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History and Culture of Tea

History and Culture of Tea

Fermented Tea or Oxidized Tea? Whats the Difference?

By On October 17, 2011

Tea-culture is both science and art.  To produce a masterfully crafted tea requires both precision and intuition, accuracy of technique and sheer inspiration, much like composing and performing music. In both cases,… Read More

Fair Trade & Organic

Rooibos–The Exciting New Trend In Fair Trade “Teas”

By On October 13, 2011

I love the fact that the tea that’s generating so much excitement these days –Rooibos– isn’t technically a “tea” at all… in the sense that it is not made from the leaf… Read More

Brewing Tea

A DIFFERENT KIND OF “Iron Maiden”

By On October 8, 2011

There’s something about a good oxymoron. This one— Ti Kuan Yin, “Iron Goddess of Mercy”—uniquely captures the complexities of what some tea-drinkers consider to be the world’s best-known and best-loved Oolong. In… Read More

History and Culture of Tea

Origins of Guayusa, the “Watchman” Plant

By On September 29, 2011

Why-you-suh…let’s say that together…Why-You-Suh. Guayusa or Ilex guayusa is one of three caffeinated holly trees known in the world. The other two are its more popular cousin, Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) and… Read More

Health & Lifestyle

A Turning Cup

By On September 25, 2011

Tea is wonderful, however it’s enjoyed, and I think there is special pleasure in enjoying tea from a handmade clay cup which has been thrown on a potter’s wheel.  When you drink… Read More

History and Culture of Tea

White Teas 101

By On September 30, 2010

Perhaps more than any major tea type but pu-erh, white tea is shrouded in mystery and misinformation. There are common misunderstandings about white tea’s origins, its caffeine levels and even its flavor profiles.… Read More

History and Culture of Tea

Tulsi Tea – A Healthy Holy Alternative?

By On September 17, 2010

Holy basil one of India’s most sacred herbs and recognized as the “elixir of life”, is also referred to as Tulsi (which means “incomparable”). This special brew is impressive in its capacity… Read More

History and Culture of Tea

Japanese Green Tea 101 – Part II

By On July 26, 2010

Two weeks ago on the Art of Tea blog, we shared some of the key components that set Japanese green teas apart from each other. This week, we’re continuing the story of what makes Japanese green… Read More

History and Culture of Tea

Japanese Green Teas 101 – Part I

By On July 14, 2010

Japan is renowned for its high-quality green teas. At first glance, it may seem that Japanese teas are fairly uniform because most (but not all) of them are green teas. However, there… Read More

Health & Lifestyle

Finding Balance – The Tea Paradox

By On June 8, 2010

One of things I struggle with is finding time to find balance. It really is a tea paradox because once you make time for tea you realize how much more time you… Read More