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Friday Roundup: June 30th – July 6th

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.

Re-Discovering Japanese Tea

Japanese teas are seriously underrated. It’s easy to write them off as “just green tea” but there’s a lot of nuance there. Payton from Someteawith.me learned that lesson on a trip to Japan this spring. His post is a great reminder to be mindful of the biases we don’t realize we have.

Tea Mimosa – A Fruit Tea Cocktail

I love a good tea cocktail, especially if bubbly is involved. Daniella from Tea Cachai posted her recipe for a tropical tea infused mimosa. I love that she made her own fruit syrup. It looks so pretty in the bottom of the champagne flutes. The strawberry garnish is the perfect topper too!

Taste Test: Cold Brew vs Iced Dancong Tea

Eustacea Reads did a fun experiment where she compared iced dancong made two different ways. It always amazes me how different the taste can be depending on how you prepare it. Cold-brew seems to be the way to go with this aromatic but finicky type of tea.

Natural Flavors | Why is it in my Tea?!

Tea labels will sometimes list natural or artificial flavors but what does that really mean? It’s a bit complicated but Danielle from Tea & Me did a great job of breaking down the basics. I definitely could have used this info when I was working at Teavana and struggling to explain flavorings to customers.

Shincha Tea, Japan’s First Flush Tea

Georgia from Notes on Tea wrote a great intro to one of my favorite spring teas. I’ve been drinking a lot of this stuff lately because I want to use up what I have while its still super fresh. I definitely second her recommendation for this year’s offering from Ippodo.

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.