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Should WiFi die so that tea can live?

Should WiFi die so that tea can live?

When the culture of tea plugs into the lives we lead today with our always switched-on collection of gadgetry, is the tea drinking experience enhanced or marginalized? Lately, as the growth of tea houses follows…

Green tea coming out of the faucets?

Green tea coming out of the faucets?

Where would you expect to see such a thing? In none other than the “Green Tea Capital” of Japan – Shizuoka prefecture! Although I did not see green tea coming out of faucets first hand, if I’d have known…

The rise of tea in Mexico

The rise of tea in Mexico

I have been drinking tea since my childhood in the State of Bihar – in India, the land of Buddha. My mother has a good recipe for Chai, which is the most favored drink on the Indian sub-continent and gradually being commercialized around the world. I often had chance to visit Kolkata…

Focus on Assam

Focus on Assam

Sixteen “cuppers” all over the world lifted their tasting spoons together during the International Tea Cuppers Club’s Darjeeling First Flush Cupping Event, during which premium tea samples from ten estates were tested, evaluated, and enjoyed…

Importing tea into Mexico

Importing tea into Mexico

In August 2010, I took the bold step of starting a tea business in a coffee-drinking nation – Mexico. My plan was to import a small quantity of tea from India and sell it retail in my tea house…

Not a Lipton in sight

Not a Lipton in sight

For the first time in my work experience, I spent more days traveling on business this January than I did at home. Of course, there are always a few sacrifices one makes when traveling – particularly on business…

Thomas Love

Thomas Love

When my 7-year-old niece comes to visit, one of the things she loves to do is swim and drink tea with her uncle. Her first choice for a swim is the ocean, but up here in Canada in January, swimming in the sea…

2011 – The year of tea festivals

2011 – The year of tea festivals

I remember reading with fondness Kulov’s explanation of what a tea festival is on T Ching last year and swelled with pride knowing that one of my friends, Dianna Harbin, took part in the Tea Lover’s Festival…

A family in harmony with tea

A family in harmony with tea

Long before organic was trendy, Toshiaki Kinezuka, from “Setoya” in Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture, in Japan, took a stand against the chemical companies in the mid-1970’s…

Window of opportunity

Window of opportunity

When you open a retail store, you have about six months before your new neighbors don’t see you as “the interesting new store on the block,” and the hype you had when you first opened your door decreases…

Getting an education in tea

Getting an education in tea

I was at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco a couple weeks ago, and had a great time talking to tea people and foodies who are tea curious.  I...

Passion tempered

This week an espresso vendor we had carefully selected and just begun buying from "looked us over" and decided we could not place a second order...