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by bentz98125
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Poetry and science in describing the taste of Oolong...
Replies: 6
Views: 210

Re: Poetry and science in describing the taste of Oolong...

Thanks so much for the suggestion as good books are especially precious in the socially constrained pandemic life ('pandamonium'?). As I expand the Japanese green origins of my tea horizon, I see a simple answer to what kind of Darjeeling tea I'm drinking is not simple. After reading on one web page...
by bentz98125
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?
Replies: 49
Views: 3239

Re: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?

My heart goes out to any and all but especially Chip, who donated so much time to TC to make it what it was, only to get burned for their trouble. I remember first discovering the site and wondering how on earth Adagio was making money from it and if not, how amazing their foresight to promote the i...
by bentz98125
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Special Offer: Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 3976

Re: Special Offer: Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro 2020

bentz98125 a friend even goes cooler, steeping Tokusen at 10g/2oz/108F/2min, 10sec, 10sec, 20sec. Those very short steeps though are too light for moi 🌞🍃 once I find a good steeping temperature I’ll increase it after the third steep by 5° or so. I find 140f or cooler works well with this gyokuro. T...
by bentz98125
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Special Offer: Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 3976

Re: Special Offer: Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro 2020

Can anyone explain why 160 degrees works for them? With sencha, sure, but with flavor so smoothe and rich at 140, I can't imagine going higer. I've been down to 120 and loved it. So, 160?
by bentz98125
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your day in matcha
Replies: 223
Views: 41760

Re: Your day in matcha

bentz98125, i thank you sooo much for a great laughter i had while imagining your trick of transcending matcha liquid into matcha pudding and scooping it in spoonfuls to an astonishing effect :lol:. Glad you took it in the spirit it was given. Hope I didn't distress anyone who has a lot invested in...
by bentz98125
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your day in matcha
Replies: 223
Views: 41760

Re: Your day in matcha

I'm more curious whether I use too much water (8 oz) for my ~4 g of matcha... I guess there are no hard guidelines, so "too much water" is probably mostly a matter of preference. You can try with more water, less water, and see what difference it makes. You preference might very well vary depending...
by bentz98125
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 63
Views: 6322

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

When I prepare and brew tea I usually choose the tea I want and then decide how to. It can be different for each time. I like to choose the tea I want that suits me at that moment. Sometimes I want to get a Zen feeling and drink it while I meditate listening to my favorite mood music. Rabbit hole o...
by bentz98125
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 63
Views: 6322

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

According to the ancients, during the ‘tea ceremony’ people could find a deeper meaning within themselves. Tea can trace back its origin to China and has accompanied its ancient civilization for about 5000 years. However, the most significant aspect of this tradition, built around this amazing plan...
by bentz98125
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 63
Views: 6322

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

"Maybe it is as simple as the ancient Japanese proverb that someone without tea in them is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. To chajin, this is the way (and the why) of tea There are two parts to the proverb. The first part asserts that “ someone without tea in them is incapable of under...
by bentz98125
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 63
Views: 6322

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

Hope so. If so, I'll post it here!
(I think the writer is Guy Munsch. Didn't see his email but posted a request for more info. about the proverb in the comments below the article. Since he is a published tea and spirituality writer, I should be able to contact him eventually.)
by bentz98125
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: British taste in, and knowledge of, tea
Replies: 50
Views: 6527

Re: British taste in, and knowledge of, tea

Interesting if brief addition to understanding English approach to tea: https://tching.com/2009/11/anna-the-duchess-of-bedford-and-the-japanese-tea-ceremony-part-1-of-4/ The subsequent pages of the 4 part series are more about asian tea culture but for those of us less knowlegeable about the English...
by bentz98125
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?
Replies: 63
Views: 6322

Re: Is tea a spiritual activity for you?

Question for you 'spiritual' tea drinkers. While looking up the definition of the word "Chajin" (referred to in a Bok post on the Ode to Kyusu thread https://www.teaforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=17&start=345), I encountered this reference to a tea related proverb (at: https://tching.com/2012/04/hel...
by bentz98125
Sun May 24, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Is that all there is? Challenging the orthodox view
Replies: 16
Views: 1934

Re: Is that all there is? Challenging the orthodox view

It's a new twist on the old 'form follows function' phrase of architecture and industrial design. The hope is that rather than simply achieving a 'function' needed or desired by humans, design needs to do it with a net zero, or even a net positive energy-generating level of effiency.
by bentz98125
Sat May 23, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 9469

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

Florent just posted an interesting article about Kagoshima tea. I also feel the same way as what he wrote here. “...They are essentially shaded fukamushi sencha with a rather strong roasting in general. Kagoshima does not highlight an old “tradition” or style, but produces tea according to market d...
by bentz98125
Sat May 23, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Is that all there is? Challenging the orthodox view
Replies: 16
Views: 1934

Re: Is that all there is? Challenging the orthodox view

Next thread: "Why are jokes the most profound knowledge humans can seem to manage?" Wow! Are you upset, bentz? I don't think people take jokes as knowledge. Sometimes a joke is just a joke. I don't think all politicians are essentially less than homo sapiens, nor even all barbaric, or other ..... I...