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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.

Spring teas...and some classic brewing mishaps I have made this week!

By Kym Cooper. Posted

I always get excited around March and April as the Spring harvest season for tea is not too far away for some of our neighbours. My fresh tea supplies from 2018 are almost exhausted (a bit like the crude tea in this warehouse) and I long to enjoy sips of the really fresh greens (in particular).  On the upside I enjoy hearing from my network of producers about what might be and how the weather leading up to and the actual day of picking will impact the aroma and flavour of the tea.  I have been taking a bit of a...

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Some historical context to water for tea. Entry #4

By Kym Cooper. Posted

Selecting a quality water for tea is not a new or modern idea. I recently had an email conversation with one of the most knowledgeable tea specialists in Australia on Chinese tea, Cathy Zhang of Ms. Cattea, who reminded me of the history attached with this element, water, in the tea making process. I feel this is important to recognise and remember when moving forward in my own journey of designing and building water for tea so as not to loose sight of the 'why'.   The historical reference Cathy reminded me of when chatting about this topic was the Classic of...

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A conversation with Australian Ceramist ~ Katherine Mahoney

By Kym Cooper. Posted

You would have recently noticed that we added a new local Sydney ceramist, Katherine Mahoney, into our Australian tea ware collection. Already her beautiful range of pourers and small tasting cups are proving popular with our customers. I had first seen Katherine's work in early 2018 but I was very fortunate to be able to meet her in Brisbane at GOMA's Design markets at the end of last year. I was drawn to her wheel thrown pieces and found such aesthetically pleasing pieces for the tea table. You can see Katherine's full body of work in her stunning Instagram feed. When...

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Why Melbourne tea drinkers never complain about water? Entry #3

By Kym Cooper. Posted | 2 comments

On Tuesday this week my Tea School offered its first 'seriously' nerdy tea masterclass, a tea brewing bootcamp. It was such an enjoyable evening as we worked our way through a number of tea experiments, taking the opportunity to brew tea under the same conditions, adjusting one variable; and comparing the infusions side by side. Our experiments covered brewing vessel material, leaf quality, leaf weight, water, water temperature and steeping length. It was always my intention to cover water for tea. And I was lucky to have special guest Danny Andrade, Product Development Manager of Di Bella Coffee and Australian...

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What does tea taste like in Brisbane (Australia)? Entry #2

By Kym Cooper. Posted

Before we get started I don't want you to believe that you can not make a respectable cup of tea in Brisbane. In the arena of taste there is a level of subjectivity that is unique to each individual. I personally have had some of the most satisfying brews as well as some of the most disappointing in this city. It has taken me a little while to stop the denial about the impact of the local tap water in the tea making process. After adjustments to brewing parameters and a really interesting experience bringing samples back from Japan and experiencing...

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