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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The secret about herbal 'tea' that almost nobody talks about

September 29, 2016

Are you guilty of calling just about any beverage made from hot water and some form of leaf, spice or flower addition tea? If so, it’s time to stop. Tea and tisanes - the very important difference ...

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Tea terminology - the language of tea tasting

September 13, 2016 1 Comment

Just like the world of wine, tea has its own distinct tea tasting language. This language is made up of tea terminology used to help differentiate between different tastes, flavours, mouth feels an...

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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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Acclaimed industrial designer turns his hand to $170,000 tea set

October 16, 2015

Australian-born industrial designer, Marc Newson is described as the most influential of his generation and tea connoisseurs can experience his work first hand thanks to a limited edition sterling ...

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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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