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The Shang Tea Blog is the educational arm of the Shang Tea company. We hope to use this space to share more information about tea, chinese tea culture, and industry news. Shang Tea Company was founded by owner Zehua Shang, and we specialize in white tea which we produce ourselves. In addition to white tea, Shang also produces green tea, jasmine tea, and red/black tea. We are excited to use this blog to engage with other tea drinkers and also to focus on the tea topics that you want to hear about, so please let us know if there is a specific question that you want us to answer!

Traditional Brewing Tools: Gaiwan

by on Friday, July 8, 2011 12:08:00 AM

For the past decade, the tea industry has been busy trying to create new teaware to help simplify loose leaf tea brewing. There are all sorts of new tools now such as all in one electronic brewing equipment, filter tea cups, and gravity filters designed to make tea brewing quick and easy.These new tools are great and really help to make loose leaf tea more friendly and accessible so that everyone can enjoy the great flavor and benefits of loose leaf tea. Sometimes however it is also nice to...

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Aging Tea

by on Friday, July 8, 2011 12:06:00 AM

When you buy loose leaf tea today in the United States you most likely receive the standard storage instructions; keep your tea stored in an airtight container at room temperature, make sure it is stored in a dry, low humidity environment, and ensure that your tea is not exposed to any strong odors. And if you follow these instructions, most tea companies will tell you that your tea will last anywhere from 1-2 years and the flavor will slowly diminish during that time.In China, however, high...

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Tea Article in Tastebud Magazine!

by on Friday, June 17, 2011 1:33:00 PM

The most recent issue of Tastebud magazine has a nice profile of a few of the local Kansas City teahouses including Shang Tea. Check it out here! Here's the snippet about Shang TeaShang Tea opened in Crown Center around Thanksgiving, 2007. Mr Shang co-owns a tea plantation in his native Fujian, China, and the teas he sells here represent his production. Using organic agriculture, the 20-acre Shang Tea farm produces 90% white tea and 10% green tea, an employee at the shop, Lily, tells me. (As...

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Making Iced Tea with Loose Leaf Tea!

by on Sunday, June 5, 2011 8:59:00 PM

Summer is finally here and that means lots of sun and hot weather! It also means lots of iced tea for those who enjoy cool refreshing drinks on those dog days of summer. Making iced tea with loose leaf tea though can seem like a daunting task especially when compared to the ease of tea bags. In this article, I’m going to outline two easy ways to make iced tea with loose leaf tea and hopefully show that this process can be just as easy and convenient as using tea bags with the full, rich flavor...

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