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  • Photo of ikebana
    August 23, 2014

    [Event] Tea, Ikebana and Pottery

    How about some fine tea along side ikebana and pottery?! That's what we got coming First Friday, 9/5, at our Tea Studio at the Hungerford in downtown Rochester, NY! Ikebana International Chapter 53 will exhibit flower arrangements created by members...

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  • First Flush 2014 Celebration
    June 8, 2014

    Spring Tea Celebration 2014

    First Flush 2014 Celebration

    Here are some pictures from the Spring Tea Celebration 2014. We tasted 5 first flush teas from Darjeeling and two oolongs from Taiwan, which make up our spring harvest offerings of this year. But for one cold brew, the rest were all brewed hot in tasting cups, tea pots and a gaiwan.

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  • April 10, 2013

    Darjeeling First Flush 2013 Preview with Fans

    Darjeeling First Flush 2013 tasting

    When I first came to the US nearly 10 years ago and tried Darjeeling tea, I was as expected disappointed. The tea had to travel long and hard and obviously the tea without any harvest date marking was old. A decade later when much has changed, including the tea market here, the expectation has as needs be dramatically risen.  The US tea market has exploded and the tea consumers are much better informed. Now one of the things the tea drinker wants is fresh tea. However, a lot of tea companies, especially the big ones, still decline to reveal the harvest season or year for the tea. This we find surprising.

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  • December 9, 2012

    A Matcha evening at the Rochester Tea Society

    [flickr-gallery user_id= 90939526@N06 width=650 height=400] At the last session of the Rochester Tea Society, we went very classical, trying out matcha that had been hand carried all the way from Japan by Janette one of our members. We were lucky...

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  • September 20, 2012

    Unveiling Rochester Tea Society

    Finally, a tea society! It was a dream long in gestation, to sit down with a bunch of nice folks, partake of a beverage that is older than the mankind’s first book of grammar, and chat amicably about anything under...

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  • July 22, 2012

    At a Japanese Tea Ceremony

    A tea enthusiast’s fantasy came true for me recently - to participate in a Japanese tea ceremony, not just witness one. The whole experience was incredible, starting with where it took place. The ‘teamaster’ lived just about 10 minutes walk...

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  • June 4, 2012

    Tea Tasting at the local library.

    The session on Darjeeling tea tasting had been rescheduled by a month at the Brighton Memorial Library. (Brighton is a suburb of Rochester, NY). Who knew it would turn out to be such a perfect day? On what was a...

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