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Making the perfect cuppa is not as easy as it may sound. How hot should the water be? How long should the tea steep? What kind of tea should be used in the first place? All pertinent tea-making questions are answered in knowlegeable, bouyant prose in this handy guide. The authors take readers along as they “explore the world of premium tea”; premium tea, once unknown in the West, is now very popular in the U.S. (“Tea,” by the way, is “the most widely consumed beverage on the planet after water” and “still proudly maintains its title as the world’s oldest beverage.”) Guidance is extended to purchasing and steeping tea, but the in-depth discussions of the properties and particular pleasures of the six classes of tea dominate most of the book’s pleasurable pages. Information on tea storage and a glossary round out this excellent introduction to a special world. --Brad Hooper
“a map to have in your grasp as you head down the dozens of intricate, interconnected paths that define the landscape of the world’s best teas.”
—Fresh Cup magazine, December 2010
“Excellent, concise advice about tea. The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook, a charming guide small enough to fit in a large pocket, brims with enthusiasm. ...The information is essential to appreciation; almost every word bears on taste. The Heisses write with impressive accuracy, having researched and lived the subject extensively.... All tea styles...are given equal attention and value, which is rarely the case in tea literature. ...All is laid out with succint clarity and precision.”
—Kevin Gascoyne, The Art of Eating, 7/1/10
"This book is like a mini encyclopedia dedicated to all things Camellia sinensis."
—Imbibe Magazine, March 2010
"The Heisses have written a valuable guide."
—Library Journal, 3/15/10
"All pertinent tea-making questions are answered in knowledgeable, buoyant prose in this handy guide."
"Rich detail on how to buy, brew, and enjoy the six classes of tea. Questions...are answered with unparalleled passion."
—Tea A Magazine, February 2010
“This delightful, pocket-sized edition offers virtually everything one needs to know about selecting, brewing and enjoying the most consumed (after water) beverage on earth.”
Exceptionally good book if you're looking to cultivate or expand your interest in different kinds of tea, especially in terms of navigating any of the boutique tea shops that have... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Mr. Dunkles
A great companion book that is easy to use for quick reference. Also a great gift for luring others into the wonderful world of tea. VPublished 16 days ago by Pamela Batchelor
Very good book. Informative, concise, and not full of advertisements or preachy. I liked the way the information was divided up and presented. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Henry W.
My husband and I are getting into drinking Tea and I needed to learn more about Tea. this book has a lot of pictures of different tea's and how to make them. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dixie Gallup
I'm working in a very high-end tea shop (NOT Teavana, Adagio, or David's), and this book is required reading BEFORE we start our education program. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kara Lang Guminski
I will be using this book as a reference guide on a regular basis!Published 9 months ago by Gail Vincent
It was a great gift and awesome that local authors wrote it! Definitely recommend it!Published 9 months ago by Steph