Tea

  • Most Topular Stories

  • 1950's Da Xin Hang Liu Bao (达信行六堡茶)

    New Products from Main Website
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:58 pm
    These jars are from an event in Kuala Lumpur on 16th August 2015, where a full basket of 1950's Da Xin Hang Liu Bao was opened and divided into 320 jars, each with 125g of tea. Full baskets of Liu Bao from this era are less and less easy to find, and even more rare to find them in such good condition. This is a good example of this Hong Kong style Liu Bao from this era. The leaves were picked and processed in Guangxi, then pressed in Hong Kong and shipped to Malaysia. The storage has been clean & the leaves, strong. Throughout the basket were 'yellow flowers' a type of fungal bloom that is…
  • Pairing Tea

    The Half-Dipper
    9 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    We have known one another for so long, Gentle Reader, that I feel as if I can confide in you.  Among the veritable plethora of "things that yank my chain", up there near the top is "pairing tea". Don't get me wrong.  Everyone should be free to do as they wish in the comfort of one's own home.  However, if you are pairing TEA and FOOD, and you choose to write about it, then I am probably
  • 25-40% Off 3 China Black Teas!

    News from Upton Tea
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Try these rich China Black teas introduced in our Spring and Summer 2015 catalogs. 25-40% off now until September 15th, while supplies last. Yunnan FOP Select, ZY30, has a dark brown leaf accented with golden tips. Rich, earthy notes are present in the aroma and dark amber cup. 25% off all sizes excluding the sample size. Panyang Congou Select, ZP20, has a bold leaf with an aroma of dark chocolate and hints of earth and wood. The liquor has notes of carob/cocoa with warming spice hints. 25% off all sizes excluding the sample size. Keemun Mao Feng Anhui Qimen County, ZK92, has pronounced cocoa…
  • Prag. Day 2. Tea house owners workshop

    Tea Masters
    Stephane
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    This is the third and last workshop I performed in Europe this summer. It was also the most difficult one, because the participants were all tea professionals: tea house owners with a staff or partner! For them, tea is more than just pleasure, it's also a business. And it's very tough, because they are facing a broad range of consumers: people who know next to nothing or only cheap, scented tea bags, people who come for the special atmosphere of the tea house, the health benefits obsessed, those who want to learn more about tea... They need to have a tea for each guest and it must be cheap…
  • Sip Safely: Diet Teas

    T Ching
    Dharlene Fahl
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    What’s in your cup? A few years ago, upon presenting tea to groups of women at one of our local San Diego hospitals, I was asked to address the topic of diet teas at every one of my many presentations. It seemed that the hospital had been experiencing a number of middle-aged women who’d been rushed to the hospital. With bodies in complete dehydration, some women were experiencing frightening heart palpitations and, not taking any chances, they were showing up in the emergency room only for the medical staff to later discover they’d consumed a diet tea far in excess of the…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    New Products from Main Website

  • 1950's Da Xin Hang Liu Bao (达信行六堡茶)

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:58 pm
    These jars are from an event in Kuala Lumpur on 16th August 2015, where a full basket of 1950's Da Xin Hang Liu Bao was opened and divided into 320 jars, each with 125g of tea. Full baskets of Liu Bao from this era are less and less easy to find, and even more rare to find them in such good condition. This is a good example of this Hong Kong style Liu Bao from this era. The leaves were picked and processed in Guangxi, then pressed in Hong Kong and shipped to Malaysia. The storage has been clean & the leaves, strong. Throughout the basket were 'yellow flowers' a type of fungal bloom that is…
  • 2015 EoT Huang Shan Shu 15 trees

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:58 pm
    This tea comes from Huangshanshu - a village in the larger Bangwei area. Made from 15 of the oldest single trees in the garden, this is a very pure, powerful and thick ancient tree puerh tea. Due to their older age and larger size, these trees were separated out to be harvested and processed separately from the rest of the garden. I can highly recommend this tea. It has everything I look for in a gushu puerh.... thick and rich in the mouth and throat, powerful but refined, with good energy and an ability to thoroughly satisfy. This tea was grown naturally without pesticides or fertilisers. We…
  • 1980's (late) / early 90's Wuzhou Tea Factory Liu Bao

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:58 pm
    We found this half basket (18kg) remaining in the stock of an old collector of Liu Bao. It dates from around the late 80's (possibly early 90's) & was produced by Wuzhou tea factory. Little is known about this exact tea & therefore the price is still very reasonable for tea of this quality. The leaves are medium fermented & are vibrant and rich in the mouth. The tea performs well across many brews and has a long, dynamic aftertaste. This is a very nice tea that punches well above it's weight for this age and price. £0.34 As low as: £0.28
  • 2015 EoT YunYa Puerh Tea

