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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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    sandylc 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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      sandylc 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!

      1. hill food Oct 3, 2012 10:53 PM

        http://www.chanoyu.com/

        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 Oct 5, 2012 12:03 AM

          http://www.easterntea.com/teaceremony...
          Korean Tea Ceremony

          on you tube there is good video

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            hill food 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).

        2. thegrindre 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 Oct 4, 2012 07:06 PM

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

          2. stellamystar 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 Oct 4, 2012 01:47 AM

              http://teamasters.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2012-01-01T00:00:00%2B08:00&updated-max=2013-01-01T00:00:00%2B08:00&max-results=50
              good list of tea blogs

              http://teamasters.blogspot.com/2011/1...

              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 Feb 12, 2013 10:27 AM

                Second the recommendation. Stéphane 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.

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