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  • #6180

    Jackie
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    Here’s a link to a post by Austin Hodge from Seven Cups: ‘Leadership in the tea industry?’
    The whole article is thought provoking, and so interesting that – and you’ll have to excuse me for posting this twice – I’m also going to drop it into our “Interesting Articles” board. I want to keep it where where it can be seen, not at the bottom of a long thread.
    While this article by Austin is certainly not just about Teavana, he spends several paragraphs talking about the company, so in that context it fits perfectly here. Enjoy! The whole blog has a lot of posts you should read.

  • #6159

    Jackie
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    Much looking forward to reading what you thought about these places. I saw the psychic one too online, but didn’t know if you’d want your future read while sipping on an Earl Grey…

  • #6168

    Jackie
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    When I tried the tea Pete offered, I really was horrified. I was expecting tea, not some syrupy drink. What I tasted had absolutely nothing in common with Jasmine Pearl tea anymore. Why on earth would they try and sell tea like juice? I had no idea a tea shop would add sugar to teas by default and put them up for “tea tasting.” It’s really sad.

    As to the level of tea knowledge; the staff I spoke to, didn’t know what a Darjeeling was, let alone a “flush.” You really don’t need much tea knowledge to be able to understand those terms. No matter what Teavana decides to offer up on their shelves, their staff should know the ABCs of tea. Their business clearly focuses on “product image” and ambience, not the product itself. Their tea paraphernalia was nice, the store looked pretty, but I certainly wouldn’t buy my tea from them.
    @thepurrfectcup : the candied fruit picking story is gross. The only good thing, less candy in their teas 🙁
  • #6143

    Jackie
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    On the subject of Royal Tea of Kenya, in her post @thepurrfectcup linked to an interesting article on the T Ching blog: “A journey of tea and self discovery.” 

  • #6374

    Jackie
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    Thanks @latteteadah – I’ve fixed it now. It makes for an interesting read.

  • #6155

    Jackie
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    @lahikmajoe George is still around. @jopj: He’s @indonique on twitter and tweets very occasionally. Last time was three weeks ago or so. He mentioned a possible come-back this fall, I hope so! Here’s a short vid @teapages made, it’s a promotional video for her book but it mentions George’s New Orleans story too.

    But that all doesn’t help you does it jopj. So I browsed around and found these:
    http://www.grillroomneworleans.com/le-salon (looks very fancy!) also the Ritz Carlton
    I don’t know anything about any of these as I’ve never been there. 
  • #6453

    Jackie
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    A must watch!

  • #5933

    Jackie
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    @jopj, that’s an interesting find. Thank you. I nearly missed that. (Teaclass.com, Adagio’s tea info site.)

  • #6114

    Jackie
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    Darjeeling, Assam, Ceylon, Keemun, Yunnan, Puerh, Oolong, Sencha.
    I know; that’s 8.  Sorry, can’t decide which one to cut.
    My personal list would be: Darjeeling, Keemun, Yunnan, Golden Monkey, Oolong, Ceylon, , and…uhm…Vanilla tea.
    Of course there are so many variations within each tea I listed.
    I’m biased I don’t like Rooibos, any herbals, or white tea much.
    I realize that flavored teas are hugely popular but I’m starting to think that one reason flavors are so popular is that most people are exposed to such poor black, or green teas that they only really like them when the taste of the base tea is masked.

  • #6121

    Jackie
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    Well, what would you choose? However, isn’t this almost the same as @thedevotea‘s forum post, he started with the seven teas question…:P

  • #6093

    Jackie
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    I use twitter to interact with people, not just to promote Tea Trade. Particularly @leafboxtea is a social account if you like, for me to chat with other tea people. I do follow pretty much only tea people with just a few exceptions. So the number following is just under 1000, and that”s manageable. My conversations are with a considerably smaller number of people, but they vary, sometimes I talk to some people more, then again to others.

    @teatrade is newer, and a little more focused on what we do here, and you’ll see that in my tweets. Again, I only follow tea people really. I think it does help to have a large base of followers, but the large base is no good to me, or our business, if they’re not interested in what we do. So I rarely go after new followers, usually they discover us, and if from their tweets I think they’re seriously interested, I follow back.

