Processing Tea by Hand vs. Machine

Tea is the second most frequently drunk beverage on the planet, right after water. But unlike water, there is quite a variety based on where the tea plants are grown, when the leaves are harvested, what tea plant varietal they are from, and so on. A big part of the difference (and some say the most important) is how the leaves are processed. Meeting world-wide demand has meant the introduction of machines (in the 1870s according to some tea manufacturers) into this part of things, but a number of hand-processed teas are readily available, symbolizing a push back to better quality for those whose appreciation of the superior flavors and aromas is growing. Continue reading

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The Rise of “Clonal” Teas

Having several “clonal” teas in stock in our online store and having just added another, we thought it was time for a good look at what they are and how they are gaining in number among the teas carried by us and others. Continue reading

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Loose Leaf Tea Steeping Reigns Supreme

Loose leaf tea steeping reigns supreme with us and many other tea lovers we know. Despite the convenience of bagged teas, the delights of loose leaf tea steeped loose is coming back into wider practice. That means loose in the pot or gaiwan. No teaball or other infusing device. Just leaves floating free in that hot water. Continue reading

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