Introduce Yourself

thetealetter
Posts: 8
Joined: Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:22 pm

Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:33 pm

Hey guys! Happy to be on this forum full of people who love tea as much (and probably more) than me! I'll go with the canned intro questions to get things started. :)

How long have you been drinking tea?

I'd say I had my first real cup of tea somewhere around 2009 while studying abroad in Beijing but I didn't truly get into tea until a few years later.

What kind of tea do you drink?

I find time to drink a bit of everything but I predominantly drink oolong of all sorts and black tea. I also love a great rock tea or dancong!

How do you prepare your tea?

Green and whites are usually western style, with everything else done gongfu for the most part.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?

I'm interested in furthering my "technical" knowledge of tea with regard to cultivar, processing, and so on, as well as my knowledge of various brewing implements and styles.

I'm also big into using tea as a source of mindfulness because I find the process of gongfu tea in particular to be so incredibly meditative.

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

I had a true Da Hong Pao gifted to me from my father-in-law and it blew my world apart. I had never dreamed tea could taste like that!

As for what's keeping me here, it's curiosity and friendship. I've become so enchanted by this little leaf we all love so much and I just want to learn as much about it as I can. An apparent side effect of this quest is the making of new friends I can bond with over a delicious cup of tea!

I also blog about the tea things that interest me over at The Tea Letter (hence the name). Lots of fun stuff planned for this year so give it a look if you're curious!

What is your location?

San Francisco, California.

Excited to be here and can't wait to get to know all of you! If you're in the Bay Area and want to meet up for tea I'm always happy to get to know more tea friends. :lol:
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Craig
Posts: 11
Joined: Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:49 am
Location: Mobile, Alabama
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Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:34 pm

Hi everyone! I found this forum by accident and figured I'd see what's going on here.

How long have you been drinking tea?
I've been a coffee enthusiast all my adult life. I experimented with loose tea a few times over the years but never managed to get further than placing random orders from a popular online retailer and then not really enjoying the tea. I started to get serious about tea a couple of months ago.

What kind of tea do you drink?
Oh man.....I'm on a quest to try as many different styles of tea from as many different places as I can. So far, I've found a couple of black teas that I really enjoy and have reordered. Puerhs are very interesting, and I like 'em, but I'm still experimenting with samples to see what I like best. Whites and greens are still kinda iffy for me....I've had a few that I thought were 'okay' but nothing 'great' yet. Oolongs are on my list to explore too.

How do you prepare your tea?
I was originally using one of those plastic ingenuiTEA teapots from Adagio but started using a gawain a couple of weeks ago after I learned about gongfu. I'm intrigued by the grandpa style of brewing and tried that once in a coffee mug and it seemed to work well.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
After weeks of heavy Internet researching I'm just now starting to realize how little I know about tea. I'm super curious by nature so I want to know it all. I guess at this point I'm