It’s Summer Flush Time in Darjeeling!

June is a month for weddings, for those bells ringing, the beautiful brides gliding down the aisle in their white gowns, and wedding receptions with cakes and bands playing. It’s also Summer Flush time in Darjeeling, India! A “flush” is a time of growth and then harvest of the tea. In Darjeeling, India, there are …

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Profiles in Tea: Virginia (“Cinnabar”) Wright – a.k.a. Gongfu Girl

What does it take to open a tea shop, especially in a down economy? You’ll need good planning, in-depth tea knowledge, an enduring dream, and perhaps a little madness. Which describes Virginia Wright, proprietor of Phoenix Tea in Burien, Washington, to a “tea.” How did you get involved with tea? I’ve always been interested in …

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