an interview with marlon molinare and dylan jhaveri of chan teas

the travel + tea interviews series: bloggers, writers and photographers sharing about their experiences with tea, travel and writing.

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chan tea, dylan jhaveri, marlon molinare

Founders of Chan Teas, Dylan Jhaveri (blue shirt) and Marlon Molinare (black shirt) on top of Lu shan in Anhui, China

Tell me about your blog, how did you get to the point you’re at now and what are you thinking of doing next?

Our blog focuses on sharing what we know about tea. We recently traveled to China drinking and learning more about the drink we’ve grown to love and right now we’re still in the process of pushing out all of the content we accumulated over the last month.

Tell me where in the world you are, how did you get there (what’s the story behind the journey) where are you thinking of going next?

We are childhood friends and now fourth year college students at the University of California, Santa Barbara and University of San Diego with a mutual love for tea. After the school year more traveling is in our sights.

What does traveling mean to you?

Traveling means discovering new places and cultures far away from your normal routine. It is a way to learn, grow, and face new experiences. We find it exciting to minimize possessions and live day-by-day with everything we need on our backs. It challenges oneself to slow down and spend time reading, writing, and breaking away from the normal comforts of home.

What does tea mean to you?

Tea is a means of relaxation and mental alertness. It’s a great way to pass the time with good company and make new friends, but also serves as a great companion when studying alone. Tea is a way to connect with new people and share new experiences. Even in faraway lands, when you are unable to communicate with new friends and local people, you can often find yourselves connecting and sharing a moment over a pleasant cup of tea.

What’s your philosophy when it comes to blogging on the road?

Blogging on the road is the best time to do it. We wish we could have done more from China but certain restrictions by the government made it difficult to reach out.

What’s your favorite tea related memory or location (it can be as simple as enjoying a can of green tea from a vending machine in Japan to participating in a tea ceremony) and why is it special to you?

In Hangzhou, we were guided by our tea friend to an amazing little Pu’erh shop run by a warm-hearted family, where we drank tea and smoked tobacco out of a bamboo water pipe. It was a truly unforgettable experience.

What do you drink/steep at home?

Marlon: Lately I’ve been drinking a lot of Wenshan Baozhong; its heavily floral but not too bold. It can go for many infusions and is a great companion when I’m putting in long hours at the computer and don’t want to change leaves often.

Dylan: Recently I find myself preparing tei guan yin most often. That is one tea that seems to always relax and calm my spirits. When I’m feeling a bit more adventurous I often enjoy a tea fairly new to my personal collection: sheng pu’erh.

If there is one tea you could introduce to everyone in the world, what would it be?

A lightly oxidized tieguanyin. The natural sweetness and floral notes make tieguanyin very approachable to those unfamiliar with loose leaf tea. It’s a great way to get someone hooked.

Can you tell me three of your favorite tea or travel blogs?

World of Tea, MattCha’s Blog, and  The Sip Tip.

Can you tell me your favorite tea shop (and what made it totally awesome)?

In Guangdong we trekked through the rainy weather to a small tea center where a small, strong old man poured us some sweetly roasted dan cong and a unique tieguanyin with long stems. The man didn’t stop pouring the entire time we were there, and we were happy to keep drinking.

Guangdong tea shop

Tea shop in Guangdong

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Marlon and Dylan can be found at Chan Tea and on Twitter.

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5 Responses to “an interview with marlon molinare and dylan jhaveri of chan teas”
  1. Julie says:

    Great information, I love to hear about your love for tea and travel – a perfect pair!

  2. Jackie Jhavery says:

    super to read about both of you and the love for tea.

  3. laurieAnn says:

    I love sitting with a cup of tea at home and at work; it sounds like you had a wonderful experience sharing the drink with people during your travels. How did you know where to go in China to try these teas? Where can we get some of the teas that you mentioned here in the United States?

  4. Christie says:

    Great information! Thanks for sharing! Happy Travels and Happy Tea!

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