The Ancient Tea Horse Road: Official 8 Episodes Video Documentary

Watch all the episodes of this historic documentary on the tea horse road by CCTV/CNTV. All episodes are in Chinese, supplemented with English subtitles.

The Ancient Tea Horse Road – Part 1

Resembling the famous Silk Road, the Ancient Tea Road located in southwestern China was an important gateway for transportation and communication between ancient China and West Asia. It was a giant platform for the political, economic, social and cultural intersection of different ethnic groups and a gigantic lifeline stretching on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Cultural Exchange Along Ancient Tea Horse Route – Part 2

Tea and tea culture were first exported from China to the West. For centuries, caravans carried tea from one destination to anther, from one country to another, even to the other side of the earth. It became a never-ending link connecting different ethnic groups and continents.

The Traces of the Southern Silk Road – Part 3

Searching for traces of the caravans of the ancient road is like salvaging a sunken boat in the ocean. This missing tribe has been hiding in the mountains, valleys and forests of the vast southwest. Only the scattered folktales can we faintly see their figures.

The Stories of the Ancient Tea Trail – Part 4

For the caravans of the past, the ancient road was largely a test of life and will. Many of the spectacles were life or death moments. And there were so many such moments in their lives. There were endless roads and nonstop wind.

The Ancient Tea Horse Caravan Path – Part 5

The ancient road is motionless in the paintings, but the road that carries time, culture, caravans, and business travellers is a record, the hooves are the needles, allowing the road to sing its songs on the horseback.

The Ancient Tea Horse Trail: Yanjing – Part 6

Yanjing Village is properly described as a throat. It’s not only the gate to Tibet, but also a spiritual home for many ethnic groups and cultures. In the 19th century, the foreign missionaries entered Tibet from India via the ancient road, and then made their way to Yanjing, bringing the Western religion to the local Tibetans and Naxi people.

The Ancient Tea Caravan Road: Road To Fortune – Part 7

The most important function of the ancient road is trade and circulation. As small as households, and as large as trans-provincial and transnational business families, their success depended primarily on this road. For many people, the ancient road is the road of fortune and prosperity.

The Ancient Tea Road: The Midsection – Part 8

The midsection of the ancient road is the converging point of Yunnan-Tibet and Sichuan-Tibet Ancient Tea-Horse roads. The majority of the residents here are Tibetans, and most of the famous horse drivers are from this area. A song of the town names of the ancient roads is still popular.

This Massive Pu Erh Tea Needs a Sawing Machine To Slice

In the past transporting tea from Yunnan to neighbouring regions was a difficult task. Pu erh tea used to be compressed tightly in massive sizes for easy transportation. We discovered this cylinder shaped pu erh during a tea expo, and the merchant was selling them while demonstrating how he gets a slice of it with a sawing machine!

3 Ways To Brew Loose Leaf Green Tea in a Glass

Steeping a cup of green tea can be done in many different ways. Sometimes you want to take out your full tea ceremony set and perform a ritual, while there are also moments that you just want to steep casually using a straight glass.

Traditionally, loose leaf green tea is often prepared in a glass as they benefit from lower water temperatures. The delicate leaves are also hard to over-steep and can be kept in the glass while you sip. Isolation of heat is also a less important factor compared to preparing oolong or pu erh tea. Those types of tea would be better of in an Yixing teapot.

Don’t underestimate the potential of simple straight glass though. With some simple tips and tricks you can achieve almost the same quality as traditional teaware. In the video below we show you 3 ways of brewing green tea in a glass, followed by more detailed notes to tweak the brewing process based on characteristics of the green tea leaves and environmental temperature.

Rinsing the glass

Rinsing the glass with hot water before brewing can be beneficial to steep better tea. This will warm the glass, and thus keep the water temperature more consistent when performing your first brew. If you want to keep it casual, for example because you’re in office, then you could decide to skip this step.

Also read: Why tea breaks are good for you

Glass Brewing Method 1

The first way of brewing loose green tea in a glass is by first adding hot water before the leaves. This method is the most suitable for smaller tea leaves because they easily absorb water and release flavor, even when they’re added after the water.

Due to the smaller size of the leaves, they’re often more delicate, and thus benefit from the water temperature to cool slightly. When you add hot water at 85 C / 185 F it will decrease a few degrees by the time you add the leaves in.

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Glass Brewing Method 2

In the second method for brewing loose leaf green tea, you first fill up the glass until it’s 1/3 full, followed by adding the leaves. This is great for mid-sized leaves.

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In this last method, we first add the leaves followed by filling the glass with hot water. This method suits larger leaves the best, because they tend to absorb water slower then fine leaves. The brewing time would take too long when you apply the first method to brew larger leaves.

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Temperature, Duration & Amount of Leaves

For each method, you should apply a steeping duration of 3 minutes with hot water at  85 C / 185 F.

For green tea, applying a leaf-to-water ratio of 1:50 is a good starting point. This means that 4 grams of leaf is good for a 200 ml (6-7 oz) glass of tea that can be steeped for 3 times.

