The wonder of tea
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The wonder of tea

As a guy that wrote a book about how plants and people combine to make the great tastes that we find in tea: Harney & Sons Guide to Tea, I am always looking out for interesting articles. There ...
And now, now it is over
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And now, now it is over

We had a fun, but hectic trip  In China & Taiwan, we went to some new gardens to find nice green and oolong teas. At the same time, we made sure that some of the basic teas used for flavored bl...
Wild Woman plucking Wild Tea
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Wild Woman plucking Wild Tea

We found a very special lot ( only 2 kilos) of Wild black tea from mountains of central Hunan. It tasted so sweet and smooth, that we had to see where it came from. My tasting buddy, Elvira Cardena...
Taiwanese Oolongs
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Taiwanese Oolongs

We went up into the clouds the other day to see some high Mountain oolongs. We were about a mile above the sea.  Unfortunately the season has been delayed by the cool weather. However soon we will ...
Traditions of tea
Tea Traditions

Traditions of tea

We visited Pingling outside of Taipei in Taiwan. Our hosts were 3 generations of tea growers and merchants of Wenshan Baozhong Oolong. Also we were with George Shu our tea exporter whose family als...
Mr. Zhao in Meijia Wu
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Hands of a Tea Man

We visited our Lung Ching tea maker. Mr. Zhao works in a very hot wok making our best Lung Ching. He puts the fresh leaves into the wok and presses the tiny leaves down in a complex manner.  He wor...
And so it begins
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And so it begins

I arrived in Shanghai. There is no tea grown here, but I did meet my friend and tea grower: Water. He lives on DongTing Island and makes great Bi Lo Chun. This is an artisan, I have visited him and...
Des-Tea-Nation: London Thames21
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Des-Tea-Nation: London Thames21

Much of the fun during our trip to London revolves around the Thames River.  We have supported Thames21's goal of "putting healthy rivers at the heart of the community" for years with our 1% for th...
Des-Tea-Nation:  London  Day 7
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Des-Tea-Nation: London Day 7

Brigitte & I hope to see you on this fun trip!
Des-Tea-Nation: London   Day 6
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Des-Tea-Nation: London Day 6

Our fun is almost over, but we do have one more action packed day. We journey down the Thames, past the Docklands where all the tea for England landed, to the Royal city of Greenwich. I am looking ...
Des-Tea-Nation: London   Day 5
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Des-Tea-Nation: London Day 5

We travel up the Thames to Hampton Court. The home of Henry the 8th, it is a beautiful pile. And its gardens are not too shabby either. Again our friends at the Historic Royal Palaces will this a s...
Des-Tea-Nation: London   Day 4
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Des-Tea-Nation: London Day 4

One of my dad's favorite tea people was Jane Pettigrew. He loved her British spunk and deep tea knowledge. To have the opportunity to spend time with her discussing and drinking tea is an honor.  ...
Des-Tea-Nation London:  Day 3
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Des-Tea-Nation London: Day 3

Kensington Palace was a sad place for many years after Lady Diana's death (almost 20 years ago). Now with a new Royal couple and their beautiful children there, it is active again. We did our Royal...
Des-Tea-Nation London:   Day 2
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Des-Tea-Nation London: Day 2

What would a trip be to London with out seeing the sights? Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and the list goes on. Even though I never smoked, I chuckle walking down Pall Mall.  Dinner is free (...
Des-Tea-Nation: London   Day 1
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Des-Tea-Nation: London Day 1

After landing it is off to Kew Gardens on the south side of the Thames. This huge Royal Garden is the home of the Pagoda. Also we will do tea at our favorite (or should we say favourite) hotel: The...
Des-tea-nation:  London
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Des-tea-nation: London

Brigitte & I are very excited to go on this trip. We will see many gardens, stop by a few of the Historic Royal Palaces, drink tea at the famous Dorchester Hotel, see tea related places, and ev...
Matcha Crispy Rice Treats
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Matcha Crispy Rice Treats

I LOVE crispy rice treats probably too much. I came up with this recipe haphazardly while trying to create a new St. Patty's sweet. You can taste the matcha despite all the sugar, and it probably h...
Memories of Saint Patrick's Days Past
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Memories of Saint Patrick's Days Past

John Harney was very proud of being Irish, and so St. Patrick's Day was always fun and special around the house. When he started Harney & Sons, he made sure we had a great tasting Irish Breakfa...
Return of the Bison
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Return of the Bison

Each year we give 1% of our sales to environmental causes. Our newest recipient is the National Wildlife Federation and their Tribal Lands Conservation Program. Late last year they started to retur...
Des-tea-nation Tokyo
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Des-tea-nation Tokyo

In 2001, I took a trip to Tokyo to find great tea suppliers. The luck of the Irish was with me, as I luckily found 2 great families to source tea from and we continue to get some of the best teas m...
Des-tea-nation Paris
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Des-tea-nation Paris

Paris means so much to me. It was there that he fell in love with my wife, Brigitte. It was there there that I fell in love with the city: its streets, it restaurants, its museums, and even its sub...
Des-tea-nation Florence
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Des-tea-nation Florence

A trip I took many years ago was to Florence. I have a bit of a fascination with architecture and wanted to see all the marvelous edifices. One building that really moved me was Il Duomo. How did B...
Des-tea-nation Capri
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Des-tea-nation Capri

The last trip that John, our Founder (my father) took, was to Italy with most of his family. A highlight was a trip to the charming island (isola) of Capri. The boat ride there was captivating and ...
Des-tea-nation Boston
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Des-tea-nation Boston

When I think of Boston, I think cranberries. The big bogs located south of Boston became a favorite fruit for a New Englander. To give this tea a different spin, I added some natural almond flavors...
Des-tea-nation Bangkok
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Des-tea-nation Bangkok

All of the lovely blends I've made always lean towards the sweet side: Apricot, Vanilla, & Chocolate Mint. So one day, I decided to do a tea blend with a savory style. It would be more like the...
Des-tea-nation SoHo
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Des-tea-nation SoHo

We are excited to feature our teas named after cities and regions of the world. They have been inspired by these areas. Please enjoy.  This is the window at our shop in SoHo featuring a crazy trave...
Soon
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Soon

Here is the the word from China:  "Now March , at the end of this month , we will pick up tea leaves and make tea . because last winter is more rain and warm , maybe we will make  tea earlier than...
Please Join Us in London
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Please Join Us in London

Brigitte & Mike Harney are leading a special trip to London in September. We will see the Dorchester Hotel that serves our teas, Historic Royal Places, lovely gardens, and historic tea sites. I...
We won!!
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We won!!

Last Saturday, Paul & Mike won the Next Generation Award from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Here is a picture of some of the family, including young Teagan. She stole the sh...
Giving Back - Harney & Sons Stewardship
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Giving Back - Harney & Sons Stewardship

Ten years ago, Paul Harney had a crazy idea. "Let's join 1% for the Planet." We would give 1% of our sales to environmental organizations, just like his hero Yvon Chouinard (of Patagonia). The ...