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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...


Web Comic: Talkin' Tea Experiences With Tricia

Taylor Cowan

Web Comic: Talkin' Tea Experiences With Tricia
Tricia is back in a new comic series all about taste! Do you ever wonder if you’re tasting what someone else is tasting? Even the loudest flavors in a drink can sometimes be elusive to language—and to hear other people say what they taste, though maybe sure of themselves, may not resonate with you at all. Taste lies in the tongue of the beholder.

One Tea, Three Expressions (Our Presentation for Barista League's High Density)

Taylor Cowan

One Tea, Three Expressions (Our Presentation for Barista League's High Density)

In this session you will get an intimate glimpse into how each minute decision a producer makes during a tea's production, even when using the same raw leaf material, profoundly affects the outcome. For this session, we'll be honing in on the Zhou family's production of a classic and timeless rock tea variety, Qi Lan.


Singular Craft: Korean Tea

Jordan Scherer

Singular Craft: Korean Tea

Last trip, I had the pleasure of visiting the tea gardens of South Korea. We are lucky to have some inspiring relationships on the peninsula. If you've come to love the rare beauty of teas such as Daejak or the Korean Balhyocha, then read on! An Introduction to Korean Tea Tea made its way to South Korea around 1,200 years ago by way of China. There are two primary branches of tea lineage on the peninsula: one is called heirloom which has its roots in the Chinese period and the second branch is from the Japanese Occupation. Notably, the Japanese brought over the Yabukita...