Bitterness is typically regarded as an unpleasant element of food and drink, but it can become enjoyable or even desirable when it comes to tea. Discussing bitterness can be difficult as the word is used to describe what I see as multiple, separate topics. Sometimes, I really crave bitter teas for their dry and medicinal … Continue reading Bitterness
I haven’t kept up with my recent posting output and I didn’t get a Weekend Review out, but right now it feels a little ridiculous to spend time writing about tea at all. I hope you all are staying safe. I want to make it clear that this blog supports the abolition of police & … Continue reading Tea & radical imagination
Wudong Tea (chaozhouteagrower.com, @wudongtea on Instagram) is a direct-from-farm operation that sells dancong oolong to consumers and wholesale. Their IG account says they are a family operation that has been producing tea for 80 years. I’ve found them to be a great source for value dancong with their teas in the 10-15c per gram range. … Continue reading Wudong Tea Manlouxiang Dancong – Weekend Review
I’d like to work on building up educational content on this blog over time. There is a wealth of information about Chinese tea online, but it is spread across innumerable blogs, forum threads and YouTube channels. It’s good to have many different sources of information to give a sense of the full range of opinions … Continue reading A tea briefer, part one
Depending on who you listen to, you may end up with all sorts of different theories about puer. There are the elite ‘old tea’ guard who refuse to drink sheng younger than 15 years or who meticulously track certain vintages of Chinese factory productions. For these folks, the theory of puer tends to lean toward … Continue reading Puer theories
I came into my tea habit gradually. I started drinking coffee relatively young partly due to my dad’s pot-a-day consumption (over the years I realized he brewed his coffee quite weak in order to allow for 6-8 cups a day. His consumption has slowed down a bit in recent years which is probably for the … Continue reading How did I end up here?