Sichuan Tea Culture Combines Tea With Kungfu: Long Spout Tea Kettle

sichuan long copper teapot show

The Sichuan long spout copper teapot is probably one of the most remarkable type of teapots in the world. They are often used in China to entertain a tea crowd by combining a spectacular tea serving ritual in combination with kungfu moves.

long spout teapot

These shows were very popular during the Tang and Song Dynasties as a form of leisure and were often combined with kungfu and even poetry reading. Today, when you visit the Sichuan province, pouring tea through a long sprout copper teapot is a touristic attraction that you can’t miss.

long spout copper teapot show

It takes years of practice to perfectly master the art of pouring tea through these teapots. A tea master needs to control the speed and make sure to aim precisely to let the tea liquor perfectly flow in the teacup.

Though these long spout teapots aren’t practical for daily use, there is one advantage that is worth to mention: Because the tea liquor travels a longer distance through the air, it’s at perfect consumption temperature when it’s in your cup.

sichuan tea show

Honeysuckle Tea & Pregnancy

honeysuckle tea flowers

Due to a recent publication regarding honeysuckle tea’s effect against flu, we have received many emails from customers asking us whether honeysuckle tea can be consumed during pregnancy. For this blog post we have consulted different Chinese medicine doctors to make sure we give a responsible answer.

What Chinese Medicine Doctors Say

Here’s a few answers we got:

Answer 1: Honeysuckle, can be consumed during pregnancy, but do not drink too much. Focus more  on drinking lots of water and avoid spicy food.

Answer 2: It depends on your health condition. In general, honeysuckle tea can be consumed during pregnancy. However, when it causes diarrhea you should stop immediately.

Answer 3: Avoid drinking honeysuckle tea in the early stages of pregnancy. Honeysuckle tea has a cooling effect on the body.

Answer 4: After the 3rd month of pregnancy, honeysuckle tea is safe to drink.

Answer 5: It’s safe to drink, but due to it’s cooling effect, I don’t recommend it as it will not have the health benefits that you are looking for during pregnancy.

Conclusions & Guideline Regarding Honeysuckle Tea & Pregnancy

As you can see from the answers above, they are all very different, but we can make the following conclusions based on this:

  1. Avoid drinking honeysuckle tea in the early stage of pregnancy (1-3months)
  2. If you decide to consume, then don’t drink too much. Limit to a cup a day.
  3. If it causes stomach issues, stop consumption directly.

Do You Want a Tea Cocktail Mar-tea-ni or a Bubble Tea with Mixology

bubble tea mixology

Tea is the new coffee! As more and more restaurants, cafes and hotels starting to sell more exotic teas, a few of them are now trying to get creative in order to offer something unique. Here are two very good examples:


Berkeley’s Asha Tea House (2086 University Ave.) has always been a place for people with different levels of tea appreciation, including teenagers craving sweet boba drinks and connoisseurs who spend hours steeping top-grade high-mountain oolong leaves in a traditional gaiwan. Now there’s something for the boozehounds among us, too: Since August, Asha has been serving a small selection of tea cocktails. The drinks, which are available after 5:30 p.m., offer convincing evidence that tea and alcohol do, in fact, mix — better than you might imagine. Read more
tea cocktail

Bubble Tea with Mixology

The Frozen Old Fashioned bubble tea cocktail at MoPho tastes just like a standard version of the classic drink, but with daiquiri-like texture of blended ice and the squishy presence of tapioca pearls or gummy blobs of flavored jellies sucked through a fat straw. “I don’t think you can get any more fun and lighthearted than a boba tea,” said Jeff Gulotta, co-owner and manager of MoPho. (Gulotta, like many, prefers the more traditional word “boba” over the more popular “bubble” in describing the Southeast Asian drink. Read more

Given these two examples it seems that the possibilities are endless. Have you have tried to make a cool tea drink before at home? Perhaps you should try out making this bubble tea and add some additional creativity to it. Feel free to share.

Honeysuckle Iced Tea Recipe

honeysuckle iced tea

With the health benefits of honeysuckle tea in the international spotlight, we would like the share a wonderful recipe. The cool thing about this recipe is that fresh flowers are used, while in China this herbal tea is made after the honeysuckle flowers are dried.

