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The rich history behind and around tea around the world

Is the Tea Ceremony Romantic?

Is the Tea Ceremony Romantic?

One member of my Tea Dharma Club asked me: “Is the tea ceremony romantic?” I was surprised by this question, so I checked an English dictionary to find what the word “romantic” means.

A Very Brief History of Iranian Tea

A Very Brief History of Iranian Tea

In recent months I came across two Iranian films: “A Separation”, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, and a film entitled, “This Is Not a Film.”

The Samovar Story

The Samovar Story

Russian Poet Boris Sadovsky once said about the great Russian samovar, “being a purely Russian phenomenon, it is beyond the understanding of foreigners.”

Boost Productivity With Tea

Boost Productivity With Tea

It’s interesting to look at how tea helped fuel the Industrial Revolution. Businesses should look at adding some fresh loose-leaf teas to their company kitchen or breakroom.

Lu Tong; The Poet Sage of Tea

Lu Tong; The Poet Sage of Tea

Lu Tong, the Poet Sage of Tea was a respected tea personage of the Tang Dynasty in China. Little is known of his life, (795 - 835 CE) other than...

Teaware Oddities

Teaware Oddities

Teaware has a long and at times amusing history; and tucked in amongst the tea accoutrements are a few oddities worth mentioning.

The Jewel Tea Company

The Jewel Tea Company

The Jewel Tea Company – Some of the history and story behind this home shopping service in operation from 1899 to 1981.

A Tea Event at SuiHo-En

A Tea Event at SuiHo-En

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles (JFLA) organized part of a recent event entitled “Real Geisha, Real Stories” at SuiHo-En (水芳園) - a garden abutting...

Postage Stamps

Postage Stamps

First issued in 2002 in coil format, USPS’s 5-cent American Toleware postage stamp in the American Design Series features a tea or coffee pot...

Berinag Tea Revives You

Berinag Tea Revives You

Guest Contribution by Anirudha Singh Dhanik Berinag is a Himalayan town located 102 km from Pithoragarh (District Headquarters...

A Thirst for Empire

A Thirst for Empire

Tea has a rich and varied history, but you'd be surprised at what a HUGE impact it had on the modern world. The book, 'Thirst for Empire' focuses on...

A Nice Cup of Tea

A Nice Cup of Tea

A Nice Cup of Tea by George Orwell (1903 - 1950) I truly enjoyed stumbling upon this bit of tea advice by George Orwell; I hope you do, too. "If you...

Tea, In a Big Way!

Tea, In a Big Way!

The Little Tea Book by Arthur Gray was written at the beginning of the previous century. Witness for yourself with this excerpt the deep admiration...

Swadeshi

Swadeshi

My first exposure to Indian culture and history was in a modern Indian history class in college. One of the most impressionable terms I learned from...

A Sip of Ceylon

A Sip of Ceylon

150 years of tea! This year (2017) Ceylon celebrates a century and a half of growing world-class tea, and the planet sipped along with jubilee in a...

The Legend of Darjeeling

The Legend of Darjeeling

Legend says winter comes from the hands of Chys Khan, the master of the cold. It is passed from his hands to those of Father Christmas, who is...

Canned Green Tea

Canned Green Tea

The expressions displayed on my Indonesian friend's and Vietnamese friend's faces when I handed them a canned coffee years ago were priceless; they...

Indonesian Teas: An Overview

Indonesian Teas: An Overview

I vacationed in Indonesia not so long ago and more recently ran across some exceptional Indonesian teas.  I'll try to say just a little about...

No Deciphering Needed

No Deciphering Needed

The incident described in this post does not constitute a mystery. Even if it is a mystery, it needs no urgent deciphering. In 2004, the Japanese...

Tea in Kazakhstan, Part Two

Tea in Kazakhstan, Part Two

One site passes on a recipe for traditional Kazakh tea that includes black tea, salt, and butter, with optional inclusion of pepper or sour cream (!?). A Wikipedia article for a related Mongolian tea describes that as made with either black or green tea, butter, and salt. The tea type naming included “Suutei tsai (Mongolian: сүүтэй цай, Turkish: sütlü çay) (literally “tea with milk”),” and the cross-referenced naming for Mongolian tea (tsai in Mongolian; shay in Kazakh).

Tea in Kazakhstan, Part One

Tea in Kazakhstan, Part One

An online contact mentioned plans to visit Kazakhstan--not in relation to tea--and it seemed interesting to do research related to an unknown...

More Inscrutable Tea Quotes

More Inscrutable Tea Quotes

  Tea is wealth itself, because there is nothing that cannot be lost, no problem that will not disappear, no burden that will not float away,...

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

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

Flashback Friday:  grow your own!

Flashback Friday: grow your own!

Curious enough – or serious enough – about Camellia sinensis to try growing your own? Even the thought of such a venture brings back fond memories of my father’s culinary adventures. The homemade root beer phase was a real hit with the neighborhood kids, especially since Dad bottled the brew in “stubbies,” or eleven ounce glass beer bottles.

Bihar: the untapped potential

Bihar: the untapped potential

When the Indian Tea Board declared four blocks of the Kishangunj district, namely Pothia, Thakurgunj, Bahadurgunj, and Kishangunj itself (from the far northeastern corner of Bihar bordering with North Bengal and Eastern Nepal) in 1999 as a non-traditional tea growing area

Mom, me, and tea

Mom, me, and tea

My mom passed away recently. She is on my mind every day. How does that relate to a tea blog? It’s an important part of my personal tea story. It was the end of a very long adventure the two of us lived together.

Off the cuff

Off the cuff

Hypertension, a symptom-free malady, is responsible for many forms of heart disease, the devastating trauma of stroke, and countless deaths in this country. In an earlier and healthier time, hypertension was most common in the elderly.

Sisters in tea: Siliguri and Lincang

Sisters in tea: Siliguri and Lincang

There is no doubt of the fact that Yunnan is the natural apogee of tea in the whole world given the location of world’s oldest tea tree in Fengqing, and tea trade routes going back several millennia.

How oolong got its name

How oolong got its name

The old man sipped his tea. He had never grown weary of that flavor. His father had picked Oolong tea, as had his father’s father and grandfather. And his young grandsons would also one day pick tea just like his daughter did now. It all made sense in a