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YOU WIN OR YOU DIE

I have long searched for an accurate analogy for the life of an "early career academic" (for which one should of course read: "someone too ignorant to get a real job").  The nature of this life is well-documented - articles on the difficulties...Show More Summary

WANTED: managing editor/entrepreneur

17 hours agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I am looking for a teacentric creative to help expand T Ching beyond its impressive current blog position as the #1 tea blog on the internet. We would love having someone from the T Ching community join the team as we bring T Ching to the next level. Show More Summary

World Tea Expo 2015

yesterdayFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Air is the key to the success in tea business - this is what I learned on this trip. Air helps deliver the fresh tea in the water - which is the mother of tea. This may sound new to many in the trade, but it is the truth. Removal of moisture from green leaf is the manufacture of tea, whereas addition of moisture back is the brewing of tea. Show More Summary

Good morning Lishan!

In late spring in Taiwan, a common weather pattern is sunshine in the morning and clouds in the afternoon. So, this Tuesday, I got up at 3:30 AM to drive to Lishan in order to take these pictures of Taiwan's highest tea plantations! Alone on the small mountain road, it feels like a privilege to experience the beauty of these amazing landscapes. Show More Summary

Going to tea

4 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

You're going out to tea today, Be careful what you do; Let all accounts that I shall hear, Be pleasant ones, of you. Continue reading ? The post Going to tea appeared first on T Ching.

Mastery: why tea tastes different when they make it

4 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

As a boy, I spent a great amount of time in my grandmother's kitchen. We would talk about life and she would do her best to teach me how to prepare meals. "As a host, you only need to know one or two recipes really well and learn how to make them delicious." Continue reading ? The post Mastery: why tea tastes different when they make it appeared first on T Ching.

Better Dead Than Red

Ave, Reader, full of tea, blessed art thou among drinkers and blessed is the fruit of thy zishahu. It has been one month to the very day, at the time of writing, that I have foisted my missives in your general direction, and I trust that this lunar cycle has been favourable to you and yours. Show More Summary

Bowl 8: Grace and beauty; gong fu tea

6 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Our tea life isn’t just about a greater connection to Nature through the Leaf, but an attunement with our self as well. We must therefore cultivate both inner and outer harmony, a flow from the absolute into the relative. We learn this flow through the practice Continue reading ? The post Bowl 8: Grace and beauty; gong fu tea appeared first on T Ching.

The Huntington revisited

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, or simply the Huntington, has been featured in several T Ching posts. Even poems in the style of the seventeen-syllable haiku were composed to commemorate its Japanese Garden's 2012 reopening. Continue reading ? The post The Huntington revisited appeared first on T Ching.

Marriages made in tea and dessert heaven

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

During my recent presentation at the World Tea Expo in Long Beach, CA., I paired five teas with five sweets proving that sometimes our preconceived notions can be turned upside down. I know implicitly that smoky black teas work beautifully...Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: doing business with tea

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I have learned the perfect way to conduct business with other people. I believe this discovery should become an adopted practice for everyone doing business today. Continue reading ? The post Flashback Friday: doing business with tea appeared first on T Ching.

Nepal earthquake: tea reaches out

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Two devastating earthquakes occurred in Nepal between April 25 and May 13. Words fail to describe the loss of life, damage to thousands of sites secular and sacred, injury - and the difficulty for victims accessing fresh water, food, medical attention, and basic supplies. Continue reading ? The post Nepal earthquake: tea reaches out appeared first on T Ching.

Deux maitres de la santé et le thé

Docteur Sharon Moalem et docteur Bernard Erler Quel est l'impact du thé sur la santé? Mes lecteurs réguliers savent que c'est une question que je n'aborde pratiquement pas ou alors de manière oblique. En effet, mon intérêt pour le thé est gustatif et esthétique. Show More Summary

Bowl 7: Connection to the great nature, bowl tea

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

The Leaf is the highest of scriptures. In tea we read sutras written not in the language of man, but that of the mountain and forest, earth and air, brook, stream, sunshine and moonshine. These leaves contain vast tomes, if we but learn to speak their language. Continue reading ? The post Bowl 7: Connection to the great nature, bowl tea appeared first on T Ching.

Youth choose TEA

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

When I started T Ching back in 2006, it was a direct result of my growing awareness about the health benefits of tea. Those of you who ever clicked on "about us," are aware of this mission: "T Ching was born out of a concern for theShow More Summary

The Yixing teapot Exhibition at the Tea Institute at PSU - The clays

To understand the complex world of Yixing teapots, the best is to go back to the basic ingredient that makes these teapots so special: the clay. Many mines may now be depleted, transformed into lakes, but it's still in the ground where...Show More Summary

Ten years of tea lovin’

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Los Angeles is well known for hosting events, galas, extravaganzas, concerts, and festivals, but the TEA LOVERS FESTIVAL can now boast an entire decade dedicated solely to tea lovers. Kulov Communications did it again the first weekend in May in Pasadena, Ca with grand success! Continue reading ? The post Ten years of tea lovin’ appeared first on T Ching.

Flashback Friday: grow your own!

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Curious enough – or serious enough – about Camellia sinensis to try growing your own? Even the thought of such a venture brings back fond memories of my father’s culinary adventures. The homemade root beer phase was a real hit with the neighborhood kids, especially since Dad bottled the brew in “stubbies,” or eleven ounce glass beer bottles. Show More Summary

High mountain Oolong from Changshu Hu, Alishan

Alishan is one of Taiwan's top tourist attraction. When Japan occupied the island from 1895 to 1945, the Japanese developed this area mainly to log the huge cypress trees that are growing here. They also built a railway to better access the forest and transport the huge logs. Show More Summary

Tea infused candy the next big thing?

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I've been reading about tea for years and working with tea for years. The absolute breadth of possibilities with tea is amazing and one application is in candy-making. We carried tea-infused bars when we had our store in Temecula years ago, but it's been Continue reading ? The post Tea infused candy the next big thing? appeared first on T Ching.

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