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Matcha & Chado: Having tea mindfully

Matcha & Chado: Having tea mindfully

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Written by Stephanie Slentz
Japan is primarily known for green tea. It ranks 8th as a world tea producer and 99% of it is gre...
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What We Learned from Attending the First International White Tea Conference

What We Learned from Attending the First International White Tea Conference

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Written by TCC Collaborator
At the end of November 2023, Kyle was invited to represent the United States at the first Interna...
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Matcha, Kintsugi, and Weekends at Grandma's

Matcha, Kintsugi, and Weekends at Grandma's

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Written by Leo Zhang
On Thursday, November 9th, 2023, I sat on my knees in a small room, hands clenched loosely on my...
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Celebrating Lunar New Year

Celebrating Lunar New Year

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Written by Stephanie Slentz
Chinese New Year has been celebrated for thousands of years. Also known as the Spring Festival, i...
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Gifts for Everyone on Your List!

Gifts for Everyone on Your List!

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Written by Stephanie Slentz
For the Curious Kiddos     Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein art by Ed Young - Introduce kids to new c...
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Celebrating the Boston Tea Party 250 Years Later

Celebrating the Boston Tea Party 250 Years Later

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Written by Stephanie Slentz
This Saturday, December 16, 2023, will mark the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, an eve...
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Making a Tea for Groups

Making a Tea for Groups

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Written by Kyle Stewart
The following recipe is a wonderful way to make tea for many people, just in time for your holida...
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glass french press teapot steeping tea, on wood tray next to glass cup with tea on a restaurant table

Reinvent Promoting & Preparing Your Tea Service: Quality Tea in Your Restaurant

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Written by Kyle Stewart
written in collaboration with Chris Beard Tea shares wine’s ability to captivate, if not intoxica...
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Quick Guide to Matcha

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Written by Stephanie Slentz
By now, matcha has been a full-fledged movement for a number of years. With its vibrant green hue...
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Mooncake & Tea Pairings to Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival  | 中秋节

Mooncake & Tea Pairings to Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival | 中秋节

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Written by Stephanie Slentz
    Autumn is the traditional season of harvest and is a great time to reflect on what you are t...
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Woman looking out window with cup of tea

What Tea Do I Drink? It’s Complicated.

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Written by Ginan Kalenik
What seems like a simple question to ask a tea-drinking friend can lead to a lengthy discussion w...
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Tea: A Forgiving and Soothing Coping Mechanism

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Written by Leo Zhang
Since starting on my journey as a tea enthusiast, I’ve found myself in a lot of periods of strugg...
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Out to Sea in a Cup of Earl Grey Tea

Out to Sea in a Cup of Earl Grey Tea

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Written by Mel Finefrock
I was born with a rare mutation of an eye condition called Leber’s congenital amaurosis. Several ...
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Tea Mocktails

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Written by Sean Cyre
Okay, so some of you are thinking this must be a rich joke. But a lot of you may be genuinely int...
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Gong fu tea a clear tea pot pouring into white tea cups

What Is Gong Fu Cha?

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Written by David Parrish
“The art, besides being a delight in itself, is also a good deal cheaper than other forms of ther...
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Tea Class Recap: Wabi Sabi Through the Lens of Disability

Tea Class Recap: Wabi Sabi Through the Lens of Disability

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Written by Joy Moonan
May's captivating event at The Cultured Cup, titled “Wabi Sabi Through the Lens of Disability,” b...
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What Is a Gaiwan and Why Do You Need One?

What Is a Gaiwan and Why Do You Need One?

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Written by David Parrish
As a Texas-raised tea drinker, for many years I had one definition of tea: iced, black, with lemo...
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Tea Meditation

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Written by Joy Moonan
The tea-making process itself is surprisingly a meditative process—a recent revelation I experien...
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Starting a Tea Business: Finding a Niche

Starting a Tea Business: Finding a Niche

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Written by Joy Moonan
Kyle Stewart and Phil Krampetz, driven by their innate inclination for the unconventional, have a...
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Is Tea Healthy?

Is Tea Healthy?

