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

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

Conundrum in Vietnam’s Tea Garden Redux

The night before last, the moon was an incredible yellow-orangy crescent, low-hanging on the horizon. Like you could reach up and pluck it out of the sky. Surreal harvest moons; crisp air; slanted sunrays that set the riotous trees afire; pungent earth . . . autumn in Michigan. Which makes me reach for a steaming cup of tea to … Continue reading Conundrum in Vietnam’s Tea Garden Redux

A Conundrum in the Tea Garden, Vietnam’s, That Is

In my last blog, I encouraged supporting those businesses that engage in fair trade practices and so on. But again, it’s complicated. The Goal Recently, the Viêt Nam News ran an article that illustrates the conundrum of meeting the certification standards of Fairtrade International. As you may imagine, this global organization has extensive standards—for small-scale producers, … Continue reading A Conundrum in the Tea Garden, Vietnam’s, That Is