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A collection of more advanced tea topics, to expand your knowledge even further.

Matcha Myth Busters! – Part 2

Matcha Myth Busters! – Part 2

Continued from Matcha Myth Busters! - Part 1 Myth Three: Matcha is Expensive Matcha is packed with nutrients, and drinking it can detox the body and...

Matcha Myth Busters! – Part 1

Matcha Myth Busters! – Part 1

Matcha is often misunderstood if people aren’t familiar with it. I was recently hanging out in Austin, Texas -- the health capital of the state --...

Mangosteen Tea

Mangosteen Tea

Mangosteen, an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, bears fruits with dark-purple rind and white flesh whose tangy sweetness and adorable...

Shiraore or Karigane?

Shiraore or Karigane?

The answer is BOTH! It’s a regional thing: Shiraore is for folks in Kyushu, while those posh folks from Kyoto call it Karigane! Both come under the...

The Tea Explorer

The Tea Explorer

I just learned about a documentary film from Canada aired this past Wednesday. It's called The Tea Explorer and was filmed by a self professed "tea...

The favorite tea of Dubai

The favorite tea of Dubai

Across Dubai, Karak chai is undoubtedly the popular drink that fuels the city. There are tea stalls and cafeterias that can boast about pouring out...

Blending Japanese Tea

Blending Japanese Tea

It’s typhoon time in Japan, which I actually don’t mind, because it gives us some relief from the suffocating heat! So for the next several weeks,...

Immortali-Tea

Immortali-Tea

The search for the fountain of youth, the magic herbs, the tinctures, tonics, and elixirs with supernatural and unexplained cures has been going on...

Hon Gyokuro

Hon Gyokuro

I’m getting a little obsessed with Gyokuro, I must confess! It might be in response to the burgeoning interest in matcha and the search for...

Tea Myths Explored on Comedy Podcast

Tea Myths Explored on Comedy Podcast

If any of you are podcast listeners out there, some of you may already be familiar with the Sawbones comedy podcast. On this show, Dr. Sydnee and...

What is Guayusa?

What is Guayusa?

Guayusa is a leaf that is related to Holly that grows almost exclusively in the Amazon in Ecuador.  In fact, over 98% of the Guayusa leaf produced...

Discovering Colombian Tea

Discovering Colombian Tea

It's well known that tea is produced in most parts of the world, but Colombian tea is a special case because this country mostly focuses on coffee....

Enjoying Tea as a Teacher

Enjoying Tea as a Teacher

Teachers will tell you that living on a bell schedule presents its own unique set of challenges. A lot of us find ourselves eating and drinking things we never thought we would (i.e. free coffee and candy) in the school setting. So as a tea drinker, you may need to trail blaze a bit to keep your habits alive and well.

The Real Da Hong Pao

The Real Da Hong Pao

A while back I tried a really nice version of a Da Hong Pao from a Bangkok Chinatown tea shop.  It came up in a discussion that different teas are...

Global Tea Hut on Living Tea

Global Tea Hut on Living Tea

In the first half of the twentieth century, the Japanese were in control of Taiwan and looking to develop the island agriculturally, exporting goods...

Pu Er to the People: Part 2

Pu Er to the People: Part 2

The people who grow and enjoy this tea in Yunnan are not obsessed with its age the same way that people in Southern China or the West are.  They...

Pu Er to the People – Part 1

Pu Er to the People – Part 1

The world of tea is not scientific; it is nebulous and vague.  The distinctions between different types of teas are complex and Byzantine, calling...

We All Love Tea, We May Just See It Differently

We All Love Tea, We May Just See It Differently

If we’re here as contributors, readers or both, it’s most likely because we are fans of tea. Chef Wemischner loves to be creative with tea in recipes. Ifang Hsieh enjoys traveling and finding new tea experiences. Michelle Rabin appreciates the health and relaxation benefits

Backyard tea growing

Backyard tea growing

A few years ago, my sister gave me a dozen Indian tea seeds as a Christmas present. I had no idea how to go about growing a tea seed and I let them sit in my tea cabinet for 6 months. About that time, I started hearing about US grown tea

Flashback Friday: tea and breakfast!

Flashback Friday: tea and breakfast!

Many of us love to start our day with tea. Just tea! The variety of choices here is as wide as the world of tea! Many people like to start their day with a green or an oolong tea, but there are others of us who prefer to hit the morning hours with a nice strong pot of Pu’erh, Assam, or Breakfast Blend. Some of this choice has to do with flavor preferences,

World Tea Expo 2015

World Tea Expo 2015

Air is the key to the success in tea business – this is what I learned on this trip. Air helps deliver the fresh tea in the water – which is the mother of tea. This may sound new to many in the trade, but it is the truth. Removal of moisture from green leaf is the manufacture of tea, whereas addition of moisture back is the brewing of tea. This whole process of moisture removal and addition is to give shelf life while keeping the desired