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From Our Members… 2018-06-09T13:25:53+00:00
  • Rakkasan Tea Company H’mong Kings Tea
    Country of Origin: VietnamLeaf Appearance: deep green, twistedSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 175 degreesPreparation Method: glass gaiwanLiquor: greenish gold Rakkasan Tea Company first caught my attention with their story. The company was founded by two veterans and they specialize in tea from post-conflict countries as a means of promoting peace and economic growth. Their current catalog features teas from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Laos, Rwanda, and Vietnam. I was excited to see tea pros like Kyle Stewart and Jeni Dodd on their ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on September 17, 2018 1:58 pm
    2 days ago
  • Friday Roundup: September 9th – September 15th
    BaisoI really love digging into tea history and lately I’ve been on a journey of rediscovering Japanese teas. Ricardo at My Japanese Green Tea wrote a perfectly timed post this week about Baiso, the monk credited with popularizing sencha in the late 1700’s. It is interesting to wonder if Japan would have continued to consume mostly powdered tea without his influence.Koicha Matcha AffogatoSpeaking of matcha, Lu Ann from The Cup of Life posted about one ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on September 14, 2018 11:00 am
    5 days ago
  • Mei Mei Fine Teas Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Red Leaf Chi Ye
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: long, dark, and twistedSteep time: 10 secondsWater Temperature: 210 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: gold I first came across this tea while scrolling through my Instagram feed. World of Tea had posted a picture and I was definitely intrigued. Luckily, the company say my comment on the post and offered to send some for me to try. Dancong are among my favorite oolongs but I had never heard of Chi Ye. According to Mei Mei Fine Tea’s ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on September 12, 2018 11:00 am
    1 week ago
  • Young Mountain Tea – video link
    Play this short video to learn a little more about Young Mountain Tea. The company's founder, Raj Vable, describes the realities of the Indian tea industry, and presents how Young Mountain Tea hopes to use tea as a catalyst for change in rural India.  ... read more
    Source: Young Mountain TeaPublished on September 10, 2018 3:50 pm
    1 week ago
  • Tea Company Connects Springfield with Northern India
    Radio Interview: 89.7 KLCC Sit back and enjoy an afternoon chat with Raj Vable, Founder of Young Mountain Tea.  He will discuss the motivation for beginning Young Mountain Tea, and the social mission at the heart of the company's work.  ... read more
    Source: Young Mountain TeaPublished on September 10, 2018 3:39 pm
    1 week ago
  • Friday Roundup: September 2nd – September 8th
    Drinking Tea for Detox and Health Benefits | The Tea Fix Podcast S1 E06Geoff and Leona from The Tea Fix tackled a bit of a touchy subject in the tea world. Health benefits are not part of my personal tea experience or journey but I thought they both handled it very well. I really liked that Geoff shared his personal experiences and misadventures in reference to this topic but it could definitely help others avoid ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on September 7, 2018 11:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • Teabento Jade Monkey
    Country of Origin: TaiwanLeaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolledSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 200 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: bright goldTeabento is a company that I've featured here on the blog quite a bit over the last few months. They generously shared a large number of samples so there is still more to share. Each of their teas is named after an animal that is incorporated into their product photography. I think this is an adorable gimmick and really helps them to ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on September 5, 2018 11:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • WuyiOrigin 2017 Rougui – Fruity Style
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: dark, twistedSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: reddish amberI've had the pleasure of reviewing several teas from WuyiOrigin, an operation run by Cindy Chen and her husband Mr. Zhou. They specialize in Wuyi and Dancong oolongs produced by each of their respective families. I first discovered Cindy when a friend suggested that I follow her on social media because of the beautiful pictures she shared of the Wuyi mountains. The quality of ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on September 3, 2018 11:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • Drinking Tea “Properly”
    Tea is naught but this: First you heat the water, Then you make the tea. Then you drink it properly. That is all you need to know.Sen no Rikyu I recently came across the above lines immortalized by Sen no Rikyu, the great master of the Japanese tea ceremony. Sure, I had heard them before but for some reason they shouted out to me strongly this time. And I began to wonder: Have we ... read more
    Source: Tillerman TeaPublished on September 1, 2018 2:00 am
    3 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: August 26th – September 1st
    Unsung HeroXavier from Teaconomics wrote a very interesting blog post about an unsung hero of tea history, the Wardian case. Without it the Darjeeling tea industry as we know it might never have existed. Robert Fortune used this invention to successfully transport plants from China, changing the course of tea history.Iced Matcha Rose LatteJee from Oh, How Civilized in the master of the layered matcha drink. This week she shared a recipe for a delicious ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on August 31, 2018 11:00 am
    3 weeks ago
  • Interview with Muskan Khanna – Operations Manager at Tea Studio
    Nestled on the lush terraced hillside of a sleepy Nilgiri community lies Tea Studio. This glass structure with soaring ceilings and red trim is the only modern feature on these age-old terraces. This state of the art tea processing and educational facility was the longtime dream of Indi Khanna - who has been producing fine Indian teas for decades. While Tea Studio was being conceptualized, Indi asked his daughter Muskan to leave her work in ... read more
    Source: Young Mountain TeaPublished on August 30, 2018 9:30 am
    3 weeks ago
  • Leafy Green Dong Ding Heavy Roast
    Country of Origin: TaiwanLeaf Appearance: dark, tightly rolledSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 195 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: amberI have a soft spot in my heart for Taiwanese oolongs, particularly Dong Ding. It was one of the first teas that I really became obsessed with when I first started down this rabbit hole, so much so that I ordered a cup of it almost daily from a cafe near where I was working at the time. It amazed me that such complex ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on August 29, 2018 4:29 pm
    3 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: August 19th – August 25th
    Wuyi Shan VibesI've been following the adventures of Dylan at "Like the Sweetest Dew from Heaven" for quite some time. I really admire his commitment to being on the ground, learning from farmers in China. His base has been Huangshan for some time so I was surprised to see a post this week detailing his experiences in Wuyishan. 4 Creative Ways to Relax with TeaLu Ann at The Cup of Life put together a list of ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on August 24, 2018 11:00 am
    4 weeks ago
  • Jing Tea Matcha
    Country of Origin: JapanLeaf Appearance: deep green, finely powderedWater Temperature: 160 degreesPreparation Method: traditionalLiquor: deep greenAfter nearly a decade of writing about and reviewing teas, I've gotten pretty good at judging what tea is worth trying before I even drink it. This is particularly true for matcha. I say no more often than I say yes for this category because it is fraught with counterfeits and just plain bad tea. One of the most important things that I look for ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on August 22, 2018 11:00 am
    4 weeks ago
  • My Tea Party Bridal Shower
    I can hardly believe it but my wedding is less than 60 days from now! Wedding planning and my work schedule are leaving me little time for tea these days but one definitely bright spot was my bridal shower this past weekend. My bridal party knows me well so they put together a fun and festive tea party themed bridal shower. These are the same crew that was behind my bachelorette surprise, where they took me ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on August 20, 2018 7:11 pm
    4 weeks ago