TED-Ed: The History of Tea by Shunan Teng & Steff Lee.


Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water –– and from sugary Turkish Rize tea to salty Tibetan butter tea, there are almost as many ways of preparing the beverage as there are cultures on the globe. Where did this beverage originate, and how did it become so popular? Shunan Teng details tea’s long history.

Lesson by Shunan Teng, animation by Steff Lee.

Where would I hunt for good coffee… in Shanghai?

Hello Everyone! After witnessing the incredible bloom and tasting the evolution of Shanghai speciality coffee scene for the past 2 years, I am happy to finally publish the list of my favourite coffee shops and coffee roasters in Shanghai for 2017!
– Updated on May 15, 2017.

JING’AN DISTRICT / 静安区
Seesaw Coffee Jing’an Design Centre (coffee roaster + coffee shop)
静安区愚园路433弄静安设计中心101单元
Jing’an Design Centre, Unit 101, Yuyuan road, lane 433

Seesaw Coffee Réel Shopping Mall (coffee roaster + coffee shop)
静安区南京西路1601号芮欧百货5楼
Réel Shopping Mall, 1601 Nanjing West road, 5th floor

Sumerian Coffee(coffee roaster + coffee shop)
静安区陕西北路415号,靠近北京西路。
415 Shaanxi North road, near Beijing West road.
http://sumeriancoffee.com/

XUHUI DISTRICT / 徐汇区
Boom Boom (Bagels restaurant + NO pour over coffee, ONLY espresso based drinks, beans from Sumerian Roasters)
徐汇区安福路39号,靠近常熟路
39 Anfu road, near Changshu road
http://www.boomboombagels.com/

Fumi Coffee (coffee shop)
徐汇区富民路215号,靠近长乐路
215 Fumin road, near Changle road

Kaffeine Coffee (coffee shop)
徐汇区襄阳南路92-1号,靠近南昌路
92-1 Xiangyang South road, near Nanchang road

Seesaw Coffee iAPM(coffee roaster, coffee shop)
黄浦区槐中路999号,换贸百货iAPM 3楼
999 Huaihai Middle road, iAPM 3rd floor

Café del Volcán (coffee roaster, coffee shop + coffee accessories)
徐汇区永康路80号,靠近襄阳路
80 Yongkang road, near Xiangyang road
http://cafevolcan.com/

HUANGPU DISTRICT / 黄浦区
Paras Coffee (all day breakfast menu, coffee shop)
黄浦区陕西南路55号,靠近新乐路
55 Shaanxi South Road, near Xinle road

Seesaw Coffee Huaihai Middle Road (coffee roaster, coffee shop)
黄浦区淮海中路755号, 靠近瑞金二路
755 Huaihai Middle road, Orient Shopping Centre F1, near Rui’jin 2nd road

PUDONG NEW DISTRICT / 浦东新区
Seesaw Coffee Minsheng Art Museum (coffee roaster, coffee shop)
浦东新区世博大道1929号, 民生美术馆
Minsheng Art Museum, 1929 Shibo Avenue


ONLINE SHOP / 网店

https://seesawcoffee.world.taobao.com/
http://sumeriancoffee.com/
http://cafevolcan.com/


Maybe, I shouldn’t have a favourite, but I do.

Favourite roasters – TOP 3: Sumerian Coffee, Seesaw Coffee & Café del Volcan.
While Sumerian Coffee is really my favourite in terms of taste, Seesaw Coffee offers the best worth it for its money coffee selection. Compare and you’ll see that there is no point in buying already-roasted-imported-months-on-shelves coffee beans.
I like light roast and I would say that Café del Volcan is slightly more on the medium roast spectrum for my tastebuds.

Favourite coffee place: Paras Coffee
It is still my favourite place in town after renovation. The first floor is now completely dedicated to the brew bar and placing orders, while the second floor offers a bigger and more luminous space for the coffee aficionados and digital nomads. The previous Scandinavian style and smoking room are completely gone! The new vibes remind me Parisian studios in the Marais. I thought the upbeat music would be distracting but it actually helped me focus on my workload.

Favourite place to get coffee gears: Café del Volcán

Favourite barista: They are all pretty awesome. Really.


Now, I need to acknowledge that the love for dark roast in town is strong, so I have tried two more roasters for you: Rumors Coffee who roasts more medium dark, and if you insist on having dark dark roast, there is Café Dan in Tianzifang 田子坊,who is well-known for that. And because of that, I might need to write a separate post for the dark roast lovers soon. All addresses below:

XUHUI DISTRICT / 徐汇区
Rumors Coffee (coffee roaster, coffee shop)
徐汇区兴国路372弄1号103室,靠近泰安路
Xingguo road, Lane 372, N°1, 103 lot, near Taian road

HUANGPU DISTRICT / 黄浦区
Café Dan (coffee roaster, coffee shop and Japanese restaurant)
田子坊,黄浦区泰康路248弄41号后门,靠近瑞金二路
Tianzifang, Taikang road, Lane 248, number 41, back gate, near Rui’jin 2nd road

Enjoy! Please feel free to comment, rectify, or share your own favourite coffee experience in Shanghai!

Jim Cochran: Growing Change


The day Jim Cochran realised that he had to help the strawberry farming industry change, he stopped using pesticides and started growing organic crops. By doing so, he was able to provide healthier and more sustainable working conditions to his workers.

“The real test is not what you do in a short life span on Earth, but it’s what remains afterwards.”

– Jim Cochran