Belgium Chinese Tea Arts Centre

Authentic & Pure Quality Tea

Honesty & Trust

Indeed we should worry about pesticide, but we should concern more damages today from

  • AIR /WATER POLLUTION
  • HUMAN POLLUTION
  • GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGES

I first posted the link of article site from David Avocado Wolfe, due to some inputs on the other international tea community, apparently there are lots of questions and distrust towards the article writer.  I don’t know the writer and have no intention to endorse his accusation on certain brands of tea bags for granted, however I think the pesticides problem he mentioned on his blog goes beyond then pesticides problem, but remind us how we are under challenge to our understanding and trust about HONESTY.

I truly believe truth can be best prevailed through debates and from different viewpoints.

What we can do is to question ourselves:
1. do you know what to choose?
2. do you know how to choose?
3. do you know how to distinguish TRUTH vs. FALSE?

If one could not even be honest to a simple thing like tes, do you think s/he would be honesty to others?

Hope it’s not yet too late

Ancient tea trees in Yunnan give flowers in the winter time

I love tea and for my own health I pay extra attention on best practice in quality assurance.

 
1. The first thing on my list is pesticides, since in EU we have very high pesticides tolerance standards. It is not whether tea farmers are using pesticides or not, it is about which type of pesticides they use and how do they use it. The worst situation would be excessive use of chemical pesticides.
 
2. The 2nd thing on my list will be what would the continue worsen pollution problems might affect the air and water quality.
 
We can control the use of pesticides, but what we are not able to block is what if we couldn’t stop the continuous worsen of air pollution might affect to the water quality and contemination to soil.
 
How to reduce the worsen of pollution, that is something let’s hope it is not yet too late to act together by changing our life style and preserve the Nature.
 
I truly believe when we are willing to show our respect to the Mother Nature and our love to tea tree growing environment and conditions, plus the human efforts to follow the wisdom in tea production, then we can enjoy the love from tea from every cup.

The Ancient Tea Horse Routes

Extremely dangerous and difficult natural environment and transportation conditions create a strong defence on the South-West China. For thousand of years countless horse transporters used their strength and wisdom created an epic legend of Ancient Tea Horse Route.

The legend of Ancient Tea Horse Route started from the most prosperous period in Tang and Song Dynasty, prosperousity extended in Ming and Qing Dynasty and reached its peak after the establishment of Republic.

The Ancient Tea Horse Routes are divided in three routes:

  •  Shaanxi <-> GanSu
  • Shaanxi <-> KangDing <-> Tibet
  • Yunnan <-> Tibet

These routes connect Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet, further extended to Nipol, India, Bhudan, Sikkim, Laos. Its purpose went beyond a simple trade route, but a bridge to connect cultures and to exchange religions and humane values. The water transportation was almost impossible due to extreme difficult terrain, transportation by horse became the best solution. It is not exaggerate to describe the Ancient Tea Horse Routes as a legend of flesh, blood and lives.

The construction of modern highways has significantly improved the unresearchable traffic problem, the traditional memory of ancient horse transporters travelled with tents, shabu-shabu and guns gradually faded away. The Ancient Tea Horse Routes today remains as the most mysterious and spectacular natural scenery in the world where contains endless astonishing and breath-taking cultural and natural heritage .

The Ancient Tea Horse Routes itself is culture that we can’t use describe with words for its magnificent beauty, the marvelous epic legend shound’t be forgotten.

Prepare Herbal Infusion

For herbal infusion, there are various ingredients we can use,  either roots, bark, branch, fruit, leaf or flowers.

We can prepare the herbal infusion in two methods:

Cooking Method: 

  • This method fits best with the herbal infusion based on roots, bark, branch and fruits
  • Teapot selection can be glass, ceramic or porcelain tea pot
  • Teacup selection can be glass or porcelain
  • Boil the water first then put ingredients for 10-15 minutes soaking

Brewing Method: 

  • This method fits best with flowers and/or leaves
  • Water temperature: nearly the boiling point
  • Suggest brewing time: 3 minutes. (max. may not exceed 10-15 minutes)

In case long soaking/brewing, the taste may become bitter.

 

 

Hibiscus

Health  Effects

  • Stimulate digestion
  • Reduce heat (Yang)
  • Diuretic
  • Stimulate blood circulation
  • Defreckle
  • Good for liver
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Prevention against cancer

Potential Side effects

Not recommend to consume too much with those who suffer problems with cold stomach

Suggestion :

  • Cooking method:
    • Once the water is boiled, let it cool down for 3 minutes, then add the Hibiscus and soaking for 5 minutes; Can add on honey
  • Brewing method
    • 2-3 pcs with 180ml water
    • Cover the cup with lid for 5-8 minutes
  • Suitable to make iced tea with Hibiscus

Mulberry Tea

Mulberry tea is a natural organic herbal tea.  The natural characters of Mulberry Tea is bitter and cold, it works with Lungs, Liver and Kidneys meridians according to the Chinese Traditional Medicine practice,

In the Chinese ancient herbalology “Compendium of Material Media 本草綱目” written by Li ShiZhen during the Ming Dynasty, it highlights the benefits of

Mulberry tea “treating  heat and cough, cooling  blood that has effect to enhance the eyesight and growing hair”.  Modern  scientific researches confirmed dried mulberry leaves contain 25%-45% crude protein, 20%-25% carbohydrate, 5% crude fat with rich contains of potassium, calcium, Vitamin C, B1, B2 , A, etc. also copper, zinc, boron, manganese, 18 different kind of Amino acid and other substances that we need for our health.

