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March 22, 2016

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Ottawa: too many tea lovers?

This question came into my mind when I tried to borrow 10 minutes ago a tea book at the Ottawa Public Library. I checked their website for Kevin Gascoyne´s book Tea: History. Terroirs. Varieties. But to my big surprise, all copies were in use: the 4 copies of the 2011 edition as well as the one copy of the 2014 edition! But even worse: there are 7 (in words: seven!) holds on the 2014 edition!...

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March 16, 2016

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Will there be a Tea Festival in Ottawa in 2016?

In a post regarding the last year Ottawa Tea Festival I wrote: "The 5th... Ottawa Tea Festival will be held in March 2016! Details will follow." Here are the details: There will be no Ottawa Tea Festival in March 2016! And there is a good chance that there will be no Tea Festival at all in 2016! Kimicha Uriu, the organizer of the festival, told me this morning that she is unable to take care...

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March 10, 2016

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The Climate and Tea - Part 2: Precipitation

The Power of water Water is one of the most powerful and common substances on Earth, simply because it is such a necessity. Think about all the things you use water for everyday: we drink it, cook with it, bath in it, swim in it, eat food grown/fed with water. Water is contained in the air, oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, watersheds, soil, glaciers, snow, rain, puddles on the ground. We know that different locations around...

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February 25, 2016

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Golden Leaf awards for Darjeeling tea

Our colleagues from Tea Campaign Australia recently won two "Golden Leaf Awards" at the Australian International Tea Expo! Their 2014 Green Darjeeling tea got an award as best "green tea natural blend", and their 2014 Second Flush won as best "black tea Darjeeling". That´s great! Congratulations to our colleagues in Australia!

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February 19, 2016

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The Climate and Tea - Part 1: Temperature

Working on a farm in France back in 2011 we painfully hauled gallons upon gallons of water to make sure the fledgling potato plants would survive the abnormally dry April. Waking up one morning it was pouring, and my first thought was, “Thank god we don’t have to do the potatoes today.” Being a longtime city girl that made me laugh, I think many of us, especially those that reside in an urban setting, view...

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February 09, 2016

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New Darjeeling tea arrival!

This week, a first shipment of the 2015 Darjeeling tea arrives in our warehouse in Ottawa. The teas of a second larger shipment will be available in the second week of March. We start with the new First Flush, Second Flush and Green teas; later, in March the full assortment will be available, including our Darjeeling Selected as well as two Single Estates teas (First Flush Chongtong and Second Flush Chamong). Additionally to the new...

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January 29, 2016

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Your skin needs some refreshment? Try Alexa´s Tea Face Spray!

I always thought tea is a refreshment for your mind. But Alexa shows us in her Boston Tea Campaign blog that - the right mixture and technique provided - teas like a green Darjeeling tea can help you to refresh your facial skin. I should ask her if her DIY-spray is helpful for men too...

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