On this podcast we discuss tea and tea culture with a member of the tea community. We discuss not just tea but our personal experiences with tea, where its taken us, what we've learned, who we've met, art we've created, or businesses started. I hope you join me on Hot Leaf Juice!
With the return of the show for a second season we sit down with So Fan Han, founder of West China Tea Company and co-founder of the Guan Yin Tea House in Austin, TX. So Han has been teaching tea in person for many years now and is featured on a new YouTube channel Tea House Ghost in a series that teaches the basics of the Gong Fu Cha tea brewing style.
This time we have a brief interview with Jeffry McIntosh, founder of teabook.co about business strategy, who drinks tea and what he thinks needs to be brought to the tea market to expand the tea industry and community. Jeffrey is a really knowledgable and passionate guy who has very cool technical perspective on tea, I'm sure you'll like this conversation as much as I did. He's all over social media but is very active on instagram @myteabook.
Our music is from Equity Slate and you can find his work at equityslate.bandcamp.com and soundcloud.com/equitslate
In this episode we talk with Elyse Petersen of Tealet.com which is a wholesale "online farmer's market" that connects buyers with single-origin tea farms. Elyse and I talk about her love for tea and get a under the hood look at the tea trade and what she wants to see change for the better. Snoop Dogg may or may not get a shoutout. If you want to get in contact with Elyse its at firstname.lastname@example.org
In this episode I talk about tea culture with George Jaw, the founder of the Las Vegas Tea Culture Institute. You can find them on Facebook under the group name "Las Vegas Tea Club". George is a fun and amazing guy who has a great foundational love and knowledge of tea but is very oriented toward new ideas and expanding what it means to have a tea culture in North America.
In this episode we get to talk to Taka Ino, a tea farmer on the Big Island of Hawaii. Taka started farming on Hawaii ten years ago after going back to Japan to learn about how to make tea. He has a beautiful farm with plenty of other plants and uses natural farming methods to produce amazing tea that tastes like no other region.
In this episode we talk with Glen Bowers of Crimson Lotus Tea and Stasia Burrington an Seattle area artist. Glen and Stasia collaborated on a series of puerh bricks that have her artwork on the wrapper. We talk about tea, art, China, and have multiple science fiction related tangents.
On this episode I chat with San Diego based tea sourcer Taylor Drye. Taylor and I talk about his company Mad Monk Tea, sustainable farming, and living and drinking tea with the seasons. Taylor has launched an amazing new website you have to check out at www.madmonktea.com Our music was generously provided by Equity Slate, an artist who makes chill beats perfect for drinking tea. You can find this song "oolong;tea" and more at equityslate.bandcamp.com
In this episode I drink tea with Jason Chang the founder of Teaful.co a store that sells excellent tea from Taiwan and soon other parts of the world. We talk about how he got into tea, what tea farming is like in Taiwan, and how climate effects the taste of tea. Its a great episode so fire up the kettle and drink tea with us!
In this episode I speak with Erin Wildman the founder of Caravan Tea, a online tea retail startup out of LA. Erin can be found at www.caravan-tea.com and on Instagram @caravanteaco. You can email any questions, comments, suggestions, or tea puns to me at BarryRDonnelly@gmail.com
Our new intro music is "Baba Yaga" by Kevin MacLeod provided royalty free. Thanks Kevin!
As promised here is the first tea audio project I did that helped inspire this podcast. Its an interview with Emilio Del Pozo and Spring of The Jade Leaf.com. Emilio is a tea vendor and wood fired potter based in Taiwan. I met Emilio at my old job at Leaf and Kettle and was able to host him last year. The audio will not be as nice, I think I recorded it with my phone.