Author : Thomas Langnickel-Stiegler

Written on Feb, 02, 2016 by in , , ,

Mostly known for its numerous green tea varieties, the “Land of the Rising Sun” also has a surprising history of black tea. An introduction (and, of course: tasting!) to the whole range of Japanese teas – hosted by Nannuoshan Tea House. Sunday, 21 February 2016 | »Japan« Tea special Venue: Nannuoshan Tea House Time: 3pm to 5pm Seat: €20.00 (incl …

Written on Dec, 22, 2015 by in , ,

New times & dates for »An introduction to the world(s) of tea«, are now available online. In addition to the tea 101, there will be a special, wintertime-exclusive focus seminar, »Black teas & dark oolongs« (four times only, so you might want to be quick). What’s more, please stay tuned for the 2016 sessions of »chanoyuki @ MINAKAMI« | Tea …

Written on Oct, 16, 2015 by in , ,

For anyone appreciating both good tea AND good food, I am delighted to announce a very special collaboration: »chanoyuki @ MINAKAMI« | Tea tasting & Japanese fusion kitchen. MINAKAMI Japanese Fusion Kitchen is a gem of Japanese-European fusion kitchen (and live jazz events!), located on Kantstraße in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district. For »chanoyuki @ MINAKAMI« we have created a menu of …

Written on Oct, 12, 2015 by in , ,

Good news, friends in tea: I will hold a number of tea seminars at macha-macha space for japanese tea in November and December. »Tea 101: an introduction to the world(s) of tea« is an in-depth (and entertaining) introduction to tea brewing, processing, leaf grades, tea culture and history, and chemistry and botany of the tea plant. Accompanied – of course – …

Written on Jul, 18, 2015 by in

Contrary to popular simplification, tea is not only produced from Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze var. sinensis and Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze var. assamica (J. Masters) Kitam, but also from other species in the genus Camellia (family Theaceae). Yue Guang Bai, for example, a special (read: my current favourite) white tea from China’s Yunnan province, is made from Camellia taliensis (W.W.Sm.) …

Written on Jun, 11, 2015 by in

Native to China’s remote Yunnan province, this natural mutation of Camellia sinensis has a purple pigmentation due to its high content of ‪anthocyanins‬ – phenolic compounds in the group of flavonoids (a different subclass of which includes the more well-known catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins). Relatively new as a cultivar, purple tea is more resilient to extreme weather conditions, which is …

Written on Jun, 02, 2015 by in

In my role as chief teaist of a Berlin-founded specialty tea company, I was able to share my knowledge and passion with almost 500 guests attending the tea seminars I conducted over the past three years. Today, my own tea seminars are going live at chanoyuki | Tea workshops & seminars. In addition to local tea seminars in Berlin, I …