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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...


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.