With Easter and Passover behind us, spring is really and truly here.  The honeysuckle vine draped across my front porch is in bloom, and  every time I go in or out I’m blown away by the scent.  I’ve been determined to use those incredible – edible  flowers somehow.  I’m always inspired by ingredients I can find  in my own yard, (or my neighbor’s!)  Over the last three years we’ve moved so often that I’ve tried to reduce the sting by challenging myself to find the elements in each new landscape that I can incorporate into my cooking.    I tried to make you a honeysuckle ice cream, but I’m going to have to keep working on that one, the flavor just didn’t come through.   Honeysuckle tea is more mainstream, in fact its been used medicinally by the Chinese for thousands of years.   I love it for its delicate scent, and the nectar is sweeter than honey.  I was amazed by how much flavor I got out of a jarful of  flowers.  If you have access to a vine, you’ve got to try this.

Honeysuckle tea is made with the delicate white and yellow flowers of the Chinese Honeysuckle vine.  It’s considered an invasive species, so gardeners and conservationists don’t like it, but it is pretty common, so chances are there’s a vine or two near you.  The flowers come in pairs, and you’ll want to pluck them right at their base, where the nectar is.  Look for freshly opened flowers, and avoid or pick out the leaves, stems, and berries.

Pour scalding water over the blossoms

The tea is made by pouring scalding water over the blossoms, and letting it cool at room temperature.

Let it chill in the refrigerator

Then you can chill your infusion in the refrigerator.

Filter the tea

I left mine overnight before straining it through a coffee filter or tea filter.

Customize and decorate!

The finished tea has a lovely pale celadon color, a light floral scent, and a surprisingly sweet flavor. Pour over ice, and add a sprig of mint. Whatever you do, though, don’t add honey before tasting your tea — it’s incredibly sweet all by itself.  You might want a squeeze of lemon if you don’t like sweet tea.

iced honeysuckle tea

With the winter coming you might not be super interested in iced tea, but it can never hurt to stock up as it’s going to be useful when you are facing a cold or flu!

The recipe is from the

Honeysuckle Tea Act As ‘Virological Penicillin” Against Flu

chinese honeysuckle

Honeysuckle tea has been consumed in China for centuries for it’s effects against flu. Recently scientist from Nanjing university has confirmed through research this is not only a tradition.

The Telegraph reports that:

Trials showed that it could be effective against several variants of flu which have caused major public health scares in recent years, including H1N1 “Spanish Flu” and H5N1 avian flu.

The team from Nanjing University found that after drinking a “soup” of honeysuckle, mice absorbed a molecule from the plant known as MIR 2911 into their bloodstream and lung tissue.

The molecule was shown to suppress various types of flu virus by blocking two genes which are used by the influenza virus to replicate itself.

With the benefits of honeysuckle confirmed, which Chinese herbal tea will be next?

Flowering Tea: The Perfect Gift for Any Occasion

Flowering tea (Also called blooming tea or tea flower) has quickly gained worldwide popularity not only because of its rich taste and flavor but also largely due to the sophisticated and unique beauty and artistry that it displays.

flowering tea

While the detailed story about the advent of this tea remains an enticing mystery, we all know that flowering tea, like many other tea varieties, hails from southwestern China’s Fujian province, where tea artisans start picking fresh tea leaves still damp with the morning dew while the sun has just barely risen over the tea gardens. Every tea leaf is hand-sewn with delicate cotton threads into a small bundle with dried exquisite flowers at the center, explicitly creating an extraordinary masterpiece and mesmerizing story to be unraveled during steeping.

Why They Make Ideal Presents for Any Occasion

With the flowering tea balls gracefully unfurling into a majestic display of dancing flowers, they have always proven to be a charming and captivating sight to behold. Coupled with its velvety flavors and gentle floral scents, these wonderful creations are without a doubt an excellent treat to the senses—and no matter what the occasion is, these teas make for unique surprises, healthy presents, and extraordinary remembrances.

Happy Tea Birthday!

