Tea Education

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Dairy-Free Alternatives to Enjoy With Your Tea

Dairy-Free Alternatives to Enjoy With Your Tea

The consumption of dairy products such as cheese, ice cream, and yogurt has steadily increased in the USA over the past 50 years. Milk consumption, however, has been decreasing since the 1970s. Although lactose sensitivities and intolerances do play a role in reduced...

How to Brew Loose Pu Erh Tea

How to Brew Loose Pu Erh Tea

Kombucha is 'hot,' but there's another fermented tea you may have never heard of called Puerh. If you have never had puerh tea, you're in for a surprise. It is sometimes called 'doubly fermented' or 'doubly oxidized' tea because it goes through a microbial...

T Ching Classics: Tea Storage

T Ching Classics: Tea Storage

If one of your resolutions or goals for the new year was to tidy, clean, downsize, organize, or declutter, then may we suggest this series of articles on tea organization and storage? We've got tips for moving with tea and tackling your tea cupboard, then ranging into...

Naturally Reduce Caffeine in Green Tea

Naturally Reduce Caffeine in Green Tea

Sensitive to caffeine? Feel like you would just like less of it in your daily cup? Before you do something drastic, like buy a package of decaf tea, you might first want to read a post I did on The Caffeine Issue. I have learned a mind-blowing technique for reducing...

Everything You Need to Know About Karigane Sencha

Everything You Need to Know About Karigane Sencha

The stems and veins of tea plants are known as Karigane - usually when it comes from the Gyokuro plant, but not limited to it. Most Japanese green teas you see have only tea leaves, but Karigane is from a few types which involve stems and other parts of the tea plant....

How to Brew Rooibos

How to Brew Rooibos

Here at T Ching, we are proud to be featuring these delightful and informative videos by Diane Walden of Cal Teas. Here is an informative video about rooibos and how to brew it! Rooibos is the super-herb from South Africa. (Learn more about Rooibos & see our many...

Beyond the Basics

A Day in the Life at Nepal Tea’s Family Farm

A Day in the Life at Nepal Tea’s Family Farm

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes 15 seconds Guest Contribution by Nishchal Banskota - Founder, Nepal Tea I am a man of many stories and I believe everyone has a powerful story. However,  we almost always fail to show or tell that story. Think about it: When was the...

What is Yuzamashi?

What is Yuzamashi?

The world of tea is almost too large. If you’ve researched tea, you may already know, for example, that gyokuro is primarily defined by shading tea leaves a number of days before harvest. You may also know that wild tea harvests are a thing on Shikoku, one of Japan’s...

Introduction to Hemp and CBD Tea – Part 2

Introduction to Hemp and CBD Tea – Part 2

Continued from Introduction to Hemp and CBD Tea – Part 1 Is Hemp and CBD Legal? Hemp became legal in 2018 and is regulated by the FDA. Because of regulations and banking rules, it is much more difficult to sell products containing CBD, especially in edible form. Most...

Small-Batch Shu Processing – Part 2

Small-Batch Shu Processing – Part 2

Continued from Small-Batch Shu Processing - Part 1Since so many variables can be open to exploration (using different tea plant type inputs, adjusting fermentation level, and time, temperature based on controlling the process, amount of water used, etc.), a very broad...

Small-Batch Shu Processing – Part 1

Small-Batch Shu Processing – Part 1

Oddly, the tea that inspired me to write about this may or may not have actually been post-fermented as a small-sized lot.  I just reviewed the first Russian-origin shu "pu'er-like tea" version that I've tried, which was pretty good.  Since it was a test batch it...

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...

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...

History

Teaware Oddities

Teaware Oddities

Freelance contribution by Jennifer Stowe Teaware has a long and at times amusing history; and tucked in amongst the tea accoutrements are a few oddities worth mentioning. Such items are sure to make you chuckle. This cute little cup is delicate, colorful, and very...

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...