Topicfire Tea News http://topicfire.com/Tea 2014-04-16T00:20:19+00:00 text/html 2014-03-26T20:12:32+00:00 http://half-dipper.blogspot.com/ Tits and Blossom http://half-dipper.blogspot.com/2014/03/tits-and-blossom.html <a href="http://half-dipper.blogspot.com/2014/03/tits-and-blossom.html"><img src="http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t24/HobbesOxon/Snaps/Sunhat-2013.jpg" /></a><br />  I have found you - end of Hilary term, tits and blossom text/html 2014-03-26T18:04:50+00:00 http://www.tching.com/ Arighato Gujaimaso http://www.tching.com/2014/03/16009/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=16009 <a href="http://www.tching.com/2014/03/16009/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=16009"><img src="http://www.tching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DSC04860-300x225.jpeg" /></a><br />From the moment you get up in the morning, go to the restroom to get ready, have breakfast, catch the train to Minamimakhuari station and take the bus to the venue of Foodex 2014 in Makuhari Messe, the chant of “Arighato Gujaimaso” (thank you) is heard constantly. By the time you leave,... text/html 2014-03-25T15:47:23+00:00 http://www.tching.com/ the journey to your cup http://www.tching.com/2014/03/journey-cup/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=journey-cup <a href="http://www.tching.com/2014/03/journey-cup/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=journey-cup"><img src="http://www.tching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/new-growth-300x225.jpg" /></a><br />The challenges of farming tea are similar to farm challenges everywhere, but how do those variables affect the brew in my cup? Tea farming, like all agriculture – depends directly on the environmental and seasonal conditions of a given place and time. This is something that tends to go unacknowledged in... text/html 2014-03-24T16:16:49+00:00 http://www.tching.com/ Tea clutches – another tea accessory http://www.tching.com/2014/03/tea-clutches-another-tea-accessory/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tea-clutches-another-tea-accessory <a href="http://www.tching.com/2014/03/tea-clutches-another-tea-accessory/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tea-clutches-another-tea-accessory"><img src="http://www.tching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/6723113565_e5374c984e-300x118.jpg" /></a><br />I was reading a recent story on the World Tea News site about the Tea Clutch.  The article goes on to introduce the reader to two different traveling tea clutch options, from Teabar and Stash Tea.  So what do you think?  Should we self-professed tea junkies get on line and order our very... text/html 2014-03-23T16:25:44+00:00 http://www.teaguyspeaks.com/ Free Classic Tea eBooks II http://www.teaguyspeaks.com/2012/04/free-classic-tea-ebooks-ii.html <a href="http://www.teaguyspeaks.com/2012/04/free-classic-tea-ebooks-ii.html"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xjYTKjEzjzM/T43a0MYk6oI/AAAAAAAAB-U/OjkjDjk7lNU/s320/thebookoftea.jpg" /></a><br />Here's part two of the list of old tea books that I've reviewed at The English Tea Blog. Most of them are available in free online or ebook editions. Check out part one of the list here. Tea-Blending as a Fine Artby Joseph M. Walsh linkAn Essay on TeaBy... text/html 2014-03-21T22:06:56+00:00 http://www.tching.com/ Jalam Teas: Zhang Lang http://www.tching.com/2014/03/jalam-teas-zhang-lang/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jalam-teas-zhang-lang <a href="http://www.tching.com/2014/03/jalam-teas-zhang-lang/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jalam-teas-zhang-lang"><img src="http://www.tching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/photo-1-2-225x300.jpg" /></a><br />Gaiwan challenged, I am conditioned to flinch whenever I think of one.  Scalded fingers in hotel rooms, on hiking trails, and even in my own kitchen have made me wary.  I love the idea of the gaiwan: tea at its most elemental.  Forget the steeping basket, spoon, or lowly tea... text/html 2014-03-20T15:32:29+00:00 http://www.tching.com/ Starting an online tea store in the land of coffee http://www.tching.com/2014/03/starting-online-tea-store-land-coffee/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=starting-online-tea-store-land-coffee <a href="http://www.tching.com/2014/03/starting-online-tea-store-land-coffee/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=starting-online-tea-store-land-coffee"><img src="http://www.tching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/6150848897_4c2023a493-245x300.jpg" /></a><br />I started working on the idea of opening an online tea store in my country, Colombia, about a year ago. It&#8217;s something I&#8217;ve wanted to do out of my passion for tea rather than because I see a big market for it, or think that I&#8217;ll get rich doing it. Actually, the number... text/html 2014-03-19T16:12:06+00:00 http://www.tching.com/ Famous people drinking tea http://www.tching.com/2014/03/famous-people-drinking-tea/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=famous-people-drinking-tea <a href="http://www.tching.com/2014/03/famous-people-drinking-tea/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=famous-people-drinking-tea"><img src="http://www.tching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/4776464556_1e362c8e20-225x300.jpg" /></a><br />I like to do &#8216;series&#8217; posts on our Facebook page, and the current one is photos of famous people drinking tea.  When I started searching, some devotees to tea were expected; some were surprising.  Did you know Marilyn Monroe was a big fan of green tea?   In fact, the... text/html 2014-03-19T13:55:35+00:00 http://half-dipper.blogspot.com/ Rosemary Flowers http://half-dipper.blogspot.com/2014/03/rosemary-flowers.html <a href="http://half-dipper.blogspot.com/2014/03/rosemary-flowers.html"><img src="http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t24/HobbesOxon/Snaps/AutumnLavender.jpg" /></a><br />rosemary flowers - the last scent of winter the first scent of spring text/html 2014-03-18T14:55:27+00:00 http://www.tching.com/ Toothsome tea is boba tea http://www.tching.com/2014/03/pearl-milk-tea/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pearl-milk-tea <a href="http://www.tching.com/2014/03/pearl-milk-tea/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pearl-milk-tea"><img src="http://www.tching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Post2-5-300x225.jpg" /></a><br />A friend from Southern California&#8217;s San Gabriel Valley recently grumbled about how she had to resist patronizing more than ten tea establishments during her 15-minute daily commute home.  Perhaps she was battling her addiction to pearl milk tea, also known worldwide as tapioca, or boba tea.  Tea shops in the region... text/html 2014-03-17T14:42:21+00:00 http://www.tching.com/ Tea cannot http://www.tching.com/2014/03/tea-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tea-4 <a href="http://www.tching.com/2014/03/tea-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tea-4"><img src="http://www.tching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/6795878233_453fd25e12-300x169.jpg" /></a><br />We read every day what tea can do for us:  strengthen bones and teeth;  increase alertness and mental acuity;  boost our immune systems; protect our cells against the ravages of aging &#8211; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  This blog has no fewer than 370 posts about health...