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The Green Tea of China – Part 2

Posted by Boyka Mihaylova on

In the previous blogpost, we started exploring the most prominent areas that produce the best green tea of China. We witnessed the balance between production volume output and the distinctive local craftsmanship and cultural heritage that shaped some of China's signature loose-leaf green tea's image to the world.

Today, we continue with the two other major green tea production clusters—the Central and Western belts. Both belts comprise three provinces each, accounting for about two-thirds of the total green tea output volume on the mainland. (Read More)

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Chinese Green Tea Production Regions

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Chinese Green tea has a history going back several millennia. It is the first type of tea that ever existed. It was also the prime material from which the six main types of tea originated and developed. China spreads across five climatic zones, ensuring various soil types, sunshine, temperature, and rainfall. All of them create different terroirs, reflected in the multitude of local tea tree varieties and their specifics in taste, aroma, flavor, and appearance. Additionally, the rich historical and cultural heritage of the country provided rich craftsmanship, which, along with the local culture, further deepened the significance of certain Green tea types, turning them into symbols of significant cultural importance, carrying a historical legacy of the crafts, customs, and spirituality that shaped the face of a region and its people.

Let's explore this rich legacy and dive into the most significant producing areas in Chinese green tea, following the craft, the legends, …and our taste buds! (Read More)

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Testubin: How to Use and Care for Your Japanese Tea Kettle

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In a previous blogpost we uncovered the secrets behind Tetsubin's history and production. Today, we are looking on the practical side of things. We'll provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to use your Japanese iron kettle. We'll also answer some of the most (and some not so) common questions that may arise in the process. 

Using a Tetsubin, the traditional Japanese tea kettle from cast iron involves a specific procedure to maintain its integrity and enhance its tea-brewing capabilities. Here's a step-by-step guide to properly use and care for your Tetsubin (Read More)

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Cast Iron Kettle Craft: Discovering the Tetsubin Tradition

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The Tetsubin, Japan's traditional cast iron kettle, is a cornerstone of the Japanese tea making ritual

The Tetsubin is an undeniable part of Japan's tea culture. With roots stretching back through centuries, this essential kettle has transcended its humble beginnings to become a celebrated piece of functional art. In this blogpost, we'll go through the history and origins of the Tetsubin. We'll explore the craftsmanship behind its creation, which has largely remained unchanged for centuries. We will also offer insights into how best to use and care for your Tetsubin, ensuring that it remains a treasured – and functional – part of your tea ritual. Embark with us as we explore the legacy of the Tetsubin and its significance in the art of making tea. (Read More)

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Mastering Tea Through Understanding its Elements

Posted by Misha Gulko on

Understanding the intricate process of tea infusion and extraction is a powerful tool for any tea enthusiast. It's the key to mastering the craft of brewing tea and controlling the taste and aroma of your cup. Crafting a good cup of tea involves understanding the subtle interplay of various factors contributing to its flavor and aroma. In this blog post, we'll go through the techniques and variables that shape tea's flavor, helping to create the perfect cup every time. (Read More)

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