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…

The Distinctive Elements of Japanese Teapots

The Distinctive Elements of Japanese Teapots

For thousands of tea lovers, tea is something beyond a beverage and a form of loving art. Traditional methods involve brewing loose tea leaves in specific teacups and teapots with the ultimate goal of extracting the most zest and aroma while creating an excellent tasting…

Why Is Tea Barely Grown in The United States?

Why Is Tea Barely Grown in The United States?

The simple answer is: no, at least not in large quantities. While there are some small farms in the United States, they produce very little quantities. Where is Tea Grown in the United States? Here’s a list of tea farms in the US which are…

3 Tea Board Games You’ll Love

3 Tea Board Games You’ll Love

Serious groups of tea friends spend a lot of time together enjoying tea. This makes board games an excellent activity for during the slow tea sessions. Yet, even the most hardcore tea lovers don’t know that many tea themed games exist! We’ve reviewed many board…

Sri Lanka Tea History: Discover Ceylon Tea Culture & Types

Sri Lanka Tea History: Discover Ceylon Tea Culture & Types

History of Sri Lanka is fascinating as the country itself. Many years ago, the country had a strong culture and heritage and it was ruled by the kings for many generations. Far back in the 16th century, the country was invaded by many foreign forces…

Tea & TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Tea & TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

A “TCM” or a Traditional Chinese Medicine can be defined as a form of knowledge inherited by the ancient Chinese communities as common sense or as a form of medical practice. This knowledge is hardly found as written evidence and in most cases passed from…

Natural Remedies to Have When You Are Feeling Unwell

Natural Remedies to Have When You Are Feeling Unwell

When you are feeling unwell, the first thing that you might choose to do is visit your doctor or local pharmacist who can prescribe you with a prescription-only antidote and treatment for your illness. However, if you want to avoid chemical medication, there are many…

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…