From the Well of the Dragon 龍井

13 12 2010

When I am in town, I brew cha at least once every day at the office. Our most usual morning cha is Longjing, Dragonwell, from the gardens of Tea Master Jason C.S. Chen, owner of C.C. Fine Tea. Authentic and traditional Longjing comes from Zhejiang province, China. There is well there with the very finest spring water and the well is said to be inhabited by a dragon.

C.C. Fine Tea’s Longjing is made up completely of buds and has 45,000 buds per pound. Picked early in the Spring, this cha brews to a lovely pale green color with a lingering sweetness on the palate.

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Tea is the Dao

29 09 2010

Photo from A Tea Lover's Travel Diary by Jason C.S. Chen

“The Philosophy of Tea is not mere aestheticism in the ordinary acceptance of the term, for it expresses conjointly with ethics and religion our whole point of view about man and nature. It is hygiene, for it enforces cleanliness; it is economics, for it shows comfort in simplicity rather than in the complex and costly; it is moral geometry, inasmuch as it defines our sense of proportion to the universe. It represents the true spirit of Eastern democracy by making all its votaries aristocrats in taste.”

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura