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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.

Want to follow us? Check our tweets for the latest blog postings by Wild & Bare Co. founder Jean Alberti at wildandbare.com

Happy tweeting.

Sr. No. Logo Name Twitter Profile
#1) TeaJay @TeaJayTweet
#2) ESPemporium @ESPemporium
#3) TEAVANA @TEAVANA
#4) DAVIDsTEA @DAVIDsTEA
#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
#14) GREENBOAR @GREENBOAR
#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
#26) ITO_EN @ITO_EN
#27) Mighty Leaf @Mighty Leaf
#28) Stash Tea @Stash Tea
#29) Art of Tea @Art of Tea
#30) 52teas @52teas
#31) EBOOST @EBOOST
#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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There is a best tea for you—but not for everyone

I often am asked what is the best tea? Or what tea is best for a beginning tea-drinker? I am waiting for someone to ask me, Is there a best tea? That question I could answer: No.

Just as there is no perfect cup of tea for the world’s taste buds, there is no best tea for everyone. We all are individual in our tastes and experiences and preferences and thank goodness for that. If we were all the same, there would be exactly one type of tea grown and consumed and how boring would that be?!

It is much easier to differentiate between best and, say, worst. I could name some bagged teas that contain possibly the worst accumulation of fannings and dust on the market. If they are not the worst—and “worst” is almost as hard to distinguish as “best”—they most definitely are not the best. That I can say for sure.

But there are superior teas, of course. Yet even superior teas must have an asterisk beside their names, as in *Superior in terms of high level of caffeine, or *Superior in terms of antioxidant content. Let me give you some examples:

• Rose Black Tea is a good scented tea for any drinker, but a superior one for women. It has long been valued highly for its tonic properties. The combination of Anhui Keemun black tea and dried rose petals is pleasingly aromatic with a fresh and sweet taste. Women especially can benefit from drinking this tea because it regulates emotions, soothes menstrual discomfort and balances hormones.

• Guangxi Jiao Gu Lan has an ancient history as a curative drink. The herbal drink is good for any drinker, but is superior as a sleep-inducing tea for an ill person. It can reduce fever, alleviate coughing, and relax an anxious person till sleep comes naturally. It has other healthful properties, but its mildness and gentleness is a key characteristic.

So, the best tea is the best one for “you” at any given moment. Count up the “yous” and that’s how many “bests” there are.

(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. wildandbare.com)

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Perfect cup of tea? Settle for a pleasing one

Little did I know there are so many ways to make a perfect cup of tea. Just do a quick search of the internet—as I did—and you’ll come upon screen after screen of individual reports about the perfect cup of tea.

The reports contradict. Some tea enthusiasts calculate to within a degree the optimum temperature for heating water for a loose leaf organic black tea, while others slosh boiling water in a cup with a tea bag and call it good. And call it “perfect,” actually.

It is enough to make a person cynical about perfection. At the very least, it calls into question the nature and function of taste buds. Perhaps they are just vestigial body parts that, in their heyday, actually could discern the difference between an exquisite taste and a pedestrian one.

My taste buds still can detect sweet and sour, as well as astringent and saccharine, so perhaps I am qualified enough to suggest a few rules about making a pleasing cup of, say, oolong Chinese tea. I say “pleasing” because that is the only criterion that matters: If it pleases your palate, it is perfect… for you.

Two basic rules should be followed:

First rule: Choose a quality tea leaf. You know the old saying: Garbage in, garbage out. If you use clear water, heat it properly in a clean teapot, and then add it to insipid tea leaves, you will have produced insipid tea. All the flavor and aroma of tea come from the leaves. If they are tasteless, so will be your tea.

Second rule: Follow the rules. If a tea maker says an oolong Chinese tea should be heated to just below the boiling point, heat the water to just below the boiling point. If a Gongfu brew in a yixing pot is recommended, go Gongfu. If a wuyi black tea is best brewed at 90 degrees centigrade for one minute, don’t steep it for two minutes.

If you are perfect in following the rules, you will brew a pleasing cup.

