Saturday, November 30, 2019

2019 Holiday Oolong Tasting (11.30.2019)

We have brought back a few 2019 Winter crop Lishan Jade and Summer crop Oriental Beauty from our recent trip to Taiwan.  Also we like to share some of the Signature Baked Amber Oolong with our tea friends.  Thanksgiving long weekend is perfect time to do this Holiday Oolong Tasting.  25 tea friends are in our cupping studio to chat and discuss over various oolongs.  I also got to share some updates about our #2019TOST.
We are thankful to our volunteers, Susan, Shelly, and Joecy to help serve teas.  Teresa and Karen are generous to share their photos. Nice to have Carrie, Jesso ladies as usual, also a few new friends, Billy, Justin, Felix, and Philip.  How can we miss our good friend, Victoria Casasco of Los Angeles Tea Society.



Josephine and I have prepared a very unique Tasting Cup and Tea Book for each participant as our Holiday Gifts.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

2019 Happy Thanksgiving Remarks

11.28.2019 Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

2019 has been a busy year for Josephine and me. There are so many people to be thankful...
Our JT & Tea team, our vendors, our customers and their families.
One special campaign that I feel I must express my hearty gratitude today. That is “Taiwan Tea:150 Years” campaign.
When I started to talk about launching a campaign to cherish the "Taiwan Tea:150 years" back in 2017, 2018... which indeed I got inspired by our friends of Ceylon Tea then... (*Thanks to Honorable Swarna Gunaratne, Consul General and our good friend, Manik of Q-Trade.)
"But, how ? "
I remember well, Dr. Liu and Josephine did encourage me to do it but they don't really know what I am going to do with this campaign.
Apparently, my fellow Taiwanese tea colleagues in Taiwan, even our official authority who's in charge tea industry policy, don't seem to be interested in this campaign.
That means we have to do this all alone. Yet, I still hold my breath till 2019.
I don't think we are to celebrate, actually nothing to celebrate about, when Taiwan has been colonized for almost 400 years by so many different countries... Taiwan tea industry has been part of Colonized Economy...
Yet, 150 years... it is about time for us to cherish the wisdom, experience and vision...we’ve learned from the history and to re-engineer our future based on the extra-splendid multi-cultural resource Taiwan tea industry has been through. I am also very desperate to share the on going project of a World-Class tea adventure of TTC's ‘Laopi Tea Farm’ and also like to introduce Taiwan’s Single Estate Single Cultivar project that COA / TRES have been working so hard for so long, the TGA's “LightUpTaiwanCha” has been so well done and now over 56 “5Star” ISO-22000 certified tea farms spreading in various tea districts. History has it, and we just have to cherish it!
So we have our campaign moving on during the Year of 2019. "Taiwan Tea:150 Years (1869-2019)" .
First of all, Taiwan Academy Los Angeles Office, Director Emmy Yang, Ashley Sun to host Taiwan Tea Tasting Event @ Westwood, Los Angeles on 4.27.2019 with a big crowd... this is a kick-off for our campaign. Director Tony Ong has been very supportive.
Taiwan's Ambassador, Honorable Stanley Kao's invitation to give a keynote "US/Taiwan Tea Connection" at the famous Twin Oaks in Washington DC on 5.29.2019 is such a great honor to us and also a big push! We got to connect to many Universities' administrators in both US and Taiwan during that presentation. TECOR team there in DC are very helpful for Josephine and me.
DC Hakka friends, Grace Wei , Fen-ying Chang, and their BOD had hosted an "Afternoon Taiwan Tea Party" on 5.31.2019 at Taiwanese Culture Center in DC with Director Chen and COA Grace Lin strong supports. The media friends, Tiffany Chen, Hakka Chang are helpful to spread the good words.
‘World Tea Expo’ is always very nice to us for our promotion. Special thanks to Gary Lynch and Lisa Boalt Richardson, not only to let us use the VIP Lounge across our booth on the show floor, and they also attend the celebration on 6.12.2019. Sensei James Norwood Pratt, Bill Waddington, Reena Shah, Manik... and so many tea friends gathering to help celebrate. Volunteers like Salvador Sosa and his team to take video and serve teas...
L.A. Tea Festival (8.11.2019) and Northwest Tea Festival (9.27.2019) - Both provided us their stages for the campaign. Our hearty appreciation to Reena Shah, Bianca, Brendan, Bhavin, Dhaval, Tek.... and the wonderful couple, Julee Rosanoff and Doug Livingston.
TAGS Seattle President John Chou, and Bellevue Taiwan Center Director Ben Chen co-sponsor "Taiwan Tea:150 Years" event on 9.28.2019 @Bellevue Taiwan Center. Also having a second presentation in a row for the young FASCA (Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors), which is extremely meaningful.
10.20.2019 in Taipei. Thanks to 'Hakka Affairs Council' invitation to give a speech for the Tai3Route Culture and Art Exhibition @ Songshan Culture & Creative Park... Producer Frankie Fan and Ms 陳弱千’s amazing last minute efforts to get this event on stage...truly obliged.
10.21.2019 in Hsinchu. Yuanpei University President Chih-Cheng Lin and Professor Yi-Huang Chang invite us to share Taiwan tea's history and new direction. We believe we can have a few tea projects here to work together.
10.22.2019 in National Taiwan University. Grateful to Professor Chen Yozen. (Former Director of TRES ) to give a talk in his tea class on the same topic: Taiwan Tea's New Culture: Food Safety, Ecology, and Technology. (*Serendipitously, Josephine received one package of Jin Suang from Professor Chen's assistant, Ms. Tseng. Per Josephine, that is the best tea she has !)
10.23.2019 Josephine and I were on Hakka Radio Station to use Hakka, our mother tongue, to talk about Taiwan tea's history... Thanks to our host, Professor Ming-Chung Wen, and our good friend, 陳彩仁 to make this arrangement. Before we come to the studio, we had a good catch up with Mr. 魏德文, a very successful publisher, and owner of 南天書局, who inspired me for the interest to learn about Taiwan's history.
So many people to thank for, and I think we are very blessed to have all
these good friends.
Thank you, all.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Taiwan Tea Event for TAGS (Taiwanese Association of Greater Seattle) @ Bellevue City, Washington

