Tea, Cha and Tisanes: Botanicals Reshape Tea Demand and Supply

Categories: Blending, cha, Culinary, flavor, Flavoring, Growing Regions, innovation, Tea Brewers

There’s been a growing shift in the strange, unfamiliar and exotic words you’ll see on a tea ingredient label or description: it can be summarized as yesterday chemistry and botanicals today (and probably biogenetic propagation tomorrow.) Yesterday’s chemistry: sodium caseinate, modified corn starch, resveratrol extract, riboflavin, soy lecithin, ascorbyl glucoside, xylitol, sodium hexametaphosphate, and “natural” […]

The package is part of an innovation complex

Tea packaging: The Innovation Edge

Categories: Blending, blockchain, business innovation, Growing Regions, innovation, Origin, product development, Quality, Uncategorized

Innovation in tea increasingly depends on innovation in packaging Make the tea bag go away Change the labels Freshen up Don’t hide the evidence That may all sound negative. What it really amounts to is: Don’t treat packaging in its dictionary sense of being just a container. Packaging is more than how tea is stored […]

Tea Nuances: Exploring the World of Green Tea Blends

Categories: Blending, China, Growing Regions, India, Nepal, OriginTagged , , , , , ,

We all know that green tea is healthy.  However, most of us have only unearthed a fraction of the green teas produced around the world.  If we were to drink a different green tea variety every day for the next five years, we would not even come close to tasting all of the green teas […]

The Times and Tides of Tea Innovation

Categories: Antiquities, Blending, business innovation, cha, China, Culinary, flavor, Historical, India, Nepal, South Korea, Uncategorized, Womens rights

Tea innovation is a surprisingly inexhaustible subject. Choose a topic that has shaped society, such as  trade, war, health, literature, nutrition, crime, ship design, politics, household utensils, science and technology, retailing, and social reform, and you’ll soon find strong and deep connections with tea. It has been one of the most consistent and pervasive agents […]

Innovation in Tea: Watch These Spaces

Categories: Blending, blockchain, business innovation, flavor, innovation, product development, Quality, Uncategorized

The Innovation Imperative: Where and How, not If In a time of change, the question is not whether to innovate, but how. For tea, it’s also urgent. There are challenges to business as usual everywhere: sustainable development, shifting consumer tastes and demographics, coffee competition, yields, costs, and quality, to name just the obvious. The good […]

Pesticides in Tea: Getting a Clear Picture Not a Vague Impression

Categories: Blending, China, Growing Regions, Harvest Report, India, Japan, MRLs, Origin, pesticides, trade, Uncategorized, Viewpoint

Does your tea contain pesticides? How much should that matter? Many tea drinkers have an impression that it is at least slightly unsafe as a drink. The more they are concerned with tea as a wellness aid – green tea health benefits, non-caffeinated herbal teas, natural ingredients, and organic growing, the stronger that impression is […]

The Nuances of Authentic Tea Blending

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 Most people are familiar with the many black tea blends on the market but may not have much sense of the nuances of bringing together a complex set of flavors and of the wide varieties of choices that differentiate similar sounding teas. What, for instance, is the foundation of the tea blends we hear so […]

Innovation in Tea Flavor Design: Anything Goes – With Anything

Categories: Australia, Blending, business innovation, China, flavor, Flavoring, India, London, New York, QualityTagged , , , , , ,

How would you describe the flavor of these ten teas? They are a representative selection from the many market innovations that are having at least initial success. They consistently get positive customer reviews, and favorable informative and non-hype press and industry coverage. Some of these surely will not maintain a sustainable growth. But who knows […]

Enjoy Your Tea: Don’t Be Mythinformed

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Enjoy your tea: 10 myths that get in your way Tea is a wonderful drink, with at least 3,000 varieties on the market. It’s inexpensive, with as wide a range of flavors as wines. Enjoy its variety and subtleties. Let’s start again. Just put up with your tea. It can be an awful drink, with […]

Never at a loss for words…

Categories: Blending, Culinary, Flavoring, Harvest Report, mixology, News, Origin, spirits, Teaware, Travelogue, Uncategorized, ViewpointTagged , , ,

Tea Journey was funded this week by more than 550 backers who contributed $127,500 making this magazine the third highest funded periodical in Kickstarter history… To our backers around the world: Those who know me well, know that I’m never at a loss for words… until now. Tea Journey was funded at dawn — fittingly […]