“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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How do you pronounce Pu’er?

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Exploring the basics and some of the mysteries around fermented teas. The esteemed John Wetzel, creator and founder of Stone Leaf Teahouse, pronounces Pu’er 普洱 as something that sounds to me like pour. Though with an open and elongated “ou” and a soft shortened “r“. John is the most expert in our shop so I […]

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Gui Fei Cha Tasting

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Many of our Stone Leaf Tea regulars are familiar with our Taiwanese oolong, Gui Fei Cha (GWAY-fay-cha). The tea is named for Yang Gui Fei, the famous “Precious Concubine”, or Imperial Consort of Tang dynasty times (but that’s a story for another time) What you may not know is we currently have two harvests in […]

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Tasting My Way Through Teaware

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This past weekend, I attended my coworker Casey’s workshop on teaware. Casey is a fount of knowledge about the science and history behind tea, partly thanks to a book she loves, The True History of Tea. Casey has worked at Stone Leaf for about three years and leads most of the workshops we hold. On […]

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How Can I Make My Tea not Bitter?

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Some people love bitterness, some distain it. While the tea plant naturally has components that add bitterness, no tea has to taste bitter. It all comes down to how you make your pot of tea. This posting assumes one thing you can always assume with us…it’s loose leaf tea. (Nothing against tea bag tea, just […]

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