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

Poison in My Tea?

TEA. Once relegated to the Poison Garden—then confirmed as providing multiple health benefits—and now with toxic contaminants? Troubling, and more than a tad ironic. However, this has been an ongoing problem, brought back to public attention whenever a new study comes out or another headline plays to your emotions (not unlike the headline of this particular … Continue reading Poison in My Tea?

Why Great Loose Leaf Tea Comes via Germany

From One Perspective, as Tourist There is something special between kids and their grandparents. A bond, a pact, between them that tacitly circumvents the parents. So as a teenager back in the early 1970s, I was lucky enough to travel several times with my grandmother, visiting her brother in Kassel, Germany, and seeing the country … Continue reading Why Great Loose Leaf Tea Comes via Germany

Ozone-Friendly Teas? Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Teas Stand Alone

At a time when our time on this planet seems limited—Stephen Hawking warns that we "should prepare for a cosmic exodus"* within the next couple hundred years—it is really really nice to know that somebody is working on the problems here at home! An Island of Responsible Sensibilities As recently reported in World Tea News,† Sri … Continue reading Ozone-Friendly Teas? Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Teas Stand Alone

How We Get Our Tea: From Truck to Cup

You overslept; you had to wait for a train on your drive in to work; it started pouring, just when the car in front of you pulled into the last parking space that was even remotely close to your building. And then you find that your go-to tea is out of stock! So when our shipment of tea … Continue reading How We Get Our Tea: From Truck to Cup

Can You Re-infuse Black Tea?

Can You Re-infuse Black Tea? No.* End of story. *Okay, two, maybe three, exceptions Really? Basically, yes. I'll get to those exceptions—but first let me repeat: most black teas—even high-quality loose leaf teas—cannot be satisfactorily re-brewed Yes, I know that you can get something out of those leaves. Maybe even something drinkable. But good? Nah. Stick … Continue reading Can You Re-infuse Black Tea?

Whole Leaf Rolled Teas: What They Are and How to Brew Them

A common assumption:  loose leaf tea should be brewed in a tea ball. To which I say: You are missing out on one of life's pleasures: watching a tightly rolled leaf open, gracefully and gently, reminding us to pause and contemplate the act of making tea, the wonder of it. Because if it's loose leaf tea that is … Continue reading Whole Leaf Rolled Teas: What They Are and How to Brew Them

Assam Tea At Risk? Climate Change Threatens

I am seriously cold all the time. All. The. Time. My husband will attest to this. And tell you how I wear a sweater on all but the very hottest Michigan summer day. Which means that winters are particularly challenging. And that I reveled in last month's record-breaking warm temps! But Michigan is not supposed to be … Continue reading Assam Tea At Risk? Climate Change Threatens

Can the U.S. Grow Tea Worth Drinking?

"Tea gardens."  The words evoke lush plantations far removed from the United States. But tea gardens within our borders? Can we grow high-quality tea? They Said We Couldn't Produce Great Wine ~ Until We Did Well, until California wineries shocked the world in 1976 by winning—in both the red and white categories—a blind tasting by French judges, many thought that … Continue reading Can the U.S. Grow Tea Worth Drinking?

Having Their Tea and Drinking It Too? The State of Tea in Sri Lanka

Yesterday evening, the colors down our street were spectacular. You know exactly what that sentence means if you are a Michigander, when October brings breathtaking maple leaves saturated in vibrant gold, brassy orange and crimson, rich maroon. And you know that it is time for cider—the dark unfiltered unpasteurized stuff, with its flavor spectrum determined by … Continue reading Having Their Tea and Drinking It Too? The State of Tea in Sri Lanka