5 (or More) Things We Love About Tea
We ask five wonderful and engaged tea-loving people why they love their teas. There are lots of things we love about tea, and here are five of the best.
Just like in Part 1 of this series, you’ll learn about a wide range of teas from entrepreneurs in the Australian tea industry. Their “go to” teas include Pu’er and oolong as well as black teas from China and India and Kenya.
We also look beyond our shores to the US. In New York City, marketing guru Kate Gaffin tells us about her developing passion for Japanese teas.
The energy and focus that matcha delivers make it a great fit for “the city that never sleeps.”
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1. My Favourite Tea? That depends entirely
Scarlett Killaly from Porcelain Tea Parlour
The thing I love most about tea is the diversity as a beverage.
I drink different styles frequently depending on the season, food accompaniment, inclination toward sweet or savoury experience, the company and setting.
There’s a whole range of teas that can go with just about all of life’s moments. Scarlett Killaly (@TeaParlour) on the diversity of tea. CLICK TO TWEET THIS.
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2. Oolongs & Chinese Black Teas
Tania Stacey from Cuppa Cha
Passionate drinker of Oolongs for special occasions, me time and family time.
My private stash is a wonderful collection of Oolongs from my trips to the farms.
My daily “go to” tea is Chinese Black teas. They sustain me all day without any high or lows and very soothing. The range of flavours and aromas are quite amazing – Dian Hong Gong Fu to start my day, Sunrise Qimen to provide a little more lift and then a smooth, well rounded Golden Buds to take me through the afternoon.
With oolongs & Chinese black teas, every mood and occasion is taken care of: Tania Stacey (@StaceyTania) on the teas that take her through the day. CLICK TO TWEET THIS.
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3. Black Teas for Flavour
Ian Bersten, inventor of the Chaicoffski coffee maker
Kenya fannings CTC or ground fine Darjeeling because I get a lot of flavour and they taste terrific with milk and sweetener
A strong tea sourced from Kenya or India works for me: Ian Bersten on the familiar comforts of black tea. CLICK TO TWEET THIS.
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4. Pu’er Teas for Complexity and “Mood”
Toby Chan, Passionate Pu’er Tea Consultant
Aged blended raw Pu’er is my favourite.
I enjoy the complexity of its aroma, flavour and body. I also like how different teas would make me feel differently.
Some teas would make me feel more relaxed, others would energize me or even make me drunk!
Young raw Pu’er made of gushu [old trees] and single village/single area pressing are all the rage at the moment.
But I personally found it more satisfying to brew up some aged classic “factory tea” like Menghai Factory’s 7542, 8582 and 0622, Xiaguan Factory’s 8653, Jia Ji Tuo/cake, Nan Zhou cake/tuo and Cang Er cake, Chang Tai’s Yi Chang Hao and Brown Chang Tai, and Fuhai’s Yiwu Wild and 7436.
One of the most beautiful teas I encountered is the 1980s Xiaguan “Traditional Characters”!
They relax or energise you, and make you “tea drunk”!: Toby Chan on the wonders of aged raw Pu’er. CLICK TO TWEET THIS.
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5. Japanese Teas to Soothe and Energize
Kate Gaffin from Kategaffin.com
I’m a big fan of teas that I’d describe as ‘earthy’ in flavor and I find myself most drawn to teas of Japanese origin.
Kukicha is a long time favorite and I enjoy it especially after a meal if it’s available. I find it very soothing and relaxing.
I’ve also recently started drinking Matcha tea which I’ll have in the morning as an energizing way to start the day.
I drink matcha to kick start my day, kukicha to wind down: Kate Gaffin (@KateGaffin) on the sublime benefits of Japanese teas. CLICK TO TWEET THIS.
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And that’s it for part two of our series on things we love about tea. We hope you come away inspired to try (more of) the world’s most popular drink.
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