    I actually enjoy reading what others tweet about, and getting to know them online, so I’d find it hard to follow back people indiscriminately – I’d be bored. Choosing carefully who you follow, and follow back ensures you find your timeline interesting, and helps others enjoy their timeline with you in it.

    One other thing, if you do get to have a large number of followers, which you may well do over time, use lists! Lists are essential if you need to keep up with certain groups of people.

    Happy tweeting,
    J.

  • #6076

    Jackie
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    The idea that tea is “diuretic” has long prevailed. I understand that this is not true. Just as well because I guess we all drink a lot of the “stuff.”

  • #6078

    Jackie
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    Xavier, I know a number of Tea Traders have done just that, @iheartteas for sure. @keenteathyme too I think. I think Rachel created all sorts of teas there.

  • #6043

    Jackie
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    @jackie

    Thanks for reminding us of your post, I forgot Turkey was included in the list of seven…

  • #6039

    Jackie
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    Perhaps, and remember this is all part of how the Tea Council USA markets tea @familyandtea

  • #6037

    Jackie
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    @jackie

    Here it is again:
    http://teausa.com/general/teatest/teatest9.html

  • #6051

    Jackie
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    @jackie

    Came across this embedded on Tea Guy Speaks’ blog. It’s fun and deserves to be live on in the forum too.

  • #6023

    Jackie
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    I know you weren’t talking about my post ha ha, I said “sirwilliamoftheleaf”!
    But I hadn’t seen @familyandtea‘s post. I have no idea why.

    @familyandtea were you going to post another “Cadillac” pic? I’d like to know more about the differences you allude to. If I blind-tested you would you really be able to tell?

  • #6021

    Jackie
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    No, I don’t @sirwilliamoftheleaf is disagreeing with himself. He pointed out that Japan produces some very high quality machine picked tea, but that hand picked tea still exists, although it’s rare, and only a few kilos are produced each year.

    Actually Sir W. didn’t pass any judgment on artisan teas, which leads me to ask if anyone here has tried hand picked Japanese tea?

  • #6015

    Jackie
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    Here’s a pic and a video. The vid shows a more low tech machine, which is certainly less costly for the small farmer.
  • #6009

    Jackie
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    @jackie

    If you speak French, well if you read French, here’s another link to a blog that discusses this ad. “Monblogdethe”.
    Wonder if anyone talked about it in English? Except me that is 🙂

  • #5988

    Jackie
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    @sirwilliamoftheleaf  Can’t say I’m overly excited about the rising number of RTD teas. Partly because I don’t really like cold or iced tea much, and partly because I think it’s “pop” culture tea. A Jersey Shore version of my favorite brew. However, maybe it’s better than drinking cola, though even that depends.

    Like you I’m surprised about the increase in pu-er tea vendors. Only because I thought it was the “novel” thing to do a couple of years back – however I hope it’s a sign for continuing interest in “serious” tea drinking.

    Interesting what you said about making “valuable tea connections.” We weren’t there but part of me felt it must be tempting to take @chanteas stance on it all, they said:
    “The World Tea Expo is a place where connections are made. Deals happen on the expo floor, but for the most part there is too much noise and commotion to connect with tea lovers.”
    I’m sure the best way to finish up an evening on the floor is getting together like they did.
    J.

  • #5996

    Jackie
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    @jackie

    This lonely post makes me think nobody on here has had any yet. I know one or two Tea Traders are going to try some soon, when you do please let me know what you thought! 🙂

  • #5953

    Jackie
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    @jackie

    @jopj thanks for the link it made for interesting reading. Here’s also an article on how to grow Camellia Sinensis from a cutting. I suppose you’ll want to start from seeds Xavier, but I was also interested in reading whether it was possible from a cutting.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_7625214_propagate-camellia-sinensis-cuttings.html

  • #5986

    Jackie
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    @jackie

    Thanks, I was wondering too. I’ll link to this on twitter too once the Vegas Expo is over. Would be interesting to know. Nice you’re going to the WTE in Philly! Have you been before?

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