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Tea Type: green tea Tea name: Long Jing Origin: China, Shi Feng, Xi Hu Harvest: early spring 2016 Bought at: Tea Drunk, New York City First impressions: As I mostly do not like Chinese green teas too strong, I prefer to infuse them for only about 1-2 minutes. This way, the tea has a mild and slightly sweet flavor with a hint of a roasty note. I can recommend up to three infusions.  Overall, I would say it is a nice…

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It’s August and I have been really busy traveling.  Three weeks ago, I traveled to Chicago for business to attend the IFT fair. It was actually my first time in Chicago and I was lucky enough to have a full day of leasure time and was able to discover some nice parts of the city. Surely, I have to come back once again to further discover this nice city.  For now, have a look at my favorite pic(k)s! I started…

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Tea type: herbal tea Tea name: Mulberry Leaf Tea (organic) Origin: Kagoshima/ Japan Bought at: The Bellocq Atelier (their tea no. 28) Impression: Athough this is a herbal tea, you could almost believe it to be some kind of green tea. The flavor and aroma is floral and very light with a hint of a grassy note. Water for infusion should not be hotter than 80 degrees Celsius. This is a great green tea alternative for your evenings in case…

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Last month, I had one day in Lisboa, coming back from some wonderful relaxing days at the Portoguese ocean side. It was my second time in the city, so I wanted to take it a little more slow this time. Therefore, my priority was on finding some nice tea or coffee place and spending some quality time at a relaxing spot with a bit of sunshine. I think I did pretty well, but get a picture for yourself! Hotel pick:…

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Browsing through the internet one day, I found this amazing tea startup company called Dachi Tea. I really like their company story and their idea behind the brand Dachi Tea. The idea was to firstly find the best raw material tea leaves and secondly, finding the best tea makers from all over Taiwan to create very unique oolong teas from the raw tea leaves provided. And that is exactly what Dachi Tea did! When you look at their website, you…

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Tea type: green tea Tea name: Japan Shincha Kirisakura (first flush) Origin: Japan Harvest: April 2016 Before going into the details, I have to mention the following: Usually I try to avoid buying at tea shop chains like „Teegeschwender“, as I’d rather like to support the local tea shops. Not only is the atmosphere mostly much more authentic, but also the tea shop owners and employees really put all their passion and love into the tea and in selling it.…

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Today you find my favorite and most unique magazine picks! FOGS – a German magazine on green lifestyle. Great to get introduced to green and innovative fashion and beauty brands as well as people’s lifestyles, thoughts and ideas. slow – „more time for the essential things“; a German magazine focusing on our well-being and inspires us to be aware and focus on the nice things in life. The Morning Heritage – a German magazine introducing amazing women and their amazing stories,…

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Tea type: green tea Tea name: Sencha Shoike-no-o Origin: Japan Bought at: the Ippodo tea shop in NYC. You can also purchase their tea through their website and they do ship international. First Impression: very nice weedy smell and sweet in flavor. I can recommend three steepings, but not more as the tea then gets astringent even with low water temperatures.  Compared to the sencha tea I mentioned in my post Tea Tasting No. 2 from the Bellocq Atelier, I prefer this…

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When I was in Lisbon, I discovered this indoor market opposite of the Praça do Principe Real. It is located on a big sales floor with various smaller Portuguese brands presenting and selling their products. Really similar to a big department store with different selling brands. It is a great and inspiring shopping experience and a concept I really like. It is especially great for smaller brands which do not have the financing power for their own shop, especially at such an exposed location. I found…

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Tea type: green tea Tea name: Sencha with Matcha (premium grade) Origin: Japan Bought at: McNulty’s Tea & Coffee Co. in New York City, USA. First impression: the first infusion is very light in flavor without any astringency to it, but with this typical matcha tea note. I can recommend at least three infusions without any astringency coming through which was pleasantly surprising to me, as I honestly did not expect such good value for the money I paid for the…

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Tea name: Nobujuki Sencha Tea from the harvest of June 2016. Origin: Japan Bought at: The Bellocq Atelier in Brooklyn/NYC. First impression: the tea has a very nice grassy smell with a hint of a roasty note. The first infusion (60 C, 30 seconds) is very light in flavor with a sweet note. Second infusion  (60 C) is a little stronger and more grassy in taste. I would recommend a maximum of 3 infusions. This is a nice mid-to-higher level sencha tea.

A personal pick of a few spots I really loved while being in NYC. Jennifer’s Way Bakery – very cute bakery in the East Village which is offering glutenfree, allergy-friendly, peanut-free baked goods. I tried a small chocolate muffin which was the most delicious thing I had in a very long time. Tu-Lu’s Bakery – another bakery which is offering glutenfree, milkfree and also eggfree baked goods. I tried a glutenfree, milkfree, eggfree chocolate chip cookie which was very nice.…

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