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…)
Posts Tagged ‘Tea Culture’
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…)
Steeped in History: The Art of Tea, an exhibition running from August 16-November 29, 2009 at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, sheds light on the history of tea as it traveled through Asia, Europe and America. Tea’s impact on the cultures of these three continents is reflected in visual arts that include ceramics, textiles, painting and drawings. The Fowler exhibit presents a collection of art that includes rare Chinese ceramics and paintings, 18th- and 19th-centuery Japanese ceramics and prints, English and Colonial American paintings, vintage photos and documents and more. (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…)
I’ve recently completed a whirlwind trip to France, training the coffee crew in the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival on the ins and outs of tea. In the evenings, I would stroll the streets and became fascinated with understanding the place of tea in the French culture. Often, I saw cheerful announcements of salon de thè, (tea salon) with the likes of beer and food printed on awnings.
We would like to celebrate the many uses of Mighty Leaf tea by sharing with you photos of dresses made by two separate artists using our signature tea pouches. Inspired by the beauty of the pouches, these two artists independently designed the dresses. Susana Aragon created the dress in the photo on the left, and Shelly Smith the dress worn by the model on the right. (more…)
Like wine or chocolate tasting, tea tasting provides an opportunity to engage with the senses. Discovering your favorite tea is a personal journey that will constantly surprise, as you encounter endless complexities of flavor, aroma and color. The more tea you taste, the more you will learn to appreciate the nuances between tea varieties and tea types. And to get started, all you need are tea leaves and water. (more…)
Fourteen years ago founders Gary Shinner and Jill Portman started a teahouse in the posh San Francisco area of Pacific Heights and named it “Tea and Company.” This name conjures up one of the best elements of the tea experience. Tea is synonymous in many cultures around the world with hospitality. If you are a guest at someone’s home, inevitably out come the teacups and teapot.