• Teaware and Gadgets

    Guest Post: The Chasen by Lauren Danson

    The next issue of my quarterly journal is going out at the end of April. In it, matcha maven +Lauren Danson of Mizuba Tea Co. will be sharing her experiences sourcing tea in Japan. I’m also excited to share this great guest post that she wrote about the most essential tool for making matcha. To make sure that you don’t miss the journal when it is released, just sign up using the form below! #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */ Sign me…


  • Learn About Tea

    Guest Post: Taiwan Mountain Tea – The Indigenous Plant

    Today’s guest post was contributed by Andy Kincart of Eco-Cha Tea. We often hear about how tea was brought to Taiwan from other countries but I have never heard of an indigenous variety even existing until now. On my first visit to the Nantou Global Tea Expo this year, I bumped into the niece of one of my oldest tea farmer friends from Lu Gu. She was there helping a friend as a vendor of his tea from the Sun Moon Lake Area. What first stood out to me about their booth, among hundreds of vendors, was the backdrop photos of reddish-purple leaf buds of tea. I instantly thought, “Iʼve never seen that…

  • Learn About Tea

    Guest Post – The Taiwan Tea Research and Extension Stations (TRES): Basic Information and Developments by Kevin Craig

    Today I’m excited to share a guest post from Kevin Craig. We “met” through Twitter and after connecting on various forms of social media, I quickly discovered that his passion for tea rivals my own. The various cultivars of tea is something that I wish I knew more about so I’m thankful to have him share this information with you all. Before getting started on the subject material, please let me thank Nicole for allowing me to submit a guest post to her blog. Nicole was very patient in waiting for this submission. Thanks again, Nicole. Over the past month, I have had the pleasure of sampling about a dozen various black and…

  • Interviews

    Guest Post: Making a Difference in Sri Lanka by Tim Pare

    Today I am beyond excited to share with you the mission and message of Tea Leaf Trust. Their work of providing education and vocational training for poor communities in tea growing regions of Sri Lanka is something that I think all tea drinkers should support. In November 2007, my wife Yasmene and I travelled to Sri Lanka on our honeymoon. It was a trip that was going to change everything for us as a couple and help us to establish the foundation of what we wanted to do and achieve in the rest of our lives together. One day in the middle of our fortnight away, we travelled through the tea fields and…

  • Reviews

    Guest Post: Brewing White Tea, Precisely So

    Have you ever wondered how to make a perfect cup of white tea? Today I’m exited to share a guest post from Samantha of Seattle Coffee Gear. It’s wonderful to know that there are people in the coffee world who do their part to educate their customers about tea. An exact recipe for a delicious cup of white tea is hard to find. There are brewing guidelines but the recipe can (and will!) change based on many variables. +Nicole Martin recently wrote about Silver Needle, the most popular white tea available. In legend white tea dates back 5,000 years and full scale agricultural production dates back to 1885. You can imagine in its long history…

  • Reviews

    Guest Post: How I Fell In Love with Green Tea

    Today I’m featuring a guest post written by Ricardo Caicedo. His blog, My Japanese Green Tea, is fairly new but it has quickly become one of my favorites. My first encounter with green tea happened thanks to my dad. Occasionally, he would take the family to a Japanese restaurant, and he would order green tea because “it is good for digestion”. The remarkable thing was that when I was young, that was one of the few Japanese restaurants in Colombia, and possibly the first. It still exists today, it’s named Hatsuhana. I think my dad was ahead of his time when it came to foreign food. Back then, most Colombians his age wouldn’t…