I Like My Women Like I Like My Tea

Ah, the everlasting debate – Loose Leaf vs. Tea Bags. There are tea snobs out there who will refuse to even consider anything in a tea bag, but I think it’s important to note that not all tea bags are bad! Before I proceed, I’ll state something that I will probably repeat frequently on this […]

Tea World! Tea World! Pu-erhty Time! Excellent!

Pu-erh tea (alternately pronounced poo-arrrrrr like a pirate or poo-air, depending on region) is probably the least known to the everyday person. Not all that long ago (just a few years now), my brother living in China sent me an email asking about the kinds of tea I liked and what he had available to […]

Pretty Fly for a White Tea

I honestly tried to figure out a better “White Tea” pun for this post title, but when it came down to it, this is where it’s at! Before I started learning about tea properly, all I knew about white tea was what I learned from that one commercial by Lipton years ago. It was advertising […]

Me Love Oo-Long Time! Five Dollah!

Before I get into the discussion on oolong tea, let’s take a step back and crack up a wee bit about that title. If you don’t get it, say it out loud with a really bad, stereotypical asian accent. (I appreciate a bad pun… emphasis on bad …probably more than I should.) Got it now? […]

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Next to black tea, green tea is a more recognizable tea in Western society. A lot of this comes from the health benefits that are widely discussed of green teas. In fact, most scientific studies into the health benefits of tea use green tea as the focus. As a result, green tea drinking in the […]

Once You Go Black, You Never Go Back

I feel it’s safe to say that one of the most common teas in the Western world is black tea. Whether taken with milk and sugar or served iced, when in the US or the UK, black is what you’ll most readily find. Interestingly enough, while black tea has really come to the forefront as […]

How Do They Make Tea?

“All there is to making tea is to pick it, steam it, pound it, shape it, dry it, tie it and seal it.” -Lu Yu, The Classic of Tea This is an excerpt from the first ever book on tea, called the Ch’a Ching, or The Classic of Tea. Written in the eight century (yes, […]

What Exactly is Tea?

What exactly is tea, anyway? It seems like you just put any (non-poisonous) plant or herb put into hot water and – VOILA! – tea! Easy an answer as that would be, that’s not exactly how it works. Actual tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, a tree native to China. […]