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On En Shi Yu Lu (En Shi Jade Dew): The comeback of a long-lost tradition

On En Shi Yu Lu (En Shi Jade Dew): The comeback of a long-lost tradition

Many people love green tea because it is tasty and healthy, yet few seem to know one green tea can be made quite differently from the other. Among all the requests that I have received on Quora lately, one question piqued my interest in particular, […]

May 5, 2019

May 5, 2019

Shelf life: How Long Does Tea Last?

Shelf life: How Long Does Tea Last?

Some teas develop a more sophisticated taste over time, whereas others will lose their flavors fairly quickly. What is the shelf life for different types of tea? We have summarized it in a single chart for you. Please bear in mind that this is just […]

How to make iced Longjing tea?

How to make iced Longjing tea?

It was the last week of March, but the sun was already scorching outside in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I was sipping iced green tea in a local teahouse, and trying to stay refreshed in this unbearable hot afternoon. While watching the live streaming of tea […]

How to brew a perfect cup of Longjing tea?

How to brew a perfect cup of Longjing tea?

Chinese people have been brewing Longjing tea with this method for long. Fancy to know how?

5 FAQs about Longjing tea * (Dragon Well/Long Ching)

5 FAQs about Longjing tea * (Dragon Well/Long Ching)

* To avoid confusion in romanization, we use the Chinese name Longjing throughout the article instead of Long Ching or Dragon Well.   1.    Why is Longjing tea so famous?  The history of Longjing tea dates back 1,500 years, and its fast rise to fame […]

Why I drink tea?

Why I drink tea?

Except for those who grew up in a tea drinking environment, people always need one reason or two to start drinking tea. And my story with tea starts from here.


My Diary

Why I drink tea?

Why I drink tea?

As someone with an inquisitive mind, I want to address the WHY question in our first blog post. People fall in love with tea for different reasons. You may find mine familiar, but it was somehow quite peculiar for a young Chinese girl back then.

It was late 2008. I just landed a graduate job, and a full-blown economic crisis ensued. I felt grateful for still being employed, but I couldn’t help but worry about my career path forward. Coke had become my instant tranquilizer and energy booster, and I emptied a horrific amount of bottles at work every day.

Several years passed and coke addiction started to take its toll on my health. Dental erosions in particular. After a period of frequent visits to dentists, I gained an impressive amount of medical vocabs while my healthcare expenses also soared. I desperately needed alternative solutions for reducing stress and preserving health.

Yoga, pilates, kickboxing, essential oils, massages, red wines, and juice detox…The whole shooting match. Then I met my Lama, who taught me meditation and led me to the world of tea. My passion has grown ever since and tea has become my daily ritual.

Perhaps like many of you, I also wondered what tea I should drink, for what purpose and in which context. Spring has arrived and it marks the opening of a new season for tea making. We will start a fresh series of blog posts here. With an exclusive focus on premium loose leaf tea, we will take you to the plantation fields and zoom in on one particular cultivar at a time. Is it possible to know what Dragonwell (Longjing) is, why you should taste it and how to distinguish it in 5 minutes?

Stay tuned!