Taiwan

Boba Continues to Grow and Evolve

Boba is more than a quarter century old and its position as a worldwide tea phenomenon is well and truly cemented. Yet the year 2017 saw the popularity of the tea-based, fruity milk drink explode—particularly in the West—with dedicated boba stores reporting booming business in cities  large and small. Originally a staple of the...

From Tech to Tea

By Janis Hashe It might seem a long way from an optical communications network to a classically styled teashop in Mountain View, Calif., but for former JDS Uniphase production manager Stephen Chien and his wife and partner Ann, it’s a dream come true. The Chiens, originally from Taiwan, immigrated in 1980, initially to Minnesota, then to California’s Silicon Valley...

Double-Walled Glass Gaiwan on Kickstarter

In 10 days, gaiwan innovator Craighton Berman will breathe a sigh of relief – but until then his Kickstarter campaign to create an innovative brewer will leave him breathless. Donors have pledged $35,000 of the $40,000 he is seeking to manufacture the first versions of Tea Maker No1, a minimalist tea brewer of porcelain...

New Initiatives Aim to Expand Taiwan Tea Business

As a significant part of Taiwan’s economy, tea business is big. Over the years, though, tea’s popularity has begun to wane. Less land is devoted to tea farming and the growers are aging. Traditional tea is sometimes called “old people’s tea.” Cold tea like bubble tea, however, is definitely growing. 67% of total tea...

Taiwan Tea and RFID: Promoting Consumer Confidence

Concerns about the mixing of tea from Vietnam with authentic Taiwanese tea has raised quality and price questions. Researchers from Aletheia University are considering ways that Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology could help address the problem. In 2013, 70% of tea imports to Taiwan were from Vietnam. Recent reports suggest that some tea shops...

Taiwan Tea Institute Tour

Annually the Taiwan Tea Institute offers a tour of Taiwan’s specialty oolong tea districts. The tour is led by Thomas Shu, a tea expert and retailer who is Taiwan’s Tea Ambassador. Visits this year include travels to Wenshan district, the source of Pouchong tea; Alishan and Lishan mountain in the LinSi district where Jade...