Becoming a Certified Tea Sommelier

What is a Tea Sommelier? I am a certified Tea Sommelier with the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada. A Tea Sommelier is an expert on tea, someone who has trained their palette to pick up on the subtle aromas and flavours between many different types of tea. A Tea Sommelier knows the process of […]

DIY Rose Dusted Tea Latte

Sometimes a good tea latte is all we need to relax or power through our afternoon work session. When the weather outside is frightful, the last thing we want to do is to trudge outdoors to get our tea fix. Tea lattes are so easy to make in your own kitchen and are so versatile. […]

All Tea Comes from the Same Source

All tea (white, yellow, green, oolong, black & pu’erh) comes from the same plant: the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis bush. While there are 3 main varieties of Camellia Sinensis and a multitude of cultivars, the origin of every tea begins with this plant. The categories of tea are different from each other because of […]

Tea Tuesdays: Pu’erh

We’re focusing on Pu’erh Tea for this week’s Tea Tuesdays post. Pu’erh is a large leaf tea grown and produced only in the Yunnan province of China. Just like how Darjeeling tea from India has a Geographic Indication, Pu’erh tea from Yunnan is trademarked in order to protect its unique flavours exclusive to the terroir […]

Tea Tuesdays: Jasmine Tea

This Tea Tuesdays feature is about Jasmine tea. Jasmine tea is green tea that has been scented naturally with jasmine flowers. China is a tea producing country that also grows jasmine flowers, with the most famous and traditional jasmine tea coming from the Fujian province. Tea gardens producing jasmine tea aims to balance the flavours […]

Health Benefits of Tea

One of the pitfalls of the tea bag industry is how it disconnects the tea drinker with the beverage itself. Open the packet, dunk in a tea bag, and go about your day. Just like our first article, it discredits tea as a healthy beverage. It takes away from the fact that tea (Camellia Sinensis) […]

Tea Tuesdays: Matcha

This week we’re all about Matcha. Matcha has been steadily gaining popularity in Canada, where it has been served both hot and cold, with or without milk. Even with all of the ways Matcha has been re-imagined, it is actually one of the healthiest ways to consume tea. Why? With Matcha you are consuming the […]

What’s the difference?

Have you ever wondered why the price of your favourite tea bag is different than loose leaf tea? Or wondered why your tea bag brew just never tastes the same as that bag of loose leaf tea you picked up? The difference in price and quality comes down to the two different manufacturing methods. Crush […]

Tea Tuesdays: First Flush Darjeeling

For the first Tea Tuesdays post I am highlighting one of my current favourites, a First Flush Darjeeling. Teas from Darjeeling, India are often referred to as the champagne of teas. Just like the strict rules protecting Champagne produced exclusively in Champagne, France, Darjeeling tea also shares the same labelling requirements. Darjeeling tea is protected […]

Pop Up Tea Station at Sudo Labs

Data Analytics for Everyone meets tea for everyone. This past weekend we had a pop up tea station serving tea to all attendees, volunteers, and staff at one of Sudo Labs monthly workshops.