Author archive for Leo Kwan

  • Dec062022
    Pasha 2013, matured shengcha pu'er

    How to brew a cha bing

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    Tea compressed into a discus form is basically still a tea like any other loose leaves. The process of compressing…

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  • Sep242022
    Infusing Honey Orchid

    Does your Honey Orchid Supreme taste too bitter?

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    What makes the taste of a tea? The taste of a tea is the combination of its many tones, accents…

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  • Sep052022
    A luscious double yolk mooncake served with tea

    What tea to use in Mid Autumn Festival?

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    This year, the night on September 10th will see a big full moon. That will be the Mid-Autumn Festival. In…

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  • Jul062022
    Ice Fire Technique on Taiping Houkui

    Ice Fire Technique

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    To steep tea, there is the usual brewing with hot water and there is the recently popular cold infusion. There…

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  • May162022
    20 EU coin with pigeon on a man's face

    EU Exclusionism followup: a Petition

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    A while ago I wrote a post to complain about a regulation in EU requiring all vendors selling to EU…

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  • May072022
    Five different white teas

    Myths about White Teas

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    White tea has seen increased popularity in recent years. Authentic varieties, such as White Peony, aka Bai Mudan, is a…

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  • Apr012022
    Arturo Ricci — Afternoon tea

    What really is a gongfu black tea?

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    In the beginning what used to be called black tea by the West was actually oolong. I have explained that…

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  • Mar232022
    Diagram of the ISO standard pot for tea infusion

    International preparation standard for tea tasting

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    Tea cannot manifest its full self when improperly infused. The wrong leaf to water ratio, poor infusion ware, inappropriate water…

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  • Feb182022
    if you haven’t tried a real Fenghuang dancong, you really do not know what is good tea

    Phoenix Dancong — the oolong that made me fall in love with tea

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    In 1998 when I was still a design consultant and tea was only a hobby, I had the opportunity to…

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  • Jan192022
    Buying tea in Guangzhou, 19th century

    The Fear of Failing Our Customers

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    Possibly the first black tea ever produced, and definitely the best of its category from Wuyi, Tongmuguan One has a…

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