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Tealosophy

Hello and welcome to The Steepery Tea Co’s blog Tealosophy. Exploring, learning and musing the world of tea whilst appreciating many steeps along the way.

A celebration of Chinese Teas

By Kym Cooper. Posted

According to the Chinese calendar, The Year of the Monkey will be ushered in on the 8th February 2016. As a Taiwanese born monkey, a gold monkey in-fact, I think there is some truth in the character profile: smart, quick-witted, and confident, but also irritable and stubborn. Particularly those last two. The gold monkey’s cheekier self may unleash herself from time to time. Sorry friends and family!  In honour of the Chinese New Year we wanted to pay respects to the long-standing and rich Chinese tea culture by highlighting some of the most famous Chinese teas. Initially we wanted to...

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Tasting Journal: 2015 Arakai Estate teas

By Kym Cooper. Posted

Last week we featured Artisan Tea Maker: Arakai Estate. You can have a read of this post here. Today we are going to share our tasting experience with their award winning green and black teas. What happens when you combine Japanese tea cultivars, Bellthorpe’s terroir and Chinese and Taiwanese processing methods? Spectacular, bold, whole-leaf teas made for the Australian tea drinker! Green Tea Both of the 2015 green teas were a delight to drink. They are wonderfully complex, aromatic and sweet with detectable oolong influences both in flavour and appearance. Arakai Estate Premium Green 2015 First Spring Flush - Winner...

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Artisan Tea Maker: Arakai Estate, Bellthorpe, Queensland, Australia

By Kym Cooper. Posted

Australia is unlikely to spring to the top of your mind when thinking about the world’s tea producing regions. Not only do we grow and produce tea domestically there is some excellent tea coming onto the market.  This week I am excited to feature Arakai Estate, an Australian artisan tea maker, located in the beautiful Conondale Ranges in South-East Queensland.  This is a wonderful story about all the things I am passionate about when it comes to tea. A local, family owned and operated tea estate that produces small batch artisan tea. The estate maintains a sustainable approach to tea production...

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Matcha, matcha, matcha!

By Kym Cooper. Posted | 2 comments

I have been singing an “I love matcha” song for many months now. For me, the bold and bittersweet flavour makes matcha the perfect replacement to coffee, particularly at home. This week I thought I would share 5 interesting facts about this mighty green tea and why I love it so. 1. A tea to be respected There is more to matcha than meets the eye. To respect this tea you really need to appreciate the effort and skill required to produce it. tea plants are shaded 2-4 weeks prior to harvest to increase the chlorophyll content, or the bright...

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Tea Mastery: A lifelong journey

By Kym Cooper. Posted

To cap off an extremely fulfilling and exciting year for me personally I was very honoured to receive this in the mail during the week. I have been a tea enthusiast for many years. Apart from drinking many a cup of tea, I love reading extensively on tea and my teaware collection is burgeoning to a point where dedicated cabinets have had to be purchased to house them. I have spent a good portion of my global travels as a tea tourist visiting tea estates and gardens, learning from tea masters, sitting with tea shop owners and soaking up the...

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