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:58 pm
    From the same village as our 2014 YunYun puerh tea, this is an early spring harvest that was carefully processed before the rain arrived & it doesn't have the smokey characteristic of the previous YunYun tea. It's thick, pure and crisp with depth of flavour and a good backbone that should provide strength over the years. The leaves are strong with plenty of thick young buds in the mix. This tea was grown naturally without pesticides or fertilisers. We confirmed this with a lab test for agrochemical residues by one of the leading laboratories. Two hundred of the most common agrochemicals were…
  • 1970's Liu Bao Loose Leaf

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Aged Liu Bao is more and more sought after by consumers throughout Asia these days & the prices for the famous old baskets is soaring. Thankfully, it's still possible to find some very good old loose leaf Liu Bao here in Malaysia. As with loose leaf puerh, these teas are quite a bit cheaper than those which come packaged and with the traceable wrapping that collectors seek, but can still be as good as famous teas of the same era. We came across this tea in the stock of a small tea store locally. They had 12kg left and after tasting it we immediately bought it all. Ten of those initial twelve…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Half-Dipper

  • Pairing Tea

    9 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    We have known one another for so long, Gentle Reader, that I feel as if I can confide in you.  Among the veritable plethora of "things that yank my chain", up there near the top is "pairing tea". Don't get me wrong.  Everyone should be free to do as they wish in the comfort of one's own home.  However, if you are pairing TEA and FOOD, and you choose to write about it, then I am probably
  • The Circle is Overcomplete

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    The Peacock of Bulang went well, last week, and thus emboldened, I dug through some of my old samples to find a bit more Dayi: the 8582-805. First of all, this is a sample kindly provided (many years ago, in fact) by Terje; the tea-leaves have been relaxing in the splendour of their polythene bag for a number of years. I have written previously about a cake that I own in some quantity, the
  • The Circle is Complete

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Peacocks.  Sure, they look pretty - until they open their mouths.  GRAAAARKKK!  They sound like the eternal damned. There is a very pretty pub in this city, by the river.  Everything nice, everything routine.  Bridge, running water, old buildings.  Also, it has a bunch of peacocks strutting around.  GRRAAAKKEEK!  It's not a peaceful place. Old-school Gs among you might recall some
  • Purple Haze

    17 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Gentle Reader, I hope that you are easing pleasantly into the summer, in whichever way you ease best.  The end of the academic year  here feels like the climax to a bad movie: more, and more, and more pressure / examinations / socials... and then pop!  Sudden silence.   All that remains is the high-pressured whine of the accumulated guilt of that huge pile of papers that needs to be written,
  • ICML, I-IV

    13 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
    I many sandals many backpacks many beards - ICML II is it fair to blame Nicholas Cage for all those deaths? III this is where you stand to tell all those scientists about your science IV after the dinner the balloon roadrunner runs home with the young boy
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    News from Upton Tea

  • 25-40% Off 3 China Black Teas!

    23 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Try these rich China Black teas introduced in our Spring and Summer 2015 catalogs. 25-40% off now until September 15th, while supplies last. Yunnan FOP Select, ZY30, has a dark brown leaf accented with golden tips. Rich, earthy notes are present in the aroma and dark amber cup. 25% off all sizes excluding the sample size. Panyang Congou Select, ZP20, has a bold leaf with an aroma of dark chocolate and hints of earth and wood. The liquor has notes of carob/cocoa with warming spice hints. 25% off all sizes excluding the sample size. Keemun Mao Feng Anhui Qimen County, ZK92, has pronounced cocoa…
  • New Product: Upper Fagu Estate FTGFOP1 Cl. (DJ-90)

    10 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This second flush offering has a brisk pungency and full mouth feel. The cup aroma is fragrant with woody/toasty notes and hints of fruit. The liquor is rich with dark grape notes and nutty hints, which linger in the bright finish. This is a great choice to be taken with a splash of milk, if desired.
  • New Product: Halmari Estate TGFOP Cl.

