September 15th and 17th – Made by Hand

  Next week we will be holding two events at the shop with the theme ‘Made by Hand’, showcasing handmade utensils by three Japanese craftsmen. Toru Tsuji of Kanaami-Tsuji  and Takahiro Yagi of Kaikado will be at the shop in person demonstrating how they make their handwoven tea strainers and handmade tea caddies respectively. We will also […]

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2014 Wuyi Oolongs and new sample sizes

Back in 2009 I walked into Postcard Teas for the first time as a customer and asked to try Master Xu’s Rou Gui. At the time I didn’t really know what it was but I had read somewhere that this was the tea to try, and I thought that I might as well start my […]

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March 21st/22nd – Tea Brewers Cup

We will be helping to judge the first ever Tea Brewers Cup on the weekend of the 21st/22nd at the Old Library in Hayes, Cardiff. This event has been organised by Kasim Ali of Waterloo Teas who was inspired by the format of the Coffee Brewers Cup and the lack of a collaborative tea event […]

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March 18th 7-9 pm – Eat, Drink, Toast

Tim will be participating in a panel discussion on issues facing tea in the 21st century along with writer Jane Pettigrew, Sarah Roberts of the Ethical Tea Partnership, and Nick Kilby of Teapigs. The discussion will be hosted by Toast at Borough Market and will be moderated by food writer Sybil Kapoor. For more information […]

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Interview with Master Luo – part 3

Click HERE and HERE to see Master Luo demonstrate West Lake Long Jing firing technique. 2010, the beginning of May. Finally Master Luo’s Long Jing arrived, with the written dates and varietals taped on the packages. We tasted the each one and thought of more questions: Q: Have you finished all the firing work for […]

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Interview with Master Luo – Part 2

Master Luo made two cups of his Long Jing for me to compare. Like most  Chinese, he poured the hot water straight from the thermos into the glass, where he had put one measure of pre-Qingming Long Jing and  one of a later Long Jing. The leaves floating in the water shone with a very […]

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Interviews with Master Luo — Part 1

Master Luo is the youngest winner of the Long Jing Tea Firing King (Chao Cha Wang) competition and also the youngest of the Long Jing Grand Firing Masters appointed by the government to pass on the traditional methods to the next generation. In 2007 he was asked to fire the tea from the famous 18 […]

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