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Cooking With Tea


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How do You Explain the Unique Qualities of Tea?

A huge part of my job as a tea importer trying to establish Chinese tea service as a cultural practice in America is drawing analogies. This is quite easy when it comes to the tea itself – good tea, like good wine, beer, chocolate, coffee, liquor, or pretty much

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Tea Parties


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Basics & Tips


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Pesticides and Tea; Historical Look at Agriculture and Pesticides

Are pesticides used in tea? The short answer is “very likely.” In 2014 the CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) conducted a study on 10 popular brands of tea including Twinnings and Lipton to test pesticide residue in the dry tea leaves: "Half of the teas tested contained pesticide residues above the allowable limits in Canada.

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Empowering Kenya’s Small-Scale Tea Farmers

When you can get good orthodox tea from Kenya, it tends to be exceptional. I have enjoyed numerous cups of Tinderet and Millima, and the odd cup of Kamba purple tea over the years and always asked myself why...

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Do You Have a Favorite Tea? Searching for “The One”

We all go on a quest in life looking for something to make it all worth it. We date in search for the one; we apply to jobs in search for one; we look for purpose in search of one. On this journey, we so often find others that we loosely call our favorite, or a temporary favorite, yet we are (hopefully) selective before we dedicate ourselves to one.

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Tea People


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Art & Design


Cleaning Teaware: the Tea Master”Bathing the Immortals”

You can tell a lot about artisans by how they care for their tools. The same can be said of a musician and her instruments, or a chef and his knives. Just as a master of any skill or craft can be distinguished from an amateur by that singular, effortless grace known to the Chinese as gong fu,

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Tea In Literature


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Exploring the Meaning of Tea 5; Tea is Friendship

Tea has always been the emblem of civilization and peace. “Through tea make friends” is an old proverb expressing the sentiments we share with tea. Tea isn’t always deep and transcendent; it is sometimes a time/space of calm joy, where we can celebrate old friends and make new ones.

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