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 >