Subsequent Steeps

Once you’ve consumed 2/3 of the glass or whenever you feel that the taste is becoming to strong, simply refill it with hot water. A good quality green tea should get you at least 3 brews.

Seasonal Tweaks

While above we refer each way of steeping as a ‘method’ you could rather see them as variations in the way of brewing with a glass. Choosing a method to prepare loose leaf green tea based on the delicacy of the leaves is a great starting point. However, sometimes you need to consider the surrounding environment as well.

Let’s say you’re brewing a cup of tea outside during a hot summer day. Then the first method of adding hot water could already be great for tea leaves that you would normally steep with method 2. That’s because hot water tend to cool down more slowly in such condition. In contrast, you want to use method 3 (adding leaves before pouring hot water) more often when you’re in a low temperature environment. Questions? Please ask.

2 Chinese Dried Rose Tea Recipes: Low Calories & Lots of Benefits

Rose flower tea is delicious and has lots of benefits such as supporting your digestion, improving the skin, and helping you to de-stress after a busy working day. As it’s caffeine free and near zero in calories, it’s suitable for any time of the day. See the video below showing how you can easily prepare a rose flower tea at home/office with a Teasenz infusion tea mug. This video will be followed by two bonus rose tea recipe ideas!

Honeysuckle Rose Tea Recipe To Fight Flu

One amazing rose tea recipe is one that combines the dried roses with honeysuckle. A great recipe to enjoy the health benefits of roses with the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of Honeysuckle. And did you know it’s great as a natural remedy against a flu or cold as well?

What you’ll need:

  • 2 gram dried honeysuckle
  • 5 pieces rose buds
  • Water temperature: 90 degrees Celsius
  • Steeping time: 5-8 minutes
  • Water amount:
    • 120 ml hot water in gaiwan – good for 3 brews; or
    • 500 ml hot water in teapot – good for 1 brew.

Note: avoid honeysuckle during pregnancy.

Myosotis Rose Tea Recipe for Even Better Skin

One other popular Chinese rose tea recipe is one that combines dried rose buds with Myosotis flowers. These purple flowers are often used in cosmetics as they’re amazing for a soft and smooth skin. In addition, it adds a more nutty flavor to the pure rose tea. Try this recipe as soon as you can and stay young forever..

What you’ll need:

  • 2 gram Myosotis
  • 3-6 pieces of Rose buds
  • Water temperature: 90 degrees Celsius
  • Steeping time: 12 minutes
  • Water amount:
    • 120 ml hot water in gaiwan – good for 3 brews; or
    • 500 ml hot water in teapot – good for 1 brew.

Other Flowers: Lavender?

Now that you know that rose tea can be blended with Myosotis and Honeysuckle, you might wonder whether it works with other flowers as well. The answer is: yes, probably. One flower that’s for sure great with roses is lavender. The aroma of lavender is strong, so try to find a balance in proportion for the blend. We suggest to start wit about 80% roses and 20% lavender. If you’ve any other rose tea recipe ideas, feel free to share them in the comment section!

Add Leaf Tea: Rose Green Tea Recipe?

Adding leaf teas to the rose flowers definitely is another way to be creative. Because the aroma of roses is delicate, we suggest to experiment with green teas, as they’re lighter in flavor. Moreover, the green color of the fresh leaves will look amazing with red or pink roses.

Make Iced Rose Tea

Besides making hot teas as shown in the video above, you could serve the teas ice-cold.  Either put the hot teas in the fridge (after they reach room temperature) or add lots of ice to let it cool down instantly. Great to stay fresh and hydrated during hot summer days. And if you can, bring some to the beach.

7 Green Tea Matcha Recipe Videos That You Will Love

If you don’t know what Matcha is than you are definitely missing out. Basically it’s a powder made from green tea and it’s a very versatile ingredients for drinks and desserts. Though the powdering processing method comes from China, traditionally matcha it’s made in Japan from Gyokuro leaves in Japan. Today, more and more countries are producing this powder and as a result it’s most likely available in your local supermarket!

Watch the cool videos below to discover amazing recipes that are easy to make:

1. Green Tea Baked Donuts Using Matcha

2. Green Tea Matcha Latte

Making a smooth latte with matcha powder is definitely one of the most popular recipes out there.

3. Green Tea Matcha Cake

What goes well with a cup of green tea? Well obviously a cake made from the same ingredient is your best choice!

4. Green Tea Matcha Chocolate

Who doesn’t like chocolate!? But have you tried one before made with added green tea powder? Found out more with the easy recipe below

5. Green Tea Matcha Cookies

There’s nothing better than lovely homemade cookies to go with a cup of tea or coffee. Surprise visiting friends or family with this delicious treat! Easy to make and you can create your own shapes.

6. Green Tea Macarons Made With Match Cream Butter

Don’t you find macarons way too expensive? Well, you’re not the only one! The good news is you can now make it at home and enjoy macarons at low cost.

7. Green Tea Matcha Ice Cream

A classical Asian recipe by adding matcha flavor to ice cream.

Do you have any related recipe that you would like to share? Leave a comment!