Friday Round Up: June 21st – June 17th

The Humble Tea Pet
+Payton Swick wrote an homage to tea pets. His explanation sums up their purpose perfectly. I’m quite obsessed with these little characters so I really enjoyed this post.

World Tea Expo: The Matcha Effect
Matcha seemed to be on everyone’s mind at World Tea Expo this year. +Linda Gaylard shared a bit about her observations. I noticed the very same trends that she did and found them very exciting.

Way of Whisking
Speaking of matcha, Kohei at Tales of Japanese Green Tea wrote a great post (and accompanying video) about the affects of different whisking styles. His video is in Japanese but English subtitles are thoughtfully included.

Teas and Cheeses
+Georgia SS and +sara shacket both attended an amazing event put together by +Bellocq and The French Cheese Board. I love the idea of pairing tea with cheese. Although I’ve had a few wonderful experiences myself, I have yet to explore the concept as much as I would like.

Tasting: Tea & Cheese Pairings at The French Cheese Board
Pairing Bellocq Teas and French Cheeses

Mini Zen Garden
At this point I pretty much consider +Bonnie Eng of Thirsty for Tea to be the Martha Stewart of the tea blogging world. I adore her idea of creating a zen garden in a shadowbox picture frame. I even have a tiny Buddha statue to place in mine!

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.