cameron highlands: the beginning of a tea journey. a guest post by melanie lee

My earliest memory of drinking tea is in Cameron Highlands, a hillside town in Malaysia where tea plantations are grown 1,500 meters above sea level. Formerly a British colony until 1957, homesick English troops based here used to head up to this cool, mountainous area to escape the tropical humidity, and of course sip tea … Continue reading

nepali tea, organic tea farming and food safety with sarah mohan

I had a chat with Sarah Mohan, a research intern with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), about small tea farms in Nepal. We spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of going green and harvesting tea for the Western tea market; and why even though initially profits are lower for these farmers, they’re still willing … Continue reading

traveling to the tea fields of munnar, with nourishtea

Traveling to a tea estate, to see how tea is grown and produced is a dream for us tea lovers.  Just as wine lovers dream of going to Napa Valley, or to The Hunter Valley; or as chocolate lovers dream of going to Paris – the same can be said of tea, seeing it all … Continue reading

top posts: march 2011

Top posts for March 2011: [Guest Post] Yerba Maté: a love story written by Torre DeRoche Tea Design: Q&A with tea illustrator Hennie Haworth Tea Marketing: an interview with Lindsey Goodwin [and some observations by Deb on tea branding and styling] Zealong: pure New Zealand oolong tea – an interview with Vincent Chen Stay in … Continue reading

tea and wine with peggy veloudos of t-bar tea salon, south australia

The T-Bar is a specialty teahouse located in Adelaide, South Australia.  Having been around since 1999, they have seen the Australian tea landscape change over the years; they also know a thing or two about what makes for a great teahouse atmosphere. T-bar is the kind of place to come, enjoy a pot, learn and relax.  They have … Continue reading

tea and the community, a chat with avi markus of nourishtea

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is about understanding your business’ impact on the wider community and considering how you can use this impact in a positive way. I’ve had the opportunity to covered some other great tea companies that are doing some neat things in the CSR space, such as Rishi Tea, Runa and BOH Tea … Continue reading

[guest post] yerba maté: a love story written by torre deroche

I’d never heard of yerba maté until I met an Argentinean man. In the early days of our fling, I’d stay over at his apartment, and the first thing he’d do in the morning was prepare his maté. He’d spoon tea leaves into a rustic wooden cup, stick a decorative metal straw inside it and … Continue reading

tea technology: tea processing chart

Isn’t this a nifty little graphic?! It explains the different processing steps that tea leaves go through after they are picked. I came across it via this post on Lao Ren Cha (it was initially posted on the ever useful Chan Teas site).  Click the image for a larger version of the chart. There is … Continue reading

tea marketing: an interview with lindsey goodwin

How do you go about marketing a product, found the world over, that all stems from one plant?  After all, all tea comes from Camellia sinensis (or a varietal of it), and yet there are thousands of different tea retailers out there selling all types of tea under all sorts of brands.  Many of them … 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

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