Tea Blog Posts From Around the Web

Here are the most recent tea blog posts from around the web, this list is updated twice daily. Please contact me if you’d like your site included in this list.

  • David’s Tea Initiatives Support Slight Growth
    Growing online sales and renovating stores are part of David’s tea fiscal 2018 plans outlined April 19 during its fourth quarter fiscal 2017 financial results and call. “Our leadership team is committed to improving the performance of our Canadian and U.S. network of stores, realizing the value of our brand and charting the best path forward for all of our David’s Tea stakeholders,” said Joel Silver, president and CEO of […] The post David’s Tea ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 23, 2018 8:08 pm
  • First Tea Company in India to Be Auctioned for Debt
    JORHAT, Assam The Assam Company, the world’s first tea company and perhaps the most prized tea company (in terms of its assets), is going under the hammer. The company owes around INRs 1,800 crore (US $270 million), including penal interest, to its financial creditors, or lenders. The Guwahati Assam bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) initiated corporate resolution proceedings against the company in October 2017 after it turned […] The post First Tea ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 23, 2018 8:08 pm
  • Tea Industry Association Set to Launch This Summer
    This summer the World of Tea blog will evolve to become the American Specialty Tea Alliance (ASTA), according to founder Tony Gebely. “There has long been a need for an industry association that specifically focuses on and supports the growth of the specialty tea industry in America,” Gebely said. Inspired by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, a small group of tea professionals gathered to form the American Specialty Tea […] The post Tea Industry ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 23, 2018 8:08 pm
  • Tea Should be Classed as a Medicine, Says TAP as EU Considers Health Claim
    Tea should be classed as a natural medicine, according to the UK-based Tea Advisory Panel (TAP), which flagged up a new study showing the benefits of tea, ahead of an EU standing committee meeting where a black tea health claim is to be discussed. Unilever’s claim linked to black tea and endothelium-dependent vasodilation is up for discussion at the 16 April meeting of the EU’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, […] The post Tea Should ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 23, 2018 8:08 pm
  • Budding Products: Kombucha Launches from Small Batch to Big Box
    GT’s Living Foods Launches Bloom for Spring Earlier this month, GT’s Living Foods introduced its limited-edition springtime-inspired kombucha called Bloom. This seasonal flavor is a light, floral mixture of elderflower, jasmine and violet. It will be available in stores nationwide through June 30. GT’s is partnering with Born This Way Foundation while Bloom is on shelves. GT’s encourages customers to post a selfie on social media with a bottle of […] The post Budding Products: ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 23, 2018 8:08 pm
  • World Tea Expo to Offer Hands-on Tea Processing
    World Tea Expo is offering tea professionals a unique opportunity to experience what otherwise could only be found at a tea plantation. The hands-on, two-day Tea Processing skill building workshop is back in the educational conference lineup this year. Registrants will participate in every stage of processing, working with American-grown raw leaf material from Mississippi and Hawaii at four tea processing stations in the classroom. The course is perfect for […] The post World Tea ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 23, 2018 8:08 pm
  • Grassroots Campaign Forces British Tea Companies to Renounce Plastic
    Clipper Teas, champion of the unbleached teabag, is the latest tea company to accede to customer demands to remove plastic from its tea bags. Despite supporting Fairtrade and ethical sourcing, Clipper Teas, like many other tea companies, has long used polypropylene, a plastic polymer, to seal its teabags. It now joins PG Tips and U.K. grocery retail chain Co-op in committing to ditch the non-biodegradable seals. “To help minimise our […] The post Grassroots Campaign ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 23, 2018 8:08 pm
  • Broken Luck or Lucky Broken?
