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Munnar Tea Hills

Munnar Tea Hills

Although Munnar, India, is known for its quantity of tea (rather than its quality of tea), it is one ...

Tea Meditation

Tea Meditation

I feel truly lucky to have been able to learn about tea culture beyond the surface level. Here, one ...

San Lin Xi Tea Cliff

San Lin Xi Tea Cliff

The steep, high-elevation slopes of this tea farm in San Lin Xi help produce a particularly fragrant oolong. Hiking ...

Delhi Street Chai

Delhi Street Chai

In Delhi, a chai wallah (literally, tea person) gives her chai a foamy texture by bringing it to a ...

Lindsey in Tokyo

Lindsey in Tokyo

During my second visit to the stunning Cha Ginza tea house in Tokyo, I was given the privilege of ...

Tea “Soup” in Miaoli, Taiwan

Tea “Soup” in Miaoli, Taiwan

Around the world, tea us used in many types of unusual drinks and foods. In Miaoli, Taiwan, a powdered ...

Tulsi & Ayurveda

Tulsi & Ayurveda

I’m writing from a hospital in Kerala, India. I’m exhausted, nauseated, sore all over and have been subjected to ...

Tea Myths

Myth: Emperor shen nong discovered tea in 2737 b.c. Debunker: Wu De, founder of Global Tea Hut Fact: This ...

Darjeeling’s Tea Strikes

Darjeeling’s Tea Strikes

A current of pain and passion ran through the protest site outside the Darjeeling district magistrate’s office this spring. ...

Taiwanese Oolong Factory

Taiwanese Oolong Factory

In Dong Ding, Taiwan, oolong factory workers heave bundles of oolong into rolling machines and drying machines. The arduous ...

Dong Ding Tea Gathering

Dong Ding Tea Gathering

To me, one of the most fascinating things about tea is its many cultural variations around the world. Here, ...

Cloves in the Nilgiri Mountains, India

Cloves in the Nilgiri Mountains, India

Visiting the spice fields of South India, I was able to see how the spices used to flavor many ...

Tea Cupping

Tea Cupping

Standardized cupping sets help tea tasters evaluate teas in a consistent and scientific manner. Here, white, green and black ...

Green Leaf Grading

Green Leaf Grading

In many British-influenced tea producing areas, teas are graded according to leaf type, leaf size and the number of ...

Tea Seeds

Tea Seeds

Tea seeds lay drying in Pinglin, Taiwan, a few hours north of Taipei. Dried seeds are either used for ...

Peppercorns & Masala Chai

Peppercorns & Masala Chai

After visiting India for tea research in 2007, I thought I had chai pretty much figured out. That country ...

Lapsang Souchong

Depending on whom you ask, Lapsang Souchong is characterized either as a deeply smoked black tea or an overpoweringly ...

Taiwan’s Tea Competitions

Taiwan’s Tea Competitions

It’s an early morning in December 2011, and I’m heading down the main road in Lugu, located in Taiwan’s ...

Low-Fired Clay Teacups

Low-Fired Clay Teacups

In Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and in the outskirts of other major Indian cities, potters make low-fired clay teacups, which ...

Tea Plucker

Tea Plucker

A tea plucker holds out a portion of her bounty in Miaoli, Taiwan, where bug-bitten summer teas produce the ...

Tea Eggs

Tea Eggs

Tea eggs simmer in a pot in Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan. They are considered to be a local delicacy, ...

Withering Dance

Withering Dance

In San Lin Xi, Taiwan, tea workers spread fresh leaves out for withering. Their work is exacting, rhythmic and ...

Taiwanese Tea Valley

Taiwanese Tea Valley

If traveling to tea producing countries full time has taught me anything, it is this: In tea as in ...

CTC Oxidation Conveyors

CTC Oxidation Conveyors

Here, CTC tea is oxidized on a conveyor belt. It is part of one of the world’s most automated ...

Aged Oolong

Aged Oolong

Tasting aged oolongs in Taiwan is one of my most memorable tea experiences. This particular oolong was older than ...

Sun Moon Lake Black Tea

Sun Moon Lake Black Tea

At a Taiwanese tea event, a teacup of Taiwanese black tea is elegantly displayed. Although Taiwan mainly produces oolong ...

Matcha Sweets

Matcha Sweets

In Tokyo, Matcha green tea is often fused with Western and traditional Japanese sweets to form innovative flavor profiles. ...

Iced Tea Vendor

Iced Tea Vendor

When interacting with hundreds of tea vendors around the world, it is impossible not to see each one’s personal ...

Duck Blood ‘Tea’

Duck Blood ‘Tea’

It’s often said that there are two things to do in Hong Kong: eat and shop. This general rule ...

Tea Mists

Tea Mists

In Taiwan, a fresh, young tea shoot pokes out above the surrounding tea bushes, while mist and clouds pass ...