By Ken Cohen
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Conversations on tea and tea culture.
||CleanAmbassadors of Tea||There is an amazement of tea that's hard to capture in words. It can happen when we experience a tea for the first time and are astounded by flavors and aromas unlike anything we've experienced before. Or when we revisit one of our favorite teas...||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrowing a Tea Meetup||One of our guiding principles here at Talking Tea is that conversations about tea and tea culture have the power to deepen our understanding and enhance our experience of tea. Today on Talking Tea we're exploring one of the ways people are...||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPairing Tea With Scotch||Today we welcome back Kevin Gascoyne of Montreal's famed Camellia Sinensis Tea House to explore tea pairings, and specifically pairing tea with scotch. We begin our chat by looking at some current developments in tea innovation and sophistication, and..||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBitten by the Bug: Oriental Beauty, with Té Company||To kick off Talking Tea's fourth season, we're at Té Company, an exquisite teahouse in New York's West Village, talking about an exquisite tea - the aptly named Oriental Beauty. We chat with Elena Liao and Frederico Ribeiro, owners and founders...||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Intro to Cultivar and Origin||When we serious tea drinkers start to broaden our knowledge of tea, we often encounter two terms that can seem mysterious or confusing: cultivar and origin. What is a tea cultivar, and why is it important? And what exactly does the origin of the tea...||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo Tea Podcasters Walk Into a Bar...||Earlier this year, TJ Williamson of the World Tea Podcast invited us to join him in leading a session on industry-specific podcasting at Podcamp Toronto. And when the nice folks at Podcamp also gave us the opportunity to record a Talking Tea episode...||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearning Tea With Babelcarp||We're calling this episode "learning tea" because learning about tea can be like learning a language - like learning English, or French, or Chinese, or any other language. There's a vocabulary to tea, and the world of tea is so vast, with so many...||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArriving At The Source||Most tea consumers never have the opportunity to visit the source of the teas we drink - the tea growers and tea makers in the various tea-producing regions around the world. So here at Talking Tea we've been wanting to hear an insider's take on...||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLapsang Souchong - Beyond the Smoke||As temperatures begin to drop outdoors and autumn settles into early winter, the scent of smoke rising from chimneys fills the evening air in just about every place we visit in the cooler climates. But the unmistakable aroma and taste of smoke is not...||12/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFocusing on Taste||Today on Talking Tea we focus on the nuances of flavor, and how to fully appreciate the taste of tea by engaging all of our senses. Guiding us through this exploration of tasting is Billy Dietz, a tea development specialist based in Montreal. We chat...||11/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMontreal's Tea School||What did Talking Tea do this summer? We went to summer school, of course. Tea summer school, that is. In August we attended one of the English-language Summer School workshops offered through the tea school at Montreal's Camellia Sinensis. After the...||9/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sencha Episode||This week on Talking Tea we're exploring the intricacies of sencha, the most ubiquitous of Japanese green teas. Sencha? Intricate? Many tea drinkers don't think of those two words in the same context, but we sit down with Zach Mangan of Kettl, a...||8/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreating Forest-Grown Tea in Hawaii||Since we launched Talking Tea in 2014, one of our main areas of focus has been the continuing growth of tea enthusiasm in North America. We've chatted with tea sellers, educators and writers, but we haven't had the chance to talk with anyone actually...||6/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTea, Heart to Heart||This week on Talking Tea we return to the Tea Institute at Penn State University to explore the evolution and burgeoning growth of interest in Japanese tea ceremony study at the Institute and beyond, and the transformative nature of tea ceremony...||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Visions in Japanese Tea||If you've listened to our Talkin' Matcha episodes you'll recognize the name of Tyas Huybrechts. Tyas has been a blogger and tea ceremony instructor based in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan, and we're delighted to welcome Tyas back to Talking Tea to chat about...||5/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTea Goes to College||An institute dedicated to intensive, interdisciplinary tea education and research is not something you'll typically see at a college or university in North America - or anywhere else, for that matter. But it's exactly what you'll find at Penn...||3/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTea Culture/Youth Culture||This week on Talking Tea we look at the growing popularity of tea and tea culture among youth and teens. Chatting with us (via Skype) is Connor Adlam of Tching.com, the well-known blog and online forum for tea information. Connor, the intern social...||2/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTea, Zen, Awareness||We're releasing this episode in between the Western new year and the Asian lunar new year, and we took this opportunity to quiet our minds, turn inward a bit, and look again at tea as a contemplative practice. Chatting with us in this exploration...||1/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Spot a Quality Tea - Part 2: Silver Needles||In our last episode of Talking Tea we began to explore the elements of a quality tea with Shunan Teng of New York City's Tea Drunk. As examples of what to look for in choosing tea, Shunan selected two historically famous teas from China. We began in...