Crafting Tea and the Good Life

On our pre-holiday episode of Talking Tea we chat with Andy Hayes, founder and tea maker at Plum Deluxe, a tea blender based in Portland, Oregon. Andy talks with us about his mission to help people slow down and craft a life they really enjoy, and how this goal, combined with Andy's views on the importance of organic teas and his experiences of European tea traditions, influences his blending process.

 

More on Plum Deluxe's teas can be found on its website, www.plumdeluxe.com, on Pinterest at pintertest.com/plumdeluxe and on Facebook at facebook.com/plumdeluxe.

 

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Talking Tea is produced and hosted by Ken Cohen. You can follow Ken on Twitter @KensvoiceKen

 

 

This podcast features music from "Japanese Flowers" (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii/japanese-flowers) by mpgiiiBEATS (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii) available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Adapted from original.

Photo of Plum Deluxe's Reading Nook tea courtesy of Plum Deluxe.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT
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Artful Tea

This week on Talking Tea we chat with Morgan Beard of Urasenke Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to practicing and teaching the Japanese way of tea.  We recorded our podcast inside the amazing Japanese galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which include a complete tea house and garden as well as centuries-old tea utensils and masterpieces of Japanese art. 

Morgan talks with us about some of the objects in the galleries (including the tea bowl shown here), and about how Japanese traditions of tea and aesthetics come together in the spirituality of the Way of Tea.

For information on Urasenke Philadelphia's classes and events, go to its website at www.phillytea.org.

More on the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Japanese collections and its extraordinary upcoming show on the art of the Kano period is at the Museum's website, www.philamuseum.org

Info about tea events at Shofuso, the Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, is at www.japanesehouse.org

 

 

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To inquire about being a guest or having your organization featured, please email us at talkingteapodcasts@gmail.com.

Talking Tea is produced and hosted by Ken Cohen. You can follow Ken on Twitter @KensvoiceKen

 

 

This podcast features music from "Japanese Flowers" (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii/japanese-flowers) by mpgiiiBEATS (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii) available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Adapted from original.

Tea bowl photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:44am EDT
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Drunk on Tea, Part 2: All About Pu Erh

Everything you always wanted to know about pu erh but were afraid to ask...and more.

In Part 2 of "Drunk on Tea", Shunan Teng of New York City's Tea Drunk shatters some myths about pu erh tea, contrasts cooked vs. raw pu erh, and talks in-depth about pu erh regions and fermentation. Shunan also chats with us about her ongoing tea classes and events at Tea Drunk.

 

Tea Drunk's website is at www.t-drunk.com. Its Twitter feed is @teadrunknyc.

 

For more information on Talking Tea and updates on new episodes, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/talkingtea.

To inquire about being a guest or having your organization featured, please email us at talkingteapodcasts@gmail.com.

Talking Tea is produced and hosted by Ken Cohen. You can follow Ken on Twitter @KensvoiceKen

 

This podcast features music from "Japanese Flowers" (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii/japanese-flowers) by mpgiiiBEATS (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii) available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Adapted from original.

 

Photo of Tea Drunk courtesy of Shunan Teng 

 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:50am EDT
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Drunk on Tea, Part 1

This week on Talking Tea we get "drunk" on tea at Tea Drunk, a teahouse in New York City serving traditional Chinese tea. Shunan Teng, who founded and owns Tea Drunk (and knows just about everything there is to know about Chinese tea), talks with us about wild tea, Chan Cha or "monk's tea", tea picking seasons, and why tea requires a dedicated palate and a dedicated mind.

In our next episode, Part 2 of "Drunk on Tea", Shunan talks with us in depth about pu erh tea, as well as about ongoing events and classes at Tea Drunk. Stay tuned!

 

Tea Drunk's website is at www.t-drunk.com and includes information about classes and events.

 

For more information on Talking Tea and updates on new episodes, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/talkingtea.

To inquire about being a guest or having your organization featured, please email us at talkingteapodcasts@gmail.com.

Talking Tea is produced and hosted by Ken Cohen. You can follow Ken on Twitter @Kensvoiceken. 

 

This podcast features music from "Japanese Flowers" (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii/japanese-flowers) by mpgiiiBEATS (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii) available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Adapted from original.

 

Photo of Tea Drunk courtesy of Shunan Teng 

 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:59am EDT
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Beyond The Tea Leaf: A Conversation With Tea Author Linda Hewitt

For our first episode of Talking Tea, we chat via Skype with Linda Hewitt, author of The Japanese Tea Ceremony And The Shoguns and other works on tea history and customs. Linda shares her reflections on how tea, and the rituals surrounding it, create much-needed space for relationship-building and contemplation. 

The Japanese Tea Ceremony And The Shoguns by Linda Hewitt is available as an audiobook, ebook and trade paperback through Amazon.com. You can access Linda Hewitt's blog at http://www.lindahewitt.com/blog.htm

 

For more information on Talking Tea, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/talkingtea

To inquire about being a guest on Talking Tea, please email us at talkingteapodcasts@gmail.com.

Talking Tea is produced and hosted by Ken Cohen. You can follow Ken on Twitter @Kensvoiceken. 

 

This podcast features music from "Japanese Flowers" (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii/japanese-flowers) by mpgiiiBEATS (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii) available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Adapted from original.

 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT
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