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Friday Roundup: January 12th – January 18th

The Friday Roundup is a weekly collection of five of my favorite blog posts from around the world. It’s my little way of getting the word out about all of my favorite tea blogs. Is there someone I’m missing? Let me know about it in the comments below!

Adagio Teas – Gyokuro

Sherin at Pardesi Trotter wrote about her experience tasting a lovely gyokuro. I love the ethereal pictures of the tea alongside rose petals and a beautiful tomato passionfruit jam. It was interesting to read how the tea changed from the first to the second infusion.

Tea House Birthday Celebration

Happy Birthday, Nazanin from Tea Thoughts! She visited a local tea spot with her family to celebrate the occasion. Ching Ching Cha has been on my wishlist for a while. I’m impressed by how adventurous her family is. Mine would never drink phoenix oolong or oriental beauty.

10 Starbucks Hot Tea Secrets You Should Know

Kristin from Sweet Steep put together a handy guide to help tea lovers navigate the menu at Starbucks. I was familiar with most of these since I worked at a Teavana Tea Bar but a few things did surprise me. Her tip to ask for the water to be a certain temperature is my favorite!

A Large Whisk and a Long History: Evolution of the Tea Whisk

Scott from Scotttea is of the most knowledgeable people I know when it comes to teaware history. This week he shared a bit about how the chasen as we know it came to be. Make sure that you scroll all the way through for pictures of a giant whisk that is used for a special ceremony held in Nara.

A Sensual Feast of Tea And Chocolate

Linda, aka The Tea Stylist, shared her experience at a tea and chocolate pairing organized by The Tea Guild of Canada. This sounds like a truly special event. Mango truffles with Da Hong Pao? Yes, please! I will definitely be making it a point to visit Soma Chocolate if I ever travel to Toronto.

My name is Nicole and I love tea...a lot! I have been writing about my love of the leaf since 2008. My work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. I am the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.