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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...

Room Environment Affecting Tea Quality

Room Environment Affecting Tea Quality

Return to T Ching Classics: Tea Storage Everyone is after the perfect cup of tea: Over 25,000 cups of tea are consumed every second around the world. In places like Toyoko, tea is an important cornerstone of Japanese culture. Not only is it the most popular beverage...

Beyond the Basics

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...

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,...

Travel

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...

Tearooms That WERE To Be Visited – Part 1

Tearooms That WERE To Be Visited – Part 1

To say that COVID-19 has unprecedentedly altered the way we assess and live our lives is an understatement. Many of us now awaken every morning stifled by thoughts of despondence and volatility. Human existence has never been so frail and bleak, especially when...

Taking Your Tea On The Road With You

Taking Your Tea On The Road With You

Recycling in America is up by an impressive 35%, and this includes the paper cups that you get in most stores that serve drinks. Customers are becoming more aware of the amount of waste that they are responsible for. Rather than taking away disposable drinks cups,...

10 Must-See Places in Uji, Kyoto for Tea Lovers – Part 3

10 Must-See Places in Uji, Kyoto for Tea Lovers – Part 3

Continued from 10 Must-See Places in Uji, Kyoto for Tea Lovers – Part 2 8. Byodo-in Chances are if you have seen what traditional Japanese architecture has to provide, you’ve seen a picture of Byodo-in. The earliest structure of the Byodo-in was built roughly 1000...

10 Must-See Places in Uji, Kyoto for Tea Lovers – Part 2

10 Must-See Places in Uji, Kyoto for Tea Lovers – Part 2

Continued from 10 Must-See Places in Uji, Kyoto for Tea Lovers – Part 1 4. Uji Byodo-in Omotesando If you’ve visited Tokyo you’re probably familiar with Omotesando Station and Aoyama-dori. Uji has its own Omotensando, and if you’re a tea lover of sorts, this is a...

10 Must-See Places in Uji, Kyoto for Tea Lovers – Part 1

10 Must-See Places in Uji, Kyoto for Tea Lovers – Part 1

Renowned Japanese author Kimitake Hiraoka -- more famously known as Yukio Mishima -- described Japan as a series of contradictions. He noted that Japan was partially defined by the relationship between “old and new”. While Tokyo and Osaka help define the importance...

History

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...

The Bamboo Whisk With a 500-Year History – Part Two

The Bamboo Whisk With a 500-Year History – Part Two

Continued from The Bamboo Whisk With a 500-Year History - Part One Let’s look at the bamboo… There are approximately 100 different types and forms of chasen used by various schools of tea. Hachiku (Henon bamboo) produces a smooth and frothy whipped green tea, while...

The Bamboo Whisk With a 500-Year History – Part One

The Bamboo Whisk With a 500-Year History – Part One

To enjoy matcha the way Sen no Rikyu made it almost 500 years ago, you would need to whisk it with a bamboo chasen (whisk), intricately carved by hand from one piece of aged bamboo. Today China holds the lion’s share of mainstream chasen being cranked out, thousands...