The Science Behind a Bold but Balanced Tea Infusion (Part 2)

Part 2 includes the factors to consider when calculating “the right” tea extraction time and water temperature (i.e. tea type, production technique, growing conditions). We also dive into healthful but bitter tea polyphenols – how to extract enough while maintaining a well-balanced brew.

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The Science Behind a Bold but Balanced Tea Infusion (Part 1)

This piece is part one of two aimed at offering an in-depth but accessible look at the science of tea infusion. What compounds are bitter, or savory, and how do we brew for balance?

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Green Tea Chemistry 101: Key Compounds for Flavor Quality

Discussing what makes a green tea exceptional. Key players are L-theanine, EGCG, soluble sugars, non-gallated catechin compounds, and more

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Why is Nannuo Shan a Top Tea Terroir? Ecology, Culture, History (Part 2)

The second of two pieces on Nannuo Shan. Ancient tea trees, the vibes of Nannuo, local history, processing tea with the locals, overall impressions.

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Why is Nannuo Shan a Top Tea Terroir? Ecology, Culture, History (Part 1)

My thoughts regarding the Nannuo Shan terroir following my initial trip there in 2017. Local culture, recent history and ecological protection efforts. How they effect tea tree growth and more.

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White Tea: Black and White Facts, Plus the Grey Area (Part 3)

The final episode in the white tea trilogy. Taste profile formation. Sweet and savory compounds. White tea varietals. Conclusions and Works Cited.

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White Tea: Black and White Facts, Plus the Grey Area (Part 2)

Breaking down the science of white tea processing. What are the steps, how do tea compounds transform, and what are the health benefits.

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White Tea: Black and White Facts, Plus the Grey Area (Part 1)

Exploring the key concepts and lesser known details of White Tea

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