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Tea as the “Milk of Human Kindness”

14 hours agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

“May I make you a cup of tea?” Those eight words can mean so much more than a mere offer of liquid refreshment. They carry within them a deep understanding of human nature. Here’s an example that comes to mind. At a recent family event in frigid New Hampshire where … Continue reading ? The post Tea as the “Milk of Human Kindness” appeared first on T Ching.

Blast From the Past: The Era of the Clipper Ship

14 hours agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

The ship, a fragment detached from the earth, went on lonely and swift like a small planet. -Joseph Conrad (1857 – 1924), The Nigger of Narcissus The 1840s saw the beginning of the last and most exciting chapter in the history of the China tea trade. Show More Summary

2017 Yunnan Sourcing Blinded Puerh Tasting Event Gamma & Delta

This is the second of three posts on a blind sampling event comprised of 2017 Yunnan Sourcing Brand Puerh (the first was here). Things are progressing rather interestingly through this little event...Cwyn of Death By Tea has kindly lent her notes and options on all 6 blind samples on her blog recently. Show More Summary

Tea Blending: Rose Petals and Tea Leaves

3 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Rose petals, like tea leaves, have long bewitched throughout history, encompassing poetry affecting both the heart and spirit. The rose’s power to soften and uplift the spirit and open the heart are perhaps its most well-known of healing...Show More Summary

Tea, in a big way!

4 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

The Little Tea Book by Arthur Gray was written at the beginning of the previous century. Witness for yourself, with this excerpt, the deep admiration given to tea, the musing, and mulling generated by tea, along with the expressions and thoughts of the day back in 1903.   THE LITTLE … Continue reading ? The post Tea, in a big way! appeared first on T Ching.

2017 Yunnan Sourcing Blinded Puerh Tasting Event Alpha & Beta

This is classic, old-style, puerh blogger fun and games! It was a bit of a puerh blogging tradition back in the day to sample the latest Yunnan Sourcing brand puerh blinded and see how poorly you could guess the tea producing area. This sport was usually orchestrated by good ol’ Hobbes of the Half-Dipper (see here, here and here). Show More Summary

The Question Mark Chaxi

For this week's tea class, Ms. Zhang came up with this Chaxi for a high mountain Oolong from Qilai. Since she doesn't have a dedicated Chabu, she thought of using her grey 'meditation blanket' and a purple fabric on top. The material and color of these 2 fabrics is very suitable for a cold winter day. Show More Summary

Tea Trend of 2018: The Death of Direct Trade

5 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

In 2016 I forecasted that the major trend of the year would be “transparency” for the tea industry. This time in 2017 I was writing a series on Sustainability in the tea industry as I believed Sustainability was the major trend for the year. These trends gave way for the … Continue reading ? The post Tea Trend of 2018: The Death of Direct Trade appeared first on T Ching.

50 True Facts about Green Tea and Health (Catechin, ECGC, Polyphenols and Tannin)

6 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

The use of green tea as a medicine began thousands of years ago at first in China and then spreading throughout Asia. Like water, green tea has no calories.  Regular green tea has a water content of 99.9% and it can rehydrate the body. Show More Summary

Une leçon de Hung Shui Oolongs

Comment apprendre le thé? Comme pour le vin, c'est en le dégustant et en sachant exactement ce que l'on déguste. Si l'on est débutant, on commencera par goûter à des thés de familles différentes (blanc, vert, Oolong, rouge, puerh par exemple). Show More Summary

Dong Ding finesse

Winter 2017 Top Hung Shui Oolong from Dong Ding It's difficult to brew tea perfectly. I confess that it doesn't happen as often as I'd like. It's a constant challenge and I'm the first to notice when I merely brewed a good rather than a great cup of tea. Show More Summary

Dark Oolong for a dark hour

Despite the title of this article, this isn't a Chaxi devoted to the movie about Winston Churchill. In my previous article I found inspiration in a book by Alexandre Dumas and I could also do one about Chuchill. The last lion, Winston...Show More Summary

Blast From the Past: Chi and Tea?

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

If you find yourself lagging and dragging right now – start sipping and start breathing; pour a cup of tea and then do some deep inhalations and exhalations. Change is all around us.  Change comes from within us.  Change is us. For most of us, the weather is changing during … Continue reading ? The post Blast From the Past: Chi and Tea? appeared first on T Ching.

La Reine Margot et un thé de la concubine

Il n'est pas question de thé dans 'La Reine Margot' de Dumas, mais cela ne l'empêche pas d'être un roman historique captivant de la première à la dernière page. J'ai eu envie de créer ce Chaxi pour rendre hommage à ce livre! En effet, on peut trouver partout de l'inspiration pour un Chaxi, une cérémonie de thé. Show More Summary

Why Buying a Silver Needle White Tea is Always a Risky Task

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Guest post by: William Bailey If you ever tried Silver Needle white tea and didn’t understand why there is so much fuss about it, there might be a logical explanation. Maybe you have bought the wrong tea. Silver Needle is probably the...Show More Summary

5 Most Effective Detox Drinks for Weight Loss

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Guest post by: Amanda Wilks Are the limits of your current diet not doing enough for your weight? That’s totally understandable considering how complex and difficult a proper diet and exercise regimen can be. Combining the proper amounts...Show More Summary

Hangover Tisane Recipe

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I began studying herbalism in my late teens, and have continued practicing to varying degrees ever since. While in my early college days, the top two requests I got were tea for when people were sick with some kind of cold or flu; and a cure for “wine flu” also known as … Continue reading ? The post Hangover Tisane Recipe appeared first on T Ching.

Tea and Kids – Parents and Grandparents – Listen Up

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I’m often asked if it’s o.k. for kids to drink tea. The answer is a resounding YES. I remember reading an article a few years back about elementary school kids in Japan getting green tea during their morning at school. (I did searchShow More Summary

Blast From the Past: New Years Resolution: Lose weight with Green Tea? The Skinny on Fat and Tea

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

You’ve heard them many times before, maybe even uttered from your own lips. Those New Year’s Resolutions roll off our tongues like so much saliva. It’s certainly easy to say, but not so easy to follow through on. The past few years have...Show More Summary

Tea photography clues to select an online tea seller

Spring 2017 High Mountain Oolong from Bi Lu Xi Obviously, tea photography is very important for online tea selling, since customers can only see the products on their screen. Good pictures of the dry leaves, of the brew and of the open...Show More Summary

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