Pouring tea is one of my favorite parts of the tea ritual. The weight of the teapot in hand, the steady stream of clear water and the soft sound of water hitting cup ground me in the moment. The art of tea pouring reaches new heights as shown in this video of a tea master pouring in a tea house in Chengdu, China. So watch closely, then get your own long spouted teapot and practice your pour. Your friends and tea drinking peers will certainly be dazzled.
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“Tea Making Tips” is a short film released in 1941 and sponsored by the Empire Tea Bureau of England. A classic video that demonstrates in detail methods of storing and preparing tea, it imparts that one should not waste a drop of tea because of carelessness. Watch and get your fill of crisp white tea cups, tea pots, classic tea chests and more. The Empire Tea Bureau also published a booklet during the war titled “Tea Will Help”. (more…)
Flowering tea, also commonly known as display tea, exhibits some of the best artisanship that China has to offer with hand-crafted tea leaves that unfurl and blossom into unique flower shapes. When steeped in a glass teapot, flowering teas look like something you would see in the movie Avatar on the planet of Pandora. (more…)
The snap of chocolate squares breaking – the silkiness of a chocolate bar melting on your tongue – people flock to chocolate for good reason. If you’re reading this, the chances of you being a tea fan are pretty high. Over the past few years, the frequency of pairing chocolate with tea has increased, bringing together the luscious decadence of cacao with the robust tannins and flavor of tea leaves. (more…)
Green tea is well known for it’s pure, sweet and delicious taste in addition to potential health benefits. In Japan, green tea is the beverage of choice whether it’s paired with food, drunk on a subway platform or in connection with the ancient Japanese tea ceremony started during the 15th century. In general, Japan only produces green tea, much of which is consumed internally. Boasting a distinctive fresh green character and appearance, Japanese green tea is processed differently than the Chinese green teas. After the tea is picked, it’s steamed to neutralize oxidation (more…)
The Tea Council of the USA announced their 2009 Calm-A-Sutra Video winner. Edan Freiberger and Nicholas Chen of Foster City, California won the grand prize, a $15,000 scholarship, for their video “A Cup of Tea”. Every year the Tea Council holds the competition to promote and educate consumers about the flavorful taste and health benefits of drinking tea. A panel of Tea Councel representatives performed the judging and looked at criteria including the message as related to health benefits, creativity and popularity.
I’m always keeping my eye open for cool and unique teapot designs that take the art of brewing tea to another level. The elegance of the tea brewing process lends itself to new creative designs providing fertile ground for the intersection of design, art, culture and technology. One favorite design that I recently stumbled upon comes from Chicago-based design team Vessel Ideation. They were among the winners chosen for this teapot and kettle combo called One in this year’s World Kitchen Tea-Off Competition. World Kitchen chose 3 winners out of 237 entries and 25 honorees. (more…)
Pu-erh tea, a Chinese black tea that undergoes true fermentation (microbial activity involving bacteria), has recently generated buzz in the press. An article titled “Puer Tea: China’s Next Hot Commodity?” on time.com and blog postings by techie tea enthusiasts like Kevin Rose, founder of digg.com, highlights Puerh tea’s growing appeal among mainstream tea fans. Rumors even exist that Victoria Beckham, a former Spice Girl, drinks Pu-erh to loose weight. (more…)
While living in Japan in the nineties I developed my first appreciation for Japanese green teas. To further my understanding of the culture and while trying to improve my Japanese language skills, I ended up watching lots of television. The result: An appreciation and fondness for kitschy Japanese tea commercials! (more…)
Hello tea lovers! I am back from my trip to India and boy, what a trip it was! While visiting my family, I planned a visit to Makaibari Tea Estate, which is situated in the Darjeeling hills of northeastern India. Since 1859, Makaibari has produced noteworthy teas while conserving the rainforest in which it is located and reflecting the wonderful soul of the local community. (more…)