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...
Margins of Error: Retail Profits in Specialty Tea

Margins of Error: Retail Profits in Specialty Tea

Gross Profit Indeed Retail margins in the specialty tea business are obscene! There, I said it. And here’s why? Consumers are paying far too much for tea on which growers and producers, and especially the field and factory workers, are receiving far too little....
The Simple Matter of Taste

The Simple Matter of Taste

It just makes my kettle boil Recently I posted an observation to an online group and asked for comments. The observation was that, in Taiwan, nearly everyone I encounter (growers, producers, vendors and tea houses) brews oolong tea with boiling water. [1]  The...
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...

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