Tea Traditions — Asia

To say that tea is part of Asian life is sort of like saying that football, basketball, and baseball are part of American life. The role it plays differs in various parts of Asia. For example, tea in China is part of their traditional medicine and used in Chinese cuisine, plus their approach to tea …

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The Teas of Fujian

All the tea in China. If you’ve never wondered how this popular phrase came to be, consider that not only is China the birthplace of tea drinking and culture but to this day remains the number one tea-producing country in the world - albeit with India more or less hot on its heels. There are …

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The Mysterious World of Aged Pu-erh

Pu-erh tea is a mystery to most of us tea drinkers here in the Western hemisphere. The world of those who drink pu-erh tea seems shrouded in myth and wild tales. When I first heard of it, I asked “Pu-what?” Fortunately, this mystery is the real myth; information on this tea abounds. First of all, …

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Tea Books Revisited

By William I. Lengeman III A revised edition of a classic book about tea, a pair of guidebooks to the finest American and British tea rooms, a guide to all – or at least most - of the tea in China and a study of the Japanese philosophy of tea. If any of this piques …

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British East India Company, part 1

by Stephanie Hanson Part 1 On New Year’s Eve, 1600, Queen Elizabeth chartered the East India Company. She could hardly have known the lasting impact that that charter would have over the next several centuries. When the English saw the success of the Portuguese in trading with China, they jumped in, along with the Dutch …

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Fine Bone China : Humble Beginnings

Josiah Spode came from humble beginnings while growing up in England, and was at the tender age of six-years-old when he lost his father. Little Josiah watched his father being buried in a pauper’s grave; a basic burial with no frills or even a headstone, given to poor people of that era who couldn’t afford …

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