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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 

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 

Bamboo in Chinese Tea Culture

Bamboo in Chinese Tea Culture

There’s no doubt about the fact that bamboo has an important status in China. The early Chinese ancestors already discovered that bamboo, which grew in abundance, could be used to make different kinds of utensils and handicrafts. In this article, we’re going to take you 

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival & Moon Cakes

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival & Moon Cakes

The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节 zhōng qiū jié) is one of most significant festivals in China. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night. The full moon is a symbol of reunion in Chinese culture. A typical 

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