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A #TeaProudly Celebration With Bigelow Tea

by Mary June 19, 2019

Hey #TeaProudly friends, we took an informal poll to find out what tea lovers find interesting and admirable about Bigelow Tea and below are just a few of the many “loves” to share with you. Have your own list? Bring it on because we want to know what you like about your fave teas and newly designated certified […]
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1996 Aged Tieguanyin via Teance [Episode 318]

by James June 11, 2019

This episode, Denny and I drink an aged Anxi Tieguanyin from Teance. The tea was roasted several times early on and has a heavy, earthy, mineral character. Mike, the proprietor of Teance in Berkeley also gave us a discount code … Continue reading →
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The Struggle of Making Content Interesting & A Few Unhelpful Phrases

by James May 18, 2019

As someone that has done a fair amount of content on tea, I have a lot of mixed thoughts on the way information is passed. With tea reviews or discussing a specific tea I have struggled with the question: how to talk about an individual tea or tea in general in an interesting or useful way.. Whether you like or dislike TeaDB episodes largely depends on whether you enjoy watching two particular people drink and binter. This is fine enough and it is certainly fun for Denny & I to create, but I’ll also agree with the sentiment that it’s not necessarily the most substantive way to review a tea in depth. There’s some signal but there’s also a lot of noise. Writing about a specific tea also isn’t easy and I think is actually very difficult to execute in a way that is actually consistently interesting or useful for people. Most people just want to know if you liked or didn’t like a specific tea. Making something that piques interest beyond that is a challenge and even if you don’t like them a place like Mei Leaf has succeeded in creating content that really does engage their viewers. You also have to consider that the majority of people have not had the tea or are even unfamiliar with the basic taste profile (i.e. Denny & I describing a traditionally stored pu’erh, when the audience has never had one).. Here are some phrases I dislike and hear frequently enough that I find them unhelpful and sometimes even counter-productive.

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