• 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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  • How to Become a Certified Tea Sommelier

    I started taking courses towards my tea sommelier certification through the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada in January 2015. If you haven’t found your New Year’s Resolution yet, maybe this is it! Tea sommeliers are the new wine sommeliers. Tea sommelier classes and certification programs are popping up all over the globe as tea drinking

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  • All About Genmaicha

    Pronounced with a hard ‘G’ like game or gold, genmaicha (玄米茶 — ‘brown rice tea’) is a traditional Japanese tea blend made of green tea and roasted brown rice. It’s mild and sweet, toasty flavour makes it one of the most drinkable and accessible green teas out there. Perfect for a burgeoning tea fan. The sugar

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