What Is a Hand-Crafted Tea?

Just as the terms “artisanal tea” and “artisan tea” are being applied to just about any tea under the sun (as I discussed in a previous article), so are the terms “hand-crafted tea” (sound of audible heavy sigh) and “handmade tea” similarly misused (both basically mean to refer to what is more appropriately called “hand …

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Thoughts on a Chigusa (Tea Storage Jar)

If you'd asked me not so long ago what I knew about ancient Japanese tea jars, I'd pretty much have been stumped. I've been studying and writing about tea for more than eight years. But I don't recall hearing much about these items until I ran across a recent book called The Story of Chigusa: …

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