In these writings, Jean shares the joy of discovering an isolated tea estate, the warmth of laughter shared with new acquaintances, and the musings that come only from enjoying a trusted tea with old friends.

Most of all, he shares his love of people and of rural China.

The Tea Industry Twitterati

Welcome to the Tea Twitterati 100. Wild & Bare Co. is pleased to host this listing of the 100 most active tea industry social media users. The digital shrinking of the world has made it possible for tea connoisseurs and industry people to stay connected—and here are 100 excellent connections.

Twitter is tea-friendly for drinkers and producers alike. It turns out that 140 characters is just the right number to tweet good news of an especially fine tea harvest, or to break the news about another health benefit for tea-drinkers. Or you can just tweet your followers about the delightful tea social at your place last night—sort of a public service message.

To compile this list of industry Twitter users, Wild & Bare culled online “tea” sites. The listed 100 are the ones most connected to their tea-loving peers. They are the ones that most regularly tweet their followers and stay in touch with the tea community. The listing is extremely useful to devotees of the camellia sinensis plant.

We hope you will consult the Top 100 list to stay on top of tea news. The listing will be systematically updated to ensure it doesn’t become stale. After all, no one likes stale tea, or stale tea twitterati.

W&B is dedicated to spreading the word—via Twitter and other social media—about the joys that come from sipping exquisite artisan Chinese teas. We trade only in superior tea products and refuse to short-change either our customers or our growers. Fair trade and full value are our benchmarks as a tea industry member.

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Happy tweeting.

Sr. No. Logo Name Twitter Profile
#1) TeaJay @TeaJayTweet
#2) ESPemporium @ESPemporium
#5) Davinitea @Davinitea
#6) Slig @sliggitay
#7) Moonleaf Tea Shop @Moonleaf
#8) Afternoon Tea @Afternoon Tea
#9) Honest Tea @Honest Tea
#10) Peet’s Coffee & Tea @Peet's Coffee
#11) Caffeine Zone @Caffeine Zone
#12) AdagioTeas @AdagioTeas
#13) Bubbmix @Bubbmix
#15) Bloom Teas London @Bloom Teas London
#16) Dragon Pearl Tea @Dragon Pearl Tea
#17) Foreign Tea @Foreign Tea
#18) Nü Green Tea @Nü Green Tea
#19) Immortalitea @Immortalitea
#20) Hawaiian OLA @Hawaiian OLA
#21) teapigs @teapigs
#22) shopemporium @shopemporium
#23) Strange Brew Coffee! @Strange Brew Coffee!
#24) Bigelow Tea @Bigelow Tea
#25) Samovar Tea Lounge @Samovar Tea Lounge
#27) Mighty Leaf @Mighty Leaf
#28) Stash Tea @Stash Tea
#29) Art of Tea @Art of Tea
#30) 52teas @52teas
#32) Nestea Indonesia @Nestea Indonesia
#33) Rishi Tea @Rishi Tea
#34) Chronic Ice Tea @Chronic Ice Tea
#35) Coffee Couture @Coffee Couture
#36) WildandBare @WildandBare
#37) Coffee & Tea Fest @Coffee & Tea Fest
#38) Rize Energy @Rize Energy
#39) Tea Review Blog @Tea Review Blog
#40) Cafe Steep @Cafe Steep
#41) Tea Lovers @Tea Lovers
#42) Camellia Teas @Camellia Teas
#43) Grounds 4 Hope @Grounds 4 Hope
#44) World Tea Media @World Tea Media
#45) High Tea Society @High Tea Society
#46) James Pham @James Pham
#47) Devonshire Tea @Devonshire Tea
#48) The Exotic Teapot @The Exotic Teapot
#49) Numi Organic Tea @Numi Organic Tea
#50) Clipper Green Tea @Clipper Green Tea
#51) Tea Connection @Tea Connection
#52) Brew Tea Co @Brew Tea Co
#53) Team Oo @Team Oo
#54) Lahloo Tea @Lahloo Tea
#55) Calais Tea @Calais Tea
#56) Zen Tara Tea @Zen Tara Tea
#57) Tea Garden @Tea Garden
#58) Argo Tea @Argo Tea
#59) Erin's Tea @Erin's Tea
#60) mama_tea @mama_tea
#61) McKenna's Tea Cottge @McKenna's Tea Cottge
#62) Té House of Tea @Té House of Tea
#63) My Tea Belly @My Tea Belly
#64) Premier Ketones. @Premier Ketones.
#65) Mendo Maté @Mendo Maté
#66) TEA & TEA @TEA & TEA
#67) eteaket tea boutique @eteaket tea boutique
#68) Jhen Tea @Jhen Tea
#69) Lipton Ice Tea @Lipton Ice Tea
#70) Townshend's Tea @Townshend's Tea
#71) Folks Coffee Tea @Folks Coffee Tea
#72) WeAreTea @WeAreTea
#73) Eat Green Tea @Eat Green Tea
#74) Tetley Tea @Tetley Tea
#75) TavalonTea @TavalonTea
#76) Tea Forte @Tea Forte
#77) tea4skin @tea4skin
#78) JINGTea @JINGTea
#79) Tea Box @Tea Box
#80) paulgerst @paulgerst
#81) Rooibee RedTea @Rooibee RedTea
#82) ZhiTea @ZhiTea
#83) grenx @grenx
#84) Bhakti Chai @Bhakti Chai
#85) two leaves tea @two leaves tea
#86) Crazy Bitch Tea @Crazy Bitch Tea
#87) Gypsy Tea @Gypsy Tea
#88) The_TeaShed @The_TeaShed
#89) Allegro Coffee @Allegro Coffee
#90) Teas Etc @Teas Etc
#91) cantontea @cantonteaa
#92) baxter tea @baxter tea
#93) Steenbergs @Steenbergs
#94) StormTea @StormTea
#95) salada tea @salada tea
#96) PortsmouthTea @PortsmouthTea
#97) Koyu Matcha @Koyu Matcha
#98) Tea Gallerie @Tea Gallerie
#99) BostonTeaCo @BostonTeaCo
#100 Meghan Mercier @thelooseleaf
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Why flavonoid-rich black tea is a good health choice

