On this week’s Snooty Tea-torial, physics is magic. Magic with scien-tea-fic explanation.
Say hello to my little friend, whom you may recall from Diffusing Infuser Confusion. And check out the review of the Superfine Taiwan Moderately Roasted Dong Ding Oolong used in the tea-monstration. (Spoiler: ’twas super fine.)
Don’t forget to subscribe, chicka-teas.
Who: Jalam Tea.
What: Single origin tea, directly sourced from local tribes in Yunnan, China. Essen-tea-ally, these leaves have just left the grower’s hand before being plunked in your cup.
When: Since this February 2013.
Where: The “tea guide” and owner, Jeff Fuchs, operates out of the US and Yunnan, right where the tea is made.
Why: Jalam Tea is about telling–not selling. Each tea comes with a richly detailed info card describing its origin, history, and medicinal proper-teas. (Not vague “health benefits.”) You get to know the growers through their relationship with the tea, and as your own leaves steep, it becomes your story as well.
How: To get this stuff in your cup, at jalamteas.com you can buy tea à la carte from the store, or if you can’t decide on just one, get a monthly subscription.
The free sample offer only included three samples, but opening the box yielded two extra faces smiling up at this Snooty Tea Person. Continue reading
The most ‘Merican of ‘Merican festivi-teas. Happy Thanksgiving!
Let us also give thanks for good, home-grown/home-blended American tea.
Steven Smith Teamaker
Hawaii Rainforest Tea
Onomea Tea Company
And all the others.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and the blog, bud-dies. These puns don’t tea-liver themselves, you know.
It’s easy to be sa-tea-sfied with the basics. But while Yezi Teas is offering a sample selection of their Master Grade teas, that’s like… a free pony.
Imagine growing up being too tall for ponies.
Then suddenly, free pony.
Who could resist? Continue reading
We’ve established that tea, at the moment, is a girly sort of beverage.
And yet there a number of dudefolk who, having just read that, choked on their mouthful of Dragonwell and are now poised with fingers itching to reply, “I cup-ject! This is tea-scrimination!”
Well, fellas–what do you think started the modern tea industry?
Discrimination. Continue reading
Shoot me an email with your name and address, and ‘Erh long, you’ll be getting a box full of Pu.
Plus some other goodies. Wink.
Get out your looseleaf and your loose leaves, as we loosen up on this week’s Snooty Tea-torial.
For more on infusers, check out this handy little ar-tea-cle.
And for loose leaves versus teabags, go right here.
If you don’t leave near a Redline Coffee joint, the tea-licious Hao Ya Keemun from the video can be found online at Quartermaine Teas.
The winner of the Boo-Erh Giveaway will be announced on Friday. It’s going to be a close one…
In our last post, there was a healthy 1:1 ratio of guy to girl bloggers.
Makes sense, right? Hot leaf juice doesn’t care about who’s drinking it. Throughout history, both ladies and gents have been par-tea-king in equal measure. Men like Lipton and Thomas Sullivan, accidental inventor of the teabag, developed the industry through trade, while women embroidered the culture with social and culinary teatime traditions—the stuff that makes drinking leaves an enjoyable experience. (Duchess of Bedford, anyone? That’s the lady who brought tea parties into vogue. Not some punks from Boston dressed as Indians.)
But these days, especially in the United States, you’re a lot more likely to find girls gabbing over a cup than dudes. What’s up with that? Continue reading
The Snooty Tea Blog doesn’t usually get too personal. We’re here for the tea, not what color underwear I’ve got on today. (Gray–nothing spectacular. The argyle bra is pretty darn cute, however.) But we’re also about answers, anecdotes, and an-tea-oxidants. Of the three, that fella in the middle is bringing you today’s post.
Yesterday I was twice tweet-tagged to do the Tea Blogger questionnaire that’s been making the rounds. Geoff from Steep Stories got to me first, reques-tea-ing the origin story of the Snooty Tea Person.
As origin stories go, this one is pretty true to form. Marvel actually made it into a movie, except they switched me for Robert Downey Jr and tea for an Arc Reactor. (Though they left in the parts about saving the world and Jack Daniels. Not bad.)
Thus, for the original origin story, read on. Continue reading