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by Slurp
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you eat any snacks with your tea?
Replies: 40
Views: 1220

Re: Do you eat any snacks with your tea?

I'm not sure I would consider it a "snack" but it's customary in Japan to serve sweets with matcha.
by Slurp
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: What are your favorite places to buy online?
Replies: 14
Views: 950

Re: What are your favorite places to buy online?

If black teas are your thing, try https://www.vahdamteas.com/ . Regular prices are IMO a bit high for what you get, but they run some decent specials every now and again. If you're willing to go outside your comfort zone I second the suggestion earlier of https://www.o-cha.com/ , which offers some g...
by Slurp
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Is refrigeration for Japanese green tea necessary?
Replies: 24
Views: 2121

Re: Is refrigeration for Japanese green tea necessary?

I guess my experience has been different from everyone else's. I've never refrigerated teas and haven't noticed any loss of flavor in unopened vacuum or nitrogen filled packets even for many months after purchase. How do you store your opened tea packages? Airtight tea tins, but once opened I'll dr...
by Slurp
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: How long does it take for oxygen to ruin tea?
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: How long does it take for oxygen to ruin tea?

I imagine it depends on the amount of oxygen. In a ziploc-resealable package or airtight storage container teas seem to stay good after opening for a month or two, probably more if you're not opening it every day to brew a cup. Disclaimer: my observations are based on sencha, not oolong.
by Slurp
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Is refrigeration for Japanese green tea necessary?
Replies: 24
Views: 2121

Re: Is refrigeration for Japanese green tea necessary?

I guess my experience has been different from everyone else's. I've never refrigerated teas and haven't noticed any loss of flavor in unopened vacuum or nitrogen filled packets even for many months after purchase.
by Slurp
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Looking for Puer teas that do not use pesticides, fungicides, and HERBICIDES.
Replies: 24
Views: 2271

Re: Looking for Puer teas that do not use pesticides, fungicides, and HERBICIDES.

Is that possible in any meaningful quantity? Even organic teas use fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, they just use organic-acceptable ones.
by Slurp
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best By Date
Replies: 11
Views: 1211

Best By Date

Most teas have a "best when used by" date on the package. But how accurate are those dates? Wondering what peoples' actual experience has been with different types of tea. Do the best by dates understate how long a tea is good? And does it vary by type? My own experience has been that teas tend to b...
by Slurp
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: 2020 Spring Harvest
Replies: 7
Views: 1292

Re: 2020 Spring Harvest

Roughly when do you expect the finished product to be available?
by Slurp
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?
Replies: 44
Views: 3893

Re: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?

Is organic certification perfect? No, but better than nothing, if you are worried about chemical contaminants. I personally choose to trust JAS, although the number of Japanese teas with JAS organic certification is quite small due to the high cost compared to the small scale of many/most Japanese ...
by Slurp
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?
Replies: 44
Views: 3893

Re: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?

As for the "organic" - maybe it works better in countries like US or Japan, I do often eat organic produce myself here in the US. But for places like China, again, having witnessed a lot of things firsthand in my home country, "organic" is just an empty word for me. An organic certification is only...
by Slurp
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?
Replies: 44
Views: 3893

Re: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?

I thought I read somewhere that even conventional Japanese green tea has pretty high standards, and the pesticides used not as damaging as those in some other countries. I don't know if this is factual information. I really have not researched it. They at least have standards. Decide for yourself w...
by Slurp
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?
Replies: 44
Views: 3893

Re: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?

I think ultimately the issue comes down to one of trust. If you don't trust the vendor, or don't trust the vendor is doing appropriate diligence on its sources, don't buy the tea. To dismiss entire countries though seems like it is going too far, unless what you really mean is that you have no way o...
by Slurp
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drinking for one
Replies: 12
Views: 1473

Re: Drinking for one

An electric kettle that will heat to a programmable temp would save you quite a bit of effort. Heat the water once, and it will keep it at temp for you. The trick is to find one without plastic - most of them seem to have plastic windows, washers or lids.
by Slurp
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Organic, conventional, fertilized, and pesticide-free
Replies: 10
Views: 1229

Re: Organic, conventional, fertilized, and pesticide-free

To address various points: 1. Yes, certain pesticides are allowed under Organic certification regimes. Each country has its own regulations as to what is permitted or not. In most cases those regulations are very restrictive. 2. Assuming you live in a country that has an established Organic scheme (...
by Slurp
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Organic, conventional, fertilized, and pesticide-free
Replies: 10
Views: 1229

Re: Organic, conventional, fertilized, and pesticide-free

I have a suspicion that organic isn't seen as such a big deal in Japan as it is over here. So it's probably not generally worthwhile to pursue organic certification even for those that practice organic farming anyway, except for larger farms and/or those that sell in the west. If it matters to you, ...