After the clays and the clay making, let's examine how Yixing teapots take shape. As part of this lecture, Teaparker asked the students of the Tea Institute to draw the same Xishi teapot from where they were sitting. This exercise forces...Show More Summary
To your friends you are known as a ‘tea person.’ You are serious about the tea you select and you steep with care. But, within the quiet confines of your kitchen countertop there lurks a dirty secret…how clean is your brewing accoutrement?...Show More Summary
As readers of this blog are aware, or soon will be, the world of tea is ancient, diverse, and deep. The same can be said of tea’s homeland, China, and as a result there is no one in China or elsewhere who knows everything there is to know about Chinese … Continue reading ? The post The Darkness of Tea appeared first on T Ching.
La pente est abrupte. Il m'a fallu une bonne demi-heure pour marcher/grimper du bas de la plantation de Da Yu Ling (située au km 97 de la route No. 8) au haut de la plantation. A plus de 2000 mètres de haut, on a vite le souffle court. Show More Summary
I saw an interesting new device by Lipton which previewed in France mid-September. It’s a single-serve device similar to a Keurig machine for coffee. It’s a rather beautiful visual design for their device, but they just don’t really get it. People who are really into tea, at least those in … Continue reading ? The post Lipton Missed the Boat appeared first on T Ching.
As summer continues to have its fevered grip late into September where I live (LA), my thoughts turn to ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and sometimes as the sole element of those meals). But tea, perfectly suitable to anyShow More Summary
When asked, we can all recall stories of redemption – some famous, some personal. They can inspire us and restore our faith in human nature. And they can open up new opportunities we might otherwise have foregone... Continue reading ? The post Redemption: Matcha Box appeared first on T Ching.
It’s that time of the year again, my all-time favorite time – fall! Here in Oklahoma, the weather has finally changed from the horrible 110 degrees that was our everyday reality during the summer to a beautiful 70-80 degrees the last few days. This kind of weather just makes me … Continue reading ? The post Blast from the Past: Falling into Fall appeared first on T Ching.
Cultivar: Qingxin OolongHarvested by hand on September 5th, 2015Origin:Qilai mountainElevation: 2000 metersThe summer and fall seasons usually produces lower quality fresh Oolong, because the weather is too hot. The leaves grow too quickly, which means few buds, and less fine aromas. Show More Summary
Delicious hot or cold, Toffee Bean, made by Monarch Tea Company, is a creamy, dreamy, and steamy treat of a blend. It is also the perfect beverage for those who love coffee and rooibos. Although caffeine free, I found it amusing that...Show More Summary
The start of the autumn season means it's time to light the charcoal fire in the Nilu again and let its sweet scents mingle with the fragrances of the mountain. But before going any further, let me dedicate this article to Christopher. Show More Summary
Wenshan Baozhong 'forêt subtropicale' L'avantage de préparer son Baozhong autour de Taipei, c'est non seulement de disposer d'endroits fantastiques dans les forêts subtropicales environnantes, mais aussi de respirer le même air que les théiers du Wenshan. Show More Summary
When it comes to gong fu tea, the most asked question by far is how to scour an Yixing pot and get it ready for use. We thought we’d devote an article to answering this for everyone’s benefit, and then maybe explore some other aspects of Yixing in the coming … Continue reading ? The post Gong Fu Tea Tips: Yixing Pots appeared first on T Ching.
When I began packing all my tea to bring to university, one of my first thoughts was how I would brew tea in my dorm. I was so used to my setup at home with all my teas lined up on a shelf and my kettle on the stove, a … Continue reading ? The post Tea at University appeared first on T Ching.
It was February 2013 when I decided we needed to relocate Chiki Tea to Japan. On returning from a two week trip around the country, sourcing teas for our website and meeting with our farmers and suppliers, I had the sudden urge to move back there. I’d spent large chunks … Continue reading ? The post Why We Left London for the Japanese Countryside appeared first on T Ching.
Preheating is a key element of successful brewing.Not only should you always preheat your teapot, but there's even a trick that will prevent your teapot from suffering a thermal shock. Start by pouring the off the boil water on the lid of the closed teapot (see above). Show More Summary
It’s all a matter of taste – some love it, others find it abhorrent. But the trend in American microbrews cannot be denied – tea is now hot in the beer space. Home brewers’ forums are abundant with flavor ideas and recipes, techniques, and reviews… which include tea. Show More Summary
Recently I had the pleasure of trying out some teas from the Wendigo Tea Company based in Cincinnati. My review is coming, but in the meantime I had the opportunity to talk shop with the founder of the company, Sky White, who some of you may know from the band Foxy … Continue reading ? The post An Interview with Sky White of Wendigo Tea Company appeared first on T Ching.
Beauté Orientale de 2013 Sur Twitter, un lecteur m'a demandé si j'aurai de la beauté orientale de 2015. Comme je suis retourné en Europe fin juin, je n'ai pas eu l'occasion d'en sélectionner durant la saison des récoltes. Mais est-ce...Show More Summary
And what about music? We can use the same process here as with tea selection. Don’t just un-pause the iPod from its last outing. Tune in and see which music feels right now. What will go well with the tea you have just picked? What will balance your current mood? Or is it actually … Continue reading ? The post Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4 appeared first on T Ching.