World’s Tea Industry: February 2022

When "supply chain" is part of our everyday language rather than remaining confined to, say, auto part suppliers, we know that we're in unprecedented times. There's a spotty availability of random items—a baffling lack of certain paint finishes, a maple syrup producer can't get the customized jugs ordered months earlier. Raw materials are sometimes pricier … Continue reading World’s Tea Industry: February 2022

Hadong Mt. Jiri Green Tea, South Korea

We have been getting a "moderate to heavy" snowfall, which began yesterday and is due to continue today. Despite promises that it would be neither fluffy nor super wet, the first inches were decidedly heavy-wet. Not fun to shovel, yet so beautiful. Between shoveling stints, I reached again for the 2021 Korean Green Tea Luxury … Continue reading Hadong Mt. Jiri Green Tea, South Korea

Boseong Green Tea, South Korea

The Decline and Renewal of Tea in Korea When tea is part of a country's culture early on, it's interesting that it can fade from popularity. But such was the case in Korea, when Confucianism displaced Buddhism. Ramifications were culture-changing. The Choson Dynasty made a big push to eliminate Buddhist influence in all aspects of … Continue reading Boseong Green Tea, South Korea

Korean Green Tea

Receiving new tea—especially something you've never tried—is always exciting! Last month, my daughter and son-in-law surprised me with a gift set of green tea from Teas Unique of South Korea. Although tea has been grown in Korea for ages, I've had only South Korean tisanes (ginger, ginseng, citron, and barley), and one actual tea, the … Continue reading Korean Green Tea

Ruby Black Tea from Taiwan

A few months ago, Mindlake Tea offered free samples of their tea so that they could compare feedback from those who lived in areas more prone to having soft water (Japan, Taiwan) with those who lived in hard-water regions, such as the U.S. Because I know well the difference water makes—my mom's northern Michigan well … Continue reading Ruby Black Tea from Taiwan

An English Teapot That Spans Centuries

For all the information online, it's frustrating when you come up short! Last summer, I picked up this charming, diminutive, teapot at a yard sale. In pristine condition, it's clearly never been used. Because the teapot—part of The Afternoon Tea Collection, made in England—says that it's been "reproduced from original copper plate hand engravings in … Continue reading An English Teapot That Spans Centuries

Is Licorice Tea Really Good for a Sore Throat?

These days, the slightest sore throat necessitates Covid testing, but beyond that, what can you do to alleviate the scratchiness and discomfort? At TeaHaus, we generally suggest a hot cup of ayurvedic Vata—a caffeine-free herbal blend of licorice, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, anise, and mallow blossoms. The thick, creamy body of this tea coats your throat, … Continue reading Is Licorice Tea Really Good for a Sore Throat?

Japanese Kutani Porcelain Tea Sets

I never meant to own a bunch of teapots, but somehow I do. Most came from yard sales, and some were given to me, like this gorgeous vintage tea set featuring a peacock and chrysanthemums. My friend thought I'd appreciate this charming set, brought back from Korea by her parents many years ago. A little … Continue reading Japanese Kutani Porcelain Tea Sets

World’s Tea Industry, as Pandemic Drags On

While pandemic fatigue has certainly set in, most of us are still forced to deal with it—whether learning that our child's school has closed once again due to staffing shortages, or needing yet another COVID test, or finding out that {fill in blank} is out of stock indefinitely. The tea world has been hard hit … Continue reading World’s Tea Industry, as Pandemic Drags On

Greek Mountain (Shepherd’s) Tea

Selling a house is stressful. Selling a beloved house filled with joyful moments is even more difficult. Selling such a house due to circumstances and not desire is harder still. Yet here we are, in such a position within my family. And as the house lingers on the market, stress levels are, well, you can … Continue reading Greek Mountain (Shepherd’s) Tea