Training in Tea

Sep '10

By Robert Schmelter


You can pursue pretty much anything in college nowadays. Even tea and tea appreciation is a viable field of study in higher institutions. Colleges around the globe have started offering courses and even degrees in the art, cultivation, and marketing of tea. India leads the pack with the most programs offered; not surprising considering that India is the world's largest tea producer. Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh has an entire department dedicated to tea. Established in 2004, the Department of Food and Tea Technology brews up courses in tea husbandry and... Read more >

Tea Adventures in An Online Wonderland

Sep '10

By Robert Schmelter


Social networking has made it easier for enthusiasts to unite online in praise of a common passion. For some, it may be friending a favorite band on MySpace. Others track the comings and goings (and random thoughts) of their favorite celebrities on Twitter. A fan of Jimmy Buffett? You and thousands of other Parrot-heads can share your favorite concert memories on Facebook. It was only natural, then, that social networking pages would also pop up for beverages -- and tea is no exception. In the 21st Century, Alice need not fall down a rabbit hole to enjoy a tea party with the Mad Hatter. She... Read more >

Pastry Chefs Exhibit Versatili-tea in the Kitchen

Sep '10

By Robert Schmelter


Chefs - particularly those in big cities - are known for pushing the envelope when it comes to using ingredients in ways they were never meant to be used. You just have to tune into Iron Chef - where you'll see sardine-flavored ice cream, or coffee-crusted rib eye - to see these culinary mad scientists at work creating new ways to look at food and the use of ingredients. And so, our intrepid Dr. Frankensteins of Food turn their sights on the world of desserts, finding new and innovative ways to pleasure our palates while expanding the landscape of their own gastronomic palettes. Enter... Read more >

Beautea

Aug '10

By Robert Schmelter


The fact that tea is an excellent source of antioxidants - along with possessing a myriad of other health benefits - has long been established and reported at length. Its properties are believed to improve liver and kidney functions, clear your digestive system, and improve your mood. That's great for your internal mechanism, but what about externally? Can tea also benefit your physical appearance? Tea extracts can be found in a wide variety of cosmetic and hair care products - from facial masks to shampoos and conditioners. Green tea, in particular, is commonly used in these products for... Read more >

Like Tea? There's An App for That

Aug '10

By Robert Schmelter


It seems that there's an app for everything these days, from weather forecasts to finding the cheapest parking garage to scanning for zombies. No matter the hobby or the interest, programmers are ready to design a hip new app to cater to it. Beverages have become the new frontier for app makers, with new applications being released on a regular basis. There are several apps dedicated to helping amateur bartenders find the perfect ratio to make delicious cocktails like martinis and mojitos. Pair It! assists wine lovers and foodies alike with choosing the perfect bottle of vino to go with... Read more >

Are you there Vodka? It's me, Tea

Aug '10

By Robert Schmelter


In the post post-modern 21st Century, as more and more art forms and genres undergo mash ups, mixes, and various other blends and permutations - and the culinary world sees its own shake up, as various ethnic traditions collide, deconstruct, and reform in new and exciting ways - so, too, has the tradition of tea been ushered into the new millennium. In short, tea is no longer just for drinking straight anymore. Over the past decade, tea has seen a rebirth in the form of infusions into beverages not normally associated with tea. From beverage companies, to mixologists and even party throwers,... Read more >