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by Baisao
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Time between steeps?
Replies: 5
Views: 94

Re: Time between steeps?

When I teach I tend to give a series of times per steep up to six steeps, placing emphasis on these times being a display of how the times relate to each other rather than being actual working times. I could do it as ratios or percentages but giving them as units of time and emphasizing the relation...
by Baisao
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Time between steeps?
Replies: 5
Views: 94

Re: Time between steeps?

I generally have fitting music playing while enjoying tea and have even noticed that some types of music, not always what I would expect, have a wonderful effect on my tea. I think it helps with rhythm and putting the mind at ease. At the risk of sounding like an ascetic, the following is how I pour...
by Baisao
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Bao Zhong
Replies: 13
Views: 667

Re: Bao Zhong

That’s a reasonable suggestion, @Ethan Kurland. I think the only thing that would be missing is the spice flavor of baozhong, which I rarely if ever find with gaoshan.
by Baisao
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 191
Views: 13685

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

@Dresden, thanks for pointing that out. I didn’t catch that it was ppTrillion instead of ppBillion. That’s a gigantic change in scale.

Heavy metal poisoning is no joke. I’ve seen it in person.
by Baisao
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 191
Views: 13685

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

WholeFoods' Starkey brand and Keurig's Peñafiel brand have unsafe levels of arsenic: https://www.consumerreports.org/water-quality/arsenic-in-some-bottled-water-brands-at-unsafe-levels/ https://www.ceh.org/news-events/press-releases/content/new-testing-finds-high-levels-arsenic-bottled-water-owned-w...
by Baisao
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Where Do You Go For High Quality?
Replies: 34
Views: 788

Re: Where Do You Go For High Quality?

Ethan Kurland wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:04 pm
If you give up tea & start on grain-based beverages, I suggest Postum.
What elevation do they grow their grains? ;-)
by Baisao
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tea Leaves - full leaf or broken to pieces?
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: Tea Leaves - full leaf or broken to pieces?

Hi Carl, Pai Mu Tan is more frequently called Bai Mudan or White Peony. Sometimes you can fine truly whole leaves but other times what you get may be flaked off of a pressed cake, which results in broken leaves. Broken leaves are normal and acceptable from a pressed cake. Bai Mudan generally gets be...
by Baisao
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Where Do You Go For High Quality?
Replies: 34
Views: 788

Re: Where Do You Go For High Quality?

One might wonder what it was all about really. Yet, I respond. This! And it's one of the main reasons I've been modest as a contributor. The other reason is that I have little to say that can't be learned by just sitting with tea. Why should I say anything at all if I believe in my heart that the j...
by Baisao
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Vacuum sealers?
Replies: 49
Views: 4794

Re: Vacuum sealers?

Every bit of the packaging that I do use is compostable (pouches, cartons, fillers, tape etc.) save for the oxygen absorbers (that's my compromise) that I put in all pouches except sample sizes. The iron inside of the oxysorbs should be great for the compost pile once liberated from their plastic p...
by Baisao
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 37
Views: 1507

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

Thanks for the deets, @Bok! I’ll add those seals to my collection and mark them as Jozan Miura. Looks like there were three generations of Jozan Miura potters.
by Baisao
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Acaia Scale
Replies: 10
Views: 390

Re: Acaia Scale

I feel like I am missing something with this device that justifies a price point thats 5x what my pocket gram scale costs. The “killer app” for this is that it has a timer and connects to your phone, correct? I can only speak for myself (though I thought this applied to most of us) but I almost neve...
by Baisao
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your day in matcha
Replies: 118
Views: 11341

Re: Your day in matcha

Elise wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:52 pm
Home made wagashi today :)

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Beautiful wagashi, @Elise!
by Baisao
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: For Shui Ping lovers with small pockets...
Replies: 65
Views: 2789

Re: For Shui Ping lovers with small pockets...

pantry wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 12:14 pm
.m. why stop at gold?

http://www.thejewelleryeditor.com/jewel ... pot-world/
Ugly as sin but the museum it was given too looks cool: https://chitracollection.com/collection ... rds=Yixing
by Baisao
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Translated Article: Sealed Storage Comparison Experiment
Replies: 7
Views: 367

Re: Translated Article: Sealed Storage Comparison Experiment

Excellent read! Thank you for translating this and sharing it here.
by Baisao
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Acaia Scale
Replies: 10
Views: 390

Re: Acaia Scale

I only started weighing my leaves a couple years ago after years of doing it by sight. I changed over to a scale because I was surprised by how inconsistent I was doing it my eye and a gram more or less makes a large difference when making tea in small volumes. I was always able to make great tea wh...