    10 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    With its velvety smooth mouth feel, this medium-bodied selection tastes great either plain or with milk. The cup aroma is fragrant with hints of malt and spice. Suggestions of cinnamon and cardamom are present in the flavorful liquor as well an amaretto note, which lingers in the bright finish.
  • New Product: Harishpur Estate TGFBOP

    9 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This tippy, broken-leaf tea is straightforward and robust with a silky smooth mouth feel. The cup aroma is fragrant with pronounced malty notes and a hint of red wine. The full-bodied liquor is sweet and malty with a hint of cocoa. This selection would make a great base for Masala Chai.
  • We will be closed on Fridays during the month of August

    5 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    So that our staff may enjoy some time off, Upton Tea Imports will be closed on every Friday during the month of August. Orders placed by 1pm ET on Thursday will be shipped out the same day. Any orders placed after 1pm ET on a Thursday will be shipped out when we return the following Monday. Thanks for your patience and enjoy your tea!
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Tea Masters

  • Prag. Day 2. Tea house owners workshop

    Stephane
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    This is the third and last workshop I performed in Europe this summer. It was also the most difficult one, because the participants were all tea professionals: tea house owners with a staff or partner! For them, tea is more than just pleasure, it's also a business. And it's very tough, because they are facing a broad range of consumers: people who know next to nothing or only cheap, scented tea bags, people who come for the special atmosphere of the tea house, the health benefits obsessed, those who want to learn more about tea... They need to have a tea for each guest and it must be cheap…
  • Flow arts and the skill of pouring tea

    Stephane
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    1995 raw puerh - YiwuThere are 3 elements that have an impact on tea: the weather, the soil and the person who turns the leaves into tea. Likewise, there are 3 benefits to my tea blog: tasting great tea, visiting beautiful plantations and meeting interesting people. On Tuesday, I had this 1995 raw old arbor brick from Yiwu with 2 puerh lovers. Nicky Evers practices "flow art", a circus-inspired art form combining dance, awareness and the manipulation of an object. This includes mostly juggling, but also spinning, some dances and martial arts. Through such physical activity and the…
  • Is tea pairing pretentious?

    Stephane
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:39 am
    I ask the question because I was surprised to see this remark pop up again and again in the comments to this article: 'Tea Sommeliers are the hot new thing in food pairing'. Wine and food pairing doesn't seem to raise eyebrows anymore, so why should tea? So, here are a few thoughts on the subject. It's exactly 10 years that I wrote a first article (in French) on the subject of tea sommeliers. So, this concept is not new for me, but I still find it interesting and not sufficiently explored. In Europe and America, there are very few tea friendly restaurants. This is despite the fact that wine…
  • Dong Ding de compétition 2015, 2 vidéos

    Stephane
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    J'ai eu envie de préparer le même Oolong de compétition de Dong Ding que dans l'article précédent, mais avec une autre théière et un nouveau Chaxi. Chaque lieu de préparation a ses particularités. Dans un jardin, sur une montagne ou à la plage, on est en contact direct avec la nature. En voyage, on a l'occasion de faire des rencontres. L'avantage d'être chez soi, c'est de contrôler son environnement sonore, le grand choix de ses accessoires et de se sentir complètement à l'aise. J'adore faire mon thé ainsi! Je passe sur le préchauffage de la théière et des coupes et vous…
  • 2015 Spring Competition Oolong from Dong Ding

    Stephane
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:36 am
    Cultivar: Qingxin OolongOrigin: Dong Ding area, central Taiwan Harvested by hand on April 16th, 2015Process: Low to medium oxidation, rolled leaves, rather strong roasting. Few stems.This tea comes from a surplus of Dong Ding competition Oolong from this spring. That's why it has few stems and a high roasting level, which typical for this competition. I've used it during my workshops this July to show the taste of a recent, powerful and well done roast. It was interesting to compare it with the 2014 competition Oolong and taste fewer roasting flavors. It's so concentrated and powerful…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    T Ching

  • Sip Safely: Diet Teas

    Dharlene Fahl
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    What’s in your cup? A few years ago, upon presenting tea to groups of women at one of our local San Diego hospitals, I was asked to address the topic of diet teas at every one of my many presentations. It seemed that the hospital had been experiencing a number of middle-aged women who’d been rushed to the hospital. With bodies in complete dehydration, some women were experiencing frightening heart palpitations and, not taking any chances, they were showing up in the emergency room only for the medical staff to later discover they’d consumed a diet tea far in excess of the…
  • What Does Your Business Say About You?

    dwalden
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    When we had our retail store in Temecula, California,  it was our first long-term experience in retailing, and we were novices at retail operations.  We just assumed that customers deserved a welcome, a smile, great service, great product, and a great experience.  A 4.5 year 5 star Yelp rating validated that this had been a wise assumption. However, not currently being in bricks and mortar retailing and being the customer again (we were working 60-80 hours a week, so we didn’t get out much during that time), I am now constantly amazed at what I experience on the other side of…
  • WANTED: Social Media Editor

