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pedant
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Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:15 pm

welcome, @jimmy!
naturalpuerh
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Location: Kunming, Yunnan, China

Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:02 am

Hello, I am Allen from Naturalpuerh.

How long have you been drinking tea?
About a year and a half to two years, got started drinking tea when I got rid of smoking.

What kind of tea do you drink?
Everything, though mostly black and puerh. Not so much on the green tea except during spring.

How do you prepare your tea?
Traditional clay teapots, I have a couple yixing, a Qin Zhou, a Chouzhou, a couple of gaiwans, and a couple glass teapots for green tea.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
Everything I can, though right now starting to delve a bit into Oonlong.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
A strangely silly one, I had to give up soda, and started on tea bag tea, then found how much better traditional tea is and totally dived in. I adore traditional teas, and starting to get a taste for regional teas.

What is your location?
Normally I would say Kunming Yunnan China.
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Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:01 am

Welcome to TeaForum @jimmy and @naturalpuerh 🍃.
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Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:55 am

Thanks
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Izanami
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Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:14 am

Hello, it's nice to meet all of you.

How long have you been drinking tea? Probably 15 years.

What kind of tea do you drink? Mostly white, green, and oolong.

How do you prepare your tea? Strict guidelines, haha.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now? I'm not sure. I already know a lot about tea, but of course, there is always room to learn more.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there? Coffee has always had a little to much caffeine for me, so I got into tea instead.

What is your location? United States of America
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Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:53 am

welcome, @Izanami :mrgreen:
TastyOregano
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Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:44 pm

Hello friends, I’m Patrick. Longtime lurker, finally joining in on the fun.

How long have you been drinking tea?
All my life, but more seriously for the past 4 years or so

What kind of tea do you drink?
Most teas, but my favorites are Sheng (bulang material) and yancha/dancong

How do you prepare your tea?
GongFu/Chaozhou

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
Delving deeper into white and red teas, been slacking with those. Collecting tea ware aswell.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
Family got me into it, it’s just a way of life for me/us.

What is your location?
NL
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Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:05 am

hi @TastyOregano, great to have you here
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Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:03 am

Welcome to TeaForum @Izanami in the USA and @TastyOregano in the Netherlands 🌞🍃.
jimmy
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Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:17 pm

if only i understood how to use this forum
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LeoFox
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Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:17 pm

How long have you been drinking tea?
All my life. My dad is northern Chinese, and so he introduced chinese greens to me early on. My mom is southern Chinese, and she did the same but with yunnan red tea. However, I have mostly been drinking tea casually until this year. With covid lockdown forcing me home, i have replaced wine, spirits and cocktails with large quantities of tea (15-25 grams a day). At this amount, I am not sure if tea is healthier than the alcohol I was drinking before.

What kind of tea do you drink?
Before drinking tea seriously, i would occassionally drink long jing or taiwanese green oolong grandpa style.

Since lockdown, i have been systemically drinking tea from different regions:

darjeeling ( mostly first and second flush)

ceylon (mostly high mountain op nuwaea eliya)

japan ( i get all my teas from o-cha.com: light, medium and heavy steamed sencha as well as gyokuro)

taiwan (both high mountain green and darker oolongs, bao zhong and reds)

Chinese greens (long jing, biluo chun and hou kui)

Chinese reds ( yunnan dian Hong, keemun)

Chinese oolong (wuyi and dan cong)

How do you prepare your tea?

Indian and ceylon: mostly western style. For ceylon, i like mixing with cinnamon and saffron. For some first flush darjeeling, i do gongfu

Japanese: i use the Japanese method with a tokoname. With some deep steamed, i use western style.

Taiwanese and Chinese: gongfu

aside for japanese greens, i use porcelain or glass pots.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?

Brewing parameters and relation to extraction of chemicals from tea leaves. I have a background in biophysics and biochemistry and so i am naturally interested in the methodology. I don't forsee myself ever considering "intuitive" brewing with no timer or thermometer.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?

1.) It has helped me better connect with my parents during a time when i cannot see them. I talk to them about tea very often. My dad is a professor and has taught some tea classes, so he is very knowledgeable.

2.) Tasting and preparing tea has been a great way to meditate on the human condition.

What is your location?

Near Washington DC
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welcome, @LeoFox :mrgreen:
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Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:49 pm

Glad to have you join us at TeaForum @LeoFox 🍃.
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cbrace
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Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:45 am

Hi all,

This morning I mailed Pieter who blogs at tea-adventures dot net with a question about pu'erh storage, and in his reply he mentioned a post on this forum, which I hadn't visited before. So here I am. I've been a lifelong casual tea drinker. About ten years ago, thanks to the extensive offerings of a local tea shop, I developed a taste for Darjeeling First Flush. I then broadened into Chinese blacks, greens, and oolongs. More recently I've been getting into aged raw pu'erh, hence my question to Pieter about how he stores his stash, which he has listed on his site. I have a collection of clay teapots and gaiwans of various sizes to suit a given mood and type of tea, but what remains a mystery to me is the appeal of extremely short infusions. Maybe my taste buds still have to develop? Time will tell. I was born in the US, have lived most of my adult life in Amsterdam.
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Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:41 am

Welcome to TeaForum @cbrace. With short infusions high quality leaf, and a higher proportion of leaf to water, typically works well. Each person tweeks a session to one’s taste, I tend to prefer slightly more time than many, primarily because I enjoy richer bolder steeps. With puerh, yancha, and aged oolong I’ll usually start with very short steeps, other teas I prefer to steep longer upfront.
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