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by wave_code
Wed May 01, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What HeiCha are you drinking
Replies: 38
Views: 5501

Re: What HeiCha are you drinking

I am curious what everyone is drinking their heicha out of, this has always been a grey area for me. Pots, gaiwan, yixing or maybe porcelain?? I use pots now, sometimes porcelain, but mostly stoneware. I plan on investing in some nixing brown clay soon for my liu bao since it is what I drink most a...
by wave_code
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 184
Views: 10411

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

Take this with a grain of salt, but I've been having good results brewing shu with Acqua San Bernardo. If anyone's curious, here's the analysis courtesy of the University of Pavia: TDS: 34 mg/l Ph: 7 Sodium: 0,8 mg/l Calcium: 8,9 mg/l Silica: 4 mg/l Sulphates: 2,3 mg/l Nitrites: < 0,002 mg/l Magnes...
by wave_code
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What HeiCha are you drinking
Replies: 38
Views: 5501

Re: What HeiCha are you drinking

Been heavy on exploring some Malaysian storage liu bao lately, which is proving interesting for learning about storage and aging. 2011 CNNP 1st grade, 90s CNNP 1st grade, and 90s VIVE from Lao Shop, as well as some supposedly late 80s Wuzhou from a private seller. The VIVE I have to admit didn't mak...
by wave_code
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Outdoors - let's see your tea set up
Replies: 14
Views: 628

Re: Outdoors - let's see your tea set up

I keep it simple since I am either usually going somewhere by bicycle with a very small backpack, or if I'm outdoors for the day there is already plenty of other stuff taking up room like climbing gear. Usually just a thermos of something brewed at home that isn't picky, usually either shu or roast ...
by wave_code
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 217
Views: 20657

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

have been trying out some black teas from Farmer Leaf the last couple of weeks. Very good leaf for the price I think. So far my favorite is the sun dried short oxidation which is on the bright and juicy side. Very similar to the baoshan yesheng I liked from Chawang but ran out of, although the Farme...
by wave_code
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Vietnam Oolongs
Replies: 23
Views: 1792

Re: Vietnam Oolongs

has anyone tried any of the teas from Siam Teas (www.siam-teas.com)? They have a few Vietnam teas, mostly processed Pu-Erh style. They seem to focus on Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, India, Nepal and seem to try and be very transparent about their standards.
by wave_code
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Tea junkie
Replies: 6
Views: 286

Re: Tea junkie

the withdrawal is hell -
by wave_code
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Toss the scraps from your cake?
Replies: 22
Views: 1752

Re: Toss the scraps from your cake?

this occurred to me of course just a couple days after tossing a bunch of tiny bits/dust after breaking up a cake... maybe better than a percolator (and less harsh) would be to use a really fine strainer. give one quick wash, then do a very fine pour slowly moving around, like pour over coffee. I've...
by wave_code
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tea “Poisoning”
Replies: 26
Views: 827

Re: Tea “Poisoning”

I've had a couple of liu bao teas that have given me a bit of an unhappy stomach, although it usually fades within a couple of hours. Most likely I just didn't give them a strong enough wash. As long as you know the tea is or should be clean of chemicals with fermented teas I also sometimes wonder i...
by wave_code
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tea “Poisoning”
Replies: 26
Views: 827

Re: Tea “Poisoning”

hopefully it isn't an intentional cutting of the product like you said. maybe some bad leaves crept in? or could something have gotten into the tea somehow that you had an allergic reaction to, like some sort of mold? if its a popular tea sold in volume it becomes easier and easier for quality contr...
by wave_code
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: longjing vendor tips?
Replies: 4
Views: 275

longjing vendor tips?

Qingming is just around the corner maybe I am actually a bit late for this since I get the impression a lot of the better stuff tends to be pre-order based or sells out VERY fast... so if I am not already too late for this season - anyone got any vendor recommendations for longjing? Its been a few y...
by wave_code
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The art of Kung fu tea
Replies: 12
Views: 528

Re: The art of Kung fu tea

Anyway, I would like to eschew Gong Fu Cha for a better name if I could find one that avoided potentially nationalistic overtones. Ideally, it would be a name that alludes to the contributions of the various cultures involved in this manner of tea making. An interesting point, and one that is going...
by wave_code
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: hei cha brewing methods
Replies: 6
Views: 323

Re: hei cha brewing methods

hmm, I've never thought to let something rest so long after a rinse. A lot of stuff I brew isn't necessarily even pressed into cakes or is pretty loose, exception being some of the three cranes pucks or some maybe some tuo shu. If something is really tight I'll let it sit and steam for a minute or t...
by wave_code
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: hei cha brewing methods
Replies: 6
Views: 323

hei cha brewing methods

I've been revisiting my ideas/methods of gong fu and how to best brew what I am drinking, and I think a lot of the discussion around brewing methods tends towards the side of what is favorable for things like sheng, oolongs, greens, and that many hei cha might not necessarily shine their brightest u...
by wave_code
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Guangdong puerh
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: Guangdong puerh

can't offer any insight about the older stuff, but I have had the Golden Sail orange box Pu. Super broken bits, no real depth of flavor aside from dark and woody, but for some reason I do like it and tend to keep it around the house. Cheap as hell, but somehow I have had worse. Best brewed in a bigg...