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What Brewed Tea Leaves Tell You About The Quality of Tea

What Brewed Tea Leaves Tell You About The Quality of Tea

Brewed wet tea leaves (Yedi, 叶底) contains a lot of information about the tea that you’re drinking. Too often they’re simply ignored and discarded. Take a careful look at those wet leaves, and it can tell you more about its quality and how it was […]

8 Major Raw Materials Used in Teaware!

8 Major Raw Materials Used in Teaware!

Teaware Meaning The modern definition of teaware (Cha Ju, 茶具) is different from the ancient times. Teaware used to refer to the various tools used in tea production and consumption, including tea picking, making, drinking, storage etc. Nowadays, teaware only refers to tea utensils, including […]

Pairing Cakes with Tea

Pairing Cakes with Tea

If you love tea, and you want to know what food goes well with tea, you simply can’t miss out on delicious cakes. Yet, every cake is different and depending on the taste profile, you’ll want to pair with the right tea. For tea and […]

I Found Bugs In My Tea!

I Found Bugs In My Tea!

Finding small bugs or even beetles in your tea is disgusting! Yet it might not be a big deal. Tea is a natural product. No matter what quality control a company has in place, there’s always a change that bugs get into the tea. At […]

Top 5 Herbs for Women According To Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Top 5 Herbs for Women According To Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient medical system formed over 2,500 years and has been evolved ever since. Practices of TCM include Chinese herbal medicines, acupuncture, therapeutic massage (tui na), tai chi, breathing exercises (qi gong) and dietary therapy. These practices have all been […]

Pu erh Grading Standard

Pu erh Grading Standard

Each tea has its own grading standard based on its quality and condition. Pu erh is the same. Due to the quality of raw material (mao cha / 毛茶) and the difference in process, Pu erh is sorted into ten grades.  From the highest grade […]

What is “Wet Piling” (Wo Dui)?

What is “Wet Piling” (Wo Dui)?

Traditional sheng pu erh tea can take years to age, before it developed this smooth and sweet flavour that tea lovers longed for. Yet, this wasn’t at all an issue in the early days. Men and horses transported the cakes by foot along the ancient […]

Green Tea Bags on Eyes: What Are The Benefits & Does it Work?

Green Tea Bags on Eyes: What Are The Benefits & Does it Work?

Drinking green tea comes with lots of benefits, but did you know that you can re-use green tea bags for on your eyes? In this article you’ll discover the benefits and we’ll present some before and after videos to see if it really works! The […]

What is Duck Shit Tea (Ya Shi Xiang)? A Dancong Oolong Tea

What is Duck Shit Tea (Ya Shi Xiang)? A Dancong Oolong Tea

If there was a competition for weird tea names, “Ya Shi Xiang” or “Ya Shi” (literally means “duck shit fragrance” or “duck shit”) would probably rank at least in the top three. You must be curious when you hear this name: Does it look like […]

What’s a Fairness Pitcher & Why You Need It for Drinking Tea

What’s a Fairness Pitcher & Why You Need It for Drinking Tea

If you’ve ever seen or experienced a real Chinese tea ceremony, you probably noticed that the tea artist first pours the tea from the teapot into a pitcher. Such a pitcher is known as a “gong dao bei”, which literally means ‘fair cup’. In the West, […]