui hsien nicely packed inside.  Each packet holds 10g of tea meaning you get 40g of tea in each tin.  This tin retails today for US$10.  This a not a cheap tea as a kilogram of this tea would cost US$250.  This tea is…
  • Tea Bag History

    wilson
    24 May 2015 | 10:24 pm
    This article written by Sarah Stone and appeared on 27 April 2015 (http://www.gizmodo.in/design/How-the-Tea-Bag-Was-Invented/articleshow/47069721.cms)How The Tea Bag Was InventedLegend says that brewing tea dates back to around 2737 BC, when tea leaves fell into water being boiled for Emperor Shennong of China. There does not appear to be any hard evidence of tea being discovered this way, but evidence we do have suggests that brewing tea did indeed likely start in China, first as part of a medicinal elixir. The first documented reference to this is found during the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC to…
 
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  • remember Zealong?

    Gingko
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    I have to admit that these days I'm very behind about what's happening in the tea world and overall in this world. (On the other hand, I have been having a good time, of which I hope I will have a chance to tell you more!) So whatever that is news to me, probably is already so old-news to most of you.So today I'm drinking Zealong Aromatic again, the tea I bought from Chicago Tea Garden 5(?) years ago. It's such a lovely tea. I blogged about it and its sister teas a few years ago. Five years later, the tea is still lovely! Probably less aromatic than 5 years ago, but it has a wonderful warming…
  • tea drinking and prostate cancer

    Gingko
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Most tea drinkers I know of don't drink tea for its health benefits, although it's widely believed that tea has a lot of health benefits, many of which have been thoroughly demonstrated. Compared with many other health benefit questions about tea (such as tea and weight loss), influence of tea drinking on prostate cancer is probably one of the more important questions. I say it's more important mainly for two reasons.1. Prostate cancer affects 1 in every 7 men in the US throughout life time (http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/prost.html). It's found in about 1 in every 3 men over 70 years…
  • Kokang has great tea!

    Gingko
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:29 am
    "Kokang has great tea!" said General Pheung Kya-shin on September 29, 2006. This line was printed on the wrappers of some limited-edition puerh cakes made by Man Le Tea Farm in Kokang.  Kokang is located in the so called "Golden Triangle", infamous for its drug trade. For decades, opium and other illegal drugs was the only main source of income for local people. The drug trade was encouraged by military powers including the Myanmar government.Grown up in ceaseless wars and drug trades, Genearl Pheung had come to understand that drug trade could never bring long-term peace and prosperity…
  • Guang Ya (广雅) "mellow taste" (味之淳)

    Gingko
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:39 pm
    This is a tea I sampled a few months ago and it's so interesting that I still think of it from time to time.Recently, I also constantly wonder how much longer the tea blog could last. I'm not just talking about this tea blog - although I have to admit that these days I share tasting notes more in other ways than on the blog, mostly because one could be lazy using other media that involves only taking a few pictures and writing a few lines, while getting a lot more instant feedbacks from people. I still think blog is a better medium for writing about tea. But most people, including me, go lazy…
  • to avoid over-brewing (and under-brewing) Chinese green tea (2)

    Gingko
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Part (1) is here.  3. TemperatureI don't believe temperature is a big factor that can cause over-brewing. As previously explained, in a vessel with wide opening and small volume, a tea can rarely be over-brewed, even when very hot water is used. Interestingly, in my observation, I've noticed temperature is often a big factor that causes under-brewing. In recent years, there seems a trend of recommending rather low temperature for green tea brewing. I believe brewing temperature can definitely be flexible, based on personal preferences and with other brewing parameters (infusion time,…
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  • Golden Tips Tea Thurbo Moonlight 2nd Flush Darjeeling 2014

    Nicole Martin
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: large, varied greens and browns Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker Liquor: amber The first thing that I noticed when brewing this tea was how pretty the leaves looked as they danced in the water. They were large and mostly whole, especially for a Darjeeling, with
  • 8 Things You Should Do Before Starting a Tea Business

    Nicole Martin
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Has anyone else noticed an uptick in people looking to get into the tea game? This post was inspired by a few misguided souls. Keep in mind that my intention is not to discourage anyone but to make sure that you are setting off on the right foot. 1. Be passionate. This should go without saying but tea has been so "trendy" in recent years that everyone is trying to get in on it. Get into tea
  • Pu'er Academy with A Gift of Tea

    Nicole Martin
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Most of you know by now that +Jo J is the hostess with mostest. I can't think of a time when this is more evident than her Spring White Tea. This was the 12th year running and my third time attending. The theme was a bit different than years past and I loved how representative it was of Jo's personal journey with tea. Pu'er Academy was an intriguing title and I immediately volunteered to assist
  • Scottish Afternoon Tea at The Lowell with Wee Tea Company

