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Tea Times: My Favorite Times to Have Tea

9 hours agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

“Tea time.” Those two words are music to my ears. As self-proclaimed tea fanatics, we all enjoy a good tea time. But everyone’s different, we all have our own tea times and rituals, and today I’d like to share mine. My first cup of tea is in the morning with … Continue reading ? The post Tea Times: My Favorite Times to Have Tea appeared first on T Ching.

Wenshan Baozhong et jardin d'Alsace

Wenshan Baozhong Da Pang du printemps 2015 Durant tous mes stages de thé, nous avons dégusté le thé à une table, assis sur une chaise. C'est ainsi qu'on est le plus confortable en Europe.A Taiwan, j'ai pris le pli de m'assoir sur le sol en bois ou en tatami, le plus souvent sur un petit coussin. Show More Summary

The Circle is Overcomplete

The Peacock of Bulang went well, last week, and thus emboldened, I dug through some of my old samples to find a bit more Dayi: the 8582-805. First of all, this is a sample kindly provided (many years ago, in fact) by Terje; the tea-leaves have been relaxing in the splendour of their polythene bag for a number of years. Show More Summary

Blast from the Past: Experiencing the Interest Firsthand

3 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

If they’re not careful, trade journalists like me can begin to operate in a bubble.  From their desks, they research and write about what’s happening on the business-to-business side of their industry, losing touch with the business-to-consumer...Show More Summary

Artisan Glass Teaware from Rochester Glassworks – Part 2

4 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I began the development of my custom teacup with tremendous excitement and minor trepidation if I’m being completely honest.  Here’s where my artistic abilities would surely come into play. No more excuses about being a frustrated artist...Show More Summary

Prag, 1st Oolong Brewing Workshop (without pitcher)

On Saturday, July the 18th, I taught my Oolong Brewing technique in Prag, Czech Republic. A long time tea friend, Zdenek, who runs the Longfeng.cz tea store invited me to teach his most passionate customers. One of them runs a tea forum and tea site. Show More Summary

Gong Fu Tea Tips

5 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

In tea preparation, there is always a lot of discussion of form versus function. On the one hand, it shows great respect to prepare the tea in a way that allows its greatest virtue to shine forth. It took a tremendous concert of natural energies and billions of years to … Continue reading ? The post Gong Fu Tea Tips appeared first on T Ching.

Opening a Tea Store… Is That Your Dream? Part 2

6 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Running a great business on a shoestring is no easy task.  Well-known chefs usually have an investor or partner(s) to establish their restaurant brands.  It does really take money to make money. If you are leaning toward a store rather...Show More Summary

Tea Pairings, Chiki Style!

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I was inspired to write this after reading Robert Wemischner’s “Marriages Made in Tea and Dessert Heaven” where he talks about pairing a honey and salt-encrusted shortbread with matcha. That sounds so YUMMY! My tea shop, Chiki Tea in Japan, is American-Japanese fusion for a reason. Show More Summary

The Circle is Complete

Peacocks.  Sure, they look pretty - until they open their mouths.  GRAAAARKKK!  They sound like the eternal damned. There is a very pretty pub in this city, by the river.  Everything nice, everything routine.  Bridge, running water, old buildings. Show More Summary

Tea Business Spotlight 18 - Tealated

Welcome to the eighteenth of our Tea Business Spotlights, in which we allow tea people to share insights on running their business. If you're a tea business owner and you'd like to take part in an upcoming spotlight, please contact us. Show More Summary

Stage d'infusion du Oolong en Alsace

Le stage du 15 juillet s'est déroulé principalement dans cette grande pièce sobre autour d'une longue table. Chacun avait son gaiwan et ses coupes pour pouvoir immédiatement s'exercer au maniement des ustensiles. Cette formule en petit groupe et au calme nous a permis de couvrir tous les aspects de l'infusion du Oolong en gaiwan. Show More Summary

Blast from the Past: Late Summer Mint Drinks

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

As summer draws on, I find myself relaxing into a slower pace, quitting work earlier and waking up later, all perks of my free-lance existence.  Mid-afternoons find me lying on my deck with a beverage in hand, as I watch sailboats afar...Show More Summary

Artisan Glass Tea Cups from Rochester Glassworks – Part 1

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I’m often approached to sample tea or tea ware to review for T Ching.  I recently got an intriguing email from Robin Hamm who had a proposal that I just couldn’t resist.  Robin is the creator of Rochester Glassworks in Rochester N.Y. where...Show More Summary

Fetching Water

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

The last drop glides off the silver-tipped spout and fills the side handle teapot. The iron kettle stands empty. Steam is rising, tea infusing, fire bound coals basking in the brazier. In the Daoist tearoom, sunset orange themes the decor: quiet, dim, and gentle on the eyes. Purple Buddha, our … Continue reading ? The post Fetching Water appeared first on T Ching.

Opening a Tea Store… Is That Your Dream? Part 1

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

A preacher I love to listen to often recites this little poem:  “Great it is to dream the dream when you stand in youth by the starry stream.  But a greater thing is to fight life through, and to say at the end ‘The dream was true.'”  He also often says: “How … Continue reading ? The post Opening a Tea Store… Is That Your Dream? Part 1 appeared first on T Ching.

Terminology of High Quality Tea

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

This past World Tea Expo, I had the great honor of joining a panel of experts that discussed the need and opportunity for standards of excellence for specialty tea. The panel as well as the presentation that I gave on Direct Trade was well attended with fresh and veteran faces … Continue reading ? The post Terminology of High Quality Tea appeared first on T Ching.

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Purple Haze

Gentle Reader, I hope that you are easing pleasantly into the summer, in whichever way you ease best.  The end of the academic year  here feels like the climax to a bad movie: more, and more, and more pressure / examinations / socials... Show More Summary

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