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by faj
Tue May 26, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Shipping Delays on tea
Replies: 32
Views: 1485

Re: Shipping Delays on tea

Today, I received an order that was shipped from Japan to Canada on April 9. Service was EMS, which in normal times would have taken one week total, I would say. The tracking indicates it took 1 month for the package to leave Japan after pickup, 12 days to arrive to Canada (that was a long flight), ...
by faj
Mon May 25, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags
Replies: 25
Views: 407

Re: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags

Is it really worth the hassle for only 100g of tea after all, no? If I open a bag of teas that loose freshness quickly, I just finish it in 1-2 weeks. But that's just me. There are some green teas for which I definitely feel there is a clear degradation within a few days from opening, and for which...
by faj
Fri May 22, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 338
Views: 57283

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

There is no lip for the lid to sit on, and the shape of the lid and bowl are such that you can alter the angle of the lid which slightly alters how big the opening is. Sounds functionally like a gaiwan, but flatter and with a spout. I never thought of that, but now that you mention it there is an o...
by faj
Fri May 22, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2354
Views: 127943

Re: Yixing

Sad but true. I have collector friends who are paying USD100,000 just for a pot by a grandmaster. Art always has been a way to soak up excess capital available to rich people. Decadent price for art is associated with societies with a lot of wealth inequality on the one hand, and too few good inves...
by faj
Fri May 22, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 338
Views: 57283

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Should a shiboridashi have a fast or slow pour speed? I recently got two and they pour extremely slowly compared to side handled kyusu. The one I use is the flatter type often used for gyokuro, good for maybe 50ml. There is no lip for the lid to sit on, and the shape of the lid and bowl are such th...
by faj
Thu May 21, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2354
Views: 127943

Re: Yixing

Nope, not yet. And I did not mean to criticize them. Sometimes, I just don't understand their pricing. ;) It only takes one customer that "understands" their pricing to make said pricing right. This is not mass distribution of identical products where you need to get to a price point that a large s...
by faj
Thu May 21, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags
Replies: 25
Views: 407

Re: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags

These peppers are not crushed, and the vacuum is sufficient quality to require a lid opener to open the jar. Mason jars have lids about 2.5 inches in diameter, so roughly 6 square inches in area. Suppose the vacuum removes 50% of the air (just an example). The pressure difference between the inside...
by faj
Thu May 21, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 90
Views: 3373

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

Faj, the Chiran refers to origin and little else. So each Chiran will be different. I have another Chiran from Kettl that is Sae Midori and is completely different in every respect to O-cha's Chiran. The Kettl was also 12 USD more. My comments were not intended to be an opinion about Chiran senchas...
by faj
Wed May 20, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 851
Views: 119232

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

faj, my experience was similar to yours. It’s a good tea but quite delicate in flavor. I ordered it from Yunnan Sourcing last year but didn’t reorder this year as I like greens with a more assertive flavor. To me, I would say it is a matter of how "rich" the tea is. If its taste is not strong but i...
by faj
Wed May 20, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 851
Views: 119232

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

My favorite tea is Tai Ping Hou Kui, ordered from Seven Cups. I would be curious to know more about your experience. I have bought Tai Ping Hou Kui once or twice in the past in small amounts, and while it was good, I found it to be very light in aromas. Not having sampled several sources, it is har...
by faj
Wed May 20, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 90
Views: 3373

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

The tea has a lot of broken fragments and dust. It smelled great. Honestly, It was not very good. I have very little experience with green tea, so I dont know how it is "supposed" to taste, but this was super thick and almost salty. I will try using less tea and cooler water. Also, I will not prehe...
by faj
Tue May 19, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 851
Views: 119232

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

I see TeaHabitat , based in Los Angeles, CA, has two 2020 Longjing available. A few other friends have ordered Chinese greens from Tea Trekker , in Northampton, MA. I haven’t tried their teas yet though, but their web site is full of interesting information, and I’ve heard good things about them. T...
by faj
Mon May 18, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags
Replies: 25
Views: 407

Re: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags

Not necessarily if using the vacuum sealer on them. Vacuum sealing only removes part of the air (and therefore oxygen). I was curious to find out how much. Googling around, I find it a bit hard to find information about that, but I see products being listed as "800 mbar", which I take to mean eithe...
by faj
Sun May 17, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags
Replies: 25
Views: 407

Re: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags

debunix wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 10:06 pm
The canning jar solution will not crush leaves, FYI.
I assume it will leave more oxygen than the absorbers, however.
by faj
Sun May 17, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags
Replies: 25
Views: 407

Re: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags

The bag I bought is estimated to have 110ml of space. Assuming that tea leaves fill up most of that space and that I squeeze any excess air out before zipping it up, wouldn't these specific oxygen absorbers theoretically be "multi-use" as their stated capacity is higher than the space they're in an...