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Black tea for dark times – and caramel, too

21 hours agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

In the part of the country where I live, drought country, we are now in full winter rainy day mode. It’s a time when I hanker for the deep dark robust teas of India—rich malty Assams, forgiving Nilgiris, even the CTC teas that vaunted tea connoisseurs might spurn. I want … Continue reading ? The post Black tea for dark times – and caramel, too appeared first on T Ching.

Terra Sigillata, a 2500 years old pottery technique

The terra sigillata method dates back to the Greeks and Romans some 2500 years ago. The main characteristic of this pottery technique is that the slip, the glaze, on the earthenware is using the finest particles that float at the surface of the clay. Show More Summary

Losing Weight with Tea Tox teas?

yesterdayFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

You may have heard about various “Teatox”, Flat Tummy, bloat reduction and weight loss teas being advertised these days. These companies claim to promote weight loss, reduce bloating, and give you a ‘flat belly’ among other things. We...Show More Summary

Blooming on Snow Days

2 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

“This outward spring and garden are a reflection of the inward garden.” -Rumi Throughout the winter, we bundle up and remain snugged tight for several months. Therefore, it only seems fitting to create a beautiful, warm sanctuary for the soul with blooming tea. Show More Summary

L'esprit du thé et calligraphie chinoise

La pratique du thé nous ouvre aussi des portes vers la culture chinoise, plusieurs fois millénaire. Son art de la calligraphie se retrouve souvent sur les accessoires à thé (jarres, coupes, théières...) Son utilisation est soit poétique,...Show More Summary

Houjicha: roasted Japanese green tea

3 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I live in a 60-year old Japanese house. Beautifully positioned between two mountains surrounded by rice fields and a flowing stream. Sliding doors. Tatami floors. Single glazing. Zero insulation. No central heating. Get the picture?Show More Summary

A Song style teappuccino!

The variety of tastes, styles and methods make tea such a vast subject of study. It's important to learn the connections and evolution of these various styles. Song dynasty (960-1279) style, for instance, uses green powdered tea that is whisked in a bowl. Show More Summary

Blast from the past: You don’t have to break the bank to drink great tea

6 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

This article was originally posted to T Ching in February of 2011. In fact, loose-leaf tea is a screaming deal. Even though most loose-leaf teas are of much higher quality than bagged teas, they are often more economical ounce for ounce. Show More Summary

Tea and Building Muscle

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

We’ll begin with the statement that every human body is different. The processes and mechanisms that run it are complex, and we should be informed enough to understand at least the general rules that govern our bodily functions and development. Some people seem not to mind what they eat and … Continue reading ? The post Tea and Building Muscle appeared first on T Ching.

Taipei - Paris: 3:0

Lao Ban Zhang 2009 Non, il ne s'agit pas de foot, juste un clin d'oeil à la victoire du PSG contre le Barça. En fait, Olivier, un lecteur passionné de thé est venu pour un cours de thé sur les puerhs hier. Et comme il voulait profiter...Show More Summary

Brief Encounter with Tea in Denmark

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Sometimes strangers offer the best advice.  Rick Steves, travel guru and a stranger, recommends subtly in his Scandinavia tour book that if time does not permit one to visit both Frederiksborg Castle and Kronborg Castle, also known as...Show More Summary

Maintaining the Quality of Tea

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

We are at a point now in the timeline of tea culture that is as worrisome as it is exciting. With the internet, we tea drinkers are more interconnected than ever. Able to share our thoughts, feelings, and experiences with each other at a rate previously thought impossible. Our access … Continue reading ? The post Maintaining the Quality of Tea appeared first on T Ching.

Tea and Travel: My Travel Teas

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

With an often hectic travel schedule, I rely on tea to keep me balanced while away from my home routine. While I love enjoying loose-leaf teas at home, they are not as practical to bring along on my travels. I’ve found a few bagged teas that have become my go-to’s … Continue reading ? The post Tea and Travel: My Travel Teas appeared first on T Ching.

Blast from the Past: What do Teapots have in Common with McDonald’s?

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Tea and McDonald’s? It might sound strange, but follow along with our L-theanine fueled logic. A customer asked if certain tea pots should be used with different teas. For the purposes of this discussion, we will rule out talking about...Show More Summary

Oolong rises after 6 years of hibernation

It's nice to be back home with access to my large collection of teas. In February, the trees are resting and there are no new teas to try. It's a good time to brew teas from the past and see how they are evolving. Today, I tasted this winter 2010 wild concubine Oolong.This tea is not for sale anymore. Show More Summary

Taiwan’s Black Tea Renaissance

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Black tea production in Taiwan has always been a tremendous part of its tea culture. Although it shadows oolong tea, black tea has made some amazing strides as more farmers, in different growing regions, make it their mission to experiment and process it on an annual basis. Show More Summary

Partners in Tea

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

It has been almost a decade for me as a contributor here on T Ching, and I have stated many times how I feel those of us in the world of tea can all be of help to each other. That we really should not feel we are competing with … Continue reading ? The post Partners in Tea appeared first on T Ching.

What is Sustainability for Tea: Economics

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

In 2017 we can still enjoy a cup of artisanally made tea, but for how long will this be possible, and what are the actionable steps we can take to ensure the sustainability of tea? Our economy in the developed world is unstable, so you can only imagine what the … Continue reading ? The post What is Sustainability for Tea: Economics appeared first on T Ching.

Le plaisir de la douche froide en hiver

Zhuo Yan Oolong de Shan Lin Xi, automne 2016 Je suis de retour au travail, à Taipei, et j'aimerais encore partager un beau souvenir de mes vacances du Nouvel An chinois: une dégustation d'Oolong à quelques pas de la plage avant le coucher...Show More Summary

Who are Millennials and are they becoming tea drinkers?

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I find myself quite curious about Millennials. We’re always hearing about them but the information seems to be mixed. They are the first cohort group to be larger than the baby boomers, of which I am a member. Their participation in the elections was far from what I had hoped. Show More Summary

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