Though Chinese black tea is wildly popular around the world—particularly outside China—you have to wonder if it is the taste or the health benefits that drives its popularity.

The tea also has been well marketed, of course. Black was the tea that introduced much of the West to tea-drinking and first advantage is something any product-maker covets. Being the first on the market is a terrific marketing edge. People are just now learning to buy green tea, for example, because they are in the habit of buying black tea.

Yet after all these years, black tea retains a hold on millions of people’s loyalty, so it obviously is a good product. Undoubtedly it is a combination of good taste and the health benefits of black tea that keeps it in an ascendant position among tea drinkers.

The taste of the fully oxidized tea leaf is strong and flavorful. Combine that with the caffeine that also has a strong presence and black tea really grabs a drinker. In many cases, it doesn’t let go and black tea drinkers remain black tea drinkers—sometimes missing out on some other delicious teas as a consequence!

What are the health benefits of black tea? The tea is flavonoid-rich. Specifically, it has enormously more theaflavins and thearubigins than, for example, green tea.

A US Department of Agriculture study conducted by several university and commercial researchers concluded that black tea contains 99 times more theaflavins and 45 times more thearubigins than does green tea. (On the other hand, green tea has three times more catechins.)

Several other studies—from the Netherlands to Saudi Arabia—have shown that this abundance of flavonoids works wonders in reducing bad cholesterol, improving arterial health in general, and fighting coronary heart disease.

When people buy green tea or herbal tea, they clearly are making good health decisions. But so are shoppers who in their shopping seek the benefits of black tea.

(Want to stay connected to other tea lovers? Check the Tea Twitterati 100,  a list of the 100 most active tea industry social media users. The regularly updated list is posted on the website of premium quality tea supplier Wild & Bare Co. Visit here


Black tea: Amazing how much is sold worldwide

Among the amazing things about black tea is its popularity.

A huge percentage—the number varies from year to year—of the nearly 5 million tons of tea produced every year around the world is black tea. In the U.S. market alone, nearly 90 percent of tea sales are black tea. Ninety percent!

The world’s largest producer of tea, China, actually produces more green tea than any other Chinese tea, and consumes much of it. In fact, were China into black tea as much as other tea-consuming nations—India, for example—black tea’s percentage of the market would be utterly ridiculous.

You ask, why? The virtues of green and oolong Chinese tea and blooming tea are not unknown. How did black tea get such a grip on the market?

One good reason is that black tea benefits to health are not negligible. More precisely, black tea contains more caffeine than other teas. While too much caffeine is problematic, black tea contains half or fewer milligrams per cup than coffee so coffee drinkers can switch and reduce their caffeine intake.

Caffeine can be virtuous. It sparks mental alertness and fights drowsiness, which benefits an individual during a day. The tea also has flavonoids and antioxidants that recommend all teas like blooming tea and other teas. Diabetes sufferers seem to respond to black tea consumption, and there is evidence of cardiovascular benefit. Black tea benefits are many.

Another good reason for black tea sales is that it is retailed widely. A person can enjoy a cup of Keemun black tea—such as the Keemun Mao Feng offered by Wild & Bare—and know that he is drinking a truly premium tea. Or he can buy a box of tea bags, which probably are filled with dustings and pieces of black tea. Black tea has a pervasive presence in the market.

(Want to stay connected to other tea lovers? Check the Tea Twitterati 100, a list of the 100 most active tea industry social media users. The regularly updated list is posted on the website of premium quality tea supplier Wild & Bare Co. Visit here


Tasty teas that are healthful? Here are several

I am asked if I can name one or two teas that are as tasty as they are healthful. I sometimes wonder if it is a trick question. After all, nearlyeverytea produces pleasant taste sensations and health benefits.

There might be one or two exceptions where a tea is more bitter than pleasurable, but they are rare offerings. The trickier task is to pair the taste buds and health needs of a tea drinker with a tea.

