I’ve been drinking tea for a really long time now. It’s crazy to think that to most people, it’s just a caffeinated hot drink, but to me, and fellow Chajin it’s a way of life. As Wu De says, “how you do tea, is how you do everything”. This couldn’t be more true. As I’ve…… Continue reading journey to the hut; part II. Cleanliness as ritual
Teaware is an aesthetically pleasing and even more, functional way to enhance your tea practice. Tea in a bowl is definitely the easiest way to enjoy it, but sometimes, high quality tea needs more skill and refined tools for a chajin to truly understand and enjoy a high quality tea. Gongfu, which translates to skill or practice,…… Continue reading Quality teaware is just as important as quality tea
Summer is officially here! The solstice was just a few days ago, and it’s very exciting. Summer means lots of more outdoor adventures, fresh fruit and other seasonal pickings, and of course, TEA!! Spring time is when the new tea season begins. Fresh pickings for the year which is of course a very…… Continue reading Summer time tea
As some of you may know, my tea journey began when I was very young, for I was introduced to British (Western) style teas, along with herbals (tisanes). But for me, it wasn’t until I learned and tasted loose teas that my journey began. I knew the basics, my first love being oolong. Then when…… Continue reading Getting Started with Tea ❤ – a guide for beginners
I will be honest, I don’t drink tea everyday. Some weeks I do, and sometimes I fall out of the habit. But that’s okay. If you are a tea lover like myself, this is bound to happen because, well, life, but it’s important that I keep drinking tea as much as possible. Why? As a Chajin, I value tea…… Continue reading Why do I drink tea?
There is so much magic within tea. There is so much more to it than its flavors and aromas. There is history, processing, location, and varietal. Becoming more intimate about tea rather than just deciphering what kind it is can lead to so much more appreciation and love for these Leaves. Today my session began with Liu…… Continue reading Liu An; Harvest Moon Tea + the Importance of Learning the Process
Our main goal is to get people drinking good tea. There is so much misinformation about tea. For fellow Chajin it can be disheartening knowing that so many people aren’t drinking the good stuff. So, the Hidden Leaf offers some leaves that are the real deal! At first, we wanted to be a tea provider…… Continue reading Bancha, and the Treasure (a lovely kyobancha session)