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Da Hong Pao – Art of Tea

by Jason on December 20, 2014

in how to, Member Content

The Art of Tea is one of the resources that devoted disciples of tea should have in their library. The magazine is one of the most in-depth sources of information about the origins and development of teas and teaware printed in English. In its pages, one can learn the differences in the authentic tickets placed […]


China Tea Markets

by Jason on November 7, 2014

in Chinese, how to, Member Content

Travel in China offers great opportunity for individual discovery of tea. When you consider each city/town will often have its own tea market, you might expect such a visit would offer a kid-in-the-candy-store sensation. While there are great teas and great people to encounter, there are a few things worth knowing:


Dark Tea in the U.S.

by Jason on November 2, 2014

in Chinese, Member Content

The August 2014 edition of Tea & Coffee Trade Journal included my article on the rise of sales of dark teas in the U.S. I talked with Bill Waddington of TeaSource, and Kevin Gascoyne of Camillia Sinensis Teahouse. Both companies see the potential of dark teas. Dark teas have a tradition of being considered a […]


Tea Drinker: Souheki Mori

by Jason on October 8, 2014

in Japanese, Member Content

 I was sorely tempted to prod Souheki for longer, fuller answers to my questions about the value of the Japanese tea ceremony. Upon reflection, however, I thought it better to leave her responses as they were – simple, straightforward, but full of meaning. There was something about the brevity of the answers that reflected the […]


Tea As Meditation

by Jason on September 18, 2014

in how to, Member Content

Tea and meditation have associated themselves for centuries. One legend puts the birth of tea plants alongside the creation of a new form of meditation. The story goes that Bodhidharma tore off his eyelids after falling asleep seven years into a nine year wall-gazing meditation. His discarded peeper-covers fell in the dirt and became tea […]


Tea & Food Pairings

by Jason on September 9, 2014

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Ambivalence is the pull of multiple forces tugging you in different directions. Good tea deserves to be appreciated for its own sake. On the other hand, is there a meal that could not be enhanced with a fine tea? In the spirit of Louis Jordan reconciling beans and cornbread, I guess tea and good food can […]


Using Aroma Cups

by Jason on August 24, 2014

in how to, Member Content, review

If we hurry through the day, it is easy for our sensory experiences to get combined into a mishmash. In fact, a part of our brains seems dedicated to making sure multiple sensations get combined into a single memory. But the tastes, textures, and aromas we experience in tea are separate sensations, and aroma cups help distinguish […]