Here are a baker’s half dozen tasty and healthy teas:

1)      2010 0rganic Rose Buds – This herbal tea is a delightful combination of taste and function. It has a sweet, rosy taste and is a calming tea that masks menstrual discomfort and boosts blood circulation. Visit here to learn more

2)      Purple Chrysanthemum Wild Flower – This herbal tea is effective when ridding the body of toxins is needed. It has a floral taste and a reputation for being a cooling tea. Visit here to learn more

3)      2010 Guangxi Jiao Gu Lan – This is a mild-tasting tea. The Fiveleaf Gynostemma herb in it was first called a “miracle herb” some 750 years ago. It still is. Visit here to learn more

4)      Keemun Mao Feng Black – This black tea is a wonderful morning tea, which is to say it is a good start-the-day, energizing tea. The black tea has a sweet, toasty, and honeyed flavor. Visit here to learn more

5)      2009 Jinggu Purple Bud – This pu-erh tea is a relatively scarce variety and is marked by a flowery, honey taste.  The tea is rife with amino acids and a flavonoid that fights cancer and bacterial infection. Visit here to learn more

6)      Handmade Premium Liu An Gua Pian – The Chinese green tea is a notably refreshing tea. The taste is part of it, usually described as “super fresh” and sweet. Visit here to learn more

7)      Spring Zheng Yan Imperial Rou Gui Wuyi Rock – This oolong Chinese tea helps with weight and cholesterol control. It has a rather unique flavor that has been described as a combination of pepper and cinnamon. Visit here to learn more


Tea—and the drinking of it—can lower anxiety

A regular tea drinker probably can’t tell where the very act of sipping a quality tea ceases to be relaxing in itself and the ingredients in the tea take over as a soothing agent. It may be that the act of cradling in your hand a warm cup of tea, enjoying the aromas lifting from the cup, never ceases to relax. Rather, the tea itself only adds to the relaxation quotient.

I believe it is the latter—a combination of tea time and a soothing tea choice—that mitigates the cares that make us anxious and keep us awake at night.

Chinese green tea is a good choice when a central purpose of drinking the tea is to fight anxiety or insomnia. Green tea has plenty of l-theanine, the amino acid that seems to induce a sense of calmness in mind and body and, thus, aids in sleep. Of course, green tea also contains caffeine, which is a stimulant that can keep people awake.

Though l-theanine tends to offset the caffeine, a surer solution might be to drink green tea during the day for alertness as well as calming. Then, in the evening, you can switch to a caffeine-free herbal tea. It is best to drink either tea at least an hour before retiring, so that the diuretic properties in the tea won’t interrupt your sleep for a trip to the bathroom.

Chinese green tea choices are many. Chinese oolong tea also is an option when de-stressing is the goal. As for an herbal tea, one of the good choices is the Guangxi Jiao Gu Lan, a tea that is renowned for its healthfulness. It contains the five-leaf gynostemma herb whose curative powers include aiding sleep.

So if you are anxious, relax. Specifically, relax with a cup of Chinese green tea, Chinese oolong tea, or a choice herbal tea. (Want to stay connected to other tea lovers? Check the Tea Twitterati 100, a list of the 100 most active tea industry social media users. The regularly updated list is posted on the website of premium quality tea supplier Wild & Bare Co.


Cooling options in the summertime: hot and cold tea

The old lyric goes this way: “Summertime, and the living is easy.” And it’s true; one can doff the coat and the gloves and forget about stoking the woodstove. But what about staying cool? That’s the seasonal problem when the sun is hot.

Cooling drinks are one solution to summertime heat. As it turns out, there are three ways to be cooled by tea.

The first is obvious: Drink a tea concoction with ice in it. Just holding the iced glass is cooling to the extremities, and pouring the cooled liquid down the throat also cools the mouth and throat. A non-alcoholic fruit and tisane combination called a sangria is a popular choice for tea lovers who want it iced.

Another option is a cooling herbal tea. Chinese herbal medicine has separated herbal teas, or tisanes, into cooling and warming categories—which by the way has nothing to do with the temperature of the tea being served. Hot tea can cool. The cooling teas also are detox teas that tend to dissipate heat in the body’s system.

This categorizing of herbal tea is the result of many hundreds of years of traditional medicinal tea observation in China. The varieties of teas and their effects have been certifiably compiled. When a particular tea is recommended for cooling or warming, the person receiving the recommendation can be confident that the tea will produce as promised.

Consumption of regular tea is the third cooling option. Camellia sinensis teas also have been placed in either a cooling or warming category. Lightly oxidized teas, such as green and white, are the best cooling varieties. Black tea is a warming tea with a different set of attributes, including being a good anti-inflammatory agent.

Each of the teas has properties that render it perfect, or less than perfect, for a drinker. Too much caffeine. Too cooling for certain systems. And so on. In the end, the coolest thing about tea might be its versatility and predictability—winter or summer.

(Want to stay connected to other tea lovers? Check the Tea Twitterati 100, a list of the 100 most active tea industry social media users. The regularly updated list is posted on the website of premium quality tea supplier Wild & Bare Co.


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