    T Ching
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    T Ching is looking for a new Social Media Editor. We need an individual who has a knack for creating an attractive environment for the T Ching community through social media. If you love being on social media every day then this might be the position for you! Responsibilities for the Social Media Editor include:  creating and managing posts on social media sites including (but not limited to) Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and may also include Steepster and Periscope. A sample of social media experience is helpful but not required. Also, experience with programs like Buffer is…
  • Teas On Board: Flying High with Low-Quality Tea

    rwemischner
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Recently, I took four flights in seven days. For tea lovers, those add up to a nightmare situation. What passes for onboard tea in economy class is often pre-brewed swill tainted with the residue of the coffee having been made previously in the same pot. If not muddy flavored, it’s rarely hot enough. Tea companies with an interest in high-volume food service operations, of which airline feeding systems are a large part, please step up to the plate. With tea drinking on the rise, there’s opportunity in them thar hills. Arguably, there’s a raft of passengers who would welcome something…
  • The Benefits of Buying Organic Tea, Part 2

    Global Tea Hut
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Read Part 1 here. Indirectly, when we buy organic tea we are also supporting smaller-scale farmers and cooperatives because, while organics probably can be maintained on quite large scales, the whole philosophy of going organic and being a steward of the land lends itself to small-scale agriculture practices; Just as the spirit of gong fu tea is better suited to smaller groups of tea lovers. Inorganic tea is one of the most destructive crops in the world, being farmed on unimaginably large scales on mountaintops. Deforestation, heavy chemical inputs, monoculture and greedy harvests result in…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Heaven of Tea

  • Lemon Mango and Basil Berry Matcha Smoothies

    My name
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Lemon Mango and Basil Berry Matcha Smoothies Wednesday, August 26, 2015Posted by Admin Replenish your body and senses with Matcha's many forms of delicious. How To Make Add ingredients to blender and blend for 10-20 seconds or until preferred consistency is achieved, serve and enjoy! Lemon Mango Matcha Smoothie Makes two 10 fl oz servings Ingredients 2 tsp organic Teavana Imperial Grade Matcha 1 cup fresh or frozen mango pieces 1/3 cup fresh or frozen pineapple pieces 1 1/2 cup lemonade 1/2 cup ice Basil Berry Matcha Smoothie Makes two 10 fl oz servings Ingredients 2 tsp organic Teavana…
  • Banana Avocado Matcha Smoothie

    My name
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    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 Matcha bowl. 3. Add 1-1.5 oz. of water, and mix to create a paste. 4. Once paste is mixed, add approximately 8 oz. of water at 175°F (79°C). 5. Rapidly whisk…
  • Matcha Chicken with Coconut Milk Steamed Rice

    My name
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    Matcha Chicken with Coconut Milk Steamed Rice Thursday, January 8, 2015Posted by Admin Celebrate the flavors of Matcha in Top Chef Hugh Acheson's Matcha Chicken with Coconut Milk Steamed Rice recipe. Rice Ingredients 2 cups jasmine rice 2 cups coconut milk 1 1/2 cups water 1/2 cup shredded coconut 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Rice Instructions 1. Combine rice, coconut milk, water, shredded coconut and the 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt in the rice maker and cook. Hold when done. Chicken Ingredients 4 chicken legs, thigh separated from drumstick 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup plain greek yogurt 1…
  • Mixed Greens with Jade Citrus Mint Tea Vinaigrette

    My name
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Mixed Greens with Jade Citrus Mint Tea Vinaigrette Wednesday, January 7, 2015Posted by Admin Making your own salad dressing is a fun and easy way to keep wellness goals. Hugh Acheson's Mixed Greens paired with Jade Citrus Mint Tea Vinaigrette takes savory notes of traditional vinaigrette to the next level with the rich citrus balance of Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea! Ingredients 1/2 pound clean mixed green lettuces 6 radishes, thinly sliced 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced 12 small grape tomatoes halved 2 large toasted nori sheets Jade Citrus Mint Vinaigrette, to taste (recipe follows)…
  • Maharaja Chai Eggnog

