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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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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In Praise of Autumn

4 07 2009

Autumn and Winter are my two favorite seasons. Spring is third and there is no fourth. I ran across this quote from one of my literary heroes, Lin Yutang, and had to share it.

Lin Yutang “I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are a little yellow, its tone mellower, its colours richer, and it is tinged a little with sorrow and a premonition of death. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor of the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and is content. From a knowledge of those limitations and its richness of experience emerges a symphony of colours, richer than all, its green speaking of life and strength, its orange speaking of golden content and its purple of resignation and death.”

from My Country, My People by Lin Yutang