The Softer Side of Green Tea

Tea, like life, is an experiment - tweak variables, check outcomes and see what works for you. And remember, the experiment never goes bad, you just get a new experience and if you happen to steep too long with water that it hotter than usual, just remember, you’ve created a stronger heart tonic and all is well. Relax, enjoy and have fun in the world of tea! 

Hot Tea for Hot Times!

In the world of tea, different teas are seen as having their own thermal nature. Cooling, neutral and warming. Green and white teas are seen as cooling, yellow and oolong as neutral, black, dark oolongs and pu’er as warming.

Tea DNA and Sustainability

We have been hearing from some of our growers about the impact of climate change on their crops in China and Taiwan. With more droughts followed by too much rain, agriculture in general is having a harder time all around the globe. Here is an interesting article about what some in the tea world are looking into to keep tea growing despite climate change. We thought you’d like to read it.

We would add that while some of the article focuses on the soil degradation due to the use of inorganic spraying, as it does here in the US as well, that we look to growers who are not using sprays and instead are growing organically and biodynamically to supply us (and you). It is the large scale growing operations in the world that are using inorganic measures due to the fact that mono-culture growing is simply not sustainable at this poin and might not ever be. It’s simply not natural.

With warmth and gratitude, 

Mandala Tea

The Joy of Sharing Tea

When we sit with another and share tea, we hold a space where we provide nourishment and bring comfort. In this great giving and caring about another, we also receive. It is a space of true connection and many good things can happen.

What is Grandpa Style tea brewing?

Have you been hanging out with your tea head friends and wonder what they mean when they speak of "grandpa style"? Maybe you overheard someone talking about the great experience they had brewing it "farmer style." What do these terms mean, you ask? Let's find out!