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Growing tea on Vancouver Island

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I guess it was somewhat inevitable – my destiny so to speak.  With the revelation that I possess a thoroughly green thumb and a lifelong love of the tea leaf in all its forms and manifestations, I now find myself on a land-buying quest for a dozen or so acres to attempt the cultivation of Camellia sinensis on Vancouver Island.  ...
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Ratcheting Up Tea Quality In Restaurants Via Tea Training Videos

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It was a chilly fall day in the 1990s in Edmonton when a group of my friends gathered to indulge our foodie nature in some wonderful eats.  The restaurant was known for its succulent cuts of local Angus beef, aged to perfection and served up to your exact specification.  We had duly filled ourselves and now our tummies were in ...
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The decade that tea woke up

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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

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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, ...