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What is Purple tea?

17 minutes agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

We are all familiar with the various tea types such as black tea, green tea, oolong and so forth. But have you heard of purple tea? Purple tea is being marketed and sold mainly by Kenya-based tea growers. Although some purple tea exists in India and China, for economic reasons … Continue reading ? The post What is Purple tea? appeared first on T Ching.

The Legend of Darjeeling

yesterdayFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Legend says winter comes from the hands of Chys Khan, the master of the cold. It is passed from his hands to those of Father Christmas, who is responsible for distributing it throughout the rest of Europe. Both have a white beard, but Chys Khan is wrapped up even warmer. … Continue reading ? The post The Legend of Darjeeling appeared first on T Ching.

Baozhong Zhuo Yan d'hiver 2016

A Taiwan, une vague de froid, c'est quand les températures passent sous les 20 degrés Celcius! Ce fut le cas ces derniers jours, mais aujourd'hui le soleil a fait remonter le thermomètre et m'a donné envie de goûter à mon Baozhong Zhuo Yan d'hiver. Show More Summary

Tea in Mexico: Part Two

2 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

This continues an interview with Claudia Aguilera, a trained tea professional and tea vendor in Mexico, talking about tea culture and her experiences in the industry in Mexico. Is there a connection between Mexican tea drinking and teas produced in South America? Not really. Show More Summary

Congregation of Vapours

I have of late, but wherefore I know not... lost all my mirth.  Foregone all custom of exercise. And, indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the Earth, seems to me... a sterile promontory. However, what...Show More Summary

Lucky Bags

3 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

More than one friend had told me that what they missed the most, after they left the States, were the freeways.  While galloping on deserted Interstate 10 early morning on New Year’s Day, I pondered how I would never miss the freeways because I would never leave the States. When … Continue reading ? The post Lucky Bags appeared first on T Ching.

A taste of the 18th century thanks to Medea Bindewald

On this CD, Medea Bindewald plays music by Jacob Kirkman on a 1756 double manual harpsichord by Jacob Kirkman (the composer's uncle)! I found this idea of playing on a historical instrument intimate to the composer so daring and meaningful that I helped crowdfund this CD last September. Show More Summary

Blast from the Past: When the cold takes its toll, try peppermint tea

5 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Have you ever craved something warm and relaxing during the winter – something to soothe your body of ailments from the cold?  Recently, while on the cold snow-covered mountains of central California, I discovered why so many peopleShow More Summary

The English Tradition of Afternoon Tea

6 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I’ve been spending my winter this year in Spain and much to my displeasure, the Spanish are not enamored with tea……yet!  Being in Andalusia along the southern coast, which is reported to have the warmest temperatures in the EU during...Show More Summary

Cours de thé francophone

Dans une semaine ces étudiants rentreront en Europe après un semestre d'échange à l'Université Nationale de Taiwan. Vu leur attention, leur nombreuses questions et la foison de notes qu'ils ont prise, on dirait que je leur ai donné un cours super intéressant! C'est le bonheur de débuter, d'avoir tout à apprendre. Show More Summary

Crunch time for loose leaf Japanese green tea

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Noriyuki Teshima, 33 years old, is a rarity in the world of Japanese green tea. Rather than head to the city for a more cosmopolitan job and way of life, he has stayed true to his roots: tea. The tea farm Noriyuki inherited from his father, while still in his 20’s, … Continue reading ? The post Crunch time for loose leaf Japanese green tea appeared first on T Ching.

Tea and Travel: My First Experience with Mint Tea in Morocco

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

When I was sharing my Morocco itinerary with friends over the last few months, one recommendation was consistently on every list: mint tea at Café Hafa in Tangier. I was already excited to try the supposedly delicious Moroccan mint tea...Show More Summary

Just a Cup of Tea Makes a Difference

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Not only is the elderly population large, but it’s getting larger every year due to the advancement of health care. On the other hand, many of them experience depression and loneliness either because they lost their partner or because they became unable to engage in various social activities. Show More Summary

The Dong Ding Oolong and WuYi Yan Cha Connections

After their visit to the Dong Ding Oolong competition, it was interesting to let the 3 Penn State Tea Institute directors taste the connection between Dong Ding Oolong and Wu Yi Yan Cha. This was also an opportunity to let them brew and give them advice to improve their technique. Show More Summary

Blast from the past: A bowl of tea, broth, rice, and memories

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Looking for a dish that comforts in the cooler, darker days of winter?  A perfect combination of a simple broth and Japanese green tea, ochazuke is the dish that brings me back to my college days, when cooking in a dorm on a hotplate...Show More Summary

Tea culture in Mexico; an interview with Claudia Aguilera

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

As part of helping to moderate an international-themed Facebook tea group, and just due to being curious about the subject, I talk to people in different places about tea.  One of those people is Claudia Aguilera, a tea enthusiast in Mexico, and founder of  TÉ EN HEBRAS HINDIE, (on Facebook here). Show More Summary

Winter 2016 Dong Ding Oolong competition

Almost half the 6561 competing lots were rejected from this winter's competition (46.3%)! The roasting of this season's Oolong was also much more intense than in the spring. Most of the dry leaves we saw were very dark, almost black.I served as guide for these 3 Tea Institute (@Penn State) students. Show More Summary

Green Tea Extract – Part Two

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Part II Based on our original research, we received feedback from readers with a different viewpoint. Some of the comments that were received are… “I take one Green Tea Pill a day and I feel great!” “GTE has helped with weight loss, so I don’t care what you say, this … Continue reading ? The post Green Tea Extract – Part Two appeared first on T Ching.

Shaking up the tea and food equation

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

It’s always heartening to find that every time I present a session on pairing our favorite beverage with other than a scone or a cookie, there is an appreciative and enthusiastic audience. What I thought might have been self-evident over the years has turned out to be anything but. Show More Summary

Let’s Look at Our Blessings

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

With the election over, millions of people throughout the United States are angry, frightened and feeling betrayed. The amount of stress, anxiety, and depression is unprecedented.  We can hold onto these negative feelings or we can move forward in our lives. Show More Summary

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