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TEA CHAT

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

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

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    1. re: stellamystar

      http://teamasters.blogspot.com/search...
      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

      1. re: jpr54_1

        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. 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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      1. re: thegrindre

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

        1. re: sandylc

          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.

          1. re: thegrindre

            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.

            1. re: MacGuffin

              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. ;-)

              1. re: sandylc

                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. 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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          1. re: jpr54_1

            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).

        1. 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. 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!"

            1. 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.