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Emperor Shen Nong discovers a tasty drink

Shen Nong loved trying out new herbs Some plants are ancient companions of humanity. They have become so connected with what it is to be a human, to think like a human, to experience like a human, and to be a vital human, that they are part of the human story itself. Of these plants […]

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Be smarter, drink tea

Be smarter, drink tea. Modern life is incredibly stressful. The plant Camellia Sinenses, tea, is an extraordinary ally for humans in journeying through modern life. The health benefits of tea in dealing with many of the illnesses that plague our health are quite extensive. There is research on how it prevents and helps fight cancer […]

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How to judge tea like a Zen Master!

How to judge tea If you have discovered the marvelous drink known as tea, you have joined a great tradition thousands of years old. Drinking tea is like stepping into a great ocean. The tea world is vast. It is a challenge to know how to explore tea well. It is also a challenge to […]

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Oh Lawdy, it’s Iced Tea season

Iced Tea Iced Tea is perhaps a perennial all American drink. Yet, it is these dog days of summer, when fireworks grace the skies and fireflies flutter the fields eve that most reminisce of Iced Tea. The origin of this sacred Americana is shrouded in myth, but here I shall retell the tale. The Setting […]

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Old Tree Black Tea and the roots of virtue

Old Trees Old tree black tea is a black tea that comes from, wait for it, old trees. You might be wondering what is special about that. Old trees are no longer cultivated. They may have been cultivated a long time ago, but they are now growing without the aid of man. These trees are […]

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The art of tea helps cultivate wisdom

Tea and a cup of Zen

Zen A cup of tea. Meditative absorption. Becoming a cultured human being. Zen comes from the word 禪 (dʑjen), which is a Chinese version of the word Dhyana. The English can be wrestled with, over tea, but rather than be boring let’s call it “meditative absorption free of subject and object.” You know, being in […]

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The delicacy of Green Tea requires mindful preparation

Tea, the plant, camellia sinensis, is a small flowering shrub that is perhaps the most diverse single plant leaf in the world. You can prepare tea in so many refreshing ways because of its diversity. The preparation methods of the leaf before tea touches the water which will grace your lips results in the different […]

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Nourishing the soul with Dog Head Tribute Green Tea.

The best green tea The best green tea can run up to 3000 dollars a pound. That is out of many peoples price range, that is why I was thrilled to find Dog Head Tribute Tea.  This tea was introduced to me by Jerry-Zhou, whose family has been in the tea business for generations. It […]

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Evening Rooibos

Tonight I am drinking Moonstone Rooibos tea. It is very refreshing, flavored with our special chai recipe. Rooibos tea is most satisfying at night, high in Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium it helps with getting a restful sleep. I enjoy it with a little cream. Tonight there is protest against Donald Trumps regime again. I watch […]

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Pu-erh in the winter.

Pu-erh tea is a mystical tea. It is worshiped by some as having spiritual qualities and its healing qualities are said to be far and wide. Pu-erh is made by fermenting tea through either natural processes of aging (called Sheng Cha) or forced process of composting or cooking called (Shu Cha). Shu means ripening or […]

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