    It’s always a bit awkward when someone breaks one of your most valuable teawares right in front of you.  Sigh….This happened just this morning.  But I have been mentally preparing for this momentary blip for the last few months and years.  So, I think am okay with it.I am of the philosophy that you should use and fully enjoy your best teawear every day.  The Art of Tea is a living art, a daily skill, ... read more
    Source: MattCha’s BlogPublished on April 23, 2018 8:08 pm
  • Royal Wedding Tea Blends
    Wedding bells are ringing and tea kettles are singing! With less than a month to go until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot, the one question on my mind is what tea shall I steep to celebrate this occasion? If you’re asking yourself the same thing, luckily, there are some Royal Wedding tea blends created for it. For this special day, I think of a blend that is light, floral and maybe even ... read more
    Source: The Tea Cup of LifePublished on April 23, 2018 11:48 am
  • Déguster du Baozhong là où on le fait
    Après six bonnes heures passées à prendre des photos et à aider mon ami fermier à faire du Baozhong à Pinglin, je fais une pause bien méritée. Une pause thé, bien entendu. Et pas n'importe lequel, puisque je choisis fort opportunément d'infuser de Baozhong 'forêt subtropicale' à 2 pas, littéralement, d'une plantation de théiers pour Baozhong!J'ai posé mes affaires au bord d'un chemin de randonnée bien fréquenté, au bord de cette importante rivière qui alimente ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on April 23, 2018 9:43 am
  • An Uncertain Future for Tea: Lesson from the 2018 Global Tea Initiative Symposium
    One of the greatest honors of my tea journey has been the invitation to share my experience and learnings about the business and sustainability of tea at the 2018 Global Tea Initiative annual Symposium at UC Davis (YouTube video at bottom of article). The event was a great success and amazing collection of scholars and practitioners of tea. Usually, at tea industry events I feel like an outcast; the only person in the room ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on April 23, 2018 8:09 am
  • Why are big tea shops closing down?
    Why are the big tea shops closing down? Teavana is old news. ... read more
    Source: California TeahousePublished on April 22, 2018 7:38 pm
  • Dégustation : Pu Er Youle 2008
    PuEr Youle 2008 La montagne de Youle dans le sud du Yunnan est reconnue depuis plusieurs siècles comme l’un des plus importants terroirs de thé en Chine. Son nom apparait déjà dans les archives impériales de la dynastie des Qing (1644-1912) comme l’un des six plus grands noms de montagne pour la production de thé Pu’Er à l’époque. Trois siècles et demi plus tard, sa production a certainement changée, mais contrairement à beaucoup ... read more
    Source: Blogue du dégustateur de théPublished on April 22, 2018 12:31 pm
  • Teapot Maintainnence
    If you are using a Yixing teapot for brewing your Chinese tea, I am sure you felt that your tea tasted better brewing with a Yixing teapot than a porcelain gaiwan or teapot.There are a few reasons why the tea seem to taste better- frequent using of a clay teapot will have a coating of tea patina inside the pot.  It is like a layer of tea being brushed on the inside of the teapot every time ... read more
    Source: travelling teapotPublished on April 22, 2018 8:08 am
  • Western Vendor Pu’erh Prices at Conception have Risen Since 2011 (& Probably Before)
    It’s common in the pu’erh-verse to note the seemingly always rising price of freshly produced tea. Every year more expensive than the last… Even with the limited scope of western-vendor labeled pu’erh, we can take a quick look at the Way Back Machine and glance at what pu’erhs were selling for a few years ago and compare it to 2017/2018 prices.. It’s also an interesting exercise to look at old Half-Dipper reviews and realize that ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on April 21, 2018 6:02 am
  • Online Puerh Shopping and The Deal That Got Away
    I think this must have happened to a number of my readers by now but it’s the first time it’s happened to me with online puerh shopping...Spot a real deal… probably at least ½ the going market price on this cake.  I figure it’s, at least, tastes twice as good as the asking price.Line up your next puerh purchase (however you do that).  For me it included a few other purchases on for the ... read more
    Source: MattCha’s BlogPublished on April 20, 2018 11:22 pm
  • “Hark, is that an Ark I see upon a sea ?”
