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T Ching Classics: The Happiness of Tea

T Ching Classics: The Happiness of Tea

With the stress and tumult of our current times, this week I decided to focus on happiness. We start with Holly's explanation of why she started her tea company that includes some of the science behind how tea makes our brains happy. Next a piece about focusing on the...

Black “Tea” Friday

Black “Tea” Friday

  Can we start something? Could it be time to transform this day, "Black Friday" from a shopping frenzy to something more healthful and peaceful? Can we reclaim a season of gratitude for harvest bounty by sharing a bit of tea and tea talk? T Ching has been promoting...

T Ching Classics: Teeth and Oral Health

T Ching Classics: Teeth and Oral Health

Your teeth and oral health are a key component of your overall health. And with the holidays creeping up on us, the tendency to indulge in sweets can be detrimental to this facet of wellbeing. So here are some articles detailing how our favorite beverage can help! 5...

T Ching Classics: Tea For Mental Health

T Ching Classics: Tea For Mental Health

In these uncertain times, the importance of mental health can not be stressed enough. So please enjoy this collection of articles about tea for mental health!Tea and brain health By Erika CilengirEver since my tea journey began, I have harbored the fantasy that tea –...

The Power Of Tea In The Quest For Optimum Immune Health

The Power Of Tea In The Quest For Optimum Immune Health

There are a quite extraordinary array of health benefits to be derived from regularly drinking tea. For example, drinking black tea has been thought to lead to an 11% reduction in the risk of developing heart disease. Green tea is thought to aid a clear complexion,...

T Ching Classics: Cold Fighting

T Ching Classics: Cold Fighting

Since we're all taking what precautions we can against catching viruses and illnesses already, here are some articles about some herbs that can also help with cold fighting. Please enjoy! Dreading the cold season? Stock up on rose hip tea By Kelley GoldThe cold season...

Tea Places

Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour – Part 1

Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour – Part 1

Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour - What is it?I was so excited to be one of the first people to join the Virtual Green Tea Tour, a new and magical tour offered by Arigato Japan that has been the pioneer for English-speaking Japanese tours for many years, featured by...

Fairhope Tea Plantation; Historic Alabama tea Farm

Fairhope Tea Plantation; Historic Alabama tea Farm

Guest Contribution by: Donnie Barrett The summer of 2020 finds us very busy at the Fairhope Tea Plantation here in south Alabama.  We are picking, processing, and packaging tea almost every day.  The spring flush was quite plentiful and the summer season is seeing...

How Are They Different?

How Are They Different?

In some notable ways, SoCal tea operations COMEBUYTEA and Café Maji are different from other tea entities. Founded in 2002 and being yet another Taiwan tea chain, COMEBUYTEA recognized the tremendous importance of conducting thorough market research prior to launching...

Hollywood Bowl’s Tea Room

Hollywood Bowl’s Tea Room

Although Hollywood Bowl’s Tea Room had existed for decades after its 1939 grand opening, there is not one single photo of its interior online.  My research is not thorough.  Perhaps the tea room was so unimpressive that no visitor had ever wished to record the...

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

“So a reservation is required to enter the tea room?  We can’t take a look?” These were the questions I overheard a patriarch asking the hostess of Hello Kitty Grand Café while I was entering the Bow Room behind the guarded white door.  As the café is a Japanese...

Tea in K-Town and KCON

Tea in K-Town and KCON

In 2012, the first KCON USA -- a Korean Wave festival -- was held as a one-day event at SoCal’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.  It has since grown to last five days with programs in both New York City and Los Angeles.  This year, KCON LA’s exhibitors,...

Spirituality

My Introduction to Tea Leaf Reading – Part 1

My Introduction to Tea Leaf Reading – Part 1

With the stressors of life during times of personal and global turmoil, I suddenly realized that I never wrote about the Introduction to Tea Leaf Reading class that I took: All the way back in January!Hosted by The Jasmine Pearl Tea Company in Portland, Oregon, the...

Find Your Future In A Teacup

Find Your Future In A Teacup

According to recent studies, 44% of Americans find themselves unable to be optimistic about the future. In today’s rapidly changing world, sometimes it feels like we can’t even trust the weatherman to predict what tomorrow holds. If you’re facing the unknown,...

Curious Facts About Tea Leaf Reading

Curious Facts About Tea Leaf Reading

The practice of reading tea leaves is one that dates back to medieval European tradition, and recent trends indicate that people are looking to tea leaves for guidance in greater numbers than before. Lifestyle magazine Stylecaster most recently featured an experienced...

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...

How Much Gratitude Is There in a Simple Cup of Tea?

How Much Gratitude Is There in a Simple Cup of Tea?

It began to snow at 2 PM on Tuesday and didn’t stop. We accumulated eight inches at my house but much more a little way up the hill. And it was somewhere up there that the snow load broke a branch that downed an electrical line and exploded a transformer that took out...

Cooking With Tea

The Best Teas To Pair With Your Barbecue

The Best Teas To Pair With Your Barbecue

2020 has been a big year for wellness, and more people have come to prioritize health over everything else. Not only are we taking active steps to improve hygiene and sanitation practices, but we're also working out more and finding ways to make our food healthier....

Sparkle Up Your Holidays With a Spot of Tea

Sparkle Up Your Holidays With a Spot of Tea

If you're reading this on Christmas Day 2020, you may be alone because of pandemic precautions. Or you may be hunkering down with your family and looking for something to do over this long holiday weekend. So, today's post is a potpourri of T Ching's options for...

T Ching Classics: Decadent Holiday Tea Desserts

T Ching Classics: Decadent Holiday Tea Desserts

As the holidays grow ever nearer, it's not uncommon for the desire for rich desserts to increase as well. Here are some classic desserts improved by the addition of tea, and a suggestion for tea pairings with non-tea desserts. Holiday Tea Desserts By Robert...

A Ducky Holiday Season?  Tea Makes It So

A Ducky Holiday Season? Tea Makes It So

Thanksgiving is already a memory, albeit one based on a scaled down of the normal food coma-inducing versions of years past. And the holidays to come might be equally as cozy. But with eating well, cooking, and tea, of course—some of the few pleasures remaining in our...

T Ching Classics: Holiday Cookies for Tea

T Ching Classics: Holiday Cookies for Tea

Now that it's December, the holiday baking season has truly begun. Even if this year's social distancing requirements mean that you might need to cut your proportions or freeze dough/cookies for later, there's no reason not to still enjoy baking up a storm of holiday...

Authentic Irish Breakfast Tea & Irish Scones

Authentic Irish Breakfast Tea & Irish Scones

Here at T Ching, we are proud to be featuring these delightful and informative videos by Diane Walden of Cal Teas. Here is a video where she talks about Irish breakfast tea and shares a link to a delicious scone recipe! These scones are so EASY & delicious! Here's...