• Hojicha Co. Dark Roast
    Country of Origin: JapanLeaf Appearance: dark, somewhat coarse with a large number of stemsSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 194 degreesPreparation Method: kyusuLiquor: dark amber When Tea Thoughts sent me their fall Steep It Real Box last year, I was super excited to see a big bag of their Dark Roast among all of the goodies. Hojicha Co. had just started making the rounds in my Instagram feed. They are definitely the first tea company I’ve seen that specialized ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on October 28, 2020 9:00 am
    1 day ago
  • Being Tea Teacher Training – Module 2
    In September, I shared that I’ve enrolled in the Tea Teacher Training course offered by Suzette Hammond of Being Tea. I’ll share my experience with each of the course modules at the end of each month. So far, it has been challenging and eye-opening. It has been a long time since I was in school! My journey to becoming a tea educator has only just begun, but I’ve already learned so much about myself ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on October 26, 2020 9:00 am
    3 days ago
  • First Try at Tea Eggs!
    Pre-COVID I frequented a Chinese tea house in DC pretty often called Ching Ching Cha. I’ve written about it before, you can check it out here! One of the visits I tried their tea eggs and wow, they were good! They have this potent aroma and flavor that really elevated the eggs. Ever since then I wanted to try it but was afraid I would ruin a bunch of eggs. Fast forward to last week ... read more
    Source: Tea ThoughtsPublished on October 25, 2020 6:52 pm
    4 days ago
  • Friday Roundup: October 19th – October 24th
    The Friday Roundup is a weekly collection of five of my favorite blog posts from around the world. It’s my little way of getting the word out about all of my favorite tea blogs. Is there someone I’m missing? Let me know about it in the comments below! UK Tea Academy’s Tea Foundation Online Michelle from One More Steep shared her experience with the UK Tea Academy’s online course. Having taken courses with a ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on October 23, 2020 5:26 pm
    6 days ago
  • Blue Willow Tea Golden Bud Biluochun
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: tightly curled, dark with lots of golden hairsSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: amber At the end of last year, Blue Willow Tea had an unfortunate break-in at their shop in Berkeley, CA. I treated myself to a few teas as a means of showing my support. This tea was one of them. I couldn’t resist a golden black tea, especially if it is from Yunnan! The name Biluochun is ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on October 21, 2020 3:13 pm
    1 week ago
  • 2020 Spring Teas with Masters by Adagio Teas
    The fall chill is setting in, but I’m still stubbornly yearning for spring teas. Masters by Adagio Teas shared their new harvests with me months ago, but I’m just now getting to share my thoughts here on the blog. I thoroughly enjoyed last year’s selection, so I was excited to see how they compared with the 2020 batch. Adagio Teas has long been a favorite in my tea circles, but their Masters line takes ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on October 14, 2020 9:58 am
    2 weeks ago
  • Meet the Tea: Baozhong
    Baozhong is one of the most lightly oxidized oolong varieties, ranging from about 8 to 18%. The leaves are very green in color, and the taste is so light and fresh that you might think it was a green tea! Pouchong is another name you will see used for this tea. It is from an older method of transliteration that is no longer used. I encourage tea companies to use modern Pinyin whenever possible ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on October 12, 2020 9:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • Steap’d In Storytelling: Mona from Teawala
    In this first interview recorded for the blog, I’m thrilled to introduce Mona, the tea enthusiast, proud Hong Konger, and Founder of Teawala, a source for authentic teas direct from farms aimed at celebrating the people, places, and traditions behind each cup. Ever since we met virtually for tea this summer, I’ve found great joy in sharing stories, tea leaves, and conversations with her. She’s fearlessly contributed to the Activist Teahouse in September during our ... read more
    Source: Steap’dPublished on October 12, 2020 7:40 am
    3 weeks ago
  • A little bit about the Tea Thoughts Journey!
    Happy Sunday friends and thanks for joining me as I share a little bit about the Tea Thoughts journey. As my next shop update approaches tomorrow I’ve been doing a lot of reflection myself and wanted to share. Before I start, I want to say that I will be sharing difficulties and triumphs with you. I don’t share the difficulties as a way to garner sympathy, just to share. I feel extremely grateful to be ... read more
    Source: Tea ThoughtsPublished on October 11, 2020 8:24 am
    3 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: October 4th – October 10th
    The Friday Roundup is a weekly collection of five of my favorite blog posts from around the world. It’s my little way of getting the word out about all of my favorite tea blogs. Is there someone I’m missing? Let me know about it in the comments below! How to Properly Serve & Eat Traditional Afternoon Tea Have you ever wondered if there is a right way to do afternoon tea? Lu Ann from ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on October 9, 2020 5:52 pm
    3 weeks ago
  • Book Review: Grow Your Own Tea
    Did you know you can grow tea at home? I've been growing my own Camellia Sinensis plants at home for a couple of years now, mostly figuring things out as I go along. I was so excited to see the new book Grow Your Own Tea by tea farmer Christine Parks and tea historian Susan Walcott, Ph.D and couldn't wait to get my hands on it.There are so many questions to answer before you start ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on October 8, 2020 2:51 pm
    3 weeks ago
  • White2Tea 2018 Mini Redhead
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: compressed, dark with scattered golden tipsSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: reddish amber I ordered a new travel gaiwan set last year and was pleasantly surprised to receive a sample of White2Tea’s Mini Redhead. These 7g coins are smaller versions of their famous black tea, Natural Redhead. It is a sun-dried Dian Hong made with larger leaf material. I’m a sucker for beautiful tea packaging, and the art deco style ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on October 7, 2020 9:00 am
    3 weeks ago
  • Malawi Back to School Fundraising Campaign for Rare Charity
    Disclaimer: this post is NOT sponsored nor I am affiliated in any way to Rare Tea Company or Rare Charity. It was my own initiative to participate and fundraise for this Back to School campaign by Rare Charity. I only ask for a few minutes of your time to read this post… once you do, please consider donating to this wonderful cause.  Photo credit: Rare CharityMalawi Antlers White Tea It wasn’t that long ago that ... read more
    Source: Tea CachaiPublished on October 5, 2020 5:48 pm
    3 weeks ago
  • Tea: A Nerd’s Eye View by Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace MD
    This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. You can find my privacy policy here. I thoroughly enjoyed Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace’s other book, Three Basic Teas and How to Enjoy Them, so I was excited to hear that she was releasing a new title called Tea: A Nerd’s Eye View. I preordered a signed copy and was able to pick ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on October 5, 2020 9:00 am
    3 weeks ago
  • It’s Kringle Season!
    I can’t remember exactly when it was but I think two years ago I was wondering the isles of trader joe’s when i came across a pastry I had never seen before, kringle. I have a huge sweet tooth and because it was near the holidays I thought that it would be a nice treat to take home! I also saw that this was a Danish pastry and was excited to try a sweet from ... read more
    Source: Tea ThoughtsPublished on October 4, 2020 11:17 am
    4 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: September 27th to October 3rd
    The Friday Roundup is a weekly collection of five of my favorite blog posts from around the world. It’s my little way of getting the word out about all of my favorite tea blogs. Is there someone I’m missing? Let me know about it in the comments below! Adagio Masters – Formosa Ruby 18 Black : Harvest Comparison | 2019 vs 2020 Kimberly from Tea is a Wish Your Heart Makes tasted two harvests ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on October 3, 2020 5:18 pm
    4 weeks ago