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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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Tea ritual: drinking tea around the world

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Tea is the beverage we choose when we want to unwind and feel rejuvenated at the same time. Coffee may be the energy drink that gets us going in the morning and powers us when working through the night. Tea is more than just a calming brew, whether black, green, white, herbal, hot, or icy cold. It could be a ritual, a social or cultural event, or even spiritual practice.

The tea customs in different countries give us a unique insight into the cultural landscape of their peoples. They highlight the dominating social values and their evolution over time. Let’s embark on a colorful journey across the continents, discovering the tea ritual and sharing a cup of tea with the world! (Read more)

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Drinking tea for focus and releasing anxiety (Part 2)

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In the previous part of this article, we traced the practice of drinking tea for focus in ancient times. We talked about the connection between tea and mindfulness in China's most important spiritual denominations.

Today, we'll explore the benefits of drinking tea with mindfulness, backed by science. We will also guide you through an exercise on how to drink tea for focus, ease anxiety, and enjoy stress-free mornings and positive and productive days! Grab a cup and dive in! (Read More)

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Drinking tea for focusing and releasing anxiety (Part 1)

Posted by Boyka Mihaylova on

For many of us, the world is going through unrest. It is easy to get overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, and loss of stability. Our daily reality is constantly plagued by war, inflation, COVID, street and school violence, or social division. The mere thought of those disasters can be hard to bear. It puts our minds and souls under constant pressure.

In times like these, the simple action of drinking tea with mindfulness can be a remedy at hand. Let's explore how drinking tea for focusing evolved from ancient times to nowadays in China's most important religious movements. We will also learn ways to take advantage of those practices to quiet the bustling thoughts, achieve mindfulness, and shift to a better state of calm and gratitude. (Read more)

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An Asian Tea Chronology — The Exuberant History of Tea in Asia

Posted by Angelina Kurganska on

Surely most of us know that tea originated in China. Throughout centuries, the mighty tea leaf spread across continents and established itself as the most popular beverage in the world. The world's tea history is indeed vibrant. Such that we cannot simply cover in one article. However, here we will address the most important dates of Asian tea. Specifically, in the history of tea in China, Japan, and Taiwan. (Read more)

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