Tea Basics

TEA101 – Types of Green Tea

TEA101 – Types of Green Tea

Green teas can be so different in terms of shapes, sizes and flavours. They all need to be exposed to heat to kills the enzymes responsible for oxidation. Heat can come via steaming, roasting and baking. Let’s learn how different methods affect the look and feel of a tea

TEA101 – Tea & Texture. Part 3

TEA101 – Tea & Texture. Part 3

Words we use to describe various degrees of astringency in tea and wine

TEA101 – Tea & Texture. Part 2

TEA101 – Tea & Texture. Part 2

The magic behind tea and wine texture is the work of tannins. Let’s learn some tannic secrets.

TEA101 – Tea & Texture. Part 1

TEA101 – Tea & Texture. Part 1

Before talking about different elements that make us distinguish and appreciate texture, or mouthfeel, of different teas, I find it interesting to talk about the importance of texture in food – especially in Chinese food

TEA101 – Tea & Heat

TEA101 – Tea & Heat

Temperature is key for wine. And twice as much for tea. Key facts you need to know in one post.

TEA101 – How Acid Is Your Tea?

TEA101 – How Acid Is Your Tea?

We rarely talk about acidity of tea. But it’s actually interesting. Learn the difference between fermentation and oxidation and how the latter affects the real and perceived acidity of tea.

WHY TEA ? My Declaration of ๐Ÿ’š

WHY TEA ? My Declaration of ๐Ÿ’š

  Hooked to tea once, while on a trip to WuYi mountains about ten years ago, I never got back. By now, I know the teas I appreciate the most: simple, natural, beautifully crafted, with distinct character, and without any artifice. Teas that tell stories, […]

TEA101 – Tea & Salt

TEA101 – Tea & Salt

Salt has a greater impact on flavour than any other ingredient. How does it interact with tea?

TEA101 – Are We Tasting Or Smelling?

TEA101 – Are We Tasting Or Smelling?

Are we tasting or smelling? Both. And the smell turns out to be much more important… A few useful Infographics.

TEA101 – Tasting Language: Direct & Indirect

TEA101 – Tasting Language: Direct & Indirect

Making sense of tea means, among other things, learning to better talk about the experience of tea tasting. Here again, we can borrow some wisdom from the world of wine. Below are some ideas from the book โ€œWine: A tasting courseโ€ by Marnie Old. Basically, […]

Tea and Food Pairing : Basic Rules

Tea and Food Pairing : Basic Rules

Tea and food pairing involve great deal of improvisation, yet there are some basic rules around which to improvise.