“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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Winter’s Come and Gone, a Little Tea Leaf Told Me So.

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Wherever you are, you are probably noticing Spring churning the cold clock of Winter forward. Perhaps leaves are sprouting or even are fully out on trees and bushes. Fields of dandelions have just bedecked the land with yellow or are already bloomed and given way to violet and wild mustard. Can you feel this change […]

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Fresh Spring Harvests Are In!

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Springtime is the most exciting season at the teahouse because fresh teas are coming in from all over the world. We have new harvests of everything from Taiwanese oolongs to Darjeeling to Bi Luo Chun, not to mention a couple of brand new teas: Sanxia Honey Hong Cha and Jing Shan Hong Cha. Click on […]

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Fresh Early Spring Teas Are In!

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Halfway across the world, the early spring harvest of tea in Yunnan, China, is in full swing. Also known as the first flush, (summer and autumn being the second and third flush, respectively), the spring harvest is often the most prized. Coming off a long winter’s rest, both the plant and tea drinkers alike are […]

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Tea Travels Part I: Featured Tea Garden: Gopaldhara

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This year’s travels were filled with many tea gardens and many tastings. One that stood out to us was a visit to Gopaldhara Tea Estate in the Mirik Valley of Darjeeling. I arrived after nightfall, winding down a narrow bumpy jeep road that was quite nerve-racking (most tea areas have crazy mountain roads..but this was […]

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