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By RateTea / Merit Exchange LLC
Some tea is produced in all regions of Taiwan, but only a few counties produce single-origin tea available in the US and other Western countries. RateTea lists county-level detail and provides maps of these tea producing counties in Taiwan.

By RateTea / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea deleted and re-created their Facebook page, which serves as an official social media presence for the site. The new page reflects the brand name change to RateTea associated with the acquisition of the RateTea.com domain.

By RateTea / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea has issued their January 2013 Top Tea Ratings. Top ranking teas are from Teavana, Upton Tea Imports, Rishi Tea, Republic of Tea, Adagio Tea, Ahmad Tea, Celestial Seasonings, and Novus Tea. 7 of the top 10 are loose-leaf teas.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, in the course of a series of major improvements to its website, has linked its pages on individual styles of tea (types, kinds, or varieties of tea) to corresponding pages on Teaviews, an older, established website for tea reviews.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, an online community where anyone can rate and review teas, has broken out Ben Shan Oolong into its own distinct category on the site, among the other varietals of se chung oolongs.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, an online community where anyone can rate and review teas, closed out 2011 with a 418% rate of growth relative to 2010. This growth reflects new users, new articles, and new tea reviews and listings of tea brands and individual teas.

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By RateTea.com / Merit Exchange LLC
Bancha is a lower grade of Japanese green tea than sencha. Sencha is more widely available in the U.S., but often ranges much lower in quality than typical examples of bancha. Alex Zorach of RateTea explains why bancha can offer superior value.

By RateTea / Merit Exchange LLC
Some tea is produced in all regions of Taiwan, but only a few counties produce single-origin tea available in the US and other Western countries. RateTea lists county-level detail and provides maps of these tea producing counties in Taiwan.

By RateTea / Merit Exchange LLC
Tea can be classified into broad types, including black, green, white, oolong, and others. In most parts of the word, black tea is the de facto standard, and most references to "tea" refer to black tea rather than other types of tea.

By RateTea / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea has launched a new Tumblr blog highlighting the beauty and diversity inherent in tea culture. The blog features material independent from the site's newsletter and other social media presences.

By RateTea / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea deleted and re-created their Facebook page, which serves as an official social media presence for the site. The new page reflects the brand name change to RateTea associated with the acquisition of the RateTea.com domain.

By RateTea.com / Merit Exchange LLC
Whole leaf tea, or full leaf tea, is tea consisting of whole, unbroken leaves. Tea companies have been using these terms casually, sometimes in reference to tea that actually consists of broken leaves.

By RateTea / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea has issued their January 2013 Top Tea Ratings. Top ranking teas are from Teavana, Upton Tea Imports, Rishi Tea, Republic of Tea, Adagio Tea, Ahmad Tea, Celestial Seasonings, and Novus Tea. 7 of the top 10 are loose-leaf teas.

By Alex Zorach
Teacology is a newly founded tea blog, focusing on the intersection of tea and ecology, authored by Alex Zorach, the founder of RateTea.com. Teacology replaces the older blog, Alex Zorach's tea blog, which will remain up for archive purposes.

By RateTea / Merit Exchange LLC
Over 260 people have reviewed teas on RateTea, as reported in the site's August 2012 report. These reviewers have produced over 1700 published tea reviews, covering 193 distinct brands of tea.

By RateTea / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea has made available a wide variety of social networking icons, for tea companies and tea bloggers, to be displayed along social networking icons for Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Steepster, and other websites.

By Merit Exchange LLC
Rwandan tea is now listed on RateTea, with the first example being a green tea sold by the small, NJ-based company Butiki Teas.

By Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea researches and makes readily avaliable data on the countries of origin of teas sold by commercial tea companies; RateTea reports on Teavana, summarizing the countries of origin of the teas sold by Teavana.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea has published a new resource on the topic of the oxidation of tea, exploring questions about the level of oxidation in various teas, and the relationship between oxidation and classification of tea as black, green, oolong, etc.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
Uganda is an important tea producing country in Africa, but single origin tea from Uganda remains unavailable on the Western market. RateTea explores challenges facing the Ugandan tea industry in its new article on Ugandan tea.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, an online community for rating and reviewing teas, which classifies teas by region of origin, has added maps of tea producing counties in Fujian province of China, as well as other provinces, including Zhejiang, Anhui, and Jiangxi.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
Black teas in the style of Keemun, a black tea named for Qimen county in China's Anhui province, are now produced outside of Anhui province, including in Hubei and Jiangxi provinces, and in Taiwan. RateTea separates these on their tea rating website.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
Different decaffeination processes used to produce decaf tea and coffee differ in their relative safety as well as effects on flavor. RateTea, a tea rating website, explains the effects of different processes on both the safety and flavor of tea.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, an online community for rating and reviewing teas, has added a sub-category of green teas on its site for guricha or tamaryokucha, a particular style of Japanese tea with a curved leaf shape.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, an online community for rating and reviewing teas, has added a new category for Zhenghe county in Fujian province, an important region in white tea production.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea has scoured the internet to locate and add to its database an exhaustive set of listings of different commercial sources of pure hibiscus, for use in hibiscus tea, an herbal tea well-established to be effective for treating hypertension.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, a website for tea ratings and reviews, has pages on particular styles (types or varieties) of tea, and has linked these pages to WikiCha, a tea wiki which goes into more depth than Wikipedia, in order to encourage participation on the wiki.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea has fixed a critical bug which was preventing users from adding new teas to their database, in the case that users wished to rate and review a tea that was not already listed.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, a website where anyone can rate and review teas, announces its new page on Fuding, a county-level city, located in Fujian province of China. Fuding is famous for white teas, and this new page enables users to easily locate teas from Fuding.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, a website where anyone can rate and review teas, has added a category on its website for Kyobancha, a roasted Japanese green tea, originating near Kyoto, which is naturally very low in caffeine.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, which has a growing listing of over 300 brands of tea and tea companies, has collected in one place the phone numbers of tea companies in the US and Canada, for convenient reference.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, in the course of a series of major improvements to its website, has linked its pages on individual styles of tea (types, kinds, or varieties of tea) to corresponding pages on Teaviews, an older, established website for tea reviews.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea has redesigned the pages on its site for specific brands of tea, among them, Tazo tea, a popular brand of tea best-known for its presence in Starbucks coffee shops. The new page offers powerful functionality unavailable on Tazo's website.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, an online community for rating and reviewing teas, has redesigned its pages for brands of tea, including Teavana's, adding easier functionality of browsing and searching Teavana's loose-leaf teas by region of production and style (type).

