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by mbanu
Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: Red Hat Society
Replies: 13
Views: 943

Re: Red Hat Society

Well, you could say the same about "grandpa style" or "lao ren cha" (old people tea -- the older Taiwanese name for gongfu brewing). :) Why would someone be interested in these old-person tea practices? That is of course a complicated question.
by mbanu
Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture
Replies: 18
Views: 1051

American "bed & breakfast" tea-culture

It seems like the U.S. struggles to support formal tearooms outside of unique markets, but there is a widespread "bed & breakfast" culture that has adopted tea as part of the package, which I find fascinating. Does anyone know more about this? Gail Greco wrote a couple books on the subject, "Tea-Tim...
by mbanu
Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Do you prefer matched teasets or mismatched teasets?
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Do you prefer matched teasets or mismatched teasets?

As a structure-lover, I used to be in the matched camp, but am slowly coming around to the mismatched. The main change was someone pointing out that by allowing friends to choose their own cups, they become more invested in the experience. While people may become nervous choosing a tea, especially i...
by mbanu
Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: any information on aged/compressed black tea?
Replies: 18
Views: 819

Re: any information on aged/compressed black tea?

["Black tea" is most comonly used to mean the same as hongcha in Chinese. Heck, even this subforum, dedicated to hongcha, is called "Black tea". "Dark tea" is most commonly used to mean the same as heicha. "Red tea" would of course be a more correct translation than "black tea", but I think that ba...
by mbanu
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Tea Recipe Books?
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: Tea Recipe Books?

Snacks and tea are natural friends, but there is no universal tea-snack. Some are hard and meant for dunking, others are soft and light. Some are sweet, others are salty. Some folks avoid meat-based snacks while others are all about them. So it will depend on the type of tea you are drinking and the...
by mbanu
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Tea Books
Replies: 23
Views: 7876

Re: Tea Books

Tea & Sympathy by Anita Naughton. Not sure if this counts, as it has recipes, but is not really a recipe book so much as a tea-culture book, one of the best I've ever read for describing a particular place and time's tea-culture. If you look at standard book review sites the results are mixed, with ...
by mbanu
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: enamelized tetsubins - actually useful for something? maybe?
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: enamelized tetsubins - actually useful for something? or still junk?

They were invented by Mariage Frères in collaboration with the Japanese tetsubin maker Iwachu for use as teapots. The quality tumbled as they became popular and developed Chinese copycats. Alain Stella wrote a book that mentions this: like Art Deco items, cast-iron accessories could overcome the eff...
by mbanu
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: Loose tea vs bagged tea and where bagged teas may go wrong
Replies: 20
Views: 2694

Re: Loose tea vs bagged tea and where bagged teas may go wrong

The best place to start is with terminology. Strictly speaking "bagged tea" is a method of preparation, not a type of tea -- you can put any tea in a bag. Many places sell empty bags for just this purpose. The term to use is "tea fannings" or in some cases "tea dust". You can brew these sorts of tea...
by mbanu
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Announcements & Guides
Topic: Introduce Yourself
Replies: 802
Views: 144317

Re: Introduce Yourself

Hello, I was on teachat under the same handle, but I've been told that this is a more active forum. I've been drinking tea on-and-off for the last 10 years, mostly puerh and aged oolong. I was abroad for the last two years so I haven't been able to drink much tea, but now I have been reunited with ...
by mbanu
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot
Replies: 32
Views: 1689

Re: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot

Overcoming Tea Greed Many years ago one November, I got certified for basic first aid/CPR training and completed a driving school contrition course. Our excellent first aid trainer was a retired Marin firefighter who spouted tales of life and death at every turn- the most noteworthy of which involv...
by mbanu
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot
Replies: 32
Views: 1689

Re: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot

For nearly 15 years I've been a puer tea collector. But I have to admit, while I love all types of great tea, and can enjoy any tea in the right mood or setting, I'm just not crazy about puer the way I used to be. It is more of a social beverage to me now and I never crave it the way I do oolongs o...
by mbanu
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot
Replies: 32
Views: 1689

Re: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot

As tea has taught us, connoisseurship is a lonely place. We seek the nuance, beauty, and quality in everything we drink. No one would pretend to understand tea and have only ever tasted cheap tea bags. Well, the same specificity of excellence can be applied to studying the wonderful details present...
by mbanu
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot
Replies: 32
Views: 1689

Re: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot

At some point, I lost my voice with tea. I lost the ability to listen to the way every single cup spoke to me; carried me through the nights of learning how to carve out my identity and live on as a single father. It taught me that patience is often rewarded with discovery and enlightenment. At som...
by mbanu
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot
Replies: 32
Views: 1689

Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot

In the mid-2000s a lot of people started pu'er blogs, convinced that they were buying pu'er for a lifetime. Browsing places like /r/tea I see the same enthusiasm today, but without any knowledge of what happened to the previous generation of online pu'er enthusiasts, so I thought it might be worth c...
by mbanu
Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: Indian/Nepali blacks advice
Replies: 4
Views: 376

Re: Indian/Nepali blacks advice

The confusion is mostly from modern Darjeeling, which is a new type of tea, a black/white tea hybrid caused by the "hard wither" process that arrests oxidation in some of the tea leaves but not others. This goes back to a period of Indian tea history that is not often talked about, after the British...