Tea Industry

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Tea Trends of 2021 – Scarcity

Tea Trends of 2021 – Scarcity

I’ve been writing an article with my yearly forecast of tea trends since 2016. First it was the year of transparency, then the death of direct trade, followed by immersive tea experiences, and finally unpredictability of 2020. I always focus on the positive outlooks...

Vincent Liu: Tea Enthusiast Creates the MyTeaPal App

Vincent Liu: Tea Enthusiast Creates the MyTeaPal App

I am always drawn to stories of how the innovations of technology interact in a meaningful way with the ancient world of tea. A computer scientist with a passion for bringing people together to share tea, Vincent Liu created MyTeaPal to help tea lovers organize their...

Tea Towels: Tea Art & History

Tea Towels: Tea Art & History

Collecting Tea Towels A dear tea-loving friend introduced me to the idea of collecting tea towels. Before that, I assumed that tea towels were just fancy kitchen towels that you only put out when company came. So my friend was horrified when she caught me wiping my...

Aesthete Tea

Aesthete Tea

A week ago, a dear friend gifted me with an ounce of Aesthete Tea’s Golden Milk. The tisane is a warming and heady blend, filling me with its saffron light from toes to head. A closer inspection of the pouch revealed that this spiritual infusion of beauty and health...

Interview With Rajiv Lochan Regarding the Pandemic

Interview With Rajiv Lochan Regarding the Pandemic

Lochan Tea is experiencing the pandemic as a tea grower, processor, and exporter. Contacted via email, Rajiv Lochan kindly agreed to share the impacts over the past nine months, as well as his prediction for 2021. What follows is a transcript of our correspondence on...

Festivals

Midwest Tea Festival 2019

Midwest Tea Festival 2019

Kansas City, MO.September 7 & 8  10% Discount for T Ching Readers:   TCHING2019 (Note:  Classes are filling up fast. Most require advance registration.) What is a Tea Festival? Let me paint a picture for you...  Imagine arriving early to be one...

My First Tea Festival and Other Exciting Firsts

My First Tea Festival and Other Exciting Firsts

Despite the fact that I’ve been the Managing Editor for T Ching for almost two years, I never had the opportunity to attend one of the many amazing tea festivals that take place every year. Instead, I have had to settle for reading about them in posts by some of our...

Community

Connecting Baseball With Tea

Connecting Baseball With Tea

Finding baseball’s connection with tea is not too interesting a project.  At MLB (Major League Baseball) stadiums, craft beers and specialty wines are served.  Tea is unlikely to receive a spotlight even if it is infused with alcohol.  Ballpark food menus' beverage...

Tea Bringing People Together (Just Less Literally Lately)

Tea Bringing People Together (Just Less Literally Lately)

I keep reconsidering and changing my impression of tea culture.  Or subcultures - it's not all one thing.   What really started me thinking about this was a family tradition of having a cup of tea with my parents in the evening.  Odd timing for that caffeine intake,...

T Ching Classics: Tea Bringing People Together

T Ching Classics: Tea Bringing People Together

Recently, I ( Jaelithe, the Managing Editor ) was lamenting with some friends online about not being able to spend Christmas with family this year because of COVID. One friend was particularly distressed, as she didn't know yet if she would have her kids for Christmas...

How can a tea festival be virtual?

How can a tea festival be virtual?

How Can A Tea Festival Be Virtual? One of the most treasured experiences of U.S. tea lovers over the last decade has been our Tea Festivals. Starting on the west coast with the L.A. Tea Lovers Festival, at British Columbia's Camosun College Tea Festival Fundraiser and...

Comfort in Ritual – Part 2

Comfort in Ritual – Part 2

Continued from Comfort in Ritual - Part 1 As I write this, confirmed cases of the virus increase daily. The return to normal we desire looks to be several weeks or months away.  The tea community has an opportunity to turn the unpleasantness of uncertainty into a...

Comfort in Ritual – Part 1

Comfort in Ritual – Part 1

Return to T Ching Classics: Back to School Birthday party, baby shower, wedding, Prom, graduation, anniversary . . . so many of life’s landmarks – large and small – have been postponed or scrapped or reimagined in the last 150 days. According to experts, more rites of...

News

Caffeine in tea, revisited

Caffeine in tea, revisited

I researched the effects of caffeine for a blog post last year (here), which reviewed a research paper studying caffeine withdrawal.   I'm revisiting the subject related to finding an interesting study of caffeine levels in different tea types.   Of course all of the...

Screw Cancer!

Screw Cancer!

Despite over 5,000 international studies expounding the health benefits of tea, there still appear to be some questions.......not sure how that can happen, but our FDA isn't happy with natural products. No profits to be made there. Give them pharmaceuticals and...

World Tea Awards Announces 2017 Nominations

World Tea Awards Announces 2017 Nominations

The World Tea Expo has announced the nominations for this year's World Tea Awards. Nominations include Best Social Media Campaign, Best Tea Brewing Device, and Best Specialty Tea Brand to name a few. The full list of categories and their finalists can be viewed here....

Liverpool is the Tea Drinking Capital in the U.K.

When I think of Liverpool, I think of the Beatles.I know that dates me, but that's my reference. Now, I guess I'll have to think about tea. A new article in the British Fawley Online Magazine reports about tea drinking patterns around the U.K. Some I found interesting...

Would you microwave your tea?

Would you microwave your tea?

The internet has been lighting up over an article about one scientist's claim that microwaving your tea was the best way to make tea. ...Excuse me, what? Yes, indeed. Food scientist Quan Vuong, PhD says that microwaving your tea instead of the traditional (correct?)...

Artisanal home grown tea – made in the U.S.A.

Artisanal home grown tea – made in the U.S.A.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear about the success of American-grown tea in recent years. According to World Tea News, there are now 60 tea farms that are operating in 15 states. It's only during the last 15 years that this has occurred. I suspect some of the...