Yunnan Basics

Lots of great teas come out of China, recognized by many in the professional tea world as the country in which tea drinking originated. Nestled in the southern part of that country is the Yunnan Province, renowned for some very fine Chinese teas. Bordering Tibet, Burma, the northern most part of Vietnam, Myanmar, and a …

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A Comparison of Indian and Chinese Teas

When you consider that tea is the most popular drink in the world after water it isn't really that surprising to see just how many countries grow and produce it. When you look at global tea production, India and China instantly stand out, both producing well over twice as much tea annually as their nearest …

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Japanese vs. Chinese Green Teas

There are lots of green tea groups out there; two are Chinese and Japanese. They have similarities but also some distinct differences, which as you start to explore each kind you will see quite clearly. Both Chinese and Japanese green teas start out as tea plants (Camellia Sinensis), verdant in the sun. The intensive labor …

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Oolong Roundup

Quickly becoming a stand-out among teas, Oolong is a true tea phenomenon. When many people think of tea, they think of a black tea blend, the kind that comes in most bagged teas available commercially. As they hear more of the health benefits of tea, they learn about green tea and try some of that. …

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Poo Poo Puerh

Puerh, a variety of Chinese tea produced in Yunnan province, has become considerably more popular in recent years with tea enthusiasts and collectors in the West. Many aged varieties of puerh tea can be very rare, with a price tag to match, but there may be no more unusual one than the curious variety sometimes known …

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Tea and Enlightenment

In the East, tea has long been viewed as medium to help achieve enlightenment. Rumor has it that the first tea plants grew from the eyelids of a Buddhist monk who grew sleepy while meditating. The monk was so ashamed that he removed his eye lids and threw them to the ground so it would …

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The Other Chinese Tea

From the looks of our grocery store aisle and the colorful barrage of boxes it would be easy to think that Chinese teas have always been part of the American shopping experience. However despite the numerous options we have to choose from today these are a relatively new to concept to shoppers.  In fact,  green, …

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