Monday, August 31, 2015

Roots healthily, grows vigorously!

October 2014, Josephine and I visited Lishan tea district. Our good friend, Mr. Johnny Tu is very generous to lead us to see his tea factory, tea plantation...
On this photo, Johnny is sharing with us a tea-tip:
"How tall tea bushes are, 
expecting their healthy roots will penetrate the same depth under the ground."

"樹有多高,根就有多深。
根深入地底愈深,茶樹愈健康。
牠能吸收到更多的
茶氣與微量元素,根愈深氣愈強,乾旱時才能吸收地底下的水,深深抓住土壤,不讓牠流失。"   This is a feedback from a tea specialist, Master Lan, known as 南方嘉木.

Maybe, it is a humble suggestion to every tea professional. 



Life is colorful...



Life is colorful, and home is sweet home.
Relaxed and enjoy fine Oolongs, what else can you ask more?  
Tea is not just tea.  Bring it in your daily life. 
Find the one that fits the moment and serve it in style.

Are these Specialty Teas ?





Are these Specialty Teas ?
More and more 'jobbers' walk in or text in to inquire about some basic teas, most Green, either pan-fired or steam-fired, Black, OP or BOP, Oolong standard... They want to 'create' Specialty Teas with their own blends...
From the demand and repeating orders that make me believe some trends are going big out there. I don't want to know what are those added in the blends... Smell strong though, look pretty too, just not in my cups.
What exactly Specialty Tea trade I am in? Since APTI to STI... Still not sure.

One of my tea sensei, advise me the following statement --


"What is specialty tea depends on how you define it. I used to discuss with visitors on the definition of good tea, in our Q&A session.
My advice is that you can only find your good tea for yourself personally after a certain period of tasting time on various teas by yourself. The maker’s specialty tea is not necessary the real good tea for you or good specialty tea for the consumer in person individually.
Specialty tea with its high quality, scarcity, high commanding price or its profound commercial promotion is indeed good for conspicuous consumption, showing your high social status symbol. To an ordinary tea-lover, such a conspicuous consumption is nonsense, waste of money and even at the expense of one’s personal health.  Specialty teas are the games of tea experts, tea connoisseurs, brokers and gifts makers and so forth.  Specialty tea has its two blind spots, poor cost performance and non-mass production. (成本太貴,不能量產).  
To me, tea is an honest product, plain in nature, easy to access and always affordable to consumers at large; and most of all, good for health and thought.  As a tea maker, I am proud of being able offer those merits to the societies at large.  After all, all businesses are local, different teas serve different local options or demands."

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

12 CommuniTea Service videos are available!







CommuniTea Service     
                                   
1.) We want Taiwan Oolong Tea:  https://youtu.be/x6w-jIRgsuU

2.) World Origin Tasting Tour (Taiwan):  https://youtu.be/PUBjBZnW-3g

3.) CommuniTea (Campuses):  https://youtu.be/Iq8xS12wsvU

4.) CommuniTea (Festival of Nations in Minneapolis):   https://youtu.be/Xn_0kUlnUbA

5.) CommuniTea (Budapest): https://youtu.be/THJyX3uDB_k

6.) CommuniTea (Libraries):  https://youtu.be/w6V-_EPi52U

7.) CommuniTea Service by JT & Tea:  https://youtu.be/3jIoGbtMLrs

8.) CommuniTea by JT & Tea (Phoenix Culture Festival 2009):  https://youtu.be/OsyJmVJIFSc

9.) CommuniTea Service (Taiwanese American Communities):  https://youtu.be/4KuRXOGkARk

10) CommuniTea Service (Tea Time, Tea Fun):  https://youtu.be/Zwwhl5eSqb8

11.) Ceremonial Tea Service (Concert):  https://youtu.be/-xO029XEZGM

12.) Ceremonial Tea Service (Art & Culture Exhibition):  https://youtu.be/C11k6cBVjs0




Copyright  JT & Tea, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

SanHsia Breeze




Ever taste Taiwan BiLoChun and Taiwan LungJing (Dragon Well) ?

While we all enjoy Oolong from Taiwan, many might not be aware that Taiwan used to export big volume of pan-fired green tea gunpowder and chun mee to Middle East and Northern Africa before China raised the bamboo curtain. Taiwan also used to be a major steam-fired green tea sencha and bancha producing country outside Japan before 1975...

Nowadays, very limited green teas (steam-fired or pan-fired) are producing...except out of this unique tea district - SanHsia Breeze.   By the way, while Cutting propagation is popular for breeding new tea plants in most Taiwan tea districts...here in SanHsia, our 2011 TOST members are lucky to see the demonstration of Layering propagation.

SanHsia Breeze -

Near Taipei city, beautiful mountains and hills with many creeks there.  Traditionally, a very unique cultivar, Chinsing Ganchong (青心柑種) is adopted there. Great cultivar that can be made green tea and pouchong. I remembered in old days, my father has to contract the leaves from this district to be transported back to our ShaKeng factory at Henshan, Hsinchu. (Back then, we only have another cultivar - Huang Ganchong (黃柑) which is more suitable for making black tea.).

Thursday, May 28, 2015

CommuniTea by JT & Tea (Festival of Nations, Minnesoda)

Reaching out to the community with Tea-One Tasting!

Josephine and Thomas are invited by our good friend, Bill Waddington, the owner of Tea Source in Minnesoda, to present 'Tea-One Tasting on Taiwan Oolongs' at the 2013 Festival of Nations.  Please enjoy the following video taken from this event. 

CommuniTea @ Festival of Nations, Minnesoda

Get in touch with us for the CommuniTea program.

CommuniTea by JT & Tea (Festival of Nations, Minnesoda)

Reaching out to the community with Tea-One Tasting!

Josephine and Thomas are invited by our good friend, Bill Waddington, the owner of Tea Source in Minnesoda, to present 'Tea-One Tasting on Taiwan Oolongs' at the 2013 Festival of Nations.  Please enjoy the following video taken from this event. 

CommuniTea @ Festival of Nations, Minnesoda

Get in touch with us for the CommuniTea program.

Friday, May 22, 2015

World Origin Tasting Tour (Taiwan) @ 2015 World Tea Expo

World Origin Tasting Tour is a one day program for tea lovers to 'travel' from one origin to another... 

Within 45 minutes, we have to introduce Taiwan's tea history, geography, tea districts, tea cultivars, and then 4 Specialty Taiwan Oolongs provided by Taiwan Tea Manufacturers' Association are prepared for tasting: Wenshan Pouchong, Alishan Jade, Lishan Amber, and Oriental Beauty, as listed in the WOTT Passport.

Thanks to our good friend, Jane Pettigrew, her warmest support to guide this presentation. Our TTMA team have done an efficient job to make sure every attendee gets the Taiwan tea map and leaflet.  The volunteers in prep room also done a wonderful job to bring the tea according to our schedule and infusion instruction.  It won't be possible without a good team effort.

Josephine has led a chanting before I start my session.  Here is the fun video clip for "We want Taiwan Oolong Tea!"