T Ching is delighted to announce the winners of our 2019 Writers Contest!

All posts by T Ching regular or occasional contributors were considered and reviewed ( with the exception of those written by T Ching staff ). Where our original plan was to have our readers vote upon their favorites, this ended up not working out as we ( and our panel of experts ) experienced setback after setback ( COVID-19, wildfires, smoke, power outages, personal upheavals ). In short: 2020 has definitely been a year for the history books for us all. As a result, we ended up having our panel of experts choose the winners. It turns out that we have so many talented writers that they struggled with choosing just one for each category: As a result, we ended up with ties in a whopping 7 out of 12 categories! (Please note that posts by T Ching staff did not qualify for entry.)

Without further ado, here is the list of winners by category.

2019 Writers Contest Finalists

Art & Design

What My Tea Says To Me: Song of Teaby Jennifer R. Cook

Basics & Tips

How To Store Tea: Tips To Keep Tea Fresh For Yearsby Lucy Wyndham

One Simple Trick to Test Tea Qualityby Holly Helt

Beyond the Basics

Chanoyu, Temae, and Chadoguby Kei Nishida 
Part 1 & Part 2 

Sheng Pu’er Aging Explorationby John Bickel 
Part 1 & Part 2 


Value of Languageby Dan Robertson 
Part 1 & Part 2 

Cooking With Tea

Homemade Tea Gifts in Jars (Chai Spice “Kit”)by Paula Geerligs 

Teasing the Cocoa Notes Out of Teaby Robert Wemischner

Health & Well-Being

Are Herbal Teas Safe During Pregnancy?by Lucy Wyndham 

Good Grief!by Regena Rafelson 


Postage Stampsby Ifang Hsieh 


Tea is the Life of the Partyby Elyse Petersen 

Spilling the Tea: Behind the Teaby Dharlene Marie Fahl 
Part 1 & Part 2 


Some Intermediate-Level Ideas About Teaby John Bickel 
Part 1 & Part 2 

Product Reviews

Tea Advent Calendarsby Ifang Hsieh 

Phongsaly Laos Sheng and Black Tea Reviewsby John Bickel 
Part 1 & Part 2 

Tea Places 

Sri Lankan Tea Danceby Ifang Hsieh 


Precious State: The Unusual and Obscure Teas of Guizhouby So Han Fan
Part 1 & Part 2 & Part 3

Following the Harvest, First Installment – Highlights of the Tea Tour of Japan 2019by Dan Robertson 
Part 1 & Part 2