||12/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Spot A Quality Tea - Part 1: Gua Pian||This week on Talking Tea we return to Tea Drunk in New York City to chat with Shunan Teng, founder and owner of Tea Drunk, about tips and tricks for identifying quality teas. As an example of what to look for in choosing tea, Shunan selects a...||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBaozhong: Born in China, Rooted in Taiwan||We're continuing our exploration of Taiwanese oolongs this week with a focus on one of the most celebrated of Taiwanese teas, Baozhong. Shiuwen Tai, of Seattle's Floating Leaves Tea, gave us such a fantastic and comprehensive intro to Taiwanese...||10/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe World of Taiwanese Oolongs||This week on Talking Tea we begin exploring the spectrum of Taiwanese oolongs with Shiuwen Tai of Seattle's Floating Leaves Tea. Shiuwen chats with us via Skype about the history of tea in Taiwan, and how Taiwan's tea production has been influenced by..||9/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKevin Gascoyne on Darjeelings, Fair trade and the Future of Tea||We’re back in Montreal this week on Talking Tea chatting with Kevin Gascoyne of Montreal’s famed Camellia Sinensis Tea House. Kevin, a co-owner of Camellia Sinensis, is known around the world as a prominent tea taster, educator and...||8/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Relaxed Approach To Tea & "Tea Decadence" At Montreal's Cha Do Raku||Today at Talking Tea we’re in Montreal beginning our exploration of this city’s vibrant tea scene. Our first stop is Cha Do Raku, a new tea house and shop in Montreal’s Plateau district. Cha Do Raku (it means “decadence of...||8/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom The Czech Republic With Oxalis Tea||On today's episode we have two guests speaking to us from Oxalis Tea and Coffee in the Czech Republic. First up is Petr Zelik, owner and founder of Oxalis. Petr chats with us about tea culture in the Czech Republic, and especially about the...||7/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTea & Relational Culture: What's Tea Got To Do With It?||One of the things we hear over and over again from people in the tea world is how so many great relationships have been created and nurtured through tea. But what is it in tea culture that's so good at bringing us together? In this week's episode we...||6/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeauty in Imperfection: A Visit to the Shofuso Tea House||This week on Talking Tea we’re back in Philadelphia at Shofuso, an authentic, and quite amazing, Japanese house and garden with a fully functioning tea house and roji, or tea garden. We’re joined by Derek Finn, Shofuso’s...||4/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeatulia: A New Model of Tea Farming in Bangladesh||tea, Bangladesh, Bangladeshi, India, Indian, oolong, organic, sustainable, sustainability, tetulia, provenance, bcorp, b-corp, b-corporation, assamica||4/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Qi of Tea: Tea's Healing and Spiritual Qualities||You might think we're having an identity crisis this week on Talking Tea, since our host and guest on this week's podcast share the same name. In this week's show our host and producer Ken Cohen chats with renowned qigong master and author Ken Cohen,...||3/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTalkin' Matcha, Part 2: How To Make It||Have you been wondering how to make a bowl of matcha without the ritual of a formal tea ceremony? How to get a smooth, frothy lime-green foam that looks and tastes great? Talking Tea is here to help. In Part 2 of Talkin' Matcha, tea blogger Tyas...||2/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTalkin' Matcha, Part 1||This week Talking Tea talks matcha with Tyas Huybrechts, founder and blogger at Tea Talk, a blog devoted entirely to Japanese green teas. Matcha, a powdered green tea that's whisked into a frothy brew, is fast becoming the caffeinated drink of choice...||1/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Eclectic Path of Tea||This week Talking Tea is back in Philadelphia to chat with Rebecca Goldschmidt of Philly's Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop, one of the most eclectic tea shops we've encountered on our tea journeys to date. Rebecca talks with us about her own path...||1/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCrafting Tea and the Good Life||On our pre-holiday episode of Talking Tea we chat with Andy Hayes, founder and tea maker at Plum Deluxe, a tea blender based in Portland, Oregon. Andy talks with us about his mission to help people slow down and craft a life they really enjoy, and how..||12/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArtful Tea||Japanese Traditions of Tea and Aesthetics||11/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrunk on Tea, Part 2: All About Pu Erh||Everything you always wanted to know about pu erh but were afraid to ask...and more. In Part 2 of "Drunk on Tea", Shunan Teng of New York City's Tea Drunk shatters some myths about pu erh tea, contrasts cooked vs. raw pu erh, and talks in-depth about...||11/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrunk on Tea, Part 1||This week on Talking Tea we get "drunk" on tea at Tea Drunk, a teahouse in New York City serving traditional Chinese tea. Shunan Teng, who founded and owns Tea Drunk (and knows just about everything there is to know about Chinese tea), talks with us...||10/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeyond The Tea Leaf: A Conversation With Tea Author Linda Hewitt||For our first episode of Talking Tea, we chat via Skype with Linda Hewitt, author of The Japanese Tea Ceremony And The Shoguns and other works on tea history and customs. Linda shares her reflections on how tea, and the rituals surrounding it,...||9/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
For the tea nerds
A podcast that I've continued to enjoy more and more with each episode, Talking Tea approaches each topic with a thorough rigor that leaves you feeling like a connoisseur.
Not only does Ken have an abundance of knowledge, but the guests he brings on are recognized experts in their areas and really communicate the essence of what good tea should be.
I look forward to new episodes
Hits the spot
I’ve loved tea for a long time, but not found many sources for general info and history. This diverse, in-depth podcast does the trick.
No other podcast like it. Great resource for tea lovers!