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by faj
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Don't Boil your Yixing Teapot!
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: Don't Boil your Yixing Teapot!

The first few times I deep cleaned teaware, I put the items in cool water, slowly heated up the water to avoid rattling, added percarbonate, and allowed the pot to simmer while carefully avoiding boiling. This takes a lot of time, patience and attention, more than I have of each. I have simplified t...
by faj
Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What HeiCha are you drinking
Replies: 258
Views: 35673

Re: What HeiCha are you drinking

And now having some shared point of reference, faj, can you or somebody else comment on how that one compares to LoT's offerings? Where they as rock solid? :D It is always a bit risky going from memory, and it has been a while I have had the Four Gold Coin from @EoT. Also, keep in mind I am a Liu B...
by faj
Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 365
Views: 75754

Re: Iron pill & calcium pill to enhance water for tea?

I'm a bit sceptical about a glazed bone china teapot having a big effect on the tea or on calcium content. On the other hand, when it comes to cups, the glaze can indeed affect the taste. Can you expand a bit on that? Is that because glazes are different? Or because glaze, without changing the tea ...
by faj
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:37 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Young Chinese girls revive 1,200-year-old porcelain leaf cup making techniques
Replies: 17
Views: 371

Re: Young Chinese girls revive 1,200-year-old porcelain leaf cup making techniques

As a native-English speaker, I've come to accept that native-speakers are in the minority among the users of English. Non-idiomatic English is so common in the world today that IMO it is not worth dwelling on, unless it leads to genuine problems. Sorry to see that non-idiomatic English is an issue ...
by faj
Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Young Chinese girls revive 1,200-year-old porcelain leaf cup making techniques
Replies: 17
Views: 371

Re: Young Chinese girls revive 1,200-year-old porcelain leaf cup making techniques

i think bok was trying to say that if the artists were middle-aged men, the article title would not have been: "Middle-aged Chinese men revive 1,200-year-old porcelain leaf cup making techniques" it would have probably read: "1,200-year-old porcelain leaf cup making techniques revived" I will add t...
by faj
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations
Replies: 37
Views: 5094

Re: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations

smx wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:41 pm
I have the issue with Hojo currently..
Waiting for his PayPal invoice since a few days

But that seems kind of normal?
Yes, it may take a bit of time. Sometimes, a friendly reminder just to make sure your email has not ended up in the proverbial spam folder may help... ;)
by faj
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations
Replies: 37
Views: 5094

Re: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations

I bought a Kyusu from them over eBay on 1st January (new year, new teapot), It was shipped immediately at the first working day on 4th Jan. So at least somebody is working there Thanks, good to know. In my case there was a bit of written communication involved as some items were listed on eBay, oth...
by faj
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations
Replies: 37
Views: 5094

Re: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations

One specific issue with some Japanese is that they sometimes feel (justified or not) that their English is lacking, so they just try to avoid having to communicate. Happens also when traveling in Japan. At least that has been my impression. Thanks for mentioning that. My English is not perfect eith...
by faj
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations
Replies: 37
Views: 5094

Re: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations

Long story short, maybe try emailing from another address? Well, those are only a few data points, but it is hard not to see a pattern emerging. My initial contact was through eBay, and subsequent communication through a separate address (some of the pots I was interested in were on eBay, others on...
by faj
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations
Replies: 37
Views: 5094

Re: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations

Interesting. I sent him an email asking about a pot before new years and he never got back to me. I thought he was just ignoring me but maybe something is going on on his end that`s keeping him from responding to his emails. I sympathize with you on this one... Unless we are after the same pot. :mr...
by faj
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations
Replies: 37
Views: 5094

Re: Japanese Teaware Vendor Recommendations

Before the end-of-year holidays, I had an email exchange with Takeyoshi from tokoname.or.jp about a couple of teapots. The replies were coming in quickly, but suddenly stopped, and I have not heard back since despite a few follow-ups. I wonder if my emails are being blocked by an anti-spam filter or...
by faj
Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3572
Views: 365983

Re: Yixing

Balthazar wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:59 pm
I do this if the pot has cooled down completely and I know the following brew will be a "more than one minute" one.
This seems like a reasonable rule of thumb.
by faj
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3572
Views: 365983

Re: Yixing

No, the equilibrium temperature would be 96 degree. but at those temperatures it's not a linear thing anymore, so it'd probably be closer to 90. Sorry for the brain cramp, you are right obviously, I will correct my post. That being said, the non-linearity comes from the heat losses involved (it is ...
by faj
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Electric Kettles
Replies: 134
Views: 26102

Re: Electric Kettles

I have also found unexpected compatibility between certain kettles and bases--Gourmia and Bonavita, when one component died but the other part was fine. I'm sure the manufacturers would not recommend it but they're clearly built from compatible parts. At some point in the past I ended up (through r...
by faj
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3572
Views: 365983

Re: Yixing

Both phases are determined by one parameter: The specific heat of the Gaiwan/Pot + The Specific heat of the water. What Specific Heat tells you is basically how much energy you need to change the temperature of the System by 1 degree. Water requires 4x more energy to change its temperature than Por...