America renews its love for Japanese teas

Exploring Tea's Origins: JapanJapanese men taking tea in Yokohama. circa 1870Japan opened its doors to world trade just three years before the American Civil War and by 1890, forty percent of our tea imports came from that country—and it was all green. America's thirst for Japanese tea has had a resurgence in recent years, thanks in…

Sri Lanka – An Island of Tea

Exploring Tea's Origins: Sri LankaMorning tea in a Sri Lanka garden.There is a country lush with lakes and forests that has been synonymous with exceptional tea for over 120 years. Whether you call it Sri Lanka or its colonial name Ceylon, this teardrop-shaped island, just off the southwestern tip of India, has developed a loyal…

India’s Three Main Tea Regions

Exploring Tea's Origins: IndiaTasting Teas at Tetley, CalcuttaNo matter where I travel in India, the common cup of hospitality is tea. In the workplace or train station, you'll find inexpensive chai steeped with spices, milk, and sugar. In hotels, your teacup might hold a single estate Darjeeling, Nilgiri, or Assam tea.  It was in the…

All the Tea in China

Exploring Tea's Origins: China China is to tea what France is to wine. The tea bush Camelia sinensis—meaning Chinese varietal— is named in honor of tea's ancient country of origin. The varieties of teas coming from this country are countless with some estimates reaching eight to ten thousand. With such a vast array of teas grown…

Tea Invitation Etiquette

How do you write a proper invitation to tea?Formal invitations may be extended and accepted by telephone, face-to-face, or by mailing them at least 10 days in advance. Depending on the geographic location, perhaps two weeks or longer in advance is not unreasonable. Invitations may be handwritten or printed on one of the many word…