October 27, 2016

Tea bag tea is always inferior to loose leaf tea. The tea that goes into bags is called dust, and quite literally includes particles that fall to the floor and are swept up during machine processin...

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July 15, 2016

Dessert: the talented team at Nama, Bergen Tea pairing challenge: this decadent chocolate bomb topped with caramel sauce works gorgeously with a high grown second flush black tea - Second Flush ...

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Why tea people get so excited at this time of year

July 07, 2016

Fashionistas are abuzz in the lead up to fashion week. Sporting fanatics start twitching a few weeks before season kick-off, wine lovers salivate in summer in anticipation of new vintages and snow ...

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The ocular equivalent of haute couture

November 17, 2015

Have you ever wondered what a yak, a long haired bovid from Tibet, and a pair of spectacles have in common? No, neither had we - until we met Benoit Ams, Belgian designer, craftsman and founder of...

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Meet the bladesmith whose knives are a cut above

October 30, 2015

It’s one of the first tools mankind ever produced and since then there’s been no substitute. We use one every day without thinking twice. We couldn’t butter toast, slice cakes, chop fruit, dice veg...

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The most luxurious business card in the world

October 17, 2015

How far would you go to make a good first impression with your business card? Would you go so far as to involve a team of master craftsmen including goldsmiths, woodworkers and papermakers? Enter ...

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An illustration is a story captured forever

October 15, 2015

A picture paints a thousand words. Sure, it’s a cliché, but it’s a good one. Exceptional illustration can bring a story to life and nowhere is this more obvious than in children’s storybooks. So o...

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The Nepalese Himalayas - the new Champagne of teas?

August 10, 2015

Tea connoisseurs the world over simply can’t get enough of Nepalese teas. In the last few years high mountain Nepalese tea has made a name for itself in tea circles to the extent that some of the ...

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A tea terroir like no other

July 06, 2015

When it comes to tea, the stock photos would have us believing all tea gardens are meticulously planted. Tea bushes climb the sides of tidy hills in neat, orderly, symmetrical rows. In the famous W...

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It takes a village

June 27, 2015

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in the case of the Kinezuka family, it takes one tea farmer with a vision to raise the village. High up in the mountains of the small Japanese v...

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A bicycle, a bomb and a great grandfather...

May 01, 2015

It’s the early 1920s in Fukuoka, Japan. A young man, with aspirations of becoming a renowned tea merchant is carefully packing tea into the basket of his bicycle. All day, every day, he cycles thro...

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