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 bacteria and fungi around its root structure. The tree produces sugars through…

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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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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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