Planet Teas Blog

Tea of the Month: Supreme Jasmine Silver Needle

The Holiday season is upon us in the west and we are moving into a time when we have friends and relatives visit and stay with us for conversation and celebration. In China it is common to offer guests when arriving a warm cup of supreme Jasmine tea. Jasmine tea is very refreshing and not […]

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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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Tea connects people.

Tea Connects People Our philosophy is that every cup of tea is a connection between people. This philosophy extends from start to finish when it comes to a drinking a cup of tea. For us tea is sacred. It is ritual. It is art. It is spirit. We seek to manifest visibly the ritual of […]

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Great chai requires a great assam

Chai requires a great Assam One of the keys of success for our chai is the quality of tea we use. Chai literally means tea in Hindi. Our ingredients our 100% organic and that includes the most essential part of the chai, the tea. What kind of tea makes a good chai? When you drink […]

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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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Quan yin appears everywhere to benefit

The origin of Tie Guan Yin

The Tea from Guan Yin In Fujian Anxi province in China during the time of the Qing dynasty, there lived a simple man named Wei Yin. He came from a tea farming family, but had great interest in the Goddess of Mercy. On his way to work in the tea plantations, he would pass a […]

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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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