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. 

https://ind.pn/2R8mDFY

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!

September Morn'

As the air begins to cool and the days shorten, already we see an increase in the sales of the darker teas here at Mandala. Almost as if by instinct, people begin to choose the ripe pu'ers, the black teas and the darker oolongs, gravitating toward the heartier and hotter teas.

And so it (re)begins.

Dear friends and tea lovers,

We are back online! It seems so appropriate that we (re)launch now as the 2017 solar eclipse nears and clears away stagnancy and opens us to new patterns, new opportunities. It has been nearly a year since we took Mandala Tea offline while transitioning out of the brick and mortar shop and we are joyful to be back with you.

Pu'er - Is It Your Cup of Tea?

Greetings, my fine friends!

As I write to you, I sit in the tea room here at Mandala Tea, sipping some 2006 raw (aka sheng, raw, uncooked) pu'er tea.  I am transported to a mountain I was on during my last tea trip to China.  I am moved by the recollection, almost to tears.  Such fond memories of the homeland of tea!

There are two type of pu'er - I'll refer to them as raw and ripe - and if you've had one type and found it wasn't your groove, I encourage you to try the other.  For even though both styles are referred to as pu'er tea, they are horses of a different color.