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by mbanu
Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture
Replies: 18
Views: 1051

Re: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture

I wish it were easier to find out more info about this magazine; Greco name-drops it, and it seems like it was around for the birth of this tea-culture, but Google has very little to say about it.
by mbanu
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: puerh: to air or not to air?
Replies: 27
Views: 1403

Re: puerh: to air or not to air?

The blogger is sort of describing two separate processes at the same time. Breaking apart a cake and mixing together leaves from the inside and outside loose is actually a version of a well-known tea practice called "bulking". This equalizes the flavor of the tea. However, this is distinct from expo...
by mbanu
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: Red Hat Society
Replies: 13
Views: 943

Re: Red Hat Society

Apparently they started schisming in the late 2000s when it looked like the group was commercializing: https://www.dailycomet.com/article/DA/20091031/Entertainment/608095879/DC There is also the "Ladies of the Hat", "Kaleidoscope Circles", and the "Black Hat Banshees" (this one reminded me of the ol...
by mbanu
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Books of the late 80s to early 00s Anglo-American tea revival
Replies: 0
Views: 150

Books of the late 80s to early 00s Anglo-American tea revival

I feel like there ought to be a better subject name, but I don't know what it is. Basically, starting around the late 80s, a bunch of British authors started writing books on British tea-culture that were specifically targeted to American audiences. The best relationship I can think of to this is so...
by mbanu
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: American "faculty teas"?
Replies: 5
Views: 348

Re: American "faculty teas"?

I think this is what makes the idea so fascinating to me -- America is a majority coffee-drinking country, but this academic tea tradition was created and still persists, even if the tea itself is often forgotten in the process. The only Yale tea trivia I know is that Mark T. Wendell blends a custom...
by mbanu
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: American "faculty teas"?
Replies: 5
Views: 348

American "faculty teas"?

Apparently there is an academic tradition at many American universities of "faculty teas", either for faculty to collaborate with each other in an informal setting, or to allow students (especially graduate students) to talk with the faculty of their department in a setting that is not so task-focus...
by mbanu
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Tea Recipe Books?
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: Tea Recipe Books?

Another two recipe books that aren't really recipe books, "Tea Celebrations" by Alexandra Stoddard and "Tea & Etiquette" by Dorothea Johnson. I almost feel like their ought to be a sub-category of "Decoy Recipe" books to describe these. Tea Celebrations was one of the first tea books I've read where...
by mbanu
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Caffeine reduction in tea
Replies: 16
Views: 803

Re: Caffeine reduction in tea

Best solution is to shrink the size. A good way to do this is to use a gongfu-sized pot or gaiwan for non-gongfu brewing. You can always make another pot if you want to, but this way you also have the option to drink less. If you must gongfu, go for the smallest sizes, those pots that seem almost li...
by mbanu
Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture
Replies: 18
Views: 1051

Re: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture

The great thing about forums are that they are collaborative; there is always the hope that someone out there can point me towards something new. :)
by mbanu
Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Getting back in the game
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Re: Getting back in the game

What kind of pu'er do you like? Taiwanese dry-stored? Hong Kong "traditional storage"? Young sheng that is drinkable fresh? Dim sum style shou? Gong fu style shou?
by mbanu
Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Demystifying Pu-erh Label
Replies: 5
Views: 393

Re: Demystifying Pu-erh Label

The big challenge I think is for pu-erh after de-nationalization. There are books on Zhongcha details, but things become more chaotic afterwards, relying on things like QS vs. SC.
by mbanu
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture
Replies: 18
Views: 1051

Re: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture

Was it mainly among the WASP conservative establishment? It looks like the answer to this may have been yes before the 1980s, but it isn't clear if it was true afterwards. The Deerfield Inn in Deerfield, Massachusetts was recorded as hosting afternoon tea in a 1973 inn guidebook; Deerfield Inn seem...
by mbanu
Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture
Replies: 18
Views: 1051

Re: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture

What led to the rise of british style afternoon tea culture in the 1980s usa? I wish I knew! It is good to remember the "style" part, though -- it was British-style like Hong Kong milk tea is British-style, in that it was inspired by the Brits but if you were to sit a British person down at an Amer...
by mbanu
Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture
Replies: 18
Views: 1051

Re: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture

A few interesting connections -- Harney & Sons was apparently started as a collaboration between a semi-retired British tea packer, Stanley Mason, and John Harney, the operator of a bed & breakfast, The White Hart Inn. The inn was used as a packing and storage space as the business was mainly mail-o...
by mbanu
Sun Oct 04, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture
Replies: 18
Views: 1051

Re: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture

It looks like when a lot of the B&Bs in Greco's book changed owners, the tea-skills didn't transfer over -- most of the ones still in business seem to do "afternoon wine" now instead. There are a few that still do tea, though. Here's an example, if anyone was looking for context: https://www.fearrin...