Dan Bolton

Nepal’s Specialty Tea Evolution

The Barbote tea farm is nestled in the steep hills of Ilam, Nepal, planted by his grandfather and tended by his father but grower Narendra Kumar Gurung spent most of his working years with the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Like most of Nepal’s new-generation farmers, specialty tea is a new endeavor built on a century-old foundation of commodity production.

Alfred Mwase

Alfred Mwase: Crafting Orthodox Teas Amid a Sea of CTC

The Satemwa Tea Estate, founded in 1923, began to revive the production of orthodox teas about 15 years ago. It is the only estate in Malawi crafting orthodox teas. Taster Alfred Mwase says, “my only experience prior to 2010 was CTC. My first tasting of specialty stimulated interest in these unique teas. Satemwa is a pioneering estate that is open to experiments with new tea cultivars, withering times, rolling techniques, oxidation times, and drying cycles.”

Andrew McNeill AM Tasting Table

Andrew McNeill on Down-Chain Tasting

“Down-chain tasting invites creative adventures into language and experience that is independent of a single lexicon. The focus is on concrete references to scents and aromas but abstract descriptors that personify overall quality are effective. Of course, your words have to describe something that touches on a shared experience  — otherwise, it’s useless.”

Last minute holiday gift guide

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

Tea Journey readers span the globe. Half of the magazine’s subscribers reside in Asia and Europe and Africa. That’s why this year’s last-minute gift guide features festive items from India, Europe, and China. These gifts bring to mind holiday celebrations around the world

Summer Fun

While hot tea still cools millions worldwide, it is iced and cold-brewed tea that quenches the thirst of urban dwellers on the go. Our Summer Fun gift issue offers some great iced teas, pitchers, tea makers and teaware. Now is the perfect time to review the terrific selection of recipes for A Summer Barbecue by Culinary Tea author Cynthia Gold. Recipes include tea-smoked salmon, tea-grilled wings with hot dipping sauce, matcha and white bean dip, and gourmet s’mores.

Announcing the Health & Wellness Issue

Tea is proven to enhance the well-being of those who drink several cups a day. It inspires a process of discovery among imbibers, cultivating a deep appreciation for the growing, crafting, and preparation of great tasting tea. Finding your own favorite tea leads to a daily ritual and, in time, a healthy life-long habit.

Announcing the Incredible India Issue

Long before cut, tear and curl (CTC) dominated tea processing in the West, India exported sizeable quantities of handmade orthodox tea to an appreciative world market. Small factories at small gardens cultivated the art of rolling

Tea Discovery: Crab Pincer Tea

Eons of evolution in the ancient tea forests of China has established a complex and delicate biomass. The gnarled, pale-grey and green trunks of the oldest trees are home to myriad adaptations of spiders, lichen, and the tree parasite known to locals as crab pincer, a tea mistletoe.

Discover Authentic Nepal

Nepal’s altitude, seasonality, soil, and various microclimates combine to establish a terroir that is remarkably well suited to tea. The country’s finest teas are an expression of the tea maker’s art, inspired by the demand for delicate whites, oolongs, and airy black teas sold directly to wholesalers with a growing customer base in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Fathers Day 2022

A New Normal

Happiness is only elusive when you pursue it. During the pandemic, for the first time in generations, fathers found themselves at home spending daylight hours with their children, who in pre-pandemic times, would have been at school. Families cooked together ate together and shared time in front of the TV. Fathers who invested in the most important, meaningful relationships of spouse and offspring, siblings, and parents found an overall sense of satisfaction. As the threat lessens and our lives resume consider retaining a bit of a “pandemic mindset.” Remember, the new normal is what you make it to be.

Father's Day 2021

The Challenge of Change

This has been a year for reflection, an opportunity to re-examine our habits and everyday routines. Lockdowns and losses re-emphasize the importance of maintaining our good health―both physical and mental. Tea calmed us during the pandemic, it provided a pleasant daily pleasure―a welcome break. Tea became an at-home habit worth preserving.

Barbote Tea Farm, Nepal

Nepal’s Specialty Tea Evolution

The Barbote tea farm is nestled in the steep hills of Ilam, Nepal. It was planted by Narendra Kumar Gurung’s grandfather and tended by his father. Narendra spent most of his working years with the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Like most of Nepal’s new-generation farmers, specialty tea is a new endeavor built on a century-old foundation of commodity production.

In Spring all the World Celebrates Motherhood

Each spring, the entire world celebrates the role of mothers with grateful appreciation. The practice of families traveling to their ancestral home in Spring dates to antiquity and remains an occasion for festivals and fairs in both Asia and Western countries. The holiday is recognized from March through May.

Easy Teasy Three Styles

Tea for Moms On the Go

Teasy is an innovative infuser designed to bring out the delicate flavours and true taste of your loose-leaf tea. With Teasy you can see the tea as it steeps, and with just a twist of the wrist, you can separate tea from the leaves at just the right moment. Your tea will have its full flavour without being over-steeped.

Sri Lanka’s Tea Sesquicentennial

Sri Lanka celebrated its 150th anniversary of tea beginning in 2016 and culminating in the International Tea Convention and Expo in Colombo in August 2017.

Harvest Review: Africa

Rains essential to the 2016 flush throughout East Africa arrived too soon or they arrived in torrents too late — but mainly they didn’t arrive at all.

Gifting Wellness

Holiday Gifting 2021

Sending a gift of tea, lovely teaware, or handy utensils is a thoughtful expression of care. Tea played an essential role in enhancing the well-being of tea drinkers from the onset of COVID-19. As infections soared, sales of tea touched new records. The global pandemic still threatens but half of the world’s population has now received at least one vaccination. The tea community rejoices as the world returns to normal.

