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Da Hong Pao – Art of Tea

by Jason on December 20, 2014

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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

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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:


Tea As Meditation

by Jason on September 18, 2014

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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 […]


How to Choose a Tea Infuser/Teapot

by Jason on August 17, 2014

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There will likely be a never-ending cycle of new concepts and devices for making tea at home. Walker Tea Review covered a few of these in a 2012 comparison. Now it is time to look at the realm of 2-stage infuser tea pots. Sometimes they are called gongfu pots or tea infuser pots.

Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of infuser/strainer teapots.

For the longest time, having tea at the office or away from home has involved compromise. In most cases, the compromise came in the form of a teabag. Even when teabags have high quality tea, it rarely compares to a well-steeped cup of quality loose leaf. This compromise on quality often comes at greater convenience. […]


Part of a series on How To Expand Your Tea Education. Often, the quickest and easiest way to learn about tea is to simply ask someone knowledgeable. There is no need to run a search, buy a book or take a class to piece together information when you can easily walk up and ask an […]