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jpr54_1 Sep 27, 2012 09:05 AM

Is there any interest in tea chat, recommendations,tea accessories,customs, choosing tea etc.

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  1. stellamystar RE: jpr54_1 Oct 3, 2012 05:53 PM

    I would be interested in someone sharing tea blog lists! I get really into tea this time of year!

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      jpr54_1 RE: stellamystar Oct 4, 2012 01:47 AM

      good list of tea blogs


      this blog has beautiful pictures of tea, tea accessories, etc.

      site uses both english and french
      some blogs r in several different languages

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        MacGuffin RE: jpr54_1 Feb 12, 2013 10:27 AM

        Second the recommendation. St├ęphane is passionate about tea (with a focus on Taiwan product) and is a great source for really interesting and top-notch tea and teaware. I turned my fellow hound liu on to him when we first met here. One of my favorite vendors and one from whom I've learned much on my tea journey.

    2. thegrindre RE: jpr54_1 Oct 3, 2012 06:13 PM

      I like ginger root tea. Ginger root is about $4 or $5 a pound but a small piece the size of your whole thumb or so doesn't cost but a quarter or so. It's very light in weight.
      I slice mine into dime sections, about 3 to 5 of them and just drop them into a cup of boiling hot water.
      I then add a little pure raw Buckwheat Honey then stir with a cinnamon stick and let steep five minutes or so and enjoy a wonderful cup of hot tea.

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        sandylc RE: thegrindre Oct 4, 2012 07:06 PM

        That sounds really delicious and lovely on the stomach, but it isn't tea! :-(

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          thegrindre RE: sandylc Jul 12, 2014 07:07 PM

          It is in my book. :-) And, I've noticed that most others call it Ginger Tea as well. It's made the same way. I brew it in a small two cup tea pot when I want more.
          It's just plain good.

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            MacGuffin RE: thegrindre Jul 13, 2014 01:19 PM

            You're entitled but strictly speaking, tea is Camellia sinenis (IOW sandylc is right). However (and unlike the FDA), I see no problem calling liquids derived from nuts, soybeans, and coconut "milk," so I can see cutting botanicals/herbals/tisanes some slack.

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              sandylc RE: MacGuffin Jul 13, 2014 01:38 PM

              Yeah, it shouldn't be a big deal, but far too many times when I've ordered hot tea in a restaurant, they've proudly brought me a fancy box with their "tea" selection in it, and there isn't ANY TEA in it! Or, they have one or two that have some tea in them, but they're all flavored up with something silly. Hence my goal to educate the world. ;-)

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                MacGuffin RE: sandylc Jul 13, 2014 03:22 PM

                Hey, I'm a fanatic AND punctilious about vocabulary. And restaurants, even expensive ones, tend to have very poor tea offerings. It's pathetic because some vendors offer high-end blends in addition to their single-leaf offerings (Assam Tea Company immediately springs to mind). A restaurant could still do "flavors" (and trust me, ATC's such stuff is terrific, and I'm a purist), in addition to very fine tea proper.

      2. hill food RE: jpr54_1 Oct 3, 2012 10:53 PM


        granted you will need to study up on horticulture, traditional Japanese woodworking and ceramic techniques but it's a good time to get started for next Fall. it's a full package deal.

        or say screw it, roll up the garage door and unfold a lawn chair or put a tatami on the fire escape and just hang out next to a small potted tree. stoops, a stoop works too.

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          jpr54_1 RE: hill food Oct 5, 2012 12:03 AM

          Korean Tea Ceremony

          on you tube there is good video

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            hill food RE: jpr54_1 Oct 5, 2012 01:42 AM

            those two cultures have a lot of interesting parallels. I'll have to look closer at this. (let's face it the Japanese get all the press in this area) cool. I'm always looking for tangents and intersections in life (geometry was the only math I was any good at).

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          sandylc RE: jpr54_1 Oct 4, 2012 07:09 PM

          I absolutely love a hot cup of English Breakfast. I hate frou frou brands that taste like nothing. I do like white and green, but black is the best. PG Tips is preferable!

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            sandylc RE: jpr54_1 Feb 14, 2013 12:12 PM

            Tea tale:

            I was recently chatised by an older English gentleman (actually, sort of a jerk!) whom we were having dinner with for ordering tea after the meal with my dessert.

            "NO ONE in England would have tea at this time! We drink COFFEE after dinner!!!!!"

            I was flummoxed by his strident tone/opinion, and since he was our guest, I just changed the subject.

            In hindsight, I kind of wish I would have said something along the lines of, "Oh, how sad for them that they have to follow such a rule - I really love tea with my dessert!"

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              Epicureandreamer RE: jpr54_1 Jul 16, 2014 11:29 AM

              It seems Okakura Kakuzo's Book of Tea would be relevant.

              I enjoy my hot teas from Scottish Breakfast to osmanthus and the floral variety, but today is a perfect summer day for iced chrysanthemum tea with some sugar.

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