Health  Effects

  • Inhibiting the rise of blood sugar
  • Antibacterial
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Lowering blood lipid
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-toxic sterilization
  • Anti-aging
  • Lighten pigment freckles
  • Prevention of dementia
  • Reducing depression syndrome
  • Reducing cancer risk
  • Alleviating menopausal syndrome
  • Improve laxative, reducing swelling

Potential Side effects

Even though Mulberry Tea is suitable for daily drink because of its  many healthy effects of lowering blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol, aid to lose weight and freckles,  but still there are some potential side effects to people who have sensitive stomach or special health conditions:

  • It can inhibit the digestive enzyme
  • It stimulates the digestive system
  • With excessive consumption can have cause discomfort to stomach

Suggestion :

  • Brewing method: 3gm vs. 200ml, water temperature: 90°C – 950°C, multiple infusions
  • 4 cups per day
  • Drink after eating
  • Drink water in between
  • Can add one some Goji, Hong Chiao Mei or Jasmine tea

Hong Chiao Mei

Hong Chiao Mei (Redartfulplumtea) is a family of Globe amaranth, a natural organic herbal infusion tea that can be consumed daily.

Health  Effects

Suggestion :

  • For infusion tea, it requires just boiled water and should be infused for +/- 3minutes
  • Brewing tea ware : porcelain or glass tea pot
  • 3 times a week
  • Girls/Women who suffer dysmenorrhea, can drink Hong Chiao Mei tea one week before the period.
  • Drink after eating
  • Drink water in between
  • can be a natural blending ingredient with other herbal tea , i.e. mulberry, rose, forget-me-not, hibiscus, lemon, peach blossom, lily, calendula, longgan and black tea

Tea completes me

I am grateful everyday and every time when I have a cup of tea. Because, it is not about how much fun of spending time,.money and efforts that I have devoted to tea and Chinese tea culture, it is how tea and wisdom in Chinese tea culture transformed me to become a better person.
 
Everytime I look down to tea in the cup, I see not only my self-consciousness, but also love and wisdom from my parents, and I see those hard working people who do their best to preserve the balance in the Nature and doing their best to continue the most valuable Chinese culture – #Humane and #Harmony,
 
In life, it is not those happy moment and cheerful memories complete me, but it is how those painful experiences and people hurted me helped to shape me; and tea supported me to reconnect myself in every down curve.  In short, you can say, it’s tea that completes me. 
I can’t stop the time, but in tea, I remain as a forever young and innocent child.

Biography of Tea Master – Mei Lan Hsiao

Even though her family has nothing to do with tea, but she learnt the importance of consuming tea correctly in daily health diet based on the Chinese traditional medicine principles, the essence of keeping a well balance and appropriate adaptation based on Yin-Yang and 5 elements from her mother when she was very young.

She entered the tea learning in Taiwan since 1985, left her root because of marriage in 1991 was a hard emotional decision but that helped her to expand her learning horizon in tea and Chinese tea culture from original limited inward-outbound one-direction view to 360 degree.

She started to promote the authentic knowledge about tea and wisdom in Chinese tea culture in Belgium since 1995.  Efforts in promoting tea and Chinese tea culture helped her to strengthen her roots for humane. Based on her observation and experience in Europe, she deeply realizes tea is speechless and often being misunderstood or misused because of wrong information and/or interpretation if people have no chance to understand its authentic flavor and taste.  Her life time mission now is to speak for tea, to share more authentic knowledge about quality and pure taste.

She earned the title of “Tea Master” through recognitions from other well known experts in tea and Chinese tea culture from China and Taiwan.  This title does not limit to the meaning of who she is but aggrevates her recognition of her responsibility to promote tea and Chinese tea culture in more serious manners further.  Their recognition also urges her to keep her head down to focus on tea and deepen the learning in tea and Chinese traditional wisdom for health and life through tea.

Tea has always been and will continue be her best teacher. In front of Nature and Tea, she remains as an innocent child, a life-time student.

Brewing a cup of tea

How to brew tea?
What is the right brewing method for tea ceremony?
1:10? 1:30? 1:50? 1:75? 1:100? or ….?

Frankly speaking are there right or wrong answers to these questions? Is the answer limited to quantity/volume only?

Each tea even from the same type, from the same region, but even same tea from different season and/or making process can create different characters. Tea is not a Rockefeller science but it is about nature and how to understand and adapt to the nature that to bring out the best taste.

As to the answer to tea ceremony, the answer will be another question – what do you want to achieve or to be enlightened from the process?  It is about process, but yet not limited to process only.

“Cha Dao” in short can be translated as “The way of tea”. The question will be which way? for who? what and how?  What can we learn from the Chinese character of Zen “禪” which can break into two parts “衣 Yi : Cloth” and “單 Dan : Single”?

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