Kombucha Tea is a centuries-old source of probiotics, prebiotics, antioxidants, and detoxifying nutrients. On one hand, many recent peer-reviewed research articles have reported significant beneficial effects of Kombucha Tea consumption on gut health and the gut microbiome, but on the other hand, research also shows that issues with ingredient selection, production, storage, and transport can (but not always) diminish Kombucha’s beneficial effects on health. Understanding where to be optimistic and where to be cautious is key to understanding Kombucha Tea’s complex effects on health.
Introducing the Series “This Month in Tea Science” on Youtube
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho famously has the line, “Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.” In the Wu Mountain sphere of content creativity, a good thing recently occurred for...
What is the Best Tea Pairing for Apple?
In honor of apple season, and my formative years in an apple-cropping region of New York State, we will embark on an exploration of the ultimate tea to pair with apple. That’s right – bite an apple, then sip some tea, or perhaps even sip then bite – but the two flavors must promenade the palette together. Our goal here is to explore the flavor profile of apple (Malus domestica) according to its known aroma and taste characteristics, then see which tea (Camellia sinensis) type might provide the best companion for this gallant fruit.
What is Puer tea?
An overview on Puer Tea and the critical alterations that occur through Puer fermentation
Unearthing Savor & Soil
A worn and weathered large-leaf Assamica strain planted from seed in the 1970’s Cultural Revolution. I sampled the soil around this tree in Spring of this year, discovering to my amazement that over the decades it had cultivated an intricate network of beneficial...
The Complete Guide to Oolong Tea Craftsmanship: Distilling the Art and Science of Flavor Formation
A 34-minute deep-dive into Oolong tea craftsmanship, including interviews with Oolong Tea Masters, a review of the scientific literature on Oolong tea flavor formation, and plenty of clips taken over years of traveling out to tea farms and producing tea alongside the professionals.
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.
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?
Farm to Fashion: Soil Samples and Designer Tea-Shirts, All in a (strange) Day’s Work
Dyl travels to an organic tea farm to collect soil samples and ends up eating rat. Mere hours later, he partakes in a tea-themed fashion show. He does not know which made him feel more uncomfortable.
Winning a Guangzhou Photo Comp. Thoughts on Tea Culture. Finally, Wasps.
Traveling across Guangdong province, reflecting on a recent photo competition won, and on trials and errors in recent attempts to document tea culture. Also, Wasps.