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





How Premium Tea is Made

5 09 2010

Jason C.S. Chen at the birthplace of Tie Kuan Yin Oolong

Coming soon to a bookstore near you, or a webstore near everyone: A Tea Lover’s Travel Diary by Tea Master Jason C.S. Chen (English by yours truly). This is a magnificent book that offers a never-before-seen behind the scenes look at the making of two world-famous teas. These being Phoenix Single-Tree Oolong and Tie Kuan Yin Oolong. Tea Master Chen’s travel diary is a photographic essay on the two teas.

The book will be available on or before November 1, 2010 at all major online bookstores and in selected brick and mortar joints. Starbuck’s D. Major Cohen wrote the foreword, and World-renown tea enthusiast, expert, and author, James Norwood Pratt wrote the introduction.

October 2nd and 3rd, the three above-mentioned gentlemen, and yours truly will be signing the book at the Northwest Tea Festival in Seattle, at Seattle Center. A swell time will be had by all.

From the book:

Tea Brothers one old, one young

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