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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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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Where did you say this tea is from?

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Introducing Stone Leaf Teahouse’s Tea Atlas   If you have ever wondered where the tea you’re drinking comes from, you’re not alone.  When you drink tea, you can taste the place in which it was grown.  Much of the flavor is deeply connected to a particular mountainside, village, or master craftsman.  Whether you know the […]

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Hidden Dragon: Anji Bai Cha

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Our recent travels in Zhejiang Province 浙 江 also included a trip to the land of bamboo forests (where Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was filmed) and tea gardens amongst the hills. Before touring the tea garden, we of course sampled the tea processed the day before. This is a small family operation, where the tea […]

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First Harvest of Spring near Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province

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Outside of Hangzhou, we visited an organic tea farm with some incredible views and incredible tea. After lunch and tea in her family home, Tea Master Zheng invited us up to the roof, where we sat in a Buddhist shrine with the resident Master, who overlooks the tea fields. Master Zheng’s tea is completely organic;  […]

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