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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...


Web Comic: Talkin' Tea and Coffee with Tricia

Taylor Cowan

Tags education, origin

Web Comic: Talkin' Tea and Coffee with Tricia

Tea or coffee? Endlessly debated and sometimes, unfairly, pitted against each other. We love both! But to get a closer look at some of the key differences between the two beverages, here to help is our very own Tricia Lu in an original web comic series by Stacy Redhead.  


A Note on the New, Intuitive Size & Pricing Model

Taylor Cowan

A Note on the New, Intuitive Size & Pricing Model

As of Monday, February 8th, 2021, we are shifting our prices and purchase quantities across the retail website. Here are some insights into the decision: For The Whole Supply Chain Since day one, we have been committed to the people responsible for tea: our producer partners at origin. The quantity change increases the minimum order of most teas and incentivizes larger-size purchases of our most venerated, handcrafted teas. Simply put, the change in quantity and price is part of our effort to make more purchases in support of our producer partners and provide broader, more equitable support to our smallholders...


Brewing Guide: Introduction to Gaiwans

Taylor Cowan

Tags education, how to

Brewing Guide: Introduction to Gaiwans
It is at once for beginners and not for beginners. Every tea drinker should have one. Maybe it’s an alluring rite of passage that we so eagerly seek it as tea people. It is the quintessential vessel of “the artless art.” Compared to collectors’ tea bowls and unglazed clay teapots, the gaiwan is a pedestrian and everyman implement. It relies neither on rarefied clays, nor a venerable kiln—it is, simply and strikingly, itself.