Whether it’s your niece’s twenty-first or your brother’s fortieth or your boss’s retirement and sixtieth in one, you should do away with the common and boring gifts. Surprise them with a lovely set of artisan flowering tea balls and a glass teapot through which they can observe and enjoy the blooming tea petals.  Surely, they will be delighted with your thoughtfulness and will even be happier to know the great health benefits that every glass of flowering tea brings.

Please Be My Valen-Tea-Na!

When everybody is expecting to receive flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s Day, surprise your significant other with a sweet collection of hand-sewn blooming tea balls, packaged with an elegant set of crystal clear glass tea pot and cups. This will help set for a perfect Valentine’s date where you and your partner can enjoy a remarkable tea experience while you talk, read, or simply while away the time, savoring the grandness of the artisan ambience in your tea experience.

Let’s Celebrate the Start of Your Blooming Career!

Congratulate your BFF for finishing college or your favorite cousin for acing an exam or yourself for topping your culinary class. What better way to commemorate the beginning of a blooming career ahead than with a special afternoon highlighted by a solemn tea celebration with an equally remarkable work of art in itself: blooming tea. The graceful unfurling of the flowering tea is, without a doubt, ideally symbolic of the start of an exciting new career, life, and story ahead.

To Forever and Eterni-Tea!

Give the perfect gift to your best friend on her wedding day: a bountiful collection of artisanal blooming tea that is both inviting to the palate and fascinating to the eyes. The hand-tied exquisite display of art tea made with tea leaves and crowned with jasmine or gold amaranth that blooms into a beautiful display of colors creates a romantic pot of delicate soft floral flavors and passionate scents, symbolizing a special celebration of a meaningful love story about to unfold. But that’s not it, these tea flowers are packed with lots of health benefits, depending on the type of ingredients used.

How To Easily Make Bubble Tea At Home

While bubble tea has been very popular among teenagers in Asian countries. This is proven by the fact that even a bubble tea museum was opened last year in Taiwan. But that’s not it, bubble tea is now also making its way in Western countries with the world’s largest Bubble tea being created in Los Angeles created last year. Though it looks complicated to make, it’s actually really easy and much cheaper than buying it bubble tea store!

how to make bubble tea

1. Buy Dry Tapioca Pearls

Tapioca pearls can usually be purchased at any Asian/Chinese supermarket. Make sure it’s ‘Tapioca Starch’ (not potato) as they taste better! What you will be surprised how cheap they are and you will start wondering why bubble tea stores sells it for premium prices.

2. Dissolve Sugar in Hot Water

Because bubble tea is a cold drink, sugar doesn’t dissolve in it. That’s why you have to dissolve the sugar in hot water first. For one cup of bubbles, you need to use one cup of water and half a cup of sugar.
sugar water bubble tea

3. Boil The Pearls

For 1 cup of dried bubbles (good for several drinks), use 6 cups of water. Keep stirring until they float to the surface. Afterwards, turn the heat lower and cook the bubbles covered for about 20 minutes. Make sure to stir every 5 minutes. At last, turn of the heat and wait for 25 minutes before the bubbles are ready.

4. Rinse The Bubbles!

Rinse the bubbles/pearls like this:
rinse bubble tea

5. Soak The Bubbles In Syrup

Soak the pearls in the syrup you created in step 2 for 15 minutes.

5. Be Creative & Mix

Now it’s all up to you. The original bubble tea is a mix of pearls, black tea and milk. But you are free to choose other types of tea such as oolong tea or green tea a well. Besides, that be creative with other ingredients! Try it at home and share with us your creations!

A Teapot Made From Chocolate?

BBC spots a hand-crafted teapot made from dark chocolate. The teapot contains 65% cocoa solids and guess what: it brews a cup of tea with ‘hints’ of chocolate.

It was filled with chocolate, shaken to remove air bubbles, and the excess chocolate was poured off and the cast teapot allowed to dry. The process was repeated until the desired thickness of chocolate was achieved. It took the team more than two hours to produce the myth-busting pot but the resulting cups of tea were overseen by Marty Jopson of the BBC’s The One Show.

chocolate teapot

Besides the coolness factor of this teapot will it actually be useful? Well, let’s say that you should do this with your delicate & fine teas, but besides that, why not give it a try!