No matter how you brew it, it's still tea!
Some people (thankfully very few) in the tea community feel the need to bring others down. I was happy to see +Leah Nadeau stand up for herself after being bullied on Twitter.
What is commodity tea?
+Elyse Petersen of +Tealet explained the difference between commodity and specialty tea on T Ching. I strongly believe in the importance of standards in tea. It's the only way that we can move forward as an industry, especially here in the U.S.
A Young Yiwu Pu-Erh Afternoon
+Geoffrey Norman gets to hang out with some of my favorite tea people on a regular basis. In his latest post, he describes a backyard tasting he had with Nick from +Misty Peak Teas. Make sure you check out the pictures of a puerh ball the size of a baby!
Interview: Joseph Uhl of Joseph Wesley Black Tea
+sara shacket interviewed the owner of one of my favorite companies, +Joseph Wesley Black Tea. I loved the insights that he gave into how he discovered tea. My favorite quote was "There’s an absolutely sublime magazine that was just released called The Great Discontent. I have absolutely no idea what it’s about but dear lord it is beautiful.".
Matcha Review: Shokei by Ippodo
+Oca Ocani posted a great review of Ippodo's new years matcha. I really wish that I had made into their NYC shop to pick up some of this. The tin features an adorable sheep label for 2015.