T Ching is an incredible platform on which to be published and recognized by tea lovers around the world searching for education and for community to share and expand their interests. What I believe our awards program will offer is a way for this community to become more interactive…

– Babette Donaldson

2018 Writers Contest

Selected readers made choices for the finalists in each of nine categories (listed below). Voting will be online only. We have also printed physical “ballots” with a QR code to the online voting.

We will have booths at the Wakamatsu Tea Festival in Placerville, Tea PDX in Portland, the Devan Shah Tea Festival in Los Angeles, the Midwest Tea Festival in Kansas City, and the Northwest Tea Festival in Seattle.

What Posts Qualified

Any post by a currently-active regular (non-guest) contributor.

Voting Begins

An online ballot will become “live” in time for World Tea Expo: June 10.

Voting Ends

Voting will continue until a week after the Northwest Tea Festival: October 6.

How to Vote

Vote here: https://tinyurl.com/yxhebe2f

Winners Announced

Winners will be announced at the Chicago Tea Festival: November 1-3.


Prizes include $100 for winners in each category as well as an additional prize for the most number of submissions.

(Please note that posts by T Ching staff do not qualify for entry.)

2018 Writers Contest Finalists

Places We Like

ChooArt Villa, Ifang Hsieh
Brewing Tea With Wild Water, Regena Rafelson
A Chiki Little Matcha Bar Opens, Holly Helt
Rose Tree Cottage, Ifang Hsieh
Harding Intsik in Manila, Ifang Hsieh


What is the Best Way to Store Your Matcha & Japanese Green Tea?, Kei Nishida
Our Routines and Our Rituals, Dharlene Marie Fahl
Narendra Kumar Gurung on Developing Local Tea Production in Nepal, John Bickel
The Bamboo Whisk With a 500-Year History, Holly Helt
Tea, In a Big Way!, Dharlene Marie Fahl

Product Reviews

What is Tokonome Yaki Teapot and Why Does Tea Taste Better With This Kyusu?, Kei Nishida
What is Chaga?, Whistling Kettle
Smoked Exotica, Dharlene Marie Fahl
Meet the Master Chef of Shampoo!, Holly Helt
Top 10 Tea Books of All Time For Tea Lovers, Kei Nishida

Tea Industry

China Tea Fairs, Dan Robertson
Natural and Artificial Flavors, Whistling Kettle
An Uncertain Future for Tea: Lesson from the 2018 Global Tea Initiative Symposium, Elyse Petersen
Tea and the Concept of Experience Economy, John Bickel
Shining the Spotlight on Great Japanese Cultivars, Holly Helt
Darjeeling Strike: The Aftermath, Elyse Petersen

Tea Education

What Is Candle Bush Tea, Kei Nishida
Shiraore or Karigane?, Alexander Sanson
50 True Facts about Green Tea and Health, Kei Nishida
Green Tea 101: Health Benefits Made Simple, Holly Helt
Japanese Tea vs Indian Tea – 10 Battles You Don’t Want to Miss, Kei Nishida

Health and Well-Being

The Caffeine Issue, Holly Helt
DIY Beauty Products Made With Green Tea, Kei Nishida
At What Age is it Safe to Give Your Child Tea?, Regena Rafelson
Best Teas For Inflammation, Whistling Kettle
Tea and the Immune System, Whistling Kettle


In Praise of the Braise, Robert Wemischner
You Can Eat Your Tea!, Jennifer Cook
La Vie en Rose Tea, Robert Wemischner
10 Ways to Enjoy Green Tea with Milk, Kei Nishida
Chai to Remember, Robert Wemischner


Tea Towel & A Yayoi Kusama Exhibit, Ifang Hsieh
Georgia Tea Is Back!, Regena Rafelson
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – Everything But Tea!, Regena Rafelson
Meeting Online Tea Friends, John Bickel
Online Social Networking Related to Tea, John Bickel


Growing and Processing Tea Plants at Home, John Bickel
Disarm Them With Tea, Regena Rafelson
Tea Rituals, Dharlene Marie Fahl
Ochazuke, Ifang Hsieh
What My Tea Says To Me: Love, Jennifer Cook

Photo “Büroszene mit Laptop und Smartphone, Buch, Notizheft, Schreiber, Brille und einer Tasse Tee” is copyright under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License to the photographer Marco Verch and is being posted unaltered (source)