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The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook: A Guide to the World’s Best Teas

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October 26, 2017

The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook: A Guide to the World’s Best Teas

The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook: A Guide to the World's Best Teas

AROUND THE WORLD IN A TEACUP
Did you know that tea is the most widely consumed beverage on the planet after water? Or that all of the world’s tea originates from only three varieties of a single plant? While a cup of tea may be a simple pleasure for most of us, there are a dizzying number of tastes from which to choose. And every tea, whether a delicately sweet green tea from Japan or a bracing, brisk Darjeeling black, tells a story in the cup about the land that nurtured it and the tea-making skills that transformed it.
 
In this authoritative guide, veteran tea professionals Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss provide decades of expertise on understanding tea and its origins, the many ways to buy tea, and how to explore and enjoy the six classes of tea (green, yellow, white, oolong, black, and Pu-erh). Additional advice on steeping the perfect cup and storing tea at home, alongside a gallery of more than thirty-fi ve individual teas with tasting notes and descriptions make The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook a singular source of both practical information and rich detail about this fascinating beverage.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Kara Lang Guminski
- 11 Months ago
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A great introduction into the world of tea!, February 21, 2015
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I’m working in a very high-end tea shop (NOT Teavana, Adagio, or David’s), and this book is required reading BEFORE we start our education program. It is incredibly informative for the beginners, and even those of us who had some tea knowledge walking in to our current employment. I recommend this for people wanting to know more about this wonderful beverage!
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Gary Sprandel
- 11 Months ago
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Like a perfect cup of tea., June 19, 2011
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This book starts with useful tips for making a perfect cup of tea including brewing times(avoid tap water and `the tea ball’). The authors suggest that those on a `tea journey’ take notes including tea name, class, country, exact trade, where purchased, similar teas, and what you like or don’t like about a variety. The body of the book is in the description of the 6 classes of tea green (like Genmaicha with toasted Brown rice) or Longjin (one of `China’s Ten Famous Teas), yellow tea, white tea, Oolong and Black tea (`Especially delicious are Yunna Black Tea’). Each section includes selected varieties picturing both dry tea and color of a brewed cup. For each variety is a description of the leaf plucking and production methods, and tips for purchasing. A map is including with each tea class, showing the main producing areas, and I plan to take this a step further, buy highlighting on a map when I buy new teas. The glossary is particularly useful, but it didn’t include such basic things a defining `Orange Pekoe’. This book will work nicely with your favorite tea vendors (like Upton’s or Elmwood Inn) to guide your selections.
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