After a 9-hour high speed rail from Yixing and an hour-long taxi ride we made it to Chaozhou old town, which would be our home base for the next few days. It was about 11pm once we’d dropped off our bags, stomachs rumbling and blood sugar low we raced
As I sit here in NYC, comfortably at my desk, writing my notes after a brief weekend of rest from 3 weeks in China and Taiwan, it all feels like a dream. Returning to Yunnan was a form of homecoming, to a home I no longer knew, in a place
The Tea Technique Team's triumphant return to the origin of tea and tea culture is well underway - with half of the trip successfully accomplished. Our time here has exceeded our wildest expectations, both wonder-inducing, gratifying, and humbling. The level of care and knowledge our tea friends in Shanghai, Yixing,
I had the great pleasure of hosting my dear friends Ik Joon and Hyoam at my tea room, for a session focused on Yixing and Oolong. I first met Hyoam in 2011, when I traveled to Korea to bring the country's tea tradition back to the Tea Institute at Penn
The Tea Technique Editorial team and I are returning to China to work on research projects for the book series - if you're based in China or Taiwan and want to meet, please shoot me an email - we'd love to share tea with you. The trip will run from
The old blog was running on a self-hosted ec2 instance for at least ~11 years, becoming increasingly difficult to upgrade and manage. I've finally pulled the trigger and rebuilt the site here. This should make posting, commenting, and formatting easier. The new blog host allows for email signups - so
The Editorial Team and our special guest Chris MacNitt, a tea formulator at one of the largest tea companies in the world, challenge each other to a pu’er blend off. The editorial team are all professional product developers, so this was fun, challenging, and high stakes.
We’ve published the first podcast for Season 2 of Tea Technique Editorial Conversations Book 2: Yixing Teapots – Knowledge, Connoisseurship, and Technique! All Editorial Conversation Podcasts are freely available on YouTube, Spotify, Simplecast, and teatechnique.org.
I am overjoyed to announce that my 2nd book, on Yixing Teapots, has begun publication on Tea Technique. While the last chapter of Book 1 was published in December of last year, I was already about a year into writing Book 2 with research, notes, outlines, and experiments ready to
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