Brewing at Home: Iced Tea

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Summer has officially arrived folks! In celebration of this hot season I would like to share some tea trade secrets. Ever wonder why our iced tea is so delicious? First, it’s cause we have only good tea here. Second, it’s our methods! In this blog I’m going to share some recipes and basic methods on […]

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Brewing Tea at Home: Tea Strainers

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At home I use the simple metal tea strainer depicted above because it allows me to drink loose leaf and control the length of my brew. It also allows the loose leaf tea to expand and gives me the option of multiple infusions. Look how beautiful the leaves are when they are hydrated. This little […]

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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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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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