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Is Tea Acidic? Factors Affecting PH Level in Tea

Is Tea Acidic? Factors Affecting PH Level in Tea

The PH level of tea is important for those who suffer from heartburn and acid refluxes. In such a cause it’s important to understand what affects the acidity level of tea. Tea like other foods and beverages have an acidity level. Unless your doctor told […]

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 […]

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 […]

An Insider’s Guide To South-Korea’s Tea Regions & Tea Houses

An Insider’s Guide To South-Korea’s Tea Regions & Tea Houses

Tea has had a long history in Korea. And in the modern era, there are still many vibrant hot spots, or should I say “green” spots (not funny? Okay…) around the country to this day. From the windswept tea farms of Jeju. To the rainy, […]

Black Tea Types & Taste Guide

Black Tea Types & Taste Guide

The world of tea is so versatile and interesting. It is such a wonderful fact that thousands of different tea types are produced from the tender shoots of a single plant, Camellia Sinensis. And out of thousands of teas that are produced all over the […]

Dado; The Korean Way of Tea

Dado; The Korean Way of Tea

By Kevin Horan Sitting cross-legged on the floor of the tea room. I sat poised, trying to breath but being stricken by the gravity of the room. At the center of the wood paneled room sat a Korean Seon monk. Seon being the Korean name […]

Why Does My Tea Taste Metallic?

Why Does My Tea Taste Metallic?

For frequent tea drinkers, it’s not uncommon, to have experienced a ‘metallic’ taste in the mouth, right after drinking tea. “Is the tea polluted?” may be the first question that comes to mind. Luckily, that’s unlikely the case. In this post, we’ll look into the […]

3 Types of Anhua Dark Tea

3 Types of Anhua Dark Tea

Besides pu erh tea, other members of the dark tea family include Hunan Anhua dark tea, Hubei green brick tea, Guangxi Liu Bao tea, Sichuan Tibetan tea (border tea), Anhui dark tea and Shaanxi dark tea. In this guide, we’ll discuss the different types of […]

Introduction to Hunan Anhua Dark Tea

Introduction to Hunan Anhua Dark Tea

Dark tea? What’s dark tea? You mean pu erh tea? The truth is, even many seasoned tea lovers aren’t fully sure what dark tea is and how it fits in the picture of all the other types. Pu erh tea, in fact, is a type […]

Different Shapes of Pu Erh Tea

Different Shapes of Pu Erh Tea

As early as in the period of the Ancient Tea-Horse Road, with the long distance and rough conditions, the sun-dried pu erh maocha (processed loose tea) was first compressed into different shapes to save space and facilitate transportation for the caravans. Nowadays, when we talk […]

Tea & Upset Stomach

Tea & Upset Stomach

We recently received this question by email: “Can drinking too much black tea cause stomach pain?” The relation between drinking tea and suffering from an upset stomach is complicated. In fact, drinking tea can be a cause or relieve stomach ache depending on the given […]

Yixing Zisha Artists And Different Levels

Yixing Zisha Artists And Different Levels

If you ask Chinese people what the most prominent tea vessel is in China, most of them will give you the answer “Zisha teapot”. Zisha teapot, made of purple clay unique to Yixing, is also known as Yixing teapot. The special properties of Zisha (purple clay) make […]

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 […]