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Herbacious Cocktails

Herbacious Cocktails

  The Broad, a new contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles, opened almost a year ago. To obtain an admission ticket today, a visitor...

A Visit to Té Company New York

A Visit to Té Company New York

On a recent trip to New York City, I met a friend at a new tea bar called Té Company.  The past few years, I have gone to Tea Drunk in East Village...

Teas in Peru

Teas in Peru

Tea has always been popular in Asia, Europe, and North America. What about tea culture in other parts of the world? In my recent travel to Cusco and...

The 2016 Malmö Garden Show

The 2016 Malmö Garden Show

Some tourists visit Sweden's third-largest city Malmö to check off another Scandinavian country from their list. My objective was more complex....

Mason Jar

Mason Jar

There is not a need for another post on "Mason jars" when so many have already been written. The Atlantic's article The Mason Jar, Reborn, published...

Enjoying Tea Outdoors

Enjoying Tea Outdoors

As Summer approaches and the temperatures warm, many will say it is too hot for tea. For me, it is one of my favorite times of the year to drink...

Open-Mindedness

Open-Mindedness

During the 2015 holiday season, I finally gave Lupicia a chance. It's not like Lupicia needs it. A few T Ching posts reviewed its teas quite...

A Trip to Mauna Kea Tea

A Trip to Mauna Kea Tea

China, Taiwan, Japan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka; these are all countries known for growing tea. But what about the USA? I had heard that there is a...

The Toronto Tea Festival

The Toronto Tea Festival

Earlier this year, I had the exciting opportunity to pop into the Toronto Tea Festival. I’ve been wanting to go for over a year and had hoped that...

Tearooms in Sierra Madre, CA

Tearooms in Sierra Madre, CA

Both this post and my Yelp review are long overdue - I had tea at the Four Seasons Tea Room in November, 2013, and at T-Neer, for the very first...

Making Tea While Travelling

Making Tea While Travelling

We enjoy the comfort of our tea setups at home. From simple infusers to teapots to gaiwans and yixing pots, it is nice to be able to make tea...

The Darkness of Tea

The Darkness of Tea

As readers of this blog are aware, or soon will be, the world of tea is ancient, diverse, and deep.  The same can be said of tea’s homeland, China,...

Transcendence

Transcendence

Living here in Miaoli and serving at the Center every day, the only opportunity I have for any interactions with people who aren’t into tea or spiritual work is in the workplace. I’ve been at my current job for one year now, and although I don’t talk much with anyone, over time they’ve reached the obvious conclusion that I’m a weirdo with mixed-up priorities.

Speaking of tea

Speaking of tea

On our trip out to Doke Tea Farm in Bihar, we picked some leaves that were transported back to Siliguri. They get left out for 18 hours then frozen for no fewer than 18 hours. They are then rolled and dried using a very innovative process involving a hair dryer and a wooden box lined with metal.

Tea at sea?

Tea at sea?

During my most recent weekend getaway, while having breakfast at Crown Princess’s Horizon Court on Deck 15, I noticed the self-serve beverage station’s teabag teas. I asked a server if there were other tea services on board. My low expectation was met of course

The fading tea fields of Sri Lanka

The fading tea fields of Sri Lanka

During this year’s sourcing trip through Sri Lanka I took a passenger train from Ella to Colombo. The train was packed with locals in transit and tourists lining up along the window sills to snap photos of the picturesque countryside of the island nation.

TBF: ten essentials for the tea drinker

TBF: ten essentials for the tea drinker

Wildfire. Tornado. Hurricane. Earthquake. Imagine having five minutes to pack up what you value – as well as what you might need – as you prepare to be a refugee. Everyone grabs the photo albums and the poodle. Those items go with you without thought.

The tea boat to China

The tea boat to China

Today I sold my car. Tomorrow I’m going to pack up my house and put all my belongings in storage. At 9 AM the following day I’m going to get on a plane for Taiwan. I plan to spend several days there finding tea farms and teaware, and then take an actual boat across the Strait of Taiwan to mainland China.

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

There are many perks associated with having a successful tea blog. I think my favorite is the often requested inquiry to review teas or tea related products. When I got the inquiry from Table Rose, I was delighted.

western quality season

western quality season

Sri Lanka’s Dimbula region always inspires me. This beautiful region is found in the western part of the island. While the Dimbula region is home to some excellent tea producing sub districts such as the Golden Valley, upper Kotmale,

Transcendence

How to turn a nonevent into an event

While on holidays back ‘home’ in Canada, visiting and getting nourished by family and old friends, my mind has entered sufficiently into mind meltdown phase that I can comfortably waft through a couple of recent tea memories.

Biodynamic tea at New Moon Farm

Biodynamic tea at New Moon Farm

Lunar planting has long been practiced within the realm of agriculture. Planting by the cycles and rhythms of the moon is simple, tangible, and connecting. The influences can easily be seen in animals, plants, and soil. These effects remind us of the interplay

Travail for tea?

Travail for tea?

As a dedicated and serious tea fan, I often make a lot of effort for my cuppa. I’ve made midnight runs to the supermarket to buy milk for my tea and I have travelled through India sampling some of the finest teas in the world.

Tea trivia around the globe

Tea trivia around the globe

Thanks to several Google alerts I set up for myself years ago, I frequently learn of tea trivia that might otherwise pass me by. Two recent alerts particularly intrigued me – and a reference in the first to the topic covered in the second reminded me…

Fear and loathing on Wuyi Mountain

Fear and loathing on Wuyi Mountain

Austin Hodge has already written a fantastic article about Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong that contains all the historical information you could reasonably want to know about the topic. I suggest you all read it before proceeding.

Trekking for tea

Trekking for tea

Think of trekking in the mountains and sipping tea whilst you get lost in the surrounding mountain peaks and you won’t be wrong for thinking that the following piece is set in the Himalayas. Worlds away from tea plantations and

Back seven: tea and tomlike

Back seven: tea and tomlike

It was a crisp clear morning toward the end of September. All were properly attired in layered outerwear and with backpacks packed with food and beverage as well as the requisite all purpose knife, thermos, and traveling tea set.

Global Tea Hut: Have tea will travel

Global Tea Hut: Have tea will travel

Those familiar melancholy notes which always accompany the close of a Northern Hemisphere summer are now in full symphony: shorter days, suddenly; soft, warm air with chilly, foreboding undercurrents; bright sunshine above

Tea of the Pacific Northwest

Tea of the Pacific Northwest

I embarked on my first journey into the Pacific Northwest with my Tealet family Mike and Rie. We drove from our home in Las Vegas with the hopes of learning about the history of tea growing in Oregon and Washington and to connect with tea lovers

The last horse trail: Jungpana

The last horse trail: Jungpana

On 27th June 2014, I revisited Jungpana, where I lived for about six months between October of 1992 to March of 1993. Along the journey with me was Xiao Juan, of China. Xiao Juan was very much interested in seeing this tea estate:

Global Tea Hut: Have tea will travel

Global Tea Hut: Taiwan state of mind

I would venture a guess that many T Ching readers would list personal growth pretty high up on their list of life priorities. Serious tea drinkers just tend to be ‘that way.’ The leafy path of Cha Dao has many resting places along its way for activities