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Alisace, du mont Ali à l'Alsace

Les parcelles de Changshuhu dans la région d'Alishan sont parmi mes préférées. Ce petit village est à l'écart de celles qui voient défiler des centaines de milliers de touristes Chinois au Parc National. On y trouve du Jinxuan et du Qingxin Oolong, 2 grands classiques. Show More Summary

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 2

19 hours agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

What are the Four Foundations of Mindfulness? And what is mindfulness? It never harms to go back to basics from time to time. Mindfulness, in my opinion, is the attempt to bring a fully inclusive awareness to what we are doing right now. From a certain point of view we … Continue reading ? The post Medi-TEA-tion, Part 2 appeared first on T Ching.

Sip Safely: Diet Teas

yesterdayFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

What’s in your cup? A few years ago, upon presenting tea to groups of women at one of our local San Diego hospitals, I was asked to address the topic of diet teas at every one of my many presentations. It seemed that the hospital had been experiencing a number of … Continue reading ? The post Sip Safely: Diet Teas appeared first on T Ching.

What Does Your Business Say About You?

yesterdayFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

When we had our retail store in Temecula, California,  it was our first long-term experience in retailing, and we were novices at retail operations.  We just assumed that customers deserved a welcome, a smile, great service, great product, and a great experience. Show More Summary

WANTED: Social Media Editor

5 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

T Ching is looking for a new Social Media Editor. We need an individual who has a knack for creating an attractive environment for the T Ching community through social media. If you love being on social media every day then this might be the position for you! Responsibilities for the Social … Continue reading ? The post WANTED: Social Media Editor appeared first on T Ching.

review: refreshing sencha from my tea shelf

6 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : 99kettles

My Tea Shelf is a Seattle based one-woman business. Cristina Pulido has a background in design, but had a passion for flavors and aromas, which prompted her to pursue this venture. She designs and hand stamps all the packaging herself. The packaging and the presentation of the tea is very aesthetically pleasing. One of the unique […]

mellow monk matcha-style powdered green tea

6 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : 99kettles

It seems like forever since I last posted. And it really was a long time ago. I have been very busy, and while tea is still a passion of mine, and I still drink tea with fervor and curiosity, I haven’t written about it. But I am back, and I hope to be a much more prolific blog […]

enjoying tea osmanthus oolong

6 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : 99kettles is one of the top tea retailers online. I was fortunate enough to receive several samples from them a few weeks ago. Among these samples was this Osmanthus Oolong. Osmanthus is a flowering plant native to parts of Asia. This Oolong tea is blended with high quality golden Osmanthus and provides the prominent floral […]

Teas On Board: Flying High with Low-Quality Tea

6 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Recently, I took four flights in seven days. For tea lovers, those add up to a nightmare situation. What passes for onboard tea in economy class is often pre-brewed swill tainted with the residue of the coffee having been made previously in the same pot. Show More Summary

The Benefits of Buying Organic Tea, Part 2

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Read Part 1 here. Indirectly, when we buy organic tea we are also supporting smaller-scale farmers and cooperatives because, while organics probably can be maintained on quite large scales, the whole philosophy of going organic and being...Show More Summary


last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Well, it happened–I finished high school. As each end marks a new beginning, as I finish high school I’m beginning my studies at university. As I began packing my things for the big move, my mind drifted to tea as it generally does. A thought occurred to me: what will … Continue reading ? The post Moving appeared first on T Ching.

A Disappointment and a Consolation

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

As much as I enjoy trying a new tea spot, sometimes a return to the familiar is even better. All week I had looked forward to dropping by Matcha Box, the first tea bar in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to matcha. I am still missing... Continue reading ? The post A Disappointment and a Consolation appeared first on T Ching.

Starbucks and Deforestation…?

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I got an email this morning with some disturbing information.  It appears that Starbucks hasn’t been a good citizen of the environment.  They tout the fact that their coffee is “ethically sourced and sustainably produced” but they fail to mention the other products that they sell. Show More Summary

Prag. Day 2. Tea house owners workshop

This is the third and last workshop I performed in Europe this summer. It was also the most difficult one, because the participants were all tea professionals: tea house owners with a staff or partner! For them, tea is more than just pleasure, it's also a business. Show More Summary

Flowering CreativiTEA: An Illustrated Review

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Illustrated reviews are a pleasure to create, with tea, coffee, wine and whiskey my creative muses. They each inspire and engage the senses in a unique way. Tea creatively charges me. The velvety feel of the liquid releases a flood of...Show More Summary

Flow arts and the skill of pouring tea

1995 raw puerh - Yiwu There are 3 elements that have an impact on tea: the weather, the soil and the person who turns the leaves into tea. Likewise, there are 3 benefits to my tea blog: tasting great tea, visiting beautiful plantations and meeting interesting people. Show More Summary

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 1

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Over the next few installments, I would like to offer some tips for bringing more of the spirit of meditation into our tea drinking. This could be particularly relevant for those solitary tea sessions, which we might savor from time to time. But it is also useful when drinking tea … Continue reading ? The post Medi-TEA-tion, Part 1 appeared first on T Ching.

Kiln-Fired Heart

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Where will you be when your beloved teapot shatters to bits? Or when a prize cup is united with the floor? What will you feel? Although the hard ceramic of teaware is quite a far cry from fur or skin, I’m sure you’ll agree that your favorite mug, pot, or … Continue reading ? The post Kiln-Fired Heart appeared first on T Ching.

Is tea pairing pretentious?

I ask the question because I was surprised to see this remark pop up again and again in the comments to this article: 'Tea Sommeliers are the hot new thing in food pairing'. Wine and food pairing doesn't seem to raise eyebrows anymore, so why should tea? So, here are a few thoughts on the subject. Show More Summary

Life of a Tea Worker

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

 A heated debate is going on in India whether or not the tea worker is paid ‘minimum wage’ as prescribed by the annals of Government. The employers state vehemently  that they are doing their best on the tripartite level on a platform which saves them from the “Minimum Wages Act” … Continue reading ? The post Life of a Tea Worker appeared first on T Ching.

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