Harvest Review: Argentina

The harvest is just beginning in Argentina, the southernmost tea growing region in the world. This year November temperatures were unusually cool at the beginning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

Electric Kettles

Whether you’re a tea aficionado or a brewing beginner, Stagg EKG will be your countertop partner in the pursuit of a ridiculously good cup of tea. Variable temperature control, and a stunning, minimalist design. Brewer delivers 1200 watts of power for a quick heat time. Readouts in either Fahrenheit or Celsius. Built-in stopwatch to time steeps and a 60-minute hold mode to keep the pot hot.

Hario Tea Brewer

Tea Brewers

Tempered glass brewer from Hario. The Cha Cha Kyusu “Zen” is 450 ml and a “go to” teapot for your favorite sencha. Thanks to the generously sized stainless steel filter, it’s easy to fill and simple to pour.

Teabox | Gratitude Box

Holiday Countdown Calendars

This season there are Godiva chocolate Advent calendars, a-sip-a-day Scotch whiskey calendar, a cosmetic calendar from Yves Saint Laurent valued at $680, and for gents 12 trays of male grooming products including Barber Pro a post-shave cooling mask. There are countdowns to Christmas featuring scented shower steamers, a calendar with 12 votive candles including pumpkin spice latte, and Panjore lychee. There are Harry Potter, and Marvel character calendars and a Lego “Star Wars” Advent calendar – even an Advent calendar for your pup with 24 dog treats from Wufers.

The Wall

These exquisite teas make perfect samplers to tantalize the palette. From shop favorites to a collection of chai Cornelia Bean will customize your order. Enhance the experience further, infuse these teas in the beautifully hand crafted glass tea infuser, The Wall.

Teasy Tea Traveler

Holiday Tea Travelers

Make loose leaf tea, herbal, and fruit infusions with no fuss – whether you are at home, the office, or on the go. Teasy is an innovative infuser designed to bring out the delicate flavors and true taste of your loose-leaf tea. You can see the tea as it steeps, and with a twist of the wrist, you can separate tea from the leaves at just the right moment. Enjoy full flavor without over-steeping.

Paula Winchester | Tea Picture Puzzles

Stocking Stuffers

Inspired by the fun of assembling your own masterpiece, Paula created these 300 piece picture puzzles titled A Chai Wallah’s Shop, Taiwanese Tea Pluckers, and Winter Comfort

Holiday Teas

Tea vendors make something special of the holidays with seasonal blends, special gift tins and packaging and scented teas to warm the home.

Brewer Magic

Shopping for a brewer? Tea Journey covers the globe looking for innovative and advanced tea brewers to make every kind of team from matcha to machine-learning internet operated models.

Four Symbols Premium Chinese Tea

Four Symbols teas are sourced in the unique tea lands of China, harmonizing the artisanship of man with nature to produce authentic specialty loose-leaf tea.

BRU Brewer

Electric Brewers

BRÜ is on  mission to simplify the tea making process. A mission to cut down on wasted water and energy in your home or office. This innovative brewer offers the  freedom to set your brewing time, water temperature and cup size at the twist of a dial and push of a button. The machine saves your previous settings so you can quickly repeat the process without having to change the settings every time.

Hario Brewer

Father’s Day Tea Brewers

The latest glass tea brewer from Hario, the Cha Cha Kyusu “Zen” is sure to be your new “go to” teapot for your favorite sencha. Thanks to the generously sized filter, it’s easy to fill and simple to pour. The best part is that it’s a snap to clean.

Mother's Day 2021

The Comfort of Tea

During these difficult times, tea’s calming effect comforted many, but mothers most of all. If there is something missing that will make her everyday tea ritual more pleasant, now is the time to purchase that convenience. Consider a bright teapot, a brewer, tea caddy, porcelain cups, or mug. If mom has everything she needs close at hand, consider a gift of tea-themed jewelry or a book to curl up with till normalcy returns.

BRU Brewer

Electric Brewers

BRÜ is on  mission to simplify the tea making process. A mission to cut down on wasted water and energy in your home or office. This innovative brewer offers the  freedom to set your brewing time, water temperature and cup size at the twist of a dial and push of a button. The machine saves your previous settings so you can quickly repeat the process without having to change the settings every time.

Origins: Kanchanjangha Organic Nepal Tea

Long before marketers labeled it organic, Nepal tea was grown with care. It was always the province of smallholders clinging to the mountain side like the trees they nurtured.

Review: Teasy

Fine teas reveal their elegance in layers. Rock oolongs, for example, respond to short, controlled steeps in small volumes of water. Teasy offers that level of control with greater convenience and a larger volume than a gaiwan.

Théières du monde| Ultimate Teatime Set

Tea Sets for Mom

Gift sets make any tea occasion special. Matching teapot, cups, saucers, creamer, sugar bowl, and even a flower vase make this rose adorned teatime set from Théières du monde the ultimate for entertaining.

HARVEST REVIEW 2016

Tea Journey’s first annual harvest review gives you the big picture on the global tea business in 2016 along with insider information from local experts on some of the year’s most interesting teas. Especially for tea enthusiasts in the West, we hope this issue brings you a step or two closer to your favourite tea gardens – and your next new favourites!

Tales of the Tea Trade

Tea Books for Mom

Considered a basic for a tea book library, this gorgeous volume is by the chef-owners of Quebec’s Camellia Sinensis Tea House and covers history, farming techniques, and tea culture, among other subjects. You can buy it directly from the Tea House’s website, which is in French, under “Cadeaux Pour Debutants” (Gifts for Beginners).