One of my favorite tea websites to visit on a daily basis is T Ching. There’s new content posted nearly every day (sometimes numerous posts per day) and always a wide variety of tea-related topics. “Bringing people together with tea” is one our main goals here at the TeaMinded blog, and this includes introducing people to great resources that contribute to the tea Community — and T Ching delivers on that front, in many ways.
What follows is our overview of T Ching – a website worth visiting and bookmarking!
Introduction to T Ching — How It All Started & What’s It All About
Michelle Rabin and Sandy Bushberg started T Ching to fulfill their vision and passion for tea lovers all over the world. They wanted to create a tea community where every tea lover could visit and share their thoughts on everything that has to do with tea making, the health benefits of tea, tea brewing and living a healthy life.
In reading about the formation of T Ching, it’s evident that one of the main reasons the site came into existence was due to concern for the declining state of health in not only the US but all over the world. The founders of the site knew that something as simple as drinking tea can be an effective way to reverse the unhealthy trend that is damaging the lives of millions.
Michelle and Sandy spent more than 25 years working in the healthcare industry, helping people overcome their bad living habits and changing them into healthy ones. Among these poor lifestyle choices, one of the unhealthiest is the increased consumption of high-sugar beverages. This is what the T Ching founders wanted to change as they sought to bring awareness to the masses of how damaging these drinks can be and show them the benefits of having a healthy substitute in the form of tea.
T Ching is for all tea lovers, from the hardcore traditional tea brewers to the casual/occasional ones.
It’s clear the aim is to be more than just a blog that informs its readers about tea — it’s about inviting readers to the all encompassing “journey” of tea, the benefits of drinking tea, the people who grow it, their tradition of tea brewing and the many ways of classical tea drinking, the tea rituals of many countries, and the peace that comes with enjoying a cup of tea.
The Various Content & Features of T Ching
With an amazing team and community, T Ching is one of the most informative and entertaining tea blogs. When visiting the T Ching website, you’ll be greeted with a clean and easy-to-navigate site design. You can easily see what the T Ching community is all about — including core areas of TEA, DESIGN and LIFE.
The different categories on the website’s homepage direct readers to topics which are discussed on posts written by the contributors. Some of the latest posts on T Ching are aligned at the center of the website. From news related to the world of tea to new recipes that provide readers with an inside look into the health benefits of the many varieties of tea.
The different categories of the website (at the time of this review) include:
The Most Popular T Ching Posts
Let’s have a look at some of the more popular and sections of the T Ching website.
The news archive is where you can read everything that is related to tea. From newly researched health benefits to the many different ways you can use tea in different aspects of your life. This section is full of interesting articles, such as how leftover teabags can be used to better your skin, how tea is increasing in popularity across the globe, or some of the latest news and trends related to organic tea farming. You can even read about how herbal teas can help reduce chances of colon cancer.
The fascinating stories coming in from all over the globe are a must-read for any and all tea lovers. This category is updated on a regular basis, so you can expect to find new and interesting stories and facts related to the world of tea frequently.
The recipe posts on T Ching are an archive of different recipes of not only simple tea brewing, but different dishes that go with tea, ways of making different blends of teas, iced teas and so much more. By going through the many recipes, you’ll realize how much the folks at T Ching are committed to providing useful content.
These recipes are all very accessible, and the teaware and ingredients are easy to find. An example of the diversity of posts in this section include numerous Matcha tea recipes, how to make tea ice-cream and where you can watch Japanese cooking programs.
Health and Wellbeing
You may have come across numerous articles outlining the health benefits of drinking tea. Even though most all teas are beneficial for your health, you can easily get confused about which tea to drink to remedy a particular ailment. The posts in this section cover such things as how different teas can be helpful in cleansing your blood, reinvigorating your brain cells, soothing your sore throat and losing weight with the help of tea. The posts are very specific, which separates T Ching from other tea blogs that are more broad.
There is nothing more natural than treating health issues with the help of tea. Tea has been associated with helping people deal with hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol and even cancer and Alzheimer’s. This is a must-read section of archives to increase your knowledge about the many health benefits of tea.
What I also really like about this category on T Ching, is that the content delves into the well-being of tea, covering the more “mindful” and meditative benefits of enjoying tea. A personal favorite topic of mine..and T Ching really delivers on this front!
This section is all about tea and its various nuances. With so many tea varieties, T Ching does a great job of keeping readers posted on how they are grown, picked, packaged, and most importantly brewed. T Ching is full of people who love tea, which is evident as their writers are continually testing and trying new offerings, and sharing their experiences with readers around the globe.
You can learn some of the best ways to brew a particular type of tea, ways of growing your own tea and how you can use tea to power through the day. Whether you are new to tea, or a seasoned enthusiast, you will likely find something interesting to learn, share and talk about with family, friends and others in the tea community.
History & Spirituality
Here you learn more about how tea can help soothe the mind, body and soul. This section gives you a glimpse into how vast the world of tea really is.
You will find articles covering many cultures, and how tea has been (and still is) a part of traditional and spiritual heritages. Every culture brings its own unique ways of brewing tea, different designs and styles of teaware and other cultural nuances. For example, you can learn about the role of dragons and other mystical creatures among the Chinese culture — and why these figures often grace teapots and teacups (or learn more about the Japanese culture in relation to the natural aspects of mountains and tree spirits).
The travel section, as the name suggests, is all about the people travelling the world in search of the perfect cup of tea. Many go to countries like Japan, China, India and Taiwan in search of tea. Some travel to find new teas and different blends. The contributors share their stories and tales about their many adventures around the world. Most of the people who travel to these regions also sometimes end up establishing businesses with the local tea farmers.
The demand for good organic tea (and fair trade) is growing around the world as well, and it has become imperative for tea merchants to understand this market and how to acquire tea from sources that are pure and organic. If you are a fellow traveler yourself going on an adventure to find something new in the world of tea, you can read up about the different teashops in the places you are going to.
T Ching Social Channels
T Ching can also be found on popular social channels.
In order to stay in touch with their readers and to also spread the word of tea, T Ching is active and engaging on popular social networks. This allows for more people to give their thoughts on the blog posts which have been published, and also for the readers to share their views on everything related to tea. For the visitors, there is also detailed info on how to get in touch with someone from the T Ching team.
Regular updates, and any site news or new blog posts, will be easier to follow if you subscribe or add the RSS feed to your favorite blog reader.
T Ching’s Support for the Tea Community
The tea community is made up of so many caring and interesting people — and T Ching plays a key role in this community. So many of us are looking for inspiration, encouragement and peace of mind. This is where tea comes in…and where T Ching delivers.
Additionally, it’s evident that T Ching supports practices which ensure the sustainability and wellbeing of the planet. They believe in a core set of values – as the T Ching community shows a sense of personal responsibility towards the environment. This demonstarted with their blog posts that encourage the practices which contribute to the sustainability. T Ching is also committed to covering topics related to organically grown, high quality tea — and teas directly from the farmers, and of the highest quality.
T Ching encourages everyone to be responsible human beings and reduce the individual and industrial impact on the world’s ecosystem by reducing the carbon footprint and to take be a part of the mission for a healthy and sustainable future.
I really enjoy staying in touch with the tea community around the world, and T Ching plays an important role. There is always something new to learn and share, and contributors are continually posting interesting and engaging content (both with blog posts and discussions/feedback in the comments section).
If you want to be a part of a tea community that is vibrant, friendly, knowledgeable and inspiring — I definitely encourage you to follow along with T Ching (and subscribe and/or add the RSS feed to your daily blog reader).
(photos copyright of T Ching)