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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…

How Corona Affected The Chinese Tea Industry

How Corona Affected The Chinese Tea Industry

Recently the China Tea Business School has published its qualitative research on the effect of the corona virus (covid-19) on the tea industry in China. The number of new corona virus cases peaked in February, and entering April overall situation is under control. What’s the…

Tea Space Interior Design Inspirations

Tea Space Interior Design Inspirations

Imagine sitting in a tranquil tea space with steaming tea in front of you. Just the thought of it brings you ease and Zen right? You can have such tea space at home too! Let’s check out some amazing tea spaces designs for inspiration! Oriental…

Cats in Chinese Literature

Cats in Chinese Literature

Cats aren’t often mentioned in traditional Chinese literature. That’s why you rarely see them on Chinese teaware, except for this cat gaiwan cup (image above). Yet, they definitely have their following, especially in the Song dynasty. Back then, it was in fact quite popular to keep kitten. In this article, we’ll take a…

Lung Cleansing Teas & Lung Detox Recipes

Lung Cleansing Teas & Lung Detox Recipes

Do you want to nourish your lungs or give them a good detox? In this articles we’ll introduce you teas & herbs for long-term lung health or fix flu like symptoms. Green Tea Green teas are the best choice if you don’t have any flu…

The Tibetan Legend of Tea & Salt

The Tibetan Legend of Tea & Salt

In Tibetan folklore, there is a sad and beautiful love story about tea and salt. This legend is related to the Tibetan customs of using salt in tea, which we’ve recently described in this article: Tibetan Tea Drinking Culture And Customs The Story of Maimeicuo…

Tibetan Tea Drinking Culture And Customs

Tibetan Tea Drinking Culture And Customs

Tea has been a daily necessity of the Tibetan people for generations. There’s a saying in Tibetan region: “Better to go three days without grain than one day without tea.” Why is that? Let’s find out now. Why is tea So important in Tibetan Life? Tibetan region…

A Chinese Restaurant Tea Guide

A Chinese Restaurant Tea Guide

Enjoying a cup of tea at a Chinese restaurant is sometimes as delightful as the food itself. If you need help identifying a wonderful tea that you had in a restaurant, then this is the guide you need. Below, we’ll discuss all the Chinese teas…

There’s No ‘Best’ Tea & Other Tea Wisdom

There’s No ‘Best’ Tea & Other Tea Wisdom

You’re having a nice cup of tea with mellow liqueur and subtle aroma. It starts off bitter, but then the delicate sweetness comes after and lingers in you mouth. As if Spring water is coming out from under your tongue. You feel comforted and relax.…

2020 The Year of the Rat

2020 The Year of the Rat

The Year of the Rat is here soon. The Hello Tea Cup team would like to wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year! The Chinese lunar calendar is usually 1 to 2 months behind the Western (Gregorian) calendar. In 2020, the Year of the Rat…

Decoding Tea Culture in the Song Dynasty

Decoding Tea Culture in the Song Dynasty

The Song dynasty (960-1279) features an amazingly rich tea culture. Tea during this period involves many aspects such as politics, economy, literature and social customs. With the prosperity of the tea industry, everyone – the nobles, scholars, and common people, all had access to tea. This…