Tea For Me Please

Non Fiction for Tea Lovers

Some of my favorite tea themed reads

White2Tea Old Arbor vs Plantation

A comparatiive tasting of two raw puerhs

The Trouble with Dr. Oz

A rant about why I wish Dr. Oz would be more responsible

Interview with Misty Peaks Tea

Nicholas tells me about how he discovered the Bin family

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Round Up - October 19th through October 25th

Steeped in History: A surprise in every box!
The Teapothead posted about a blast from the past, those little Wade figurines that came inside of boxes of Red Rose teabags. That was how I started my tea journey. My mother and I avidly collected the animals series.

Tea Travels: United States
Tea Explorer recently visited New York and stopped into a few of my favorite places. I think his observations on the state of the tea market here in the U.S. were spot on.

Starbucks, Green Tea Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
The Everyday Tea Blog did some off menu experimenting at Starbucks. This combo sounds strange but I might just have to give it a try since I love both matcha and pumpkin.

Caffeine Content in 39 Tea Samples
+Tea Guardian shared an interesting analysis of the caffeine content in a broad spectrum of teas. This is a topic of discussion that often comes up in tea circles. There's still more research to be done but the studies cited are definitely a good start.

Teenager Tea
If you are a fan of puerh, you definitely to check out the musings of Hobbes over at The Half-Dipper. In this post he discusses a few different teas that are coming of age.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Podcast Episode 10: Teacrafting with Boston Teawrights

Boston Teawrights is an awesome company who imports fresh tea leaves so that tea drinkers can try their hand at teacrafting. Most of my episodes are interviews but for this one I wanted to show a bit of the process that goes into making your own tea at home. It's fun and relatively easy to do using equipment you already have in your kitchen.

If you're interested in giving teacrafting a try, make sure that you check out my posts about my previous two attempts:

Teacrafting with Boston Teawrights

Another Try at Teacrafting with Boston Teawrights

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Matcha Bowl from Studio KotoKoto

Way back in February, I was completely starstruck when I first saw Sakai Mika's matcha bowls on +Studio Kotokoto. The designs were so uniquely modern yet classic at the same time. Unfortunately the particular pattern that I wanted was sold out very quickly. They were very kind when I emailed inquiring if there might be any left but I pretty much forgot about it since then (other than the occasional weep while going through my Want! board on Pinterest).

A few weeks ago I was surprised to see an email in my inbox letting me know that one had become available. Needless to say I did a happy dance and promptly Paypal'd the dough. It arrived meticulously packed with a lovely handwritten note. Studio KotoKoto has some really lovely wares from a variety of Japanese artists. I cannot say enough about the level of customer service. Make sure that you check them out!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teavivre Organic Superfine Dragon Well

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: jade green, flat
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 1 minute
Water Temperature: 185 degrees
Preparation Method: glass test tube steeper
Liquor: very pale, greenish

I tend to not be much of a green tea person but there is nothing like the smell of Dragonwell brewing. With good quality green tea subtlety is key. At first, I was hardly able to taste anything at all. After each sip, I noticed a lingering sweetness. This eventually developed into complex notes of asparagus and chestnuts. There was even a hint of a floral aroma. This became even more prominent as the tea cooled. There was no bitterness and hardly any astringency. You all know that +TeaVivre is one of my go-to companies when it comes to Chinese teas. Earlier this year I reviewed their Organic Nonpareil She Qian Dragon Well. I almost wish that I had tried them in the reverse order. While this tea was very good, that one was a higher grade that set the bar very high. That being said, this version is also much less expensive. If you have a taste for Long Jing but a limited tea budget, this would make a much better choice.

Organic Superfine Dragon Well sample provided by Teavivre.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A New Way of Displaying Teacups

Displaying teacups has always been a challenge for me, especially on shelves that are higher up. I recently found some nifty stands on Amazon that were a great solution. They're just simple plastic pieces that allow the saucer to stand up behind the teacup. Not all cups will fit perfectly but I didn't run into any where I couldn't make it work. Some of my saucers have pretty designs that were hidden until now. That definitely makes me happy. I'll need to pick up one more pack to finish everything but my teaware collection is already looking more organized.


Privacy Policy

Data collected for the following purposes and using the following services: Google Analytics and AdSense. I will never share email addresses or other personal data with a 3rd party.