T Ching’s mission is to nurture a community of tea lovers by providing a forum for the exchange of information, thoughts, and experiences.
T Ching was born out of a concern for the declining state of health in the United States and abroad and the recognition that drinking tea was a simple and effective way to reverse that trend. A growing epidemic of diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease that are frequently caused or exacerbated by poor lifestyle choices, touches all members of society, including the youngest. Among the poor lifestyle choices – including unhealthy diets and a lack of exercise – that contribute to these diseases is the increased consumption of high-sugar beverages.
Before founding T Ching, Michelle Rabin and Sandy Bushberg spent over 25 years in the health care field, promoting positive change in the lives of their patients by encouraging them to improve their diets, take supplements, exercise, and meditate. However, these recommendations frequently fell on deaf ears.
Enter TEA. Here was one simple, delicious, and healthy beverage that was easy to incorporate into busy lifestyles. TEA has the potential to improve your health significantly, doesn’t involve changing your entire diet, and doesn’t require you to join a gym or buy exercise equipment. TEA doesn’t even require a time commitment – it’s easy, yet it can affect you in profound ways. One simple step … DRINK TEA.
We at T Ching want people to see that not only can drinking tea improve their health in so many different ways, but can also bring great pleasure and enjoyment to their lives.
If you are only willing to make one small change in your life, we think that change should be TEA.
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Born and raised in Chicagoland, Tony only ever knew tea as “that powdered stuff you drink when you’re sick” until college when he was dragged by a friend to a new local tea shop and fell in love with the stuff. A botched date ended up getting him a job there (that’s another story) where he learned all he could about tea and the tea industry. Nowadays he is an engineer by day and a “teavangelist” by afternoons and early evenings.
A webmaster based in Virginia, Ryan is an east coast addition to the T Ching staff. Ryan’s own tea addiction started with a randomly purchased Sow Mee white tea from an Asian market when he was in college. Since then, he’s expanded his horizons and knowledge about tea, tea preparation methods, and tea production and is in the process of opening a tea shop. Ryan spends his spare time working on personal web projects and music, writing about veganism and animal rights, as well as hanging out with his wife, daughter, and basset/shepherd/bloodhound mix.
Sandy M. Bushberg is one of the original founders of T Ching and a member of the board of directors. Having been in the healthcare field as a psychologist for over 20 years and as a clinical herbalist, Sandy has a long-term vision of promoting health and wellness and devoting himself to reversing the destructive trend of declining health in this country. He is driven by the realization that if more people don’t start to do something soon to begin reversing this rapid decline in our health, then our nation’s economy will be overwhelmed by the growing costs of healthcare. His interest in tea as an inspiration for promoting health was piqued during a trip to Southeast Asia where he began to study the myriad health benefits of tea. During the ensuing years, Sandy has done in-depth research about tea – its history and health benefits, both physiological and psychological/spiritual – and has obtained certification as a Tea Specialist through the Specialty Tea Institute. Sandy’s strong vision and creative insights have been key in the development of Tching.com.
Social Media Editor
James was born and raised in the Chicago Suburbs. He is a caffeine addict who does not drink coffee or soda, tea is what fuels him. His passion for tea began in 2008 while attending college when his now wife bought him an infuser and several bags of loose leaf tea. That started a hobby that has led to a collection of teas and teaware that has filled a few pantries in the house. His favorite teas are Chinese black teas, Wuyi oolongs, and sheng puerh. James works in IT and besides drinking tea he enjoys traveling, bouldering, and going to metal shows.
Also known as Jo, Jolaika was born in Paraguay and moved to Canada when she was six. She grew up drinking traditional South American tea known as “Terere,” which uses a cup and a special filtered straw. Instead of a tea bag, the cup is filled with a green tea-like herb. The filtered straw ensures only liquid passes through. Jolaika has a strong passion for photography which started eight years ago. She is currently running her own photography business called Photography by Jolaika.