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Written by David Parrish
The reasons people drink tea are many: its taste, its variety of types and flavors, and the many ...
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Our Top 5 Mariage Frères Blend Picks

Our Top 5 Mariage Frères Blend Picks

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Written by Joy Moonan
Mariage Frères, the luxury Parisian tea company started by the Mariage family, has been a promine...
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The Virtue of Teabags As Told by a Full-Time Student

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Written by Leo Zhang
As a self-proclaimed tea snob, I had a rather constant disdain for teabags—rather, tea that came ...
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FRENCH PRESS VS. DRIP COFFEE MAKER

FRENCH PRESS VS. DRIP COFFEE MAKER

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Written by Stephanie Slentz
Quick Overview: French Press vs. Drip Coffee   At a Glance: Brewing Method: French press uses ...
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hands holding a off white tea bowl. Underneath are different tea bowls in blue brown and red

What You Can Learn from Holding a Japanese Tea Bowl

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Written by Joy Moonan
The Cultured Cup hosted a delightful and engaging event called "What You Can Learn by Holding a T...
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The Cultured Cup Logo (Taking a Wabi Sabi Approach) An artistic "C" on topographic background

Q&A With Our Design Team

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Written by Stephanie Slentz
In late 2022, owners Kyle and Phil, decided they wanted to refresh and rebrand. Covid had drained...
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Exploring World Tea Cultures and Traditions

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Written by Joy Moonan
Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world and has been an integral part of many cultures and traditions for centuries. From the elaborate tea ceremonies of China and Japan to the spicy masala chai of India and the refreshing mint tea of Morocco, tea has played a significant role in shaping the customs and social practices of different societies. In this article, we will explore the diverse tea cultures and traditions around the world, including the Chinese tea ceremony, the history of masala chai in India, Moroccan mint green tea, Once (tea-time) in Chile, and Japanese matcha.
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A clear teapot with the lid off and steaming in a dark room

How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

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Written by Joy Moonan
Tea has been a popular beverage for centuries, with a rich history that spans cultures and continents. Whether you prefer hot, iced, or cold tea, there are several factors that can impact the quality of your brew Here, we'll cover everything you need to know to brew the perfect cup of tea, including a brief history of tea, basic tea terminology, how to brew based on tea type, and how to store and preserve your tea.
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The Amazing Health Benefits of Pu'er Tea

The Amazing Health Benefits of Pu'er Tea

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Written by Stephanie Slentz
Besides good flavor, many people include tea in their diets for its many health properties. Pu'e...
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Cornucopia

Cornucopia

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Written by Stephanie Slentz
Poem Authored by Mel Finefrock Here at the Cultured Cup, we host open tea and coffee tastings al...
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Homage to Queen Elizabeth II

Homage to Queen Elizabeth II

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Written by TCC Collaborator
Photo and Poem created and provided by Rebecca Haynie   Queen Elizabeth never missed an afternoon...
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A Nice Cup of Tea

A Nice Cup of Tea

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Written by TCC Collaborator
 In the 1930s in England a very popular song started "I like a nice cup of Tea in the morning” an...
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Tea Shop in Beijing's Maliandao Tea Market

Tea Shop in Beijing's Maliandao Tea Market

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Written by Kyle Stewart
Kyle Stewart, co-owner of the Cultured Cup recently visited China and in this blog series he will...
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Pan Firing and Shaping Dragonwell Green Tea in Zhejiang Province

Pan Firing and Shaping Dragonwell Green Tea in Zhejiang Province

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Written by Kyle Stewart
Kyle Stewart, co-owner of the Cultured Cup recently visited China and in this blog series he will...
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Black Tea Adventure Pt. 2

Black Tea Adventure Pt. 2

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Written by Christopher Beard
This week, we're continuing our exploration of unflavored black teas by tasting two classics and ...
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Black Tea Adventure Pt. 1

Black Tea Adventure Pt. 1

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Written by Christopher Beard
What comes to mind when you think of a black tea? Nearly every iced tea is a black tea. Earl Grey...
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Japanese Green Tea

Green Tea Adventure Pt. 2: Japan

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Written by Kyle Stewart
Unlike China, which is known for not only producing more tea than any other country but also grow...
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