    My name
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Maharaja Chai Eggnog Wednesday, December 17, 2014Posted by Admin Celebrate traditional flavors of the season with a Teavana twist by adding a spice infusion to your eggnog. Ingredients SERVES 12 1/4 cup Maharaja Chai Oolong 1/2 gallon favorite ready-made Eggnog Whipped cream Cinnamon sugar topping or nutmeg Dash of brandy, whiskey or rum (optional) Instructions 1. In a 16 oz Perfect Tea Maker, measure 1/4 cup of Maharaja Chai. 2. Fill the Perfectea Maker to the top with hot water (205°F) and steep for 3 minutes. 3.Place Perfectea Maker over pitcher and let brewed chai concentrate cool in…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Latest blog entries

  • Dragon ware

    30 Aug 2015 | 9:05 pm
    This style of tea cup is referred to as dragon or moriage ware.  Moriage originated in Japan in the 19th century but is still made today.  The decoration can be created separately then attached and painted after it has been fired.  The alternate process, one requiring more time, is to pipe on to the piece in layers, until the desired dimension and design is achieved then fire.  Either way, the newer pieces have less slipwork and detail.  Unfortunately some of the authentic vintage pieces were never marked.  The cup shown here is from the 1930's.  Read More
  • Tea in Tuscany

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
      Silversmith Randy Long created this teapot made of sterling silver, wood, marble and 18 karat gold leaf.  The marble is carved and laminated, the forms fabricated with textures.  Mr. Long entitled his piece "Tuscany Tea Service" because he combined the visuals of the full moon, the striped cathedral walls made of marble and a large cypress tree that he noticed when entering the village square at Orvietto, Italy.  Read More
  • Green Tea Gongfu Way

    18 Aug 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Making tea using the 1,000 year old Gongfu tradition requires a series of steps to brew.  This process is particularly favourable with high quality green (as shown)  and scented teas.   Two Yixing teapots are preferred.  Heat water to near boiling Rinse teapot with hot water and drain Not touching the leaves, fill pot 1/3 full of loose tea Fill pot ½ full with the heated water Keeping the leaves in the pot, drain water immediately Warm tea bowls or cups using more hot water then empty Fill the teapot again with fresh hot water, allowing it to steep for 30 seconds…
  • Tisane Tea 101

    13 Aug 2015 | 10:51 pm
     Tisane tea is synonymous with herbal tea.  The word is a derivate of ptisanē, Greek meaning a crushed barley drink.  The onus being that this type of tea does not contain extracts from the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis.  It is best to be aware of what you are purchasing as tisanes can be flowers, roots, fruits, stems and seeds; if using tea bags the paper can even be scented for aromatherapy.  If making your own concoction do not pick just any berry or mushroom as some can have psychedelic effects.  However, many homeopathic tisane teas have been used for…
  • Tea Party Invitations

    9 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Do you love one or more of your teapots enough to make it a tea party theme?  There is an art to making invitations, just as there is to making teapots.    And the ultimate host or hostess intentionally attempts to make his or her party the most memorable for guests and a theme is one way to do so.  One teapot collector and stamp artist, Mothermark, invites online participants to download their home-made invitation which match a teapot.  It is referred to as "Teapot Tuesday."  Below are just a few of the submissions.  I am sure there are many…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    World of Tea

  • The Definitive Guide to Tea Cocktails

    Tony Gebely
    16 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The following is an interview I conducted with my good friend, Tyler Fry. Tyler is a bartender at Chicago’s famed “The Violet Hour.” The bar was the recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s 2015 award for Outstanding Bar Program. In this article, Tyler shares with us his knowledge surrounding tea cocktails. Is there any history to using tea in cocktails? Absolutely! There certainly is old, historical precedent for tea in booze and mixed drinks, dating as far back as 1727. While we don’t necessarily see tea in old cocktails or being used in the mixological…
  • 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…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Tea-Guy

  • Cool freaking art made from 20,000 teabags

    Tea-Guy
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    Malaysian artist creates art using 10 shades of brown developed by steeping tea at varying temperatures.
  • #TEAkuTuesday for August 18th

    Tea-Guy
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    entering info / data on so many teas / how did I get here
  • Meijiawu Lung Ching (Harney & Sons)

    Tea-Guy
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Lunch Ching, also known as Dragonwell is a deeply nuanced green tea. This specific Lung Ching is picked from a plantation up the hill from the "Dragon's Well" from which this tea draws it's name. Quick Info FAB* Rating 5/3/2 Company Harney & Sons Fine Teas Blend Name Meijiawu Lung Ching Meijiawu Long Jing Meijiawu Dragonwell Blend Base Green Tea Country of Origin China Package Type Tin Price per Package $50.00 USD Quantity ~ 2 oz *Flavor, Aroma, Boldness   When I first started experimenting with Chinese green teas, instead of the Japanese greens which my palate had been weaned on, I…
  • #TEAkuTuesday for August 11th

