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Value of Language – Part 1

Value of Language – Part 1

“What good is it? I’ll never use it in my adult life”, my 12--“and a half”--year-old daughter exclaimed while struggling with her math homework....

Happy Holidays One And All

Happy Holidays One And All

Tis the season of festivities and we at T Ching wish you and yours a joyous holiday. May it be filled with family and dear friends sharing yummy...

Meeting Online Tea Friends

Meeting Online Tea Friends

I’ve long since talked to lots of people online about tea.  That relates most to writing a blog about tea, and being an admin for an...

Georgia Tea Is Back!

Georgia Tea Is Back!

A little over ten years ago, I wrote a post for this blog--Tea from Georgia will have to wait--about the setbacks in the tea industry in the...

Tea Desire

Tea Desire

As the desire for tea is growing — is the desire for better tea happening, too? I'm a little surprised to see that the tea selection in the grocery...

Portable Tearoom

Portable Tearoom

The 2017 GRAMMY Awards gift bag is worth $30,000, including an $8,000 spa package. The organizer chose not to disclose this year’s value. How are...

Top 100 Tea Blog List Critique

Top 100 Tea Blog List Critique

I recently saw an online group post about a top 100 tea blogs list by Feedspot, which I'm critiquing here.  According to the listing part of the...

The Tea Dragon Society

The Tea Dragon Society

Return to T Ching Classics: Back to School While researching a topic I was considering writing about, I (happily!) stumbled across a delightful...

Glass Flowers

Glass Flowers

The first few glass flowers sent from the Blaschka workshop in Dresden, Germany to Harvard University’s Botanical Museum were badly damaged while...

A new TEA Meetup!

A new TEA Meetup!

Who's doing what in your city and in your neighborhood? Most Internet searches on any topic of interest, in no time flat, will invariably lead you...

Online tea communities

Online tea communities

It can be hard to find fellow tea lovers nearby.   I can’t easily go into a restaurant and order a Shan Lin Xi oolong from this spring’s harvest and...

Tea Is A Culture Bridge

Tea Is A Culture Bridge

The Chinese have many words for people who, like myself, have Chinese ancestry but are not from China.  They range from the common and innocuous hua...

Partners in Tea

Partners in Tea

It has been almost a decade for me as a contributor here on T Ching, and I have stated many times how I feel those of us in the world of tea can all...

A Nepal tea story

A Nepal tea story

EDIT: The Kickstarter campaign is now live and can be found here. Tea is often the drink to accompany conversations. Tea keeps you warm on a rainy...

A Conversation with Totem Tea

A Conversation with Totem Tea

Taiwan is home to some of my favorite styles of tea.  From the buttery floral high mountain oolongs, to the honey flavored bug bitten teas, to the...

Can You Still Drink Bagged Tea?

Can You Still Drink Bagged Tea?

As we become accustomed to higher-quality teas, we naturally tend to set the bar higher. The same can be said for coffee, wine, beer, and just about...

Tea Friends Meet Up in Chicago

Tea Friends Meet Up in Chicago

The tea drinking community is an incredibly friendly and welcoming one. I have been a member of a tea forum called Steepster since 2011 and recently...

Tea with the Elderly

Tea with the Elderly

Never before in history have we experienced five generations existing at the same time in the numbers we are currently seeing! It's an exciting time...

Long-Term Payoffs

Long-Term Payoffs

Appendectomies are usually done on male teenagers, so the nurse told me when I asked if it wasn't unusual for a female Baby Boomer to have just had...

Interview: Conundrum Tea

Interview: Conundrum Tea

In September of 2015, a new tea vendor called Conundrum Tea launched.  I was able to try some of their teas when they launched, and really enjoyed...

Tea in Pamplona

Tea in Pamplona

Most Americans know one thing about the city where I was born.  They know of the famous week-long festival, and when they meet me they assume that...

Tea Certificate

Tea Certificate

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many more social media sites have done unparallelled work for the cause of innumerable tea businesses all over the...

The Tea Family

The Tea Family

One thing I love most about tea is the tea industry "family".   I haven't been able to meet many of the people I have gotten to know through blogs,...

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

Tea story continued

Tea story continued

This is Part 2 of Michael’s tea story. You can click the first link in the first sentence, or the link at the end of this post to read the first installment.

The rest was history, after drinking my first cup of Jasmine I was hooked on loose leaf tea. I would drink my cheap Jasmine tea every day, experimenting with different steeping times to find what I liked best. The next step for me was ordering loose