Tea Education

Basics & Tips

The Essential Guide to Matcha: Matcha Recipes – Part 1

The Essential Guide to Matcha: Matcha Recipes – Part 1

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 Essential...

Introduction to Hemp and CBD Tea – Part 1

Introduction to Hemp and CBD Tea – Part 1

There has been a lot of innovation and health studies regarding tea over the past few decades. While most are familiar with the various health benefits of camellia sinensis, and the different herbs and spices found in herbal teas, another newcomer is Hemp and CBD tea....

Nine Ways to Sweeten Sencha Green Tea – Part 2

Nine Ways to Sweeten Sencha Green Tea – Part 2

Continued from Nine Ways to Sweeten Sencha Green Tea – Part 1 Japanese Green Tea is a wonderful drink for many reasons: In many communities it’s an affordable drink, in others it’s a component to history and/or culture. Tea is also enjoyed for its flavor and for some,...

Nine Ways to Sweeten Sencha Green Tea – Part 1

Nine Ways to Sweeten Sencha Green Tea – Part 1

Japanese Green Tea is a wonderful drink for many reasons: In many communities it’s an affordable drink, in others it’s a component to history and/or culture. Tea is also enjoyed for its flavor and for some, the sheer complexities in flavors, processing, and approach...

Loose Leaf Tea Chai Latte at Home

Loose Leaf Tea Chai Latte at Home

Here at T Ching, we are proud to be featuring these delightful and informative videos by Diane Walden of Cal Teas. Up next is this video where she demonstrates how to make a hot chai latte using loose leaf tea at home. Watch Diane make a delicious hot chai latte in...

The Essential Guide to Matcha: Japanese Matcha Versus Imposters

The Essential Guide to Matcha: Japanese Matcha Versus Imposters

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 Essential...

Beyond the Basics

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:...

Japanese Tea Farming Technological Innovation – Part 1

Japanese Tea Farming Technological Innovation – Part 1

Why has technology flourished in Japanese tea farms? I’d like to think of tea as part of an experience. Perhaps part of the experience of waking up in the morning or enjoying a hot drink before going to bed -- or anything in between -- on an average day. It’s a small...

Wild Organic Tea – Third Installment

Wild Organic Tea – Third Installment

This is the final part of the WILD Organic Tamaryokucha review from tea that has been hunted and processed by the lovely folks at Country Friend Farms on the Japanese island of Shikoku. ( Previous in series: Wild Organic Tea From Shikoku and Wild Organic Tea – Second...

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

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...

A Thirst for Empire

A Thirst for Empire

Tea has a rich and varied history, but you'd be surprised at what a HUGE impact it had on the modern world. The book, 'Thirst for Empire' focuses on how tea was developed from an obscure commodity only available to the rich to a driver for imperial expansion and mass...

The Biggest Cup of Tea Ever

The Biggest Cup of Tea Ever

Guest Contribution By: Cheshire Freeman Hello, my fellow tea lovers, onlookers, and anyone who just needs something other than football or opinions on Facebook to quietly read while you enjoy your favorite steeped piece of heaven. Today I will be “T Ching” you a...

A Nice Cup of Tea

A Nice Cup of Tea

A Nice Cup of Tea by George Orwell (1903 - 1950) I truly enjoyed stumbling upon this bit of tea advice by George Orwell; I hope you do, too. "If you look up "tea" in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned; or at most...