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September 30, 2015 @ 5:22 am

Oolonging For Tea With Mountain Tea Co

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Oolong tea. Much is contained in these rolled up leaves. Unfurl them, and you're taken down the rabbit hole. Get yourself a good one, and you can spend hours sipping away, picking apart all the notes and nuances. Today on the podcast we interview Mountain Tea Co. a new friend made during the 2014 World Tea Expo, whose tea farms in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Indonesia boast a wide and delicious inventory. This is one podcast you don't want to miss.

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September 30, 2015 @ 2:01 am

Old Friends, New Mexico - An Interview with NM Tea Co

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It's always pleasant to see a familiar face in a crowd of strangers. Especially one you have not seen in a very long time. Tune in today to hear my old intern friend, David, owner of the New Mexico Tea Co. discuss his company, his teas, and what he has been doing since our time together in Japan.

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September 30, 2015 @ 1:55 am

A Morning Brew - Conversing with World Tea House

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Nobody is going to deny that businesses are made to make money. Yet when there is enough passion behind the paperwork, true magic shines. Such is the case with Phil Holmans of The World Tea House in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A fellow Canadian who I had the pleasure of bunking with during the World Tea Expo, Phil brings a love to the teapot unlike many others. A really fire burns within him and he wants his business to show it. Press play to hear a man speak from his heart.

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September 30, 2015 @ 1:37 am

JusTea For You And Me

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Grayson Bane knows whats up. Kenya is the world's largest tea exporter. But they tea is currently of sub-par quality. Most of it is picked and processed via the CTC method. A crude Crush, Tear, Curl of the leaf. Most of it is destined for tea bags. Grayson is working to change this. Setting up shop he is working to grow the Kenyan tea industry; focusing on hand processing. Times are a changing and in the near future, Kenya will be a country to look at.....but I'd be looking now.

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September 30, 2015 @ 1:29 am

Of Pizza & Bitcoin

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Sitting around a table and talking over sourcing with several tea friends led to the realization that the entire supply chain was represented. A tea farmer, wholesaler, retailer, and consumer where all in one room discussing the years harvests. Of course, some cost more than others, and that's when someone brought up free transactions for international orders......wait....what? Turns out our topic downloaded to digital. Bitcoin was back on the menu.

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September 30, 2015 @ 1:21 am

Japanese Steam Punk

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Steaming is predominantly a processing technique used in Japan to stop the oxidation of the enzymes within the leaf. Other countries roast the teas; each influences the taste of teas in their own way. When it comes to steaming however, the duration of the steam is pivotal in the production. Light, Medium, and Heavy steams result in light and sweet, to thick and broth-like. Press play to find out where you stand.

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September 30, 2015 @ 1:21 am

Gold in your Eyes - Steeping with Michael Fritts

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In Oroville, California, there lives a man by the name of Michael Fritts. A quite man, he spend his time tending to his tea bushes, slowly perfecting the aptly named "Gold in your Eyes" Oolong. He let me brew some during the World Tea Expo in 2014 and it was incredibly smooth with just the subtlest notes of sweetness. American tea is well on its way to your cup.

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September 30, 2015 @ 1:20 am

Montana, You Got A Smokin’ Assam

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In a little shop in Red Lodge, Montana stands a mountain of a man. Gary Robson towers over most, but don't let this intimidate you. The man is full of warmth and passion. Sitting down with him and his son, Doug, at the World Tea Expo made for great conversation. Hearing the local preferences for tea, how a demographic influences the menu, was eye opening. You may have the best tea in the world, but if you can't sell it, is it actually of any worth? Press play to find out!

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September 30, 2015 @ 1:18 am

The 2014 North American Tea Conference Review

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The North American Tea Conference hosts all the big players. It goes into great depth on the business side of the industry as opposed to the education for the smaller players at the World Tea Expo. But what happens when the little girl climbs the ladder and stands at the top? Big things. Tune in to hear how Tealet, a wonderful wholesale startup beat out the big guys in 2014.

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September 30, 2015 @ 1:18 am

Whisked Away By Mizuba’s Matcha

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Matcha, the powdered green tea, is making waves in North America. People toot its health benifits and how it is a better alternative to coffee. Fortunately for me I was able to sit down with Lauren Danson of Mizuba Tea Co. for a 1-on-1 talk about her company. Seems there is a lot of growth to come!

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