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A Japanese Tea Gathering at San Francisco’s Urasenke Society

Christie Bartlett, Founding Director of Ursaenke Society, San Francisco talks about the history of Urasenke, why tea gatherings matter today, and the ripple effect of “peace through a bowl of tea.”
– What is a “tea gathering?”
– Spontaneity through structure and the art of tea
– Slowing down time, appreciating fleeting moments
– Sipping tea to free the mind, cleaning tea utensils to clean the heart
– The role of a tea gathering in creating world peace

Check out the tea in this video… Matcha.

* Special thanks to Toshiko, for making the tea!

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David Lee Hoffman, Tea Pioneer: Part I

David Lee Hoffman: Part of the beauty of tea is you can get so many different tastes and sensations with it. Almost emotion, each tea has a different emotion and personality. And you could shape that personality, you could play with it, depending on how you steep it, and the water, and the temperature, time, and the quantity of leaf you put in, it all has a contribution to the shape that you want to give that tea. Continue reading David Lee Hoffman, Tea Pioneer: Part I

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David Lee Hoffman Sipping Peace: Part II

American tea pioneer David Lee Hoffman discusses puerh, the Slow Food tea movement, and the benefits of organic, handcrafted family-made tea.
– Living with tea kings, learning to taste fine tea
– How To: Artisan tea crafting and family operations, and secrets
– Making American Handcrafted Puerhs
– Slow Food and the Fair Trade movement and tea
– Culinary pleasures of tea and living slowly
– Tea as an affordable path to world peace

Teas in this video… Puerh , Ancient Tea

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Organic Tea in Japan: Challenges Today

Ayumi Kinezuka visits us from Japan to talk about her organic tea farm in Shizuoka, and the challenges facing small artisan Japanese tea farmers today.
– Meet the family: an entire production from a small family operation
– Where are today’s generation of organic tea farmers? Challenges with aging tea farmers means fewer farmers making high-grade Japanese green tea
– Big beverage companies offering bottled green tea replaces Slow Tea
– Big business lacks microenvironment knowledge to manage small organic farms
– How can a consumer make a difference

Check out the Teas in this video…Organic Tea, Green Tea, and Fair Trade Tea.

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Slow Tea with Alice at Modern Tea

San Francisco tea-entrepreneur and owner of Modern Tea, Alice Cravens discusses her Slow Food Farmer’s Market philosophy, discussing challenges and opportunities to growers, distributors and sellers of organic food and tea.
– Organic, seasonal, artisan food philosophy at Modern Tea
– About the Slow Food Movement and why it’s important
– How to make a difference: visit a local farmer’s market
– Fair Trade Today, challenges and opportunities
– The environmental impact of importing tea to America

Teas in this video… Fair Trade Tea and Organic Tea.

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Tea with Winnie at Teance

Winnie Wu, owner of the Bay Area famed Teance, tastes Phoenix Oolong and talks about the evolution of tea in America and China and the cultural benefits to all.
– Tasting Phoenix Oolong, artisan, hand made Chinese tea
– The Teance tea bar: tasting tea at the tasting table
– Changing tea cultures in Asia: from artisan tea to tea bags
– Future of tea in America
– Physiological benefits of tea
– Why we are embracing tea culture today

Teas in this video…Oolong, Samovar’s Pheonix Oolong

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Tea with Norwood Part I: Brewing Enlightenment

Part I of Jesse’s Visit with Bay Area tea luminary and author of the famed “Tea Lover’s Treasury,” James Norwood Pratt. Norwood Pratt takes time to brew Lu Shan Chinese green tea and chat about tea’s history.
– Brewing tea at Norwood Pratt’s house
– Lu Shan, “Cloud and Mist” tea and what makes it special
– Buddhism and tea: an intertwined history
– Chinese shade grown tea, in a sea of “clouds and mist” makes an artisan tea
– The nature of reality, and drinking delicious tea
– Crafting your enlightenment poem…

Get Norwood’s Temperature Variable Tea Kettle.

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Tea with Norwood Part II: Rediscovering Ancient Realities

Part II of Jesse’s visit with Bay Area tea luminary and author of the famed “Tea Lover’s Treasury,” James Norwood Pratt. Norwood Pratt takes time to brew Lu Shan Chinese green tea and chat about tea’s history.
– Brewing tea at Norwood Pratt’s house
– Lu Shan, “Cloud and Mist” tea and what makes it special
– Buddhism and tea: an intertwined history
– Chinese shade grown tea, in a sea of “clouds and mist” makes an artisan tea
– The nature of reality, and drinking delicious tea
– Crafting your enlightenment poem

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Moroccan Tea Culture

Mostaffa and Omar brew traditional Moroccan tea and espouse on the harmonizing effects of Moroccan tea, Moroccan culture , and food- for all to embrace.
– How to make traditional Moroccan tea
– A gathering of family and friends around the Moroccan tea table
– Moroccan tea culture and the growing American tea culture
– The diverse ethnicities of Morocco and the unifying effect of tea

Teas in this video…Moorish Mint