    Tea-Guy
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    sakura sencha / refreshing and cold when sipped / what a summer drink
  • #TEAkuTuesday for August 4th

    Tea-Guy
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    cold brewed and chilled tea / fresh from the nigiri peaks / brisk and refreshing
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    A Tea Addict's Journal »

  • The death of a tea fair

    MarshalN
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    I’ve been going to the Hong Kong International Tea Fair for maybe six years in running now, and every single year, it is getting smaller and sadder. The fair is part of the larger Hong Kong Food Expo, where mostly food vendors show up in force to sell people stuff – a lot of food producers, mostly processed food of one type or another, but also foreign firms, come here to set up stalls and sell anything from prosciutto to instant noodles. Locals, many private individuals (as opposed to businesses) flock to the expo to buy food – literally boxes of noodles, sauces, etc.
  • Sticks or tea?

    MarshalN
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:35 pm
    If you think this is just a pile of sticks, you’re not wrong. It is, mostly, just a pile of sticks, with a few really broken leaves. It is, however, a bancha. Specifically, it’s called the three year bancha. I’ve seen bancha before, but most of them just look like lower grade green tea. This is quite something else. This is one of the many teas I got from the tea fair I attended in Kyoto. I’ve been slowly going through them one by one, and some are definitely more interesting than others. It seems as though Yuuki-cha used to sell this tea. This particular one is from a…
  • 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…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Crazy Tea Chick

  • Beautiful Lemon Yellow Tea Kettle

    Joi
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    The beautiful Lemon Yellow Tea Kettle, shown here, is ridiculously good-looking. Bright, colorful, eye-catching, and downright cheerful, it has moved to the top of my “must have” list. The adorable Calypso Basics 2-Quart Enamel-on-Steel tea kettle is actually available in a wide variety of colors (black, white, orange, lime, blue and a beautiful shade of pink that I’m pretty nuts about too). Each is available on Amazon – if you click through the link above (or here!), you can see each of the gorgeous colors available. If you go with the lemon yellow, you might also be…
  • The Health Benefits of Tea are Staggering…

    Joi
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    Given the fact that you’re here… on a tea blog…. leads me to believe that you’re as crazy about tea as I am. So I’ll skip telling you how delicious, refreshing, and absolutely perfect tea is – you already get that. I’ll skip right to something you may not fully realize and that is this: Our favorite drink is as good for us as it is to us. All tea (black, green, white, red, and oolong) – whether it’s iced or hot – is packed with antioxidants called polyphenols. Think of polyphenols as little superheroes that battle free radicals.
  • Tea Gicelee Print: Makes an Especially Beautiful Gift for Tea Lovers

    Joi
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    The beautiful Tea Gicelee Print pictured pretty much rattles off all that’s right with the world: Chai Tea (used in lattes, of course), English Breakfast Tea, Green Tea, Earl Grey Tea, and Orange Spice Tea… some of my very best friends. Click through for a closer look at this beauty. You’ll also find tons of other prints and posters celebrating the beauty of tea.
  • 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!
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    ESP Tea

  • An American Tea Lover

    Steven Popec
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    This is a story about an American tea lover. This is Sasha’s story. Even though Sasha may not be what you would generally think of as a stereotypical tea drinker, the face of the tea lover is changing every day.Even though tea is the second most popular beverage next to water itself, the popular belief has, for a long time, been that a tea drinker is an English aristocrat. Someone who, leisurely, takes their afternoon tea in the library with a spread of cakes and pastries.While in comparison, coffee drinkers were always considered the “regular folks”. The common man and woman, who…
  • Tea Production in Africa

    Steven Popec
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Even though Africa is relatively new to the tea growing industry it has become one of the largest tea producing regions in the world and for good reason. African countries have had the benefit of being able to build on the experience of other producers.Because of this, Africa produces teas of high quality and excellent bright color which are used for blending all over the world. The tea producing countries in Africa include KenyaMalawiTanzaniaZimbabwe and South Africa, which produce about 32% of the world’s exports, amounting to some 424,000 tons of tea a year.KenyaKenya is the largest…
  • The Very Cool History of Iced Tea

