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Bok
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Location: Taiwan

Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:18 pm

@WuMeiSifu Welcome!
Seeing that you are also a martial arts practitioner. What are the origins of Wumei? Never heard about this style before, or maybe I know it under a different spelling, what are the Chinese Characters for it? 伍枚? That would suggest it is broadly Shaolin inspired (aren't they all :mrgreen: )

Wondering how many among us do also dip into martial arts? Tea and martial arts seem like quite natural matches in my opinion.
Makes me think of someone posting on FB that gongfu tea has nothing to do with martial arts. Clearly that person did not know the meaning of the words...
t-curious
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Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:22 pm
Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:46 pm

How long have you been drinking tea?

I grew up on a ranch in Nebraska drinking copious amounts of sun tea my mother brewed. Does that count? :D

The first time I drank loose leaf tea was in Tunisia. I was a Peace Corps volunteer there. The cafes sold either green or black tea. Another option was ordering tea half green and half black. The tea was very strong, boiled, and heavily sugared. The guys at work made a fire each morning and boiled tea on coals in a small metal teapot. The amount of tea they started with expanded to fill the entire teapot, and of course they added lots of sugar. They would keep adding water and boiling until the leaves were spent. Most mornings when I arrived they'd give me tea in a shot glass usually with pine nuts or peanuts on top. A shot glass because that's how strong the stuff was! My job was to determine which steeping (boiling) it was. I usually got it right, or they were just humoring me most days ;)

My foray into the type of tea discussed here happened three years ago. One of my work mates was leaving and while clearing out his desk gave me a box of "green tea with matcha." I brewed a bag and thought it was awful. I had no idea what matcha was so I googled it. That took me down a short rabbit hole of Japanese teas until I discovered puer. Along the way I tried many black teas from around the world, oolongs, etc.

What kind of tea do you drink?

I have a bit of a caffeine sensitivity so that's limited what I drink. The main driver for me at this point isn't taste, it's how the tea makes me feel. In terms of puer I don't drink shou much anymore, mostly sheng on the younger side. Currently I'm back into matcha after a long layoff. I've got 19 different matchas coming from 6 different companies and plan on doing a blind taste test as soon as they all arrive. I'm also interested in trying different gyokuros. I really like the calming/alertness of the theanine/caffeine combination.

How do you prepare your tea?

If I'm traveling I'll whing the proportions but for the most part I weigh my teas. For puer I use grams of tea per milliliter of water. Since I use several different sizes of brewing vessels I find this the easiest way to figure out how much tea I need. I generally use .05 grams of tea per ml of water. I'll go up to .07 sometimes. Matcha I've settled on 1 gram per 25 ml of water, for the time being.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?

Matcha and gyokuro and also Japanese pottery. I'm a budding potter, and I've just started making chawans.

What is your location?

Omaha, Nebraska
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Jo
Mrs. Chip
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:21 pm

Welcome t-curious! Glad to have you join us. Enjoyed your intro :mrgreen:

Budding potter ... hmm. Keep us posted.
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Victoria
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:29 pm

Welcome to TeaForum @t-curious. Omaha lot’s of artist live there, and lots of matcha and gyokuro lovers here 🍃.
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Bok
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Location: Taiwan

Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:42 pm

Welcome @t-curious !
You are not by any chance the tea blogger of the same name? In that case we would know each other... :)
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Dresden
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Location: Bayou Self, Louisiana

Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:17 am

Welcome @t-curious . Nice to have you here!
t-curious
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Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:22 pm
Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:25 pm

Jo wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:21 pm
Welcome t-curious! Glad to have you join us. Enjoyed your intro :mrgreen:

Budding potter ... hmm. Keep us posted.
@Jo Thanks. I will :)
t-curious
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Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:26 pm

Bok wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:42 pm
Welcome t-curious !
You are not by any chance the tea blogger of the same name? In that case we would know each other... :)
@Bok Thanks! I don't have a blog, so that's not me.
t-curious
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Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:27 pm

Dresden wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:17 am
Welcome t-curious . Nice to have you here!
@Dresden Thanks!
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Endokai
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Joined: Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:36 pm

Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:35 pm

How long have you been drinking tea?
A couple minutes out of the womb

What kind of tea do you consume?
Endokai Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha (True Stone Ground)
Endokai Premium Organic Culinary Matcha (True Stone Ground)

How do you prepare your tea?

Secret technique from master korin...
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What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
Tea Marketing/Advertising

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
Family farm in Kagoshima, Japan

What is your location?
Atlanta, Georgia
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Mrs. Chip
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Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:43 am

Welcome to our teaforum, Endokai.
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