Chinese Tea Isn’t Just for the Chinese Part I- Blogging about Tea Blogs

After I started my venture into Chinese Tea, not a day goes by without some variation of ‘Chinese Tea’ appearing on my search engine, be it utensils, culture, history, benefits, types of and so on. With each click, I am increasingly convinced that there is a definite following for Chinese tea, even among those who can’t discern the difference between ‘乌龙’and ‘普洱’.

In fact, I discovered the existence of www.teabloggers.com – no prizes for guessing the subject matter- I was pleasantly surprised to see a vibrant online community of tea lovers. If you search for the location of the bloggers, the following a map pops up to show there is a high concentration of bloggers in the United States and Europe but Asia is conspicuously unrepresented.

To ascertain if the ‘tea’ in question was the same as the subject of this blog, I went through the listing of the member sites.

Note that this is by no means a review of their blogs; being a newbie blogger I am in no position to review other blogs. Rather I am merely highlighting those who blog about Chinese tea to test my hypothesis. Also, I only skimmed through the first page and the tags for them, so if I am mistaken, I stand corrected.

(In case you are wondering, for blogs in foreign languages, oolong & pu-er/pu-erh are usually spelled the same in any language)

In the same order as it appears on the members roll of teabloggers.com, here’s the list with those giving reasonable coverage to Chinese tea highlighted in Red.

1)      Steven Knoerr, 39 Steeps

2)    Alex Zorach, Alex Zorach’s Tea Blog

3)    Babette Donaldson, The Emma Lea Tea-Zine

4)      Barbara Gulley, Barb’s Tea Shop

5)      Brett Boynton, Black Dragon Tea Bar

6)      Horacio Bustos, Blog de té (Spanish)

7)      Roy Fong, Camellia Sinensis Blog

8)      Carol Sill, Cha-Cha-Cha: Adventures in Tea

9)      Corax, Cha Dao

10)   Cosmin Dordea, Chadao, Way Of Tea Europe

11)   Armandas Burba, ChaYi 茶艺 Искусство Чая Art of Te (Russian)

12)   Serena, Là dove fumano le tazze (Italian)

13)   Roland Petrov, Exotic Tea Store Blog (dead link)

14)   Cinnabar, Gongfu Girl

15)   Elizabeth Urbach, The Hour For Tea and The Cup That Cheers (Only ‘The Hour For Tea’)

16)   Neil Desai, Indie Teas (deadlink)

17)   Jen Picotti, An International Tea Moment

18)   Mike Morton, It’s All About The Leaf

19)   Naomi Rosen, Joy’s Teaspoon

20)   Ken Macbeth Knowles, lahikmajoedrinkstea

21)   Lainie Petersen, Lainie Sips

22)   Gingko Seto, Life in Teacup

23)   Madam Potts, Mad Pots of Tea!

24)   Timothy Hsu, The Mandarin’s Tea

25)   Emmeny McIntyre-Beadle, The Meaning of Tea Blog

26)   Brittiny Lawson, My Steeped IdentiTEA

27)   Georgia Silvera Seamans, Notes on Tea

28)   Jennifer Petersen, Over the Teacups

29)   Thomas Shu, Pon Fon Cha and Taiwan Tea Tour

30)   Sina Caroll, Red Circle Tea

31)   Hanny Guimarães, Rota do Chá (dead link)

32)   Jamie King, Rub of the Green

33)   Barbara Tuson, SBS Teas Blog

34)   Adam Yusko, The Sip Tip

35)   William Dietz, Sir William of the Leaf

36)   Anne Downen, SororiTEA Sisters

37)   Jeremy Lopatin, SustainabiliTEA

38)   Erika Cilengir, T Ching

39)   Marshal N, A Tea Addict’s Journal

40)   Michael Kofman, TeaAmigos Tea Reviews

41)   Tea Alberti, Tea & Co. (Spanish)

42)   Deborah Huff, tea & travel (dead link)

43)   Will Bailey, Tea Chat Blog

44)   Nikki Means, Tea Escapade (Mcafee says it’s a suspicious site)

45)   Eric Daams, Tea Finely Brewed

46)   Nicole Martin, Tea For Me Please

47)   Marlena Amalfitano, Tea For Today

48)   Michael J. Coffey, Tea Geek Blogs

49)   William I. Lengeman, III, Tea Guy Speaks

50)   Sara Shacket, Tea Happiness

51)   Cornell Pasare, Tea Heaven

52)   Mary Ann Edward, The Tea Horse Caravan

53)   Pei Wang, Teanamu

54)   Katrina Avila Munichiello, Tea Pages

55)   Dawnya Sasse, Tea Party Girl

56)   Jenn Stump, Tea Reflections

57)   Stephanie Davies, The Tea Review

58)   Marika Hicks, Tea Snobbery

59)   Alexis Siemons, Teaspoons & Petals

60)   Thomas Conner, Tea Squared

61)   A.C. Cargill, Teatime with A.C. Cargill

62)   Brian Pfeifer, Tea Traveler

63)   Roland Gehweiler, Teeblätter: Teewelt-Blog

64)   Natalia Panne, teewelt – Der Tee-Blog (German)

65)   Kay McCourty, That Pour Girl

66)   Etienne Guillot, Le Vide et le Plein (French)

67)   Chris Cason, The Voice of Tea: a tea sommelier’s blog

68)   Max Tillberg, The Way of Tea: En köpguide för te

69)   Jason Walker, Walker Tea Review

70)   Tony Gebely, World of Tea

71)   Brandon, Wrong Fu Cha

There you have it, out of 71 bloggers, 52 of them (73%) consume Chinese tea either primarily or as part of their ‘diet’. Though there are some Chinese by descent, most of them are ‘Westerners’.

These are merely those bloggers who are included in the Association of Tea Bloggers which require the blogs to be in existence for six months (that eliminates mine, at least for now) and minimum of three posts a month. There are some other bloggers not included in this association who are equally passionate about tea, one of whom is Tea Lady Mel from sunny Singapore just like me.

All that I have written so far is really a long-winded way of saying that Chinese tea is merely for the Chinese nationality or ethnic Chinese. Other cultures too have experimented with and ultimately embraced this delightful beverage.

Online communities like Steepster.com and Ratetea.com are gathering tea enthusiasts all over the world and not everyone is discussing their Darjeeling and Earl Greys. Oolongs, Pu-ers are garnering just much attention.

Of course, the popularity of Chinese tea in the Western world should not come as a real shock to anyone, taste transcends geographical borders and race.

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One Response to Chinese Tea Isn’t Just for the Chinese Part I- Blogging about Tea Blogs

  1. Albert Soh says:

    It is indeed refreshing to read your blog which quite a fusion of knowledge, information and enjoyment.
    Very much written in such simplicity that it makes understanding tea and it’s utensil less of an intimidating torment.
    Frankly, I do like some of the analogies you put in.
    Interesting to know that there are so many bloggers on the topic but as you rightly pointed, while the western culture has been so much enticed by the beauty of tea, it’s truly time that more Singaporean bloggers share their experience like yourself.
    Looking forward to more blogs from you.

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