    Before and after … Ready for the kids to use in their play ... read more
    Source: Cha Bei — 茶 杯Published on April 20, 2018 8:08 pm
  • Fire and water
    Xu Ci Xu, Ming dynasty scholar, author of the book Cha Shu – Tea Sort.One section is dedicated to boiling water.  Literal translation:Best choice is hard wood charcoal.  Charcoal may not be fully carbonized, smoke may be present when burning, odorizes the water, hence water is not good.  Let the charcoal burn to amber, rid of smoke, the heat is at prime, water is fast to boil. When the charcoal is amber, put on the ... read more
    Source: Tea ObsessionPublished on April 20, 2018 8:08 pm
  • Review: Rooibos Rocks Sampler Tin
    Tea reviews are fun to write, and give me the opportunity to share my tea tasting adventures with you. They can be helpful if you are mulling over what teas to buy, or looking for a particular brand or variety. Keep in mind that taste is subjective, and depending on how you prepare the tea and the water you use, you may have different results. I usually prepare the tea as instructed by the vendor, unless ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on April 20, 2018 8:07 pm
  • The Secret of Pu-erh Tea: Metamorphosis
    The idea of metamorphosis has long fascinated people. The Roman poet Ovid composed over fifteen books featuring two hundred and fifty poems on the topic. In our earliest science classes, so many of us find ourselves charmed by the idea of a caterpillar entering a cocoon and transforming into a butterfly. As children, we might sometimes wonder what kind of metamorphosis we’ll go through. Pu erh tea has slowly grown to become one of ... read more
    Source: MeiMei Fine Teas BlogPublished on April 20, 2018 3:51 pm
  • The process of Wenshan Baozhong tea
    Wenshan Baozhong (aka pouchong) is a kind of Oolong that is made in the Wenshan area in northern Taiwan. The very first plantation was in the mountains of Nangang, east of Taipei in the late 19th century. But as the city grew, the tea fields have been pushed farther away to Shiding and Pinglin.What few people don't know is that Baozhong isn't the name of a cultivar, but a way of wrapping the tea in ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on April 20, 2018 11:20 am
  • Indoor vs. Outdoor Pu’erh Storage & Aging Cigars Compares w/Aging Pu’erh [Inbetweenisode 163]
    In this episode, James is joined by recurring guest Garrett for another long conversation on pu’erh. The first half of the conversation involves a post written by James on Indoor vs. Outdoor Storage and some of the implications on home storage. Indoor vs. Outdoor Storage The second half of the conversation involves Aging Cigars and how the scenes compare. They discuss the different stages of cigar aging, the importance of temperature, dew point, etc. Dr. ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on April 20, 2018 10:58 am
  • Blast From the Past: Hello, Chajin!
    Chajin is the Japanese word for “tea people,” in other words, most of you reading this blog. Chajin are supposed to have especially acute sensibilities to their surroundings, which is akin to saying they have special powers. According to Chado, the Way of Tea by Sasaki Sanmi, “April is the month for this flower and that. The peak time, however, is short-lived, which is exactly one of the beauties of nature chajin appreciate. The theme for tea ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on April 20, 2018 8:09 am
  • A volcano in the landscape
    On the island of Kyushu in Japan, it isn’t unusual to find a volcano in your field of vision. As someone who enjoys photography, this makes me very happy. The outline of these lava giants emphasises the controlled horizontality of the tea plants. They disrupt a rather too orderly landscape. They also remind us that the duration of harvests, the duration of seasons, the duration of human life, quite simply, is infinitesimal. Here is ... read more
    Source: Discovering TeaPublished on April 20, 2018 8:08 am
  • CNNP = Scary For Me! The 2005 CNNP Big Yellow Mark
    Another thing that I really noticed when getting back into buying puerh was that a lot more people seem to be buying China National Native Products (CNNP) puerh.  This surprised me at first.  To me CNNP was associated with a risk of being lower quality puerh.  Basically, you never knew, for certain what the cake would be like and had no brand recognition behind it.  At the random tea tables in China, and to a ... read more
    Source: MattCha’s BlogPublished on April 19, 2018 8:08 pm
  • My tasting notes: Nilgiri Blue Mountain Frost Tea
    Darjeeling and Assam are the most renowned tea producing regions in India, but they are not the only ones. The tea I’m tasting today comes from the Nilgiris or Blue Mountains in the state of Tamil Nadu, in Southern India. According to the Indian tea association, Nilgiri tea accounts for about 10% of the total tea production of India.The Nilgiris are called the Blue Mountains because of a shrub, Strobilanthes kunthianus, also known as Kutinji ... read more
    Source: The Tea SquirrelPublished on April 19, 2018 2:50 pm
  • Bear Mattress Review- Only Hype? Or A Great Product?
