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The decade that tea woke up

In Teaby Brendan WayeLeave a Comment

May 3, 1999 – Edmonton, Alberta.  Steeps – the Urban Teahouse opened its doors for business on a hot and dry prairie morning – 1000 square feet, 28 seats, 78 teas, 2 pies, 2 cakes, 3 kinds of cookies, date squares, and an antique sideboard where you could choose your very own tea cup to sip from.  It was shiny ...
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Discovering the best tea steeper

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Over the years, I’ve read numerous reviews in various coffee trade magazines and on websites about what brewing devices make the best cup of coffee.  Coffee-holics usually arrive at a similar place when they cup the strong brew in today’s conventional devices.  If my memory serves me correctly, the French Press usually ends up on top. To my knowledge, I ...
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How to deepen your roots in tea

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It floored me a little when I actually thought about it.  Eleven years of all things tea and I had yet to visit an actual garden.  They remained just images and visions – pictures that I have pored over for what seems like decades.  Those pristine gardens of Japan where Fuji shimmers in the foreground; Darjeelings and Assams that rim ...
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My journey in tea continues…

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When I was asked to move to Toronto and join Teaopia a little less then two years ago, it gave me great pause for thought.  I hemmed and hawed and after several months of this and much discussion with the owner, my belongings and I left BC (British Columbia), and shared a U-Haul across several time zones to Canada’s largest ...
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The liquid vegetable

In Tea, Yerba Mateby Brendan Waye1 Comment

I have to be completely honest and admit that I did not and could not drink yerba mate for the first seven years I was in the tea business.  Unlike my brother, who liked it from the very first sip, I could simply not wrap my palate around that smokey, earthy bitterness. I tried my fair share of brands, varieties, ...