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A little D.C. exploration

A little D.C. exploration

As I mentioned in my last post, my family and I just returned from a glorious trip to Washington, D.C. My husband thinks we went to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, but I know we went because…

A mid-autumn pairing: Chinese tea + mooncakes

A mid-autumn pairing: Chinese tea + mooncakes

If there were ever an occasion that would get people more interested in Chinese tea, it would be the Mid-Autumn Festival, an annual event that falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar (this year, it will take…

Another famous Chinese tea – Huang Shan Mao Feng

Another famous Chinese tea – Huang Shan Mao Feng

While composing my last post, Naming a Tea: Duyun Mao Jian, I became interested in China’s Ten Most Famous Teas. Like the rest of the world, the Chinese love compiling lists. So is there a universally acknowledged list of top-ten…

Confessions of a tea snob

Confessions of a tea snob

In 2005, I became one of those obnoxious tea toters. Not totallers. That’s something completely different, although I’m one of those too! I mean, when I traveled, I was the snob that packed my own tea. I’m not anti-teabag…

Tea in Ireland was a Corker

Tea in Ireland was a Corker

After having just spent a week soaking up Irish love and hospitality, I can’t help but feel a strong affinity for that gorgeous country and its traditions. What a treat it is for the heavy tea drinker to be asked at least half a dozen times…

Le The en Paris – Part Deux

Le The en Paris – Part Deux

On my latest trip to Paris, I discovered another great tea place – Kusmi Tea. I had been following them for awhile on Twitter (@KusmiTea), so I was curious to visit their shop and try their teas. I went to their shop on rue Danielle Casanova…

A tea delegation to Taiwan

A tea delegation to Taiwan

At the end of June 2012, Indian Tea Board Chairman Bhanu led a high-powered tea delegation, comprised of members of the ITA, UPASI, DTA, and Exporters Association, to Taiwan. I was lucky enough to be a part of this…

Le The en Paris

Le The en Paris

On a recent trip to Paris, I had a list of salons de the and patisseries that I wanted to visit. Some I had been to before, and considered old friends. Others were new discoveries or recommendations from friends that I wanted…

European tea tour – A proposal

European tea tour – A proposal

If I had not met my friend Stella at an OLLA (Opera League of Los Angeles) meeting a few years ago, I probably would have remained merely an opera zealot, unfamiliar with the various volunteer opportunities. That day…

Tea art, tea ceremony, and chado: Part 2

Tea art, tea ceremony, and chado: Part 2

Korean Chadao usually refers to the Korean tea ceremony. The Korean tea ceremony has two parts – the rite ceremony (仪式茶礼) and the life ceremony (生活茶礼). The rite ceremony is the tea ceremony for a rite of passage…

Rankin Ranch

Rankin Ranch

When Machu Picchu first revealed itself before Hiram Bingham in 1911 and Angkor Wat appeared before Henri Mouhot in 1860, did Bingham and Mouhot feel as I felt when the vernal lushness of Rankin Ranch’s meadow, peppered…

Shui, shui, shui …

Shui, shui, shui …

Lui da cha shan, or Six Famous Mountain Tea Co., of Yunnan, which manufactures premium pu’er teas in Menghai, Xishuangbanna prefecture, recently commemorated their tenth anniversary and I was honored to be invited…

Developing a tea-drinking culture in Mexico

Developing a tea-drinking culture in Mexico

It has been almost a year since I began working in the tea industry and during that time, I have managed to persuade a few people to change their drinking habits. The most important person I have influenced is my wife…

Tea talk

Tea talk

I love talking about tea – almost as much as I enjoy drinking it. I started a new job recently, and as I get to know people, I find myself sharing stories, tips, and places related to drinking or buying tea. I’m always drinking tea…

Elephants, crocodiles, and deer, oh, my!

Elephants, crocodiles, and deer, oh, my!

The island nation of Sri Lanka is perhaps better known to tea lovers as Ceylon. Before the rust blight of 1869, Ceylon was known for its coffee plantations. Commercial tea production had only just begun…

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…

Oolong surprise

Oolong surprise

One of my favorite places to go in San Francisco is Red Blossom Tea in Chinatown. They have an extensive selection of green, oolong, puerh, black, and white teas, all carefully selected and presented…

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…

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…

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…

Get the skinny on white tea

Get the skinny on white tea

Monkey Picked White Tea , The Tea Spot After three consecutive months of having fun with tea and sweet indulgences, for this month I’d promised a...

A call for teahouse recommendations

A call for teahouse recommendations

When we were last in China, the finest teas we enjoyed were not at teahouses, but while visiting numerous farms and sitting down for some tea or tea and a meal with the farmer and his family and/or other locals.

Teas of Africa

Teas of Africa

Previous in series: Teas of Indonesia With almost four hundred thousand acres under cultivation, East Africa produces quantities of black tea,...

Teas of Indonesia

Teas of Indonesia

Tea growing got off to one false start after another in the Dutch East Indies, present-day Indonesia, where it had been attempted sporadically since...

Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

First in a series on the teas of Sri Lanka. Small, green and fertile, Sri Lanka is about the size of the Republic of Ireland and over half a million...

India’s Other Teas

India’s Other Teas

Eighth in a series on the teas of India. Previous in series: Nilgiri A stone's throw from Darjeeling in any direction are to be found tea-producing...

Nilgiri

Nilgiri

Seventh in a series on the teas of India. Previous in series: Darjeeling – Part 3 The high-grown black teas from the Nilgiri ("Blue Mountains" in...

Teas of India

Teas of India

First in a series on the teas of India. India is the world's largest producer and consumer of tea today, barely a century and a half after its first...

Formosa Oolong

Formosa Oolong

Third in a series on the teas of Taiwan. Previous in series: Jade and Amber Oolong Taiwan's tea grows mostly below one thousand feet at the northern...

Teas of Taiwan

Teas of Taiwan

First in a series on the teas of Taiwan. Formosa Oolong is so called for the same reason Sri Lanka’s tea is called Ceylon—by any other name it would...

PingLin Tea Museum in Taiwan

PingLin Tea Museum in Taiwan

Image courtesy of Wikipedia In recent years, Taiwan seems to have become an island of museums.  During my five-month stay, in addition to the...