Counterfeit Tea and What You Can Do About It

Counterfeit Tea and What You Can Do About It

Hey, can you change a hundred? That was a regular question back when I had a “brick and mortar” business.  Happily I never did get stuck with a bad note but it certainly could have happened. Today so many things are counterfeited; money, of course, but also jewelry,...
Drinking Tea “Properly”

Drinking Tea “Properly”

Tea is naught but this: First you heat the water, Then you make the tea. Then you drink it properly. That is all you need to know. Sen no Rikyu I recently came across the above lines immortalized by Sen no Rikyu, the great master of the Japanese tea ceremony. Sure, I...
April Fools: GABA Tea Parading as Oolong

April Fools: GABA Tea Parading as Oolong

And the Winner is… At a recent judging event, a GABA tea garnered first place in the oolong category beating out such well-established oolongs as a Roasted Jin Xuan and a Dahong Pao.[1] A great result for a GABA tea, but is something rotten in the state of tea...

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