photo: tea store window at lupica tea, hawaii

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q&a with sarah rose: tea and travel writer, author of ‘all the tea in china’

Sarah Rose is the author of For All the Tea in China: How England Stole theWorld’s Favorite Drink and Changed History [the true story of a 19th Century botanist who traveled undercover in Qing China to steal the secrets of tea for England and the East India Company — the largest act of corporate espionage … Continue reading

tea design: abby berkson on why teapots are the masterclass for potters

Abby Berkson is a potter out Northampton, MA.   She had a BFA in ceramics from Alfred University; assisted Connie Talbot at High Hollow Pottery for four years before striking off on her own.  Abby has a love of textiles, children’s illustration and has spent lots of time teaching children’s ceramics classes – all of these … Continue reading

tea design: cristina espinosa of the heated, san francisco

This tea design interview is with Cristina Espinosa of The Heated, a design studio based out of San Francisco. She has built her business on the philosophy that less is more, and creates neat products with very little waste; designs are printed using water-based, non-toxic ink. Supplies are bought locally whenever possible and packages are … Continue reading

tea design: tea ceramics with megan john in cleveland, ohio

I love tea, I love the leaves and water, but to me tea culture is more than just the leaf, it’s about the artisan teapots and teacups, about the teahouses and the ritual of preparing tea.  In light of that, welcome to a new interview series – this time with some super talented and creative … Continue reading

tea design: teapots and tea bowls from clair at clamlab

I love tea, I love the leaves and water, but to me tea culture is more than just the leaf, it’s about the artisan teapots and teacups, about the teahouses and the ritual of preparing tea. In light of that, welcome to a new interview series – this time with some super talented and creative … Continue reading

sakura treats and trees at the portland japanese garden

  Thanks to Sean Sweeney from The Sustainable Tea Leaf for sending me this beautiful photo from his visit to the Portland Japanese Garden. The sakura, or Japanese cherry blossom, is one of the foremost symbols of Japan. Symbolizing the intense ephemeral nature of life, they bloom en masse once a year for a short … Continue reading

enviable in-store events and a love affair with japanese sencha: james bowman of halcyon tea

I first came across Halcyon Tea a little while ago and have featured one of their beautiful tea-tasting photos before, in this post.  They have so many elements that I really love in a tea store, they run lots of in-store tea events and tastings, they blog and take wonderful, wonderful tea photos. James and … Continue reading

tea + travel interview: nicole from tea for me please

the travel + tea interviews series: bloggers, writers and photographers sharing about their experiences with tea, travel and writing. __ Tell me about your blog, how did you get to the point you’re at now and what are you thinking of doing next. I started my blog about two years ago. I had been a … Continue reading

interview with chris giddings: tea reviewer and the tea-guy

the travel + tea interviews series: bloggers, writers and photographers sharing about their experiences with tea, travel and writing. __ Tell me about your website, how did you get to the point you’re at now and what are you thinking of doing next? I’ll tell you, I really just started the Tea-Guy blog to see … Continue reading

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