    Recently, the bear mattresses became one of the most hyped things in the market. What it actually claims is commendable and the fact that the bear mattress review is also positive all around the internet, actually adds up to it. Actually, it brings an innovative touch to the memory foam market. The advantages of it being the alliance of a cooler sleep and a very fast recovery rate for athletes and other active people. Did ... read more
    Source: Tea PagesPublished on April 19, 2018 9:15 am
  • Natural and Artificial Flavors – Part Two
    What about artificial flavors in tea? Then there are artificial flavors, and it is a tendency to look at them negatively. However, not all artificial flavors are the same.  I’m sure most people think of some giant vat of toxic chemicals that dissolve metal as the basis for anything labeled ‘artificial’. However, in loose tea, most blenders will use an artificial flavor categorized as ‘nature identical’. Here is where things get real interesting. In Europe, products with ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on April 19, 2018 8:08 am
  • Weird blends
    When you’re here to eat dim sum, the first thing that happens is you sit down, and they ask you what tea you want. Usually, your choices are as follows: shoumei, shuixian, puerh, jasmine. Some places offer some low grade tieguanyin instead of shuixian, but those are your basic choices. So I was with some friends and we went to this place we’ve never been. Instead of actually getting a choice, they just plopped down ... read more
    Source: A Tea Addict’s JournalPublished on April 18, 2018 11:15 pm
  • Our “The Tea Explorer” doc film wins Silver World Award
    Chuffed that our recent documentary “The Tea Explorer” just won a Silver World Award at this year’s 2018 New York Festivals International TV and Film awards in the History and Society category. Interviewing a Tibetan tea trader who’s passions of the Tea Horse Road delighted as his memories became clearer. Part of our task of The Tea Explorer was to pay tribute to memories of the route that had seldom been written down. Some gratitude ... read more
    Source: Jeff Fuchs’ Tea and Mountain JournalsPublished on April 18, 2018 8:07 pm
  • What are tea varieties?
