Oriental Beauty Oolong: The Name, the Science, the Tea

Since teas from Vietnam are spotty as far as purity and quality go, I was excited when TeaHaus was able get the oolong Oriental Beauty. But interestingly, many things come to play with this tea—its potentially problematic name, the role of pests, the source, and of course the quality of the tea itself. Here's a … Continue reading Oriental Beauty Oolong: The Name, the Science, the Tea

The World’s Tea Industry: Fall 2021 Snaphots

As fallout from the pandemic continues, many in the tea industry are using new tactics to maintain and increase their customer base; are adjusting to a changing market, especially as supply chain and shipping continue to be problematic; and are looking for ways to reduce production costs. According to shipping company DHL, ports are again … Continue reading The World’s Tea Industry: Fall 2021 Snaphots

Nilgiri Frost Tea, and How Tea Leaves Respond to the Cold

Being frostbitten is generally a negative experience—for you and for many plants. Much research goes into how to best protect tea plants from frost, and in some regions of the world, such as the Caucasus, frost-tolerant genotypes have been developed. These genotypes allow plants to thrive in colder regions, which has two benefits: the plants … Continue reading Nilgiri Frost Tea, and How Tea Leaves Respond to the Cold

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 we've wrung as much drinkable tea out of these leaves as possible, what can be done 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

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

Update on Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

I never picked up a 2020 calendar for our household use, so, a few weeks ago, I simply canceled the year officially. At least in our kitchen. As many of us continue to be under stay-at-home orders, the ramifications of COVID-19 are becoming clearer, broader, often scarier. We wonder what the lasting effects will be—on … Continue reading Update on Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry