How To Make Tea

Detailed 21 Step Gongfu Tea Ceremony

Previously we've introduced a full guide on the traditional Gongfu tea ceremony discussing the meaning and brewing tools required. In this post, we introduce a detailed 21 step gongfu tea ceremony.

May 3, 2021

Can You Reuse Tea Leaves & Tea Bags Between Steeps?

The quick answer is: absolutely! In this guide we’ll explain why tea (especially loose leaf tea) can and should be reused.

December 25, 2019

How to Make your own Chrysanthemum and Goji Berry Tea Blend?

Easy and fast step by step instructions to make your own herbal tea blend at home that's great for eye health.

October 16, 2019

Chrysanthemum Pu Erh Tea Recipe & Benefits

Discover China's most popular pu erh Chrysanthemum tea blend.

October 2, 2019

What is Cold Brew Tea & How To Make It Right Now

What is cold brew tea exactly? And why would you cold brew versus hot brew? Let experienced tea sommeliers teach you how to cold brew your tea the correct way and get the best taste out of your tea bags or loose leaf tea.

July 30, 2019

7 Best Teas for Cold Brewing + Easy Recipes

There's no such thing as the best tea for cold brewing. That doesn't mean that all teas are suitable. We've curated 7 teas that will guarantee an amazing result. In this article we'll discuss each of these teas and introduce you easy to make recipes with blending suggestions.

July 30, 2019

How To Steep Blooming Tea & Enjoy It To The Fullest

Blooming teas hand-knitted tea balls that unfurl like a beautiful flower when they're steeped. In this article we'll discuss the tea tools you need, and what brewing parameters to use!

July 11, 2019

2 Ways To Make Dark Brick Tea: Steeping & Boiling

Besides pu erh tea, other kinds of dark teas such as Anhua dark tea, are less known outside of China. We believe it requires special attention when it comes to preparing this tea, due its special production method and tight compression. In this guide, we'll introduce you two ways to steep dark brick teas.

May 10, 2019

Dry Throat & Mouthfeel (Locked Throat) After Drinking Pu Erh Tea? Here's The Explanation

As a tea lover you may have experience excessive dryness in the throat after drinking tea. In China we called this a ‘locked throat’ or suokou (锁喉). In the West, it’s known as a dry mouthfeel or dry throat.

April 21, 2019

White Tea Cake Storage: How To Store White Tea Cakes

Storing white tea cakes is simple. There's just a few things you'll have to keep in mind, including temperature, humidity and air circulation.

April 10, 2019

The Taste of Osmanthus

Discover the pure aroma of osmanthus and how you can blend it with other teas to create fascinating taste profiles.

January 18, 2019

How to Make Pu erh Tea Taste Better

Ok, so you’ve had an awful pu erh tea experience. The question is: “Now what?” You can throw your tea in the garbage can, or try to ‘fix’ it with this guide!

June 12, 2018

The Origin of Moonlight White Tea: Is Moonlight Beauty a White or Pu Erh Tea?

The ‘Moonlight White’ is one of those teas don’t fit in one of the usual categories. It’s name suggests it’s a white tea, yet often times they’re presented in the form of a tea cake, which makes you think it’s a pu erh tea. In this article, we discuss the origin, unique characteristics, and processing of Yue Guang Bai as well as the best way to brew this tea.

May 18, 2018

Mei Zhan Oolong Tea Review: A Wuyi Rock Tea

Mei Zhan is a tea cultivar from Wuyishan that produces a bold and rich oolong tea. Recently we've received a request from a tea lover to source this tea for him. And as curious as we're we made sure to get some more to try it out ourselves.

June 20, 2017

Liu Bao Tea Brewing: How To Make Liu Bao Cha?

Yixing teapots are ideal to make this delicious dark tea from Guangxi. Learn how to prepare Liu Bao tea with this easy step by step guide with photo instructions.

April 13, 2017

Appreciating Yunnan Dian Hong Black Tea

Today we’re going to review 2 dian hong black tea samples that we’ve received from a tea growers in Yunnan. If you don’t know yet, ‘dian hong’ is a term mainly used for black teas from the Yunnan province in China.

March 20, 2017

The Role of Charcoal In Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony

Back in the days, we didn't have the luxury of using an electric water cooker. It's therefore not strange that such tools aren't part of traditional Chinese tea ceremony as performed in the past. Instead of electric water cookers, water was heated in a kettle on a charcoal stove. Such way of heating water is part of a Chaozhou style tea ceremony originated from the Song Dynasty (960-1127)

January 4, 2017

The Traditional Gongfu Tea Ceremony: A Complete Guide

Gongfu tea is a traditional way of preparing tea, characterised by multiple infusions of the same tea in a small teapot. This way of brewing is originated from Chaozhou during the Song Dynasty, which is why it’s also often referred to as ‘Chaozhou Gongfu Cha’.

January 4, 2017

Ti Kuan Yin Tea Brewing & Why You Shouldn't Use Too Much Tea

Ti Kuan Yin is one of those oolongs that are tightly rolled. Because of this, a small amount will produce a lot of tea. See the video in this post.

December 6, 2016

Silver Needle Tasting Session: Brewing, Caffeine & Health Benefits

Today we’re evaluating our Silver Needle! Learn about how we steep this white tea as well as evaluate its flavour and aroma. We'll end this with a discussion on the caffeine level and health benefits.

December 2, 2016