    Steven Popec
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Iced tea accounts for about 85% of the tea consumed in the United States, where it is very popular as an alternative to soft drinks, especially in the hotter southern states.The oldest printed recipes for iced tea were from the 1870s. Two of the earliest cookbooks with recipes for iced tea are the Buckeye Cookbook by Estelle Woods Wilcox, first published in 1876, and Housekeeping in Old Virginia by Marion Cabell Tyree, first published in 1877.Iced tea had started to appear in the United States during the 1860s. At first, it was seen as a novelty and during the 1870 it became widespread. Not…
  • Tea Harvesting Times of the Main Tea Producing Countries

    Steven Popec
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The harvest time for tea leaves largely depends on the region in which they are being grown and can also vary from season to season in regards to the fluctuations in weather.Timing the harvest is of the utmost importance because it can take only a few days for a bud to appear, open up and grow into a large leaf. If the optimum harvest time is missed a whole crop can be destroyed.This is mainly due to the fact that a specific style of tea may require the use of only the buds, or that only a certain number of buds be picked after the buds open. If there is a period of dormancy, due to cool…
  • A Short History of Chinese Tea Drinking

    Steven Popec
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    It is believed that Chinese people have enjoyed tea drinking for more than 4,000 years. Legend has it that Yan Di, one of three rulers in ancient times, tried many different types of herbs in the search of medicinal cures.One day, as he was dying from being poisoned by an herb he had ingested; a drop of water from a tea tree dripped into his mouth and saved his life. True, this is legend, but one thing that is backed up by research, is that tea does possess powerful health benefits that prevent or relieve several serious health issues.During the Western Zhou Dynasty, tea was regularly used as…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    travelling teapot

  • Bamboo Herbal Tea - Zhu Ke Cha

    wilson
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Zhu Ke Cha - literally translated as bamboo wrapped tea is actually a black tea compressed to small balls and wrapped with the outer cover of a bamboo stem.  One 'tube' get you five balls of this tea, and one of these balls weighing about 5g is sufficient to brew up a litre of strong herbal tea.  Zhu Ke tea comes from Guangdong, China and it had been around for many years.  A very inexpensive tea, these tubes are commonly sold in Chinese medicinal shops, tea shops and even Chinese grocery shops.  Though this tea is a black tea, many Chinese regarded this tea…
  • 2010 Taetea Ripe Pu erh Red Tin Edition

    wilson
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:39 am
    I purchased this Taetea (aka Dayi) ripe pu erh in a KL tea expo back in 2011 (link).   One of this red tin hold 5 individually wrapped pu erh cakes.  One cake is 150g so you are getting 750g of ripe pu erh tea in a tin.   Information about the tea can be found on the tin.  The tea is composed of ripe pu erh tea that was already 3 years old.  This would imply that that this tea had 'aged' for 3 years and the tea would be very drinkable and not have the wodui taste of newly made pu erh that need to mellow out in a couple of years.  Opening this tea today would…
  • Bao Ding Brand - Ti Kuan Yin Tea

    wilson
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:06 pm
    A few friends from overseas visited me last week and I decided to brew up this tea for that occasion. Ti Kuan Yin (sometimes spelled as Tie Guan Yin) or TGY for short is a very popular oolong tea produced in Fujian, China. Bao Ding brand sells their 250g tgy in a tin. You will observed that this tgy is medium roasted and the tea leaves are rolled as seen. I decided to brew this tea 'dim sum restaurant' style. I used a 90s deep red 'wan shou' porcelain teapot for this tea session. I scooped out 3 tablespoons of tgy, then pour hot water filling 3/4 of the teapot, and refilling the teapot with…
  • Quotations About Tea

    wilson
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:44 pm
    My pu is bigger than your pu.I was browsing the internet when I chanced upon this site that actually complied quotations about tea. There was no author I could credit to this collection. I found it pretty amusing reading these tea quotes and I have selected a few quotes for my readers from this nifty website. Do check this site out (and there are many similar sites on the net as well).http://www.quotegarden.com/tea.html1. Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage. ~Catherine Douzel2. A true warrior, like tea, shows his strength in hot water. ~Chinese Proverb3. Perhaps it is while…
  • 2004 Yiwu Sheng

    wilson
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    I had purchased this puerh cake from Sin Fook Tea House in 2013.  Sin Fook Tea House is in Hong Kong and is located at 83 Tak Ku Ling Rd, Kowloon City.  This tea shop was formerly operating at Kowloon City Shopping Mall but have moved into a shophouse unit (2 streets away from their former shop) few years back.  Kowloon City is primarily a housing estate comprising of many apartment blocks, and shops there like Sin Fook mainly cater to the local residents.  This 2004 Yiwu Puerh cake is dry stored.  This tea was not stored in the traditional Hong Kong 'higher…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Tea For Me Please

