Is Replacing Your Water Intake with Drinking a Lot of Tea a Good Idea?

(Tea in this article means tea in terms of tea, the old Chinese cult beverage gained from different varieties of the Camellia Sinensis plant and processed in various different ways. Separate considerations would have to be made to cover this question for tisanes instead.) If you’re a true tea geek, you must have come across …

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What Makes Music into “Tea Music”?

Before we get to discuss what would define music as tea music, we first need to answer the question, whether there is such thing as “tea music” at all. It seems that while music seems to be rarely composed for the particular purpose of being tea music, some of the music that is basically produced …

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Organic Tea – Great Reassurance or Just Another Word in the Marketing Jungle? Part 2

As we have learnt in part 1 of this article, buying “organic” tea might arguably be our best option to protect ourselves from the possible health hazards arising from the use of pesticides in tea cultivation, at least at first sight. A closer look reveals a different picture, though: “Paper doesn’t blush”, as they say, …

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Organic Tea – Great Reassurance or Just Another Word in the Marketing Jungle? Part 1

In our modern world and economy, the “healthyness” of food products has become a great concern for the majority of consumers. This applies especially for the so-called developed countries, where food products are a huge and highly differentiated industry, and where consumers have the choice between a wide range of prices, qualities and sets of …

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Tea Pricing – What Makes Tea Expensive, Part 2

Remember, I’ve been telling you about a very cheap Chinese green tea, and a very expensive Chinese green tea, in part 1 of this article. Also, I said that just like with precious stones or metals “rareness”, or the absence of the same, for that matter, is the decisive factor for the price of a …

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Tea Pricing – What Makes Tea Expensive, Part 1

Tea pricing is one of the most complex pricing “systems” of all, comparable to that of precious stones: in both cases, only an experienced expert will be able to tell. I discovered a 400g box of loose broken Chinese green tea in a branch of an Asian food store chain in Germany last year, costing …

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Spring Harvest – The Best Teas of the Year?

When I originally proposed this topic, I had a plan what I would write about it. However, reality came my way in the meantime in the form of this year’s tea spring harvest season in north Thailand, which I was able to witness on site. So, I have decided instead to give a little account …

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Oolong Tea – Broadest Segment in Tea, Smallest Segment in the Market?

Oolong tea, or “Wu-long tea” (Chinese: 乌龙 = “Black Dragon”), as opposed to green tea (non-fermented) or black tea (fully-fermented), is tea that is only “semi”, or better, “partly” fermented, whereas the fermentation can have any degree starting from lightly fermented (e.g., Pouchong Oolong teas) and across the whole spectrum  to strongly fermented (e.g., Ti …

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Wild Tea – When Tea Grows on a Tree

From pictures in books, TV, and online, we are used to pictures of wide and beautifully styled tea gardens, with tea growing in bushes, usually no more than half a meter high, often less, with thin and tender trunks and branches, but in fact this is only half the story. The species tea, Camellia Sinensis, …

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Yixing – The One and Only or Just Another Teapot?

Imagine you just recently entered the world of tea, you have already managed to collect quite an assortment of black, green, Oolong, and even white, and yellow teas, you have only started digging a little deeper into the old Chinese tea tradition, and now, you’ve learnt that what you need to prepare your tea the …

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