    When you switch to drinking loose leaf tea, you instantly get overwhelmed by thousands of different types. Are tea types and tea varieties the same thing? ... read more
    Source: California TeahousePublished on April 18, 2018 7:38 pm
  • Download the World Tea Media Advertising Media Kit
    Brands at any stage of growth need a marketing mix that reaches buyers and manufacturers as well as tea and beverage professionals. Our blend of solutions works to build your brand and sales. Download the World Tea Media marketing media kit to learn how. The post Download the World Tea Media Advertising Media Kit appeared first on World Tea News. ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 18, 2018 11:53 am
  • “Green” Teas and Sustainability: Our Commitment to the Environment
    When we post pictures of filter bags or sachets on social media, one of the most common comments we get is “But that’s so wasteful!” We love that our community is full of environmentally conscious tea drinkers. Our team constantly thinks about the environment, too. That’s why we need to clear the air about our sustainability practices. (Pun intended.) Okay. Here it is: There’s no need to stress about our filter bags and sachets. Art of ... read more
    Source: ArtOfTeaPublished on April 18, 2018 10:05 am
  • The Izumi Tea Cultivar
    Source: http://www.55tea.com/mariko.html Izumi (いずみ) is an old cultivar, and it is definitely rare. Only a few tea farmers cultivate it. It was developed for kamairi tamaryokucha, but today it can be found as a black tea or even an oolong tea. The interest in Izumi might have sparked again since 2008, when a set of two teas from this cultivar: a slightly withered sencha and an oolong tea, won the grand gold prize of the ... read more
    Source: My Japanese Green TeaPublished on April 18, 2018 8:41 am
  • Natural and Artificial Flavors – Part One
    Flavoring tea has been around a long time, and originally flowers and other fragrant botanicals were layered in the tea which readily absorbed their aromas. Jasmine is a classic example. While botanicals, fruits, and spices are still used, some blenders use additional flavors to achieve the desired taste. What is a natural flavor? A point of controversy is the term ‘natural flavors’ which have been derided as intentionally misleading by some. Natural flavors is indeed ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on April 18, 2018 8:08 am
  • Enchanting Earl Grey Tea Cocktail
    Earl Grey tea is a true classic. The beauty of Earl Grey is that it makes a wonderful mixer for cocktails, lattes, and cooking. This is a simple and sophisticated Earl Grey Tea cocktail made with Grand Marnier garnished with an orange slice. Today I’m making a simple Earl Grey Tea cocktail in celebration of the United... Read More » The post Enchanting Earl Grey Tea Cocktail appeared first on Life is Better ... read more
    Source: Life is Better With TeaPublished on April 18, 2018 4:03 am
  • People Prefer Their Own Puerh Storage Best
    I am a believer that, as a general rule, people often prefer their own puerh storage over the storage of others.  You can position yourself on either side of the argument as to what the most optimal puerh storage is but in the end it comes down to past experiences and personal tastes.  There is an adage in puerh circles that “if the puerh is to your taste, then it is good puerh”.  This ... read more
    Source: MattCha’s BlogPublished on April 17, 2018 8:08 pm
  • How to Make Valentine’s Day Tea
    You have probably already done your loose leaf tea shopping and if you haven't bought the perfect tea for the love-celebrating occasion, we might have a few ideas for you. ... read more
    Source: California TeahousePublished on April 17, 2018 7:39 pm
  • A Teapot to Counteract Gray Skies
    When you wake up to this: it’s like, seriously?-I’m-so-done-with-winter! I mean really, it’s mid-April. Even the snowdrops—which are supposed to be blooming in the snow—seem to have given up all hope. Perhaps a cheery cup of tea to brighten the gray, gray, endlessly and persistently gray skies. . . . Dreaming of sunny tulips and blue skies perhaps? This vintage Dutch Girl teapot was from Lefton, a porcelain import company that was ... read more
    Source: It’s More Than TeaPublished on April 17, 2018 6:05 pm
  • Japanese Black Tea from Azuma Tea Farm
    Black tea from Japan? It does not sound right, does it? When you talk about Japanese tea it’s mostly about green teas such as matcha, Gyokuro, Sencha and so on. I bet you hardly tried any other type of tea coming from Japan. It’s ok! Because green tea accounts most of the tea production in Japan and there are not many tea farms producing black tea. That’s said, if you go deeper you can ... read more
    Source: ChapediaPublished on April 17, 2018 2:00 pm
  • 3 Ways to Celebrate Great Britain’s National Tea Day
