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First Picking Laoshan Tea


The He Family’s first picking Spring teas have arrived, and we have been drinking them every day!  Whether we’re drinking green tea that’s floating free in a tempered glass tumbler or leading a formal gong fu tea tasting at our … Continue reading →

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How to Taste Tea


The tea leaf is an amazing thing- it is the realization of so many different factors, coming together to create a beautiful sensory experience in a cup of tea. First, there is the environment and effects of terroir: how clean is … Continue reading →

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How to Use a Brew Basket to Steep Loose Leaf Tea


Brewing loose leaf tea can sometimes seem intimidating, especially if you aren’t using a special tea service like a gaiwan or a dedicated yixing clay teapot.  While you can always enjoy gong fu style tea with objects you have around … Continue reading →

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What is White Tea?


White tea is one of the most popular kinds of tea in the world. Every day, customers write to us wanting to learn more about white tea’s history and health benefits, and falling in love with white tea through classics … Continue reading →

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China Sourcing Trip 2012 Day One


After our 40+ hour journey across the globe from the unmarked ‘hidden’ international terminal of LAX to the spacious lounges and futuristic amenities of Incheon airport, it was a wonderful thing to be met in Qingdao by our friend Weiwei. … Continue reading →

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Podcast #5: Basic Tea Information


In this podcast guest star Eva Duckler interviews David, asking about the basics of tea.  How does tea grow?  What is in tea? How much caffeine does tea have? What is the difference between tea and herbal tea blends, etc. … Continue reading →

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The History, Practical Tips & Health Benefits of Green Tea


Green tea might seem like a new trend, encouraged by medical professionals, news reports and journals for its health benefits, but in fact, green tea is older and more traditional for both China and the west than black tea. Only … Continue reading →

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Podcast #4: Just How Cool Is Tea?


Guest star and high school investigative journalist Eva Duckler interviews her brother David, the founder of Verdant Tea. Topics of discusion include the ‘cool’ factor of tea, how to make tea on the go, and having tasting parties with friends. … Continue reading →

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An Open Letter in Defense of the Tea Budget


Dear Spouse / Self / Significant Other that pays the bills, I know that the rent check is due, that the utilities have to be taken care of.  I know we are saving up to replace the junker car and … Continue reading →

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Confessions of an Yixing Addict


It’s true- yixing addiction is real, and it is affecting tea lovers near you.  I am a confessed yixing addict, with no plans for rehabilitation in the near future.  Maybe it’s the yixing speaking, but not only has yixing addiction … Continue reading →

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Verdant Tea on Ice


The following article was written by guest author, Geoffrey Reiff, Business Development Manager at Verdant Tea. Yesterday, David and I spent six hours preparing a total of twenty offerings from the Verdant collection and Alchemy line as iced tea. That … Continue reading →

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Making Concentrated Tea for Summer Drinks


How to make a concentrated tea shot: Using a two to three ounce cup, add three teaspoons of tea, and fill with 175 degree water, steeping for 2-3 minutes.  For green teas, use 160 degree water and steep for 2-3 … Continue reading →

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Temperature and Taste


Have you ever made a cup of wonderful tea, had a sip and then forgotten about the cup until later?  When you come back and try it at room temperature, it tastes completely different than it did hot.  It seems … Continue reading →

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Rebelling Against the Tyranny of Flavor


Think of your favorite piece of music in the whole world; one that drives you close to tears, inspires you to jump for joy. Now imagine that piece of music stripped down to a 1998 cell phone MIDI tone ringer. … Continue reading →

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What is Unflavored Tea Anyway?


In the world of high-end teas there is a definite bias towards “pure” unflavored tea, and for many good reasons. The complexity of fine tea evokes a whole spectrum of tastes on its own. Tasting them is a more quiet … Continue reading →

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Tea Ceremony


Practically every village in China has its own school of tea ceremony. Even within a village, everybody adds a bit of personal flair, reinventing the process to fit their style and their priorities in sharing tea. Yet, across China, there … Continue reading →

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Wang Yanxin


My first exposure to tea in a serious way was under the training of Wang Huiming, a master Tieguanyin taster and gongfu ceremony practitioner from Xiamen. She taught me almost all I know about tea as hospitality, the act of … Continue reading →

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Wang Huimin Style Gaiwan Brewing


Works Best With: Tieguanyin, Jasmine, Dancong, Big Red Robe, Black Tea Start with a gaiwan, a glass pitcher, strainer and small cups.  Bring your filtered water to a boil (Wang Huiming had water delivered every day fresh from the springs … Continue reading →

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One Word Tea Club Brewing


Works best with: Big Red Robe, Dancong Start with two 4-8 oz yixing clay teapots.  Heat them with boiling water.  Pour out the water and add  leaves to 2/3 full when dry.  Pour boiling water over the leaves and immediately pour … Continue reading →

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Back-Alley Jingshan Teahouse Brewing


Works best with:  Any green tea, especially Jingshan, Songyang White Start with a tempered glass tumbler.  Fill with fresh boiled water, 6-8oz is ideal.  Allow the water to steam and cool for about 45 seconds to one minute.  add two generous pinches of … Continue reading →

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