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Legacy of the Tea Brick

Bliss DakeApril 20th, 2009 by Bliss Dake

Steeping loose leaf tea in water has not always been the dominant method of tea preparation.  Prior to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in ancient China, the tea brick, compressed tea made of  ground or whole tea leaves pressed into a block form using a mold, was one of the most popular forms of tea produced and consumed.  People also commonly used tea bricks as currency.  Today, the legacy of tea bricks lives on – you can find a variety of compressed black teas, green teas, pu-erh teas and more. (more…)

Memories of Fragrant Cups

Chef Vinita JacintoApril 6th, 2009 by Chef Vinita Jacinto

Since graduating from the Institute of Hotel Management, Culinary Arts & Applied Nutrition in Mumbai, India 27 years ago, I have nourished my life-long passion for food by serving as a culinary educator. I am currently a Chef Instructor of Principles of Contemporary Cuisine at California Culinary Academy in San Francisco where I have been a member of the faculty since 2005. While teaching hundreds of students how to develop healthy, delicious foods over the years, I have inevitably imparted upon them the tremendous cultural and culinary values of tea, which I hold so dear. (more…)