Say Tea (and Cheese)

By |June 2nd, 2016|

Watermelon, ice cream, corn on the cob. Check. Cold beer. Fresh-squeezed lemonade. Check. Then there’s hot tea. Probably not the first thing that comes to mind for hot summer days. But it’s a real [...]

Zhang Ping Shui Xian Production in Photos

By |April 7th, 2016|

Zhang Ping Shui Xian (漳平水仙) refers to a style of compressed oolong made from the Shui Xian cultivar of Camellia sinensis. The tea is produced in Zhang Ping, Fujian Province. Below is a gallery [...]

Tea Masters Cup: An Exposé

By |February 15th, 2016|

Tea preparation in Russia and several countries in Eastern Europe is sophisticated. Tea there is treated as more of a craft much like third-wave coffee is being treated in the United States. It's amazing to see how tea culture [...]

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2016 Tea Festival and Trade Show Schedule

By |December 8th, 2015|

January January 30-31: Toronto Tea Festival in Toronto, Canada   February February 14: Tea Lover's Festival in Los Angeles, California (USA) February 20-21: Houston Tea Festival in Houston, Texas (USA) February 27: Southwest Tea Fest in Las Vegas, Nevada [...]

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2015 Tea Book Roundup

By |November 28th, 2015|

In this article, I cover 9 tea books that came out in 2015. Tea writers are raising the bar with each passing year and there are a few that came out in 2015 that [...]

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Is the Rooibos Supply Really Threatened?

By |November 24th, 2015|

Rooibos is a tisane made from the oxidized leaves of the Aspalathus linearus plant. The plant is native to South Africa and rooibos production is protected by a Geographical Indication. The Geographical Indication states [...]

The Definitive Guide to Tea Cocktails

By |August 16th, 2015|

The following is an interview I conducted with my good friend, Tyler Fry. Tyler is a bartender at Chicago's famed "The Violet Hour." The bar was the recipient of the James Beard Foundation's 2015 award [...]

World Tea Expo 2015 Highlights

By |May 8th, 2015|

World Tea Expo here in Long Beach has been a blast! From the moment James Norwood Pratt cut the ribbon, it's been an action packed expo. There were a few stand-out exhibitors and sessions [...]

Fermented Tea Classification

By |March 8th, 2014|

Fermented Teas China Hunan Heicha 湖南 黑茶 Fu Zhuan 茯砖  “Fu Brick” Hua Juan Cha 花卷茶 Qian Liang Cha 千两茶 “Thousand Tael Tea” Bai Liang Cha 百两茶 “Hundred Tael Tea” Shi Liang Cha 十两茶 [...]

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The Average Color of Tea

By |May 12th, 2013|

This is a composite image from photos of 85 different teas spanning green, yellow, white, oolong, black, and post-fermented teas. The "average color of tea" if you will.

Tea in Michigan

By |March 2nd, 2013|

Katie and I were attending a wedding in Traverse City, Michigan last fall and while heading to Sleeping Bear Dunes, we made an awesome discovery. We happened upon a small tea shop called "Light [...]