Tea Travels to Xishuangbanna, 2018

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(As unfortunate as the current situation is, it has given us the opportunity to revive some old projects that had fallen by the wayside, like finishing our travel log from our 2018 visit to Yunnan, China!) This was my first experience visiting a tea-growing land. John and I flew into the city of Jinghong(景洪) early […]

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Ba Meng Bing Cha 2018

The landscape and their methods give distinctive character to their teas: a noticeable strength and smoothness of raw puer that makes it drinkable, fresh, and in this pressed form, great for aging.

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Brewing Tea at Home: Tea Trays

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There is more to brewing tea than mugs, thermoses, and tea bags. Please do not misunderstand me, I appreciate these conveniences, especially first thing in the morning on my way to work, or with my hands busy while I am working in the garden. But one of the most admirable things about the global diversity […]

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“Tea is a Tree?”

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In every workshop I teach or tasting I host this question in one form or another always gets asked: “Are all the different kinds of tea made from one plant?!” My first answer is usually “Yes, isn’t that amazing that one plant is so versatile?” And then I follow up with a seemingly contradictory answer […]

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