We have been coming to Seattle to attend Northwest Tea Festival for the last 5 years.  Every time, we have thought of reaching out to local TA community to offer a Taiwan Tea Event.  This year, due to the early arrangement, so we can schedule ahead to consolidate our workshops in Tea Festival to be pooled in Saturday,  so we can have Sunday free to do our CommuniTea service first time in Seattle.  Thankful to President John Chou for the organizing this event, and appreciate Director Benoca Chen of Taiwan Culture Center to offer such a good venue.

Celebrating 150 Years of US/Taiwan Tea Connection, we do have so much to learn from the history, and also get enlightened from the strategy that helps to overcome difficult time in Taiwan's tea industry. I am glad this presentation has been well received.

(活動消息轉發 by TAGS)
9月29日,星期日,中午12點到2pm,在Bellevue台灣文教中心(1008 140th Ave NE #108, Bellevue, WA 98005) 有台灣烏龍茶品茶說明會,竭誠歡迎有興趣的同鄉朋友們來參加。
Seattle Taiwan Tea Event-
「知性. 品味.喜悅. 台灣烏龍」
“慶祝台灣烏龍茶銷美150 週年, 精彩好茶結好緣”

今年是台灣関係法40 週年,巧妙的是在1869 年,台北的大稻埕精製好12萬7千9佰公斤的Formosa Oolong, 從民生西路上淡水河,正式由淡水港飄洋過海直達紐約曼哈頓 (時稱New Amsterdam). 2019 足足150 年。台灣茶產業歷經了漫長的殖民經濟,改朝換代,每每是整個產業被連根拔起。但是,台灣農民跟這塊土地,一直藴育屬於台灣特有的,世界上最多元的茶文化及經歷許多食安風暴挑戰,衍發出台灣茶產業新思維:
科技、環保、食安, 新的台灣茶文化。

台灣茶葉大使許正龍(Thomas) 及TOST 計劃執行長 潘掬慧 (Josephine) 此次 專程到Seattle 參與 NorthWest Tea Festival並應主辦單位邀請在Seattle Center 特別作一個專題 介紹目前台灣的茶產業發展情況,也介紹新一代茶人,如何把科技知識引進老行業。為了讓西雅圖的鄉親朋友也有機會了解台灣烏龍茶的歷史沿革,茶葉大使許正龍將於9月29日,星期日,中午12點到2pm,加演一場,在僑教中心,台灣烏龍茶品茶說明會,竭誠歡迎有興趣的同鄉朋友們參加。

*台灣的亮點茶莊園如何仿效法國酒莊園及採納加卅Napa Wine 的策略建立 台灣五星級ISO 茶莊園。
*台灣業者台灣農林公司如何因應 美國政府的FSMA法規 及 美國市場對Health and Wealth 的趨勢, 全力以赴執行世界一流的老埤茶場計劃?
*台灣烏龍茶硏習計劃(TOST)從2008 年起,如何連續12年,協助播種台灣茶葉草根大使,協助台灣茶葉推廣?

更重要的是 台美人 如何可以藉一杯台灣茶的分享,為台灣作很好的國民外交?

精彩的分享,搭配現場有 台灣烏龍的品賞。希望大家一起共同度過一個 「非常知性品味喜悅 」的週末。

Sharing Taiwan tea with our cultural ambassadors from FASCA @ Seattle

The Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors (FASCA) in Seattle invites us to give a brief talk about Taiwan tea history and how we can reach out to make friends over a cup of Taiwan tea.  In a short 30 minutes, starts from "Taiwan Oolong Chant" led by Josephine... and we then have the students to taste Alishan Jade and Classic Tung-Ting while we share with them Oolong-Sense.

Thanks to Director Chen of TECO Seattle Culture Center coordinates such an event on our way to the Northwest Tea Festival.


Saturday, September 28, 2019

US/Taiwan Tea Connection 150 years review @ 2019 Northwest Tea Festival

After Los Angeles, DC, Las Vegas, Seattle is our last celebration of 150 Years: US/Taiwan Tea Connection at trade shows and tea festivals before heading back to celebrate in Taiwan.

Northwest Tea Festival is celebrating its 12th successful year and the show floor is packed of tea enthusiasts!

Thankful to Mr. Salvador Sosa of Sinensis to represent JT & Tea.  Also we are very lucky to have Luz Martinez to help out in good spirit.