Posts By: sevencups

Rou Gui Chocolate Mousse Tarts

If you have never taken a sip of piping hot rock wulong tea and immediately followed it with a square of good chocolate, letting it melt luxuriously on your tongue as it mingles with the rich, complex aftertaste… Well, what on Earth are you waiting for? Oh, you want both flavors in one convenient recipe?… // MORE


Raspberry Hibiscus Lemon Tart

With summer well underway, it’s a good time to break out a zesty and refreshing recipe! I had never tried hibiscus tea until I began working at the tea house, and my first taste was certainly a shock — I hadn’t anticipated such a mouth-puckeringly sour flavor from a flower. My train of thought went… // MORE


Zesty Orange Doughnuts with Black Tea Cream

Doughnuts are the type of pastry that seem daunting, but are in fact fairly easy to make. They do take time, however; this is a recipe that is easiest when started the night before, because the separate components need time to rest in the refrigerator. Brioche is a buttery, slightly sweet yeast dough that yields… // MORE



Matcha Recipes: Ginger Cupcakes with Matcha Buttercream

Spring is officially here — Or, as most Arizonans think of it, “Summer: The Saga Begins”. It’s the time when ice creams and iced teas are coming back in vogue, and bakers are tucking away our rich, spicy, warming winter recipes and looking for something that blooms with more delicate characteristics. Swiss meringue buttercream is… // MORE


A Foodie’s Perspective on Tea

Tea is many things to many people; a beverage, a ritual, a medicine, a comfort. Whether it’s sustaining you through a busy day, bringing family and friends together, enhancing your health and wellness, or warming your body and soul, tea is a common link between many different cultures, and the way that each culture prepares… // MORE



Plagiarism and Tea Ecommerce

Last week a fellow tea entrepreneur emailed us with a question.  We had never spoken before, so he wasn’t sure how to approach us about a very sensitive issue. He had been searching for a map of Shi Feng Mountain and noticed that some of our photos and content appeared to have been lifted from… // MORE


2 Years, Too Much: Perspectives on the U.S. Tea Industry

I was asked many months ago to write about my experience with the tea industry for this blog; I have had so little time and it has taken me a long time to put my thoughts together… even now I am not sure I have done the best job, but this is more or less the story of what happened with my blog, authori-tea.com.


Tea Mind

This morning it rained in Tucson! For many people living in many places this would be a dreary event; but here in the desert it’s cause to celebrate. Our water-harvesting barrels become full, and our few plants receive a much-needed dusting…


Shi Feng Long Jing – Dragon Well country

We recently visited Hangzhou, which has become the modern national capital for trade groups and various governing bodies. Hangzhou is completely different than the bamboo forests we’ve been living in these past few days. It’s cosmopolitan and reminds us of France with tree-lined streets. In the morning, we watched Mr. Weng Shang Yi (Shi Feng… // MORE




Austin Dons Laurels

It’s been a week of big honors for Austin. So big, he had to ask me to write a blog entry about it, fearing if he made these announcements himself he’d lose his all-important façade of modesty. Jokes aside, we were proud to learn this week that our own Austin Hodge is the first American… // MORE



Green Tea Tour, Oolong Tea Tour, Puer Tea Tour

This year, due to long, persistent, and persuasive requests from our friends, customers, and tea producers, Zhuping and I have decided to take some tea crazies to China with us. Zhuping will lead the green tea tour and the oolong tea tour in the early and late spring, and I will lead a tour to… // MORE


Best of Tucson 4th Year Running

We have won “Best Of Tucson” in two categories for the fourth year in a row.  It is a great honor for us. Even though we sell tea in 35 countries and have been recognized multiple times in China this year, there is nothing like being appreciated in your home town. Thanks, Tucson! Best Tea… // MORE


News From China

I’m writing from our recently opened office in Changxing, in Zhejiang. Changxing just a short drive away from Guzhu Mountain where Luyu supervised tea production for the Tang emperor, while he composed the first book about tea, while he lived and died in nearby Huzhou. This area is very old in relationship to the growth… // MORE


Gong Fu Tea Ceremony with Keiko

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and special guest Keiko Naito, manager of Seven Cups teahouse, demonstrating gong fu tea ceremony. Today’s topic: Gong Fu-Oolong Tea Ceremony (short version) Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts. We would like to create future podcasts on topics you all are interested… // MORE


History of Matcha | How to Make Matcha

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and special guest Keiko Naito, manager of Seven Cups teahouse. Today’s topic: Chinese Tea Travels to Japan-Matcha Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts. We would like to create future podcasts on topics you all are interested in, so please contact us with… // MORE


Uphill Journey to Distinction-Taiwan Oolong Video Podcast

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and Zhuping Hodge, tea master and owner of Seven Cups. Today’s topic: Taiwan Oolong Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts. We would like to create future podcasts on topics you all are interested in, so please contact us with ideas.


The Iron Goddess-Anxi Oolong Video Podcast

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and Zhuping Hodge, tea master and owner of Seven Cups. Today’s topic: Anxi Oolong Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts. We would like to create future podcasts on topics you all are interested in, so please contact us with ideas.



Learn about Black Tea Video Podcast

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and Zhuping Hodge, tea master and owner of Seven Cups. This week we give some basic history and information about Chinese Black Tea. Today’s topic: Black Tea Basics Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts. We would like to create future podcasts on… // MORE


Tea Tasting in Tucson-Video Podcast

Welcome back to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and Zhuping Hodge, tea master and owner of Seven Cups. This week we are presenting a special puer tea tasting we had at our tea house in Tucson. We hope you enjoy it! Today’s topic:Tea Tasting in Tucson





For Lu Yu, Tea, a Monumental Museum

Many of you have heard about Lu Yu, the man that wrote the Cha Jing, the first book about tea, written during the Tang Dynasty. Some of you may know that he wrote the book while managing the emperor’s tribute tea factory, which was located near the city of Changqing in China’s Zhejiang province. It… // MORE


Ear to the Ground » 2007» August

Ear to the Ground » 2007» August: August 17, 2007 Podcast # 2, Seven Cups teahouse, Tucson AZ August 2007 Filed under: Podcast — hanne @ 9:28 pm Hey everybody, you are listening to Ear to the Ground Productions, Pod cast # 2. This second pod cast was recorded in the beautiful Seven Cups teahouse… // MORE