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea has redesigned their page for individual brands of tea, making it easier to search and browse tea and loose-leaf teas by region and style (type of tea). RateTea has also compiled online contact info, facebook, and twitter, for tea companies.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
Herbal teas are frequently used to promote relaxation, and some are used to treat anxiety disorders. RateTea has published a page on herbal teas that can be effective for reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
Lemon balm is an herb commonly used to brew a lemon-scented herbal tea. RateTea has expanded their listings of commercial sources of lemon balm, also adding information about the medicinal uses and health benefits of this herb.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
Passionflower, Passiflora incarnata, is an herb traditionally used to treat anxiety. RateTea has expanded their listings of passionflower tea, and also published extensive information about the medicinal uses of this herb, especially for anxiety.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, an online community for rating and reviewing teas, has issued a statement giving a detailed rationale for their use of the term "styles of tea" for classifying teas in their database.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, an online community where anyone can rate and review teas, has broken out Ben Shan Oolong into its own distinct category on the site, among the other varietals of se chung oolongs.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
Climate and geography influence tea production, both in terms of where the tea plant can be grown, and how the finished tea tastes. RateTea has published a new resource explaining the relationships between climate, geography, and tea production.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
Caffeine is a mildly addictive substance, causing a physical dependency with unpleasant, but relatively mild and short-lived withdrawal symptoms. RateTea has published a new guide on this topic, including both discussion of symptoms and remedies.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, an online community for rating and reviewing teas, has announced its opposition to the SOPA and PIPA acts. Stopping short of a full blackout, RateTea has announced its opposition with a black banner at the top of every page of its site.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, a social networking website where people can rate and review teas, has opened up its database, allowing registered users to directly add new teas to the database; previously, users could suggest new teas but only site admins could add them.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea has conducted original research summarizing the scientific literature on the topic of the vitamin C content of tea, and has concluded that green tea contains small amounts of vitamin C, whereas black tea contains none.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea, an online community where anyone can rate and review teas, closed out 2011 with a 418% rate of growth relative to 2010. This growth reflects new users, new articles, and new tea reviews and listings of tea brands and individual teas.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea.net is pleased to announce that its parent company, Merit Exchange LLC, has acquired the domain RateTea.com. The website will henceforth be named or branded RateTea, and RateTea.net will be redirected to RateTea.net.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea.net has published its guide to tippy tea, tea that is high in the portion of leaf buds. This guide explains the differences in flavor, caffeine, and price between tippy and non-tippy teas, and how to visually identify tippy tea.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
Royal Tajiri Tea, an artisan black tea sold by Royal Tea of Kenya, was given a perfect rating on RateTea.net by Alex Zorach, the creator of RateTea.net, who has rated over 500 teas on the interactive website. This was only the third perfect rating.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
The topic of brewing temperature for tea is one that is usually glossed over in guides on brewing tea, with canned recommendations about temperatures to use for each type of tea. RateTea.net goes deeper, publishing a definitive guide on this topic.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
Drinking tea with a meal can inhibit the absorption of non-heme iron from the diet. RateTea.net has released a new resource surveying the scientific literature on the topic of tea and iron absorption, and summarizing what is known on this topic.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
Weasel words are words or phrases used to impart a misleading impression of authority when none exists. RateTea.net has released a new guide to identifying, avoiding, and protecting oneself against the use of weasel words in tea marketing materials.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea.net has rolled out a series of incremental changes to their site, including a new logo, new header, homepage redesign, images for each article, and verbal rating descriptors associated with the ratings for each tea.

By Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
RateTea.net launches a new homepage highlighting features for discovering new teas, learning about where tea comes from, and keeping track of teas sampled. The page shows recent tea reviews and articles about tea, health, and sustainability.

By Alex Zorach / RateTea.net
RateTea.net has added percentile rankings of teas based on ratings by our community of users.



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