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Talkin' Tea with Tricia - Gaiwans

Casey Chartier-Vignapiano

Talkin' Tea with Tricia - Gaiwans
A gaiwan is the natural enemy of the verbs (and the respective culture that condones them): chug, guzzle, crush, gulp, pound. The gaiwan, by the very merit of its humble size, calls on you to sip and to savor each sip. Tricia wants to take you by the hand and introduce you to the gaiwan, what it is used for, and how to use it.

Exploring the Mi Xiang 'Honey Aroma' 蜜香 of Hualien County, Taiwan

Jordan Scherer

Tags black tea, education, hualien tea, mi xiang

Exploring the Mi Xiang 'Honey Aroma' 蜜香 of Hualien County, Taiwan
The Mi Xiang teas of Hualien are notoriously difficult to source as the region has an incredibly limited amount of finished product.  Over the past five decades of production the style has become very popular domestically.  

Rebeca Yu's Handmade Bai Hao

Taylor Cowan

Rebeca Yu's Handmade Bai Hao

Like most days, we’d been driving all day. We’d just left Taipei earlier that morning, trading the scenes of the towering haze-filled metropolis for soft, marshy lowlands and gently rolling hills. Hsinchu is one of the lowest specialty tea growing regions in Taiwan for a very particular reason, which we’ll come to shortly. We were now on day three of criss-crossing Taiwan, making friends, seeing tea harvests and meeting everyone we could in the hopes of building our first tea menu.  The gold-colored, seventy-meter-tall Buddha statue of Emei Lake loomed in the distance. This is the largest wetland area in...


The Moriuchis: A Venerable Husband and Wife Team Making Tea By Centuries-Old Traditions

Taylor Cowan

The Moriuchis: A Venerable Husband and Wife Team Making Tea By Centuries-Old Traditions

For anyone who has fantasized about leaving civilization behind and starting a small farm with your spouse using sustainable ecology, hosting guests “agriturismo” style, and maybe entering (and winning) some competitions for your craft—look no further than the husband and wife team of Yoshio and Masumi Moriuchi: the husband and wife team based in Uchimaki and creators of some of the finest, handcrafted sencha in Shizuoka. After the crisis of 2020, we were finally able to buy three lots of their truly special, first harvest, handcrafted shinchas this year: a clean and structured Saemidori; savory and vegetal Yume Suruga (Dream...


Spirit Tea Named Rising Stars

Taylor Cowan

Spirit Tea Named Rising Stars

We are humbled and honored to be named among the 2021 class of StarChefs Rising Stars. It is our great privilege to travel, source, and share these teas with you. We dedicate this award to the people who make it all possible, our producers. Our unwavering commitment since we began is to challenge the tea industry and either through example or mentorship, advance the American tea industry. To that end, we are just getting started. "The 2021 class includes 24 Rising Stars, recognized by StarChefs for their culinary strengths, charitable contributions to Chicago, and their ability to navigate, lead, and...