• Connect

    Crowd Funding and Tea

    Lately, I’ve been inundated with requests to write about and share Kickstarter campaigns on my social media channels. Although this is a seemingly innocuous question, there are some issues that I think need to be addressed: The market is flooded  I’ve received requests for promotion from six different companies this week. I have serious doubts as to whether the North American tea market can support such a boom. There a lot of tea companies out there, most of them operating online without the overhead costs of a brick and mortar location. Although tea is on the rise here in the U.S., speciality tea is still a very niche product with a narrow customer…

  • Tea Journey Magazine

    Tea Journey: Exactly What the Tea World Has Been Waiting For

    I’ve been seriously studying tea for many years now and one of my biggest frustrations has been the lack of quality information in the west. While there have been some excellent books published recently I still find myself thirsting for more. Over the years I’ve poured through back issues of Art of Tea or struggled with Google translate more times than I can count. When I first heard rumors of a new magazine for serious tea drinkers I might have done a back flip or two. All I could think was, it’s about time! Needless to say, I’ve already subscribed to Tea Journey Magazine and taken a thorough look at the inaugural issue. The…