(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. wildandbare.com)

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Herbal Tea Can Make Hypertension Sufferers Smile

Most herbal tea drinkers are satisfied just to find themselves less anxious, sleepier at the bedtime hour, or drinking something that contains no caffeine. For some drinkers, the stakes are higher. People with high blood pressure are especially good candidates to become tea drinkers (if they aren’t already), because the tisanes can do wonders for their hypertension. High blood pressure is a condition in which blood flow is more forceful than required and works the heart more than it should. The heart is an amazingly resilient and strong organ, but having it pump more vigorously than necessary does not bode well for its long-term operation. There are prescribed medicine to regulate hypertension, and then there are herbal infusions. The infusions are made from herbs, seeds, roots, blooms and other ingredients from nature. Trial and error use of these herbs over many, many years by people around the world has produced understanding about which one does what. Herbal teas that can help regulate blood pressure are commercially produced. A good one is Imperial Wild-Growing Kuding from Hainan Province, which is available from Wild & Bare Co. This kuding is mild-tasting and a popular tea for reducing blood pressure. However, the herbal infusions also can be concocted in the home after assembling necessary ingredients. Such home brewing is not for everybody, and does not always produce a premium tea, to say the least. But it is an option. For example, alfalfa tea is recommended for hypertension and is made from crushed alfalfa seeds and water. A study in 2009 produced the kind of report that makes herbal infusions shine among hypertension sufferers. The study showed that adults with mildly high blood pressure who drank three cups of Hibiscus tea a day experienced dramatic reductions in pressure equivalent to that of people on prescribed medicines. Herbal tea and high blood pressure go together very well, and blood pressure is lesser for it.

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Another Tea Study, More Good News on Ovarian Cancer

Researchers with time on their hands seem to lean towards ovarian cancer as a fallback study topic. About every other year, or so it seems, another body of research is announced that ties Chinese black tea and green tea consumption to reduced ovarian cancer.

While we are grateful for the interest in fighting cancer and the researchers’ perspicacity in identify tea’s contribution to the fight, we wonder sometimes if maybe they haven’t made their point enough to move on.

Anyway, a 2005 study by British researchers linked Chinese black tea and green tea to lower risk of developing ovarian cancer. What’s more, the study of some 60,000 women in Sweden ages 40-76 seemed to show that the more tea a woman consumed, the less likely she was of developing the cancer.

The numbers: At least 2 cups a day translated to 46 percent less risk, with each additional cup dropping the risk another 18 percent. Women who consumed at least 2 cups were 50 percent less likely to develop the cancer than women who consumed no tea.

An American study in 2007 concluded that women drinking 2 or more cups a day lessened their chances of ovarian cancer by 30 percent. (A puzzling piece of the data was that women drinking 2 cups a day of decaf coffee also had reduced chances, while regular coffee drinkers did not.)

Most recently, a 2012 Australian study of southern Chinese woman concluded that consumers of tea—especially Chinese black tea—are helping themselves avoid the cancer. Of the 1,500 women in the study, the most benefited seem to be those who started drinking tea early and drank it more often. Specifically, drinkers of 4 or more cups a day were the most benefited.

What to make of this? Drink your tea, ladies. Tea is a cancer-killer—as eventual studies (new research topics!) on Chinese white tea and oolong also will show.

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Your Heart Will Love You For Drinking Green Tea

It is pretty uncontroversial to say that the most significant health benefit from drinking Chinese green tea is heart protection. After all, the beating organ in our chest is absolutely vital to staying alive. Yet our liver is vital to life, too, and our mind. Drinking green tea seems to protect them all.

But let’s concentrate on the heart for a moment. If our heart is healthy, we are apt to have the physical constitution to battle weaknesses elsewhere in our body. So… what can Chinese green tea do for our heart?

For one thing, the antioxidants and other compounds in green tea seem to improve the function of arterial cells. When arteries get clogged, which is called atherosclerosis, blood flow to and from the heart is impeded. This leads to overworked hearts and to various kinds of dysfunction in the heart/blood system.

Research in Greece in 2008 revealed that green tea can speed the flow of blood. The controlled study showed that tea—and not a hot water placebo, nor a hot drink containing the same amount of caffeine as the tea—created better blood flow function. Only the tea accomplished it. What’s more, the improved blood flow was clinically measured just 30 minutes after the tea was consumed!

Thirty minutes! That sounds like the response to a medicine rather than to a pleasurable cup of tea. It is not an isolated example of effectiveness. Numerous studies indicate that high blood pressure is lowered, bad cholesterol is brought back into balance, and fewer heart cells are lost after a heart attack if green tea is part of a person’s diet.

We caution against anyone believing green tea can mask a diet that is detrimental to the heart or that the exercise bike can be put away. Good heart health is a fruit of more than just drinking green tea.

But the tea will help.

(Want to stay connected to other tea lovers? Check the Tea Twitterati 100 elsewhere on this page. It is a list of the 100 most active tea industry social media users. The regularly updated list is compiled and exclusively posted here by Wild & Bare.)

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