Over the Rainbow: In Search of Authenticity

Over the Rainbow: In Search of Authenticity

“We welcome you to Munchkin land”  Everybody is claiming it: “My teas are authentic…,” “authenticity is our watchword…,” “we are 100% authentic….” These claims just go on and on[1]. But what on earth does “authentic”...
The Handmade’s Tale

The Handmade’s Tale

“With My Own Two Hands” HARPER “Handmade!” Producers and vendors love to tout the handmade quality of their teas. But does this make a difference? Are handmade teas any better than those made by machine?  Does anyone really care? And what is meant by...
The Confessions of a Tea Snob

The Confessions of a Tea Snob

Mea Cupa Please don’t judge me but I’m afraid I’m a tea snob.  Can there be any doubt about it? I refuse coffee. I drink only “true tea”, preferably acquired from small independent family growers and specialty shops. I assiduously avoid teabags. I generally brew in a...
Black is Black, I want my Oolong back

Black is Black, I want my Oolong back

If it walks like a duck I love drinking oolong tea. I devote my business to the promotion of oolong tea. I search out oolong tea. I proselytize on behalf of oolong tea. I am fully vested in oolong tea. But what on earth is an oolong tea? Formerly this question was...

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