• WTF is FTGFOP? An Introduction to Tea Grading

    Tea grading is an imprecise system with no global standardization and no oversight. It uses old-fashioned and uses vague categorizations that can be confusing to outsiders and insiders alike. So why bother learning it? Despite it’s annoying inconsistencies, it’s used across the industry by growers and producers. Knowing this language will give you some common ground

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  • 6 Great Places to Drink Tea in Portland, Oregon

    Although Portland is known as a popular pilgrimage place for coffee enthusiasts, this weird, Bigfoot and alien-loving, farm-to-table, artisan-friendly, rose-growing paradise also houses some very fine tea establishments.The City’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Portland Weird,” and although I didn’t experience any Bigfoot sightings while I was here, I did have an unusual amount of great

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