Tea Farming in California – Eventually

I mean no offense whatsoever to our intrepid homegrown tea producers, but compared to many of the world's great tea growing nations, you could safely say that the United States is small potatoes. Our largest tea producer, the Charleston Tea Plantation, is located in South Carolina, where tea has been grown off and on for …

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Tea in Strange Places – The Latest

My most recent article about tea in strange places was concerned with a few of the more offbeat places you can go to drink tea. Prior to that I wrote several installments that focused on growing tea in places that are not normally considered hotbeds of tea production. See the latest of those articles here. …

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Tea Takes TEAmwork!

How do you get tea leaves from the bush to the cup? With TEAmwork, of course! The old saying is still true: “There is strength in numbers.” Setting aside the issue of labor and treatment of workers on tea plantations (also called tea gardens) as serious as these things are, I want to celebrate all …

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What Is “Grand Cru” Tea?

Tea terms are popping up all over. Every so often the term grand cru (pronounced “grahn croo”) pops up in relation to a particularly fine tea. But what is grand crutea? The term actually comes from the wine industry. Words are like that. They slide around from one area of knowledge to another, being applied …

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Tea Plantations Teeming with Life

Tea plantations provide us humans with the second most popular drink on the planet, but they are popular with other species of critters for different reasons. Tea plantations globally are host to 1,031 species of arthropods alone, not to mention the thousands of other insect, plant and animal species that have made themselves at home …

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Tea, Altitude and Climate

Camellia sinensis, like any plant, has it's own personal set of preferences as to where it will happily grow. It likes an acidic, well drained soil and needs at least 50 inches of rain a year to flourish. It also needs a long day length, which limits the distance from the equator that it can …

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Tea Gardening without the Garden

One of the drawbacks of living in a top floor flat is that a kitchen garden is at best precarious and at worst hazardous. There's really only so much you can do with a window box and a hanging basket. You could maybe encourage some beans to climb up the drain pipe to your window, …

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Grow Your Own Tea

As the second most popular beverage in the world (or so it is said) it stands to reason that tea is grown in massive quantities. There are a number of tea-producing nations and regions all around the world but the most significant of these, at least in terms of the quantities produced, are India, China …

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Characteristic as a Result of Stress

Certain teas possess different qualities based on many factors: location of growth, climate, elevation, soil, processing, etc. This is what makes each tea unique, and thus the enjoyment of connoisseurship. Sometimes a tea has a certain attribute due to either induced stress, or natural stress (abiotic stress or biotic stress). The most common of the …

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Charleston Tea Plantation: An American Classic

When you think of great tea-growing regions, quite frankly, the United States is not going to be one of them. This has always been the case and most likely always will. Americans are also not among the world's top tea drinkers. What we do consume tends to be in the form of iced tea and …

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