Seven Cups

Considering Terroir

by Jason Walker on October 24, 2013

in Voices of Tea

This article originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of Tea & Coffee Trade Journal. Terroir is becoming an increasingly important consideration in selecting tea for the North American specialty tea market, as was reflected in the courses and show floor interactions at the 2013 World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Terroir and the […]

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How To Expand Your Tea Education: Tea Tourism

by Jason Walker on August 8, 2013

in Member Content

Part of a series on How To Expand Your Tea Education. Sometimes a class or a book just will not provide a sufficient substitute to the depth or richness of  experience of being at origin. Going to the places where tea is grown and processed can offer several advantages. You will be able to interact […]


Part of a series on How To Expand Your Tea Education. Becoming informed about tea can be easy and hard at the same time. There are more than enough books about tea. Some would even say there are more books than there is demand. You can find training courses and certification bodies. One of the […]


Tea Mag’s Coverage of Yellow Tea

by Jason Walker on March 6, 2013

in Chinese, review, Voices of Tea

There is much to discuss in the latest issue of Tea Mag: The published content does well explaining the basic concepts of how yellow tea differs from green tea. I wish they had talked about what to expect the tea tasting experience to encompass. It is true that reputable vendors with quality yellow tea are […]


Best Teas, Damned Lies, and Stastics

by Jason Walker on February 13, 2013

in Member Content

. Who has the best teas? This question gets asked by WTR readers at one time or another. I decided look at the Scoresheet and try to answer that question from a more objective approach. The results may be surprising. Take a look:


Tea Store Evaluation- Seven Cups

by Jason Walker on April 4, 2012

in Voices of Tea

Part of a series on evaluating online tea stores. A look at Seven Cups in the areas of quality, selection, and tea community. Quality:  Overall, Seven Cups exudes quality. Their product pages go to great length to give background on their teas. Most of the time, you can find the precise harvest date, varietal used, and […]


. Origin. Harvest. Varietal. Grade. Processing choices. These are some of the factors to consider when choosing an artisanal loose leaf tea. Depending on the kind of tea, these choices are generally more straightforward. But teas like Dan Cong throw a wrench into the works. Dan Cong is a Chinese wulong (oolong) with a history […]