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The Essential Guide to Matcha: Matcha Processing

The Essential Guide to Matcha: Matcha Processing

A Blog Series for Serious Sippers! In this blog series, I will answer the question “what is Matcha green tea?” and help you discover how to find genuine matcha, how best to store it, and the ways to prepare this vivid green health elixir from Japan.What is Tencha?In...

How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea: Tea or Herbal?

How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea: Tea or Herbal?

Here at T Ching, we are proud to begin featuring these delightful and informative videos by Diane Walden of Cal Teas. We decided to start from the beginning, so up next is this video starting in her garden and discussing various herbs that can be added to teas and...

The Essential Guide to Matcha: What Is Matcha?

The Essential Guide to Matcha: What Is Matcha?

A Blog Series for Serious Sippers! In this blog series, I will answer the question “what is Matcha green tea?” and help you discover how to find genuine matcha, how best to store it, and the ways to prepare this vivid green health elixir from Japan. The recent boom in...

Shu Pu’er Basics

Shu Pu’er Basics

I'm not really a shu expert -- or even all that into the type compared to sheng -- but I've drank a good bit of it (as is true of many other tea types).  I recently commented on some issues in two discussions that fill in a lot about the type: About aging and storage...

How to Buy Loose Tea & Not Get ‘Burned’!

How to Buy Loose Tea & Not Get ‘Burned’!

Here at T Ching, we are proud to begin featuring these delightful and informative videos by Diane Walden of Cal Teas. We decided to start from the beginning, so up next is this advice about buying tea. Plus some bonus information about storing tea in tins. What you...

Thermos Brewing

Thermos Brewing

It's not exactly one of my things, but I tried out thermos brewing not so long ago, which is exactly what it sounds like.  It was only a couple of trial runs, so anyone who uses this approach regularly would be a better reference.  But I can pass on a results summary,...

Beyond the Basics

Aged Oolongs

Aged Oolongs

I recently reviewed two aged Taiwanese rolled oolongs; a bit out of normal context for those, being 6 years old (2014).  Aged oolong tends to typically relate to rolled oolong versions that are 15 years old or older.  It will be simpler to cover a few different...

Best Plants to Choose for the Ultimate Tea Garden

Best Plants to Choose for the Ultimate Tea Garden

The second-most-consumed drink in the world is tea and it's a perfect solution for many occasions – as a cool drink on a hot summer day, a great addition at a fancy brunch, and a welcoming remedy for a sore throat on a cold winter evening. From its beginnings in China...

What is Senchado?  Differences Between Sado Versus Senchado

What is Senchado? Differences Between Sado Versus Senchado

Chances are that if you’ve researched anything Japanese tea-related you’ve come across tea ceremonies - whether it be the classical-looking teacups or participants dressed in traditional Japanese wear. In understanding senchado, let’s review a brief history of tea...

Antimicrobial Effects of White Tea

Antimicrobial Effects of White Tea

Guest contribution by: Dr. Milton Schiffenbauer, PhD The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches, body aches, kidney trouble, poor digestion, and ulcers to depression. In fact,...

Japanese Tea Farming Technological Innovation – Part 2

Japanese Tea Farming Technological Innovation – Part 2

Continued from Japanese Tea Farming Technological Innovation – Part 1 What is it like to harvest Japanese tea? Let’s take a step back and refocus on what you’re likely to see on an average Japanese tea farm in 2020. Imagine you’re on a Japanese farm in Shizuoka-ken:...

Travel

A Tea Lover’s Guide To Surviving A Long Journey

A Tea Lover’s Guide To Surviving A Long Journey

A 2015 meta-analysis found that drinking three cups of tea per day reduced the risk of depression by 37%, according to the New York Times. There is nothing more revitalizing than taking your tea on the road. After all, you need to stay hydrated throughout your...

8 Must-See Places in Tokyo for Tea Lovers – Part 2

8 Must-See Places in Tokyo for Tea Lovers – Part 2

Continued from 8 Must-See Places in Tokyo for Tea Lovers – Part 1 5. Chachanoma Omotesando:What about tea cafes? If you’re looking for a premium, know-it-all tea café then Chachanoma Omotesando may be your best bet. It’s easy to get to, being in Shibuya and near...

8 Must-See Places in Tokyo for Tea Lovers – Part 1

8 Must-See Places in Tokyo for Tea Lovers – Part 1

Note from the author: I started preparing this article a couple of months in advance, so now it is not the best time for this topic. But I thought people can always reference back in the future, and also feed the hunger for those -- like me -- who are suffering from...

Ceno-Tea – An Experiment – Part 2

Ceno-Tea – An Experiment – Part 2

Continued from Ceno-Tea – An Experiment – Part 1 The following day I set up a table and my traveling gaiwan set in a nice spot by the beach. I boiled the water then let it cool to about 170 F. The tea I wanted to try is a personal favorite of mine, the Kenya...

Ceno-Tea – An Experiment – Part 1

Ceno-Tea – An Experiment – Part 1

We all know that water is an essential component of our tea drinking experience. No matter how much care or effort goes into the manufacture of the leaves we use, the water we brew them in gets the final say on how everything comes out. There is however, no accounting...

Tearooms That WERE To Be Visited – Part 2

Tearooms That WERE To Be Visited – Part 2

“Why not seize the pleasure at once? -- How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!” ― Jane Austen, Emma This wisdom-laden quote in fiction is not concocted and uttered by everybody’s favorite Jane Austen heroine Elizabeth Bennets from Pride...

History

The Jewel Tea Company

The Jewel Tea Company

The Jewel Tea Company, headquartered in Illinois, started its door-to-door grocery-delivery business in 1899. Founded by Frank Vernon Skiff and his brother-in-law Frank P. Ross, horse and wagon were their earliest delivery vehicle! The customers, collectively known as...

Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 2

Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 2

Continued from Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 1 Scroll reads: “Wa Kei Sei Jaku” – The Four Principles of Tea The Tea Master Sen Rikyu (1521-1591) Created the Tea Ceremony Practiced Today Tea ceremony principles that we celebrate today were established and...

Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 1

Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 1

In recent articles (Chanoyu, Temae, and Chadogu and Essential Low-Ranking Chadogu for Ceremony of Tea), I mentioned the traditional green tea ceremony, called “Chanoyu” and “The Way of Tea”.  Since those blogs, many of you have asked that I explain it in a bit more...

An Event at SuiHo-En

An 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 the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant, which processes 40 million gallons of wastewater every day for...

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 adorned with a lovely floral pattern.  Online dictionaries define toleware as decoratively painted, gilded enameled metalware...

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 and easternmost Himalayan district in the state of Uttarakhand, India) and 160 km from Nainital. It is one of the six Administrative...