world tea photography part 1: china and mongolia

Welcome to a new series here at tea & travel – one where I plan explore some amazing tea-travel photography and hear a few words from the photographer, not just what the photo is of, and where it is but why it’s special and how it felt to be there.  This first series of photos … Continue reading

ancient tea trees and wild tea hunting in china

I stole the title for this piece from an article that Jay (the subject of this interview) wrote for the Chinese edition of Outside Magazine.  The subtitle was An American’s Inside Experience into the Deep Mysterious Culture of Ancient China which I think is equally inspiring. It’s a beautifully written piece, about Jay’s experiences in … Continue reading

photo: lijian market, along the tea horse road, yunnan, china

The town of Lijian has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. Jeff  Fuchs is a noted tea writer, traveler and explorer; he was the first Westerner to traverse the Ancient Tea Horse Road, one of the globe’s most arduous journeys … Continue reading

tea review: vanilla mint fair trade pu-erh from rishi tea

Vanilla Mint, Organic Fair Trade Pu-erh To be honest, I’m a bit of a pu-erh novice, I’ve had pu-erhs before, and liked them but I’m much better versed in the worlds of greens and oolongs.  Perhaps because this tea has familiar tastes in it, like cinnamon, vanilla and mint, or perhaps it’s because I could brew it chai-style, all milky … Continue reading

chinese tea buying, yixing zisha teapots and saying ‘no!’ to flavored tea with jennifer wood of the canton tea co.

The Canton Tea Co. are a specalist Chinese teas retailer, based out of the UK.  I had a chat to Jennifer Wood, one of the co-founders about choosing not to sell flavored teas, her favorite tea-ware and learning from the best in the tea business. Jennifer also worked for many years as a copywriter – … Continue reading

tea money: how fair trade is funding hospitals, tuition and clean drinking water in tea communities

[or, How Rishi Tea and the Xuan En Organic Fair Trade Cooperative are rocking the Fair Trade World] October is Fair Trade month, and to celebrate this and all the wonderful Fair Trade activity that has gone on this month (benefiting both farmers and tea drinkers alike!) I wanted to showcase the Xuan En Fair Trade … Continue reading

an interview with jeff fuchs: the tea horse road, living in yunnan and why simplicity equals quality

Jeff  Fuchs is a noted tea writer, traveler and explorer. He was the first Westerner to traverse the Ancient Tea Horse Road, one of the globe’s most arduous journeys and daunting trade routes. This trek took almost eight months to complete,the path of which took tea over 6,000 kilometers into the mighty Himalayas to sate … Continue reading

tea rituals and yixing teapots

I love the symmetry of this tea photo, so serene and balanced. Alexandr Solo has some great photos of Yixing Teapots over on Flickr, you can see them here.

interview: jenny liu from slave to appetite and rocky mountain tea

the tea + travel interviews series: bloggers, tea writers, personalities and tea photographers share  their experiences with tea & travel around the world. Jenny Liu is a native New Yorker in her early 20’s; currently living in China trying to break into a 4000 year old tea trade with Rocky Mountains Tea. __ Tell me … Continue reading

the most perfect cha xi (tea play) setting and one of my all-time favourite tea photos

I came across this beautiful photo while reading this post from the Teamasters blog.  When I contacted Stéphane Erler about this photo he described this tea setting as: The art of tea is one that can combine all 5 senses. So, for a tea session, called Cha Xi (tea play) in Chinese,  I like to … Continue reading

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