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From Our Members… 2018-06-09T13:25:53+00:00
  • Friday Roundup: December 9th – December 15th
    Taiping HouKuiElaine from Contemplative Tea wrote about her experience drinking Taiping HouKui from Harney & Sons. This is one of my favorite green teas and I very much share her affinity for those big, beautiful leaves. I love that she closes her tea reviews with a contemplative thought. This tea inspired her to think of Dr. Seuss!The Basics of Preparing MatchaMichelle from One More Steep penned a short but sweet guide to preparing matcha. This ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on December 14, 2018 11:00 am
    2 days ago
  • A Little Tea Book: All the Essentials from Leaf to Cup by Sebastian Beckwith with Caroline Paul
    I have a compulsive need to read every new tea book that I can get my hands on. This is especially true when the author is someone who played such a big role in the beginning of my tea journey. Sebastian Beckwith is the co-founder of In Pursuit of Tea. When I first started this blog, his company had a storefront on Crosby Street in NYC. I stopped in as often as I could to ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on December 12, 2018 11:00 am
    4 days ago
  • Friday Roundup: December 2nd – December 8th
    2013 Golden Flower Dark Tea Fu Zhuan from Tea Art of ChinaFu bricks from China’s Hunan Province are well known for their “golden flower” mold. It can still be a bit hard to find in the west, especially in smaller quantities than a massive brick. Oolong Owl is one of the few people I know who REALLY like this tea. Her tasting note of spun honey definitely makes me want to give it a try.Books ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on December 7, 2018 11:00 am
    1 week ago
  • Lost Tea Co. White Moonlight
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: fairly broken but some buds visibleSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 185 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: goldLost Tea Co. specializes in small tea farms that the owner, Rishi Reddy, directly sources from himself in Yunnan. I was definitely intrigued when he first contacted me about reviewing their teas. As a graduate student at Harvard and MIT, he traveled to China and India in order to study tea. Since he did not speak any Chinese he used a ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on December 3, 2018 4:42 pm
    2 weeks ago
  • Continuing Education: Reflections on a Trip to Taiwan
    My general practice is to write on Taiwan tea history, or to babble on about some issue or other that I think is worthy of an opinion. This month however, I will focus on some of the things I have experienced on my just completed trip to Taiwan. A lesson learned anew: higher isn’t necessarily better when it comes to Taiwanese tea. Growers (and tea vendors no less so) like to emphasize the elevation ... read more
    Source: Tillerman TeaPublished on December 1, 2018 2:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: November 25th – December 1st
    Tea By Me – a talk with Anne, the tea maker of award-winning Dutch teasTea Chronicles shared a fascinating interview with Tea By Me, a Dutch company that specializes in home grown tea. Anne taught herself how to make tea since she couldn’t travel to China or other producing countries. They have even developed their own cultivar, perfectly suited to the cool climate.Earl Grey Poached Pears with Hazelnut GranolaI have a pretty strong dislike for ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on November 30, 2018 11:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • Bitterleaf Teas Alter Ego 2017 Spring Mansa Ancient Tree Huang Pian Raw Puer
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: compressed, varied greens and browns with some stemsSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: deep gold One of the final steps in tea production that doesn’t get much attention is the sorting of the leaves. In the case of raw puerh this usually involves the removal of huang pian. These “yellow leaves” might be the wrong color or shape but they are still certainly worth drinking. Farmers typically keep huang pian for themselves ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on November 28, 2018 5:50 pm
    3 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: November 18th – November 24th
    Becoming a Certified Tea SommelierTea education is a bit of a hot button topic. There are a lot of programs out there and it is hard to know which is the right one for you. This week Jee from Oh, How Civilized shared about her experience with becoming a certified tea sommelier. Congrats to her for achieving her goal and sticking with it!Impressions (2015 & 2017) YSSean, part of the trio behind Dead Leaves Club, ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on November 23, 2018 4:41 pm
    3 weeks ago
  • Tea Master Profile: Jhentea – Taiwan
    The story of Jhentea and this family of tea masters spans over many generations and begins with Hon Chen in 1850. Hon Chen was a tea master in Fujian, China who had shared his knowledge with his family, eventually expanding into Taiwan. The fertile soil and weather conditions in Taiwan were perfect for cultivating tea. Hon Chen's son, Li Chen was able to establish a tea garden on the Taipei mountain thanks to the family's hard work ... read more
    Source: Tea ParityPublished on November 20, 2018 11:40 am
    4 weeks ago
  • New Nepali Teas on the Horizon – Interview with Nishchal Banskota of the Kanchanjangha Tea Garden and Nepal Tea Co.
    Located in the lush forests near Nepal's eastern border is the Kanchanjangha Tea Garden and Research Center (KTE-RC) – a 36 year old tea garden in the shadow of the 3rd highest peak in the Himalayas. This garden was established by Mr. Deepak Prakash Banskota as an enterprising youth. He dove headfirst into the tea business planting out the hillside with tea cuttings despite being met with skepticism from the area's villagers. Over the years ... read more
    Source: Young Mountain TeaPublished on November 19, 2018 12:57 pm
    4 weeks ago
  • Where to Have Tea in Savannah, GA
    I’ve just returned from my honeymoon to Savannah, GA and I was pleasantly surprised at how much tea I found while I was there. My husband and I both definitely drank enough sweet tea to give us diabetes but there was also plenty of unsweetened hot tea to be had as well. In this post I’ll list of all of the places that I tea’d during our trip. The GastonianWe stayed at a beautiful historic ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on November 19, 2018 11:00 am
    4 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: November 11th – November 17th
    Review: Golden Yunnan from The Republic of TeaI always enjoy reading reviews from Sara at Tea Happiness. Her beautiful photographs usually include my favorite things; tea, plants, and the NYC skyline. This week she wrote about Golden Yunnan. The pairing suggestions from the office tea club were especially helpful. You really can’t go wrong with putting chocolate together with this kind of tea.6 Ways to Make, Drink & Enjoy MatchaHow much do I love matcha? ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on November 16, 2018 11:00 am
    1 month ago