  • Global Tea Hut: July 2015 - Mountain Wind

    Nicole Martin
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Wow, I'm really behind on sharing my +Global Tea Hut experiences with you all! Good tea takes time I suppose. The puerhs that they have sent in the past have been some of my favorites so I was excited to see Mountain Wind in this envelope. The leaves were incredibly beautiful, especially as they slowly unfurled in my bowl. One of the most valuable lessons that this subscription has taught me is
  • Happy Earth Tea Concubine Oolong Spring 2013

    Nicole Martin
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: dark, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: brassy gold Sometimes I do a happy dance when I reach into my "to do" pile and pull out something really awesome. That's exactly what happened when I grabbed this offering from +Happy Earth Tea. Who wouldn't
  • Friday Round Up: August 23rd - August 29th

    Nicole Martin
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Matcha Shots +Alexis Siemons has been contributing a great series of articles to +Fresh Cup Magazine. In her latest piece she gives us all inspiration to combine matcha with fresh fruit juice. How refreshing does watermelon or honeydew sound? Tea Review - Wymm Tea Sheng Pu-erh - 2014 Mangnuo Tengtiao +Georgia SS of Notes on Tea reviewed one of my favorite puerh teas. I was glad to read that
  • Tea DIY: Matcha Yogurt Dipped Strawberries and Encha Ceremonial Matcha Giveaway

    Nicole Martin
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    It's been a pretty hot and humid summer. The other day I was craving something cool and refreshing but also sweet. Dipping strawberries in yogurt popped into my head and I started thinking about how I could involve tea. Matcha is always a go to since it's easy to incorporate the powder into just about anything. Ingredients -1 cup of vanilla greek yogurt -1 teaspoon of matcha -Approximately 15
  • Sense Asia Green Tea from Tan Cuong

    Nicole Martin
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: Vietnam Leaf Appearance: dark green, mostly whole Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: deep gold I've been meaning to get to some of the samples +Sense Asia Tea Company sent me in their beautiful gift box but there was just so many of them. How do I choose? My answer was to stick my hand into my
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Goodwyn Tea - News

  • Uses Beyond The Cup II

    Goodwyn Tea
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:35 am
    Couldn’t help it, really. Tea is useful beyond imagination…so here are a few more uses of tea, which extend beyond the cup. Sooth the Itches Wet used tea bags can be placed on blisters and boils to sooth them. Acne too, can be controlled by using tea leaves in the face mask. Tea leaves can be your savior to heal sunburns too. Courtesy Beauty Resort Brewed tea applied to hair before shampooing, can help your tresses glow and shine! Need we mention, tea bags are superman when it comes to rescuing the tired, sunken, sagged, puffy eyes?   Courtesy Scared to Shave? If the fear of getting a…
  • 10 Places In India Where You Must Have Tea

    Goodwyn Tea
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:36 am
    Indians can barely even think of surviving without their chai ka pyala..it is the blood stream of the majority of the population. Also with the hedonistic ways of life and the breath taking geographic diversity that India has, to pamper the hedonistic streak..we thought it would be a great idea to club the two and see where all we would like to go with your beloved cup! Let’s take a look at India, teafully! 1) Allepey Backwaters , Kerela                                                          Courtesy With its breathtaking beauty, Kerala is a perfect haven for…
  • 7 Benefits of Green Tea

    Goodwyn Tea
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    “A cup of tea makes everything better”. And that is saying something. Tea is the second most consumed beverage in world, coming right after water. With the numerous aromas that it comes in, the multitudinous ways in which it can be consumed, tea sure does cater to all the whims and fancies of the taste buds. Green tea, the exalted breed, isn’t popular without reason either. Though we all know, that it is pixie dust in a tea bag and can do more wonders than we can imagine, let’s take a quick look as to how this refreshing little being is more than just refreshing. 1) Protection from…
  • Life Without Bed Tea

    Goodwyn Tea
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    Be it the English high tea or the tapri wali chai, the rare luxuries of a starbucks’ chai tea or the routine 5 o’ clock tea break, be it chamomile tea right out of the silken tea box or adrak wali chai from nani ki rasoi.. tea no doubt has the masses wrapped up around its fingers. Caffeinated-de caffeinated, Green Tea-Black Tea, Darjeeling Tea – Kashmiri Kahwa , Dancing Tea or Oolong Tea, with or without milk, steaming or iced…can we not get into the technicalities just for a minute and give this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious boon to mankind its due round of applause? Credits…
  • 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…
 
Log in