Friday Round Up: March 1st – March 7th

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.

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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.