    Great Britain’s National Tea Day is April 21. The day’s lighthearted purpose is to celebrate Britain’s love of tea—after all, the British consume more than 60 billion cups of it each year, about 165 million cups per day. However, one does not have to live in Great Britain to join the celebration. Anyone can partake in some long-established British tea traditions while sipping one of Britain’s favorite teas. Here are […] The post 3 Ways ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 17, 2018 11:15 am
  • 10 Companies Turning Coffee Waste Into ‘Tea’
    What is often regarded as coffee waste can be made into a “tea” and is steadily growing in demand as consumers become aware of just how much food in the supply chain (and their own refrigerators) goes to waste. It has also experienced growth as a way for farmers to diversify their income. The skins of the coffee fruit, also called the coffee cherry, which surrounds the bean, are usually […] The post 10 Companies ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 17, 2018 11:05 am
  • India Tea Board Helps Finance Small Tea Factories
    The Tea Board of India, noting the fact that some 60 percent of tea there is produced by smallholders, is offering to subsidize construction. The factories cost about INRs2.5 million ($38,000) and can process about 500 kilos of tea per day (25,000 kilos of fresh leaf). The Tea Board will subsidize 40 percent of this cost. Tea Board executive director C. Paulrasu told The Hindu Business Line that “establishing such […] The post India Tea ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 17, 2018 10:54 am
  • Q & A With Shabnam Weber, Tea and Herbal Association of Canada
      Shabnam Weber is the newly appointed president of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada (THAC). Before accepting the position, she resigned from her role as president and chief executive of Tea Emporium, a tea retail and wholesale company she cofounded in 2000. Weber served the past decade as a director of the Tea Association of Canada, later known as THAC after its mission expanded to include herbals. During […] The post Q & ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 17, 2018 10:40 am
  • At the Tea Table with Photographer Olena Hassell
    Tea is a medium I favour when I’m feeling shutter happy and Olena Hassell continues to inspire my captures with her own beautiful photos. She was trained as a scientist, but developed a passion for photography thanks to Instagram where she shares some of my most-liked tea themed photos. She currently steeps in the city that never sleeps, but describes herself as Ukraine born and a naturalized Canadian who finds that only a few things ... read more
    Source: The Tea Cup of LifePublished on April 17, 2018 9:37 am
  • 2014 Hunan Heicha Tianjian Basket Tea via Jonny [Episode 258]
    This episode, James & Denny review a Hunan Heicha generously provided by Jonny. The tea is tippy, but brews quite smooth and the profile is some combination of oolong and pu’erh. Very interesting and enjoyable tea! Big thank you to Jonny for the tea! ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on April 17, 2018 9:32 am
  • The many faces of spring
    The cycle of the seasons is a recurring theme in Chinese culture and paintings. Celebrating spring (east), summer (south), fall (west) and winter (north) is so universal and almost common that it can feel boring. Are you still with me or are you already bored by the subject?! Let's turn to Kuo Hsi (1000-1090) a famous Sung dynasty landscape painter to make spring more interesting. He reminds us that there are infinite numbers of distinctions ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on April 17, 2018 9:12 am
  • How to Throw the Perfect Outdoor Tea Party
    Guest article by: Derek Lotts Tea parties, especially outdoor ones, are something we all simply love. There is nothing nicer than gathering with a bunch of dear friends and reminiscing about all your memories together while sipping this magical beverage. However, just like any party, even a tea party needs preparations. Here is how to throw the perfect outdoor tea party you and your friends will remember forever. Pick the date Ideally, you ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on April 17, 2018 8:08 am
  • Flat Prices Provoke Critics of India’s Tea Auctions
    Darjeeling cut-tea-curl (CTC) is again filling auction warehouses and last week a green tea set an all-time high price at the Coonoor auction in South India, but all is not well with India’s auctions. India’s largest tea producers are chafing under a rule that 50 percent of the nation’s manufactured tea must be publicly auctioned. This is because prices are falling and “the auction system has high costs and long […] The post Flat Prices ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on April 17, 2018 8:08 am
  • Three vintage gyokuro from Kyô-tanabe
    As the 2018 season kicks off, here is the perfect opportunity to remember that gyokuro and matcha are usually not sold as shincha, especially in Uji. The teas of the current year thus begin to be sold or used in... Read More › ... read more
    Source: Japanese Tea SommelierPublished on April 16, 2018 10:00 pm
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