The World Tea Expo: Why It Matters to You

Being vaccinated and eager to engage in any activity that resembles pre-pandemic life, attending the recent World Tea Conference & Expo 2021 felt decidedly indulgent. And so very normal. People sampling tea, discussing tea, learning about tea. But you may well ask this: Who cares? After more than a year that was like no other … Continue reading The World Tea Expo: Why It Matters to You

The World’s Tea Industry: May 2021 Snaphots

With some in the U.S. pretty much declaring the pandemic is about over, that's really the case only for those vaccinated—and it's far from true in many other places. The staggering toll that COVID-19 is visiting upon India is sobering. It seems petty to even talk about tea when so many people are suffering. But what … Continue reading The World’s Tea Industry: May 2021 Snaphots

Contaminated or Adulterated Tea? It Still Happens

Buying a product—any product, including tea—is based in trust. Trust that the product is what it's advertised to be. Trust that it's safe. So how safe is our tea? Is our trust sometimes misplaced? Perhaps, but luckily, we have plenty of people who have our backs! And they aren't just looking out for dangerous contaminants. Turns … Continue reading Contaminated or Adulterated Tea? It Still Happens

Used Tea Leaves and Tea Waste: Repurposed

I love to watch tightly rolled tea leaves open up as they brew! And I definitely re-brew certain loose teas, especially those with intact leaves, because they'll continue to release flavor (along with caffeine, polyphenols, etc.). But when you've wrung as much drinkable tea out of these leaves as possible, what can you do with … Continue reading Used Tea Leaves and Tea Waste: Repurposed

January 2021 Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

The pandemic has passed its one-year anniversary as many of us still hunker down, venturing into public places only when necessary. Unprecedented numbers of us are working from home, and in lieu of gathering round the office coffeepot, are making our own beverages. And discovering that we want the indulgence of high quality and taste. … Continue reading January 2021 Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

Saying Goodbye to 2020, with a Look at Tea from Vietnam

My recent posting frequency hasn't been stellar as of late. Along with many of you, I'm weary. Of loss. Of grief. Of the long winter stretch ahead of me, with little to motivate. The holidays, such as they were, are behind. And ahead? Anything? Anything at all? Some nights it seems there is little incentive … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to 2020, with a Look at Tea from Vietnam

Does Your Clay Teapot Change the Taste of Your Tea?

Making tea should always be easy. Pick a tea, heat the water, steep, and pour. For each particular tea, if you keep brewing parameters the same and use a neutral teapot, such as glass or porcelain, you'll get consistent results. For delicate white and green teas, glass and porcelain teapots are ideal because they are … Continue reading Does Your Clay Teapot Change the Taste of Your Tea?

September Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

As the pandemic grinds on, many of us are seeing sometimes unexpected consequences. Odd items are out of stock at the grocery stores. Local contractors can't find lumber. Some European businesses now ship to pretty much anywhere except the Americas. Tea, being an agricultural product, continues to be impacted by weather conditions as well as everything … Continue reading September Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

May Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

As we navigate new social norms, hoping to prevent infection spikes, and as economies look to recover, it's time to revisit the tea industry. There's both good and bad news, although for India, there's far more bad than good news, even now. Japan In Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, although the tea festival that kicks off the … Continue reading May Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

How Many Teapots Are Too Many? A Review of “Inside the Head of a Collector”

I'm most definitely not a Marie Kondo-type of person. Many—many—things bring me joy, or, often, too much guilt to allow me to discard (kids' artwork). But am I a collector? For most of my life I would've said no. I pick up whatever I find particularly appealing and within my means but I've rarely sought out … Continue reading How Many Teapots Are Too Many? A Review of “Inside the Head of a Collector”