    Nicole Martin
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    I first heard about +The Wee Tea Company through fellow blogger +Geoffrey Norman. The fact that they were growing tea in Scotland certainly caught my attention. I've been keeping tabs ever since, in part because they give me hope about being the first tea farmer in New Jersey. Sir Geoff kindly shared their smoked white tea with a group of us after the Tea Blogger Roundtable at World Tea Expo
  • Friday Round Up: June 21st - June 17th

    Nicole Martin
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:19 pm
    The Humble Tea Pet +Payton Swick wrote an homage to tea pets. His explanation sums up their purpose perfectly. I'm quite obsessed with these little characters so I really enjoyed this post. World Tea Expo: The Matcha Effect Matcha seemed to be on everyone's mind at World Tea Expo this year. +Linda Gaylard shared a bit about her observations. I noticed the very same trends that she did and
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  • Decaffeination Like No Other

    tealeaves
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Avoid adverse chemicals and health effects with our unique decaffeination process. read more The post Decaffeination Like No Other appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Drinks on Us

    tealeaves
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:15 am
    Summer Soda Inspirations for Canada Day and 4th of July. read more The post Drinks on Us appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Escape the Ordinary

    tealeaves
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Discover 3 tips to infuse your summer with something unexpected. read more The post Escape the Ordinary appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Artfully Perfected For Ice

    tealeaves
    28 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sip for yourself: Discover the 3 reasons that make Iced Tealeaves truly extraordinary. read more The post Artfully Perfected For Ice appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Three Nights, Three Cocktails | Chef Fest 2015

    tealeaves
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Concoct your own Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Chef Fest cocktails with Chandra Lam Lucariello! read more The post Three Nights, Three Cocktails | Chef Fest 2015 appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
 
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  • 5 Uses of Tea Beyond The Cup

    Goodwyn Tea
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:48 am
    Tea is the most preferred beverage all over the world by people of all ages. And why shouldn’t it be? Be it a hot steaming cup of tea as you snuggle in the blanket on the couch with a book on a rainy day, the pure bliss of Iced Tea on a sultry summer noon, or the sip of green tea after power yoga – Tea is the thing you need to complete every get-together, at every occasion in any season or be your best companion in solitude. Apparently, tea didn’t want to stop being awesome at just that and has oodles of other uses! Well, it is not just hocus pocus about reading tea leaves to know your…
  • Teas - A great corporate gift idea

    Goodwyn Tea
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    We all know something about tea, but before we present tea as a great corporate gift idea, let’s introduce you to some interesting facts about tea. Did you know that herbal tea is actually not a tea but an infusion of various edible herbs. Also, known as tisane, herbal tea does not belong to the camellia sinensis family of tea plants. The next attention-grabbing fact about tea is that it is the second most consumed beverage in the world. It is second only to water, which we may or may not be termed as a beverage as it is source of life. The process of making black tea was originally used to…
  • Tea collections - Top 10 tea flavours you must try

    Goodwyn Tea
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Chilli Tea Chilli is a spice which finds its place in every kitchen and it's time it finds a way to your cup! How? Well, Chilli Tea is here and that's how. This unique flavor is one of the most interesting innovations in the tea industry. Your pack will contain the best of Assam tea leaves finely blended with chilli flakes. Chilli Tea belongs to the house of Black Tea, which is recognized as one of the widely consumed varieties globally.  Chamomile Tea Chamomile Tea is for the generation that is leading a hectic lifestyle and constant anxiety. It contains the goodness of catechins, which is…
  • What goes with your Tea

    Seemantini Bose
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:58 am
    No tea party is complete without the delicious savories to go with the world’s best beverage! Whatever be the choice of tea, the right snack/dish can only add to the taste and enhance the tea drinking experience. Just like wine or beer, tea with the right accompaniment can taste way better than any other beverage. As explained by a tea expert, “Each tea has its own characteristics and complexities, and experimenting is part of the enjoyment”. So, in order to pair up your cuppa with the right food item, do try out a lot of flavors and types of savories. You'd find just the right one to…
  • Things you need to know about Organic Tea

    Goodwyn Tea
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:08 am
    So, why should one buy organic tea? The answer is the same to the reason for buying organic food. Organic teas are finest quality of tea leaves which are grown without the use of fertilizers and chemical pesticides. They are 100 percent pollution free and minimize health risks by avoiding toxic chemicals. Various studies have concluded that close to thirteen varieties of pesticides are used at various stage of tea cultivation. In case, the residue from these harmful chemicals is left after the tea is processed, it can seep into your cup of tea while it is steeped. Pesticides bring various…
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