Tag Archives: tea history

An image of the China Snowbuds green tea loose leaf spilling out of The Tea Centre gold steep stick infuser

Introducing China Snowbuds: a downy green tea

It’s the pristine green loose leaf masquerading in white tea clothing. Enjoy the best of both worlds with China Snowbuds green tea with young downy leaves.

An image of The Tea Centre staff member scooping loose leaf tea by hand using a gold scoop. The tea featured is Genmaicha green tea.

The Tea Centre stores: why we scoop loose leaf tea by hand

Not just any tea shop! This Tea Journal entry is a warm nod to our custom of scooping tea by hand, plus all the little quirks that make visiting a Tea Centre store special.

The Tea Centre Yum Cha Tea Pairings | Jasmine Green Tea

Yum Cha: origins & tea pairings

Did you know the bustling dining experience known as yum cha originally began as sharing tea with others in the Qing dynasty? In this Tea Journal entry, we’re discussing the origins of yum cha and how to order tea the next time you visit!

The Tea Centre | Age of Sail: Hibiscus & Rooibos

The Age of Sail: Cape of Good Hope | Hibiscus & Rooibos

We’re interrupting our voyage to make port on Mauritius island! This was a stop many nineteenth-century seafarers took before rounding the Cape of Good Hope, impacting the diaspora of hibiscus and rooibos tea in the process.

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The Age of Sail: Port of Kolkata | The East India Company & Chai

Want to know why we named our spiciest bergamot blend, ‘East India Earl Grey’? Make yourself a cuppa and prepare for a very long answer in our latest Tea Journal entry all about the British East India Company and chai.

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The Age of Sail: Tokyo Bay | Sakoku & Sencha Tea

It may make up 80% of tea production in Japan today, but did you know that sencha didn’t even exist until 1738? In exploration of our 2022 Age of Sail collection, we’re diving deep into the intertwined histories of maritime trade, sakoku, and sencha.