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

Tea Hastens Death—Wait, What?! (East Frisian Tea in Germany)

Way (way) back in time, my grandmother took me along to visit her brother in Germany (and carry the luggage!). Hazy recollections of selecting loose leaf tea in small shops and then sipping it from delicate tea glasses in my great-uncle’s cozy apartment later prompted me to wonder why we purchased loose leaf tea in … Continue reading Tea Hastens Death—Wait, What?! (East Frisian Tea in Germany)

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

Brewing Terrific Tea!

“This tea is really good!”—slightly surprised, pleasantly—was what I most often heard when handing out samples at a local market. “Teabags?” would generally follow. No, teabags will never give the full-bodied flavor and multiple nuances of a loose leaf tea. To truly get every bit of flavor (and gorgeous full color) from a tea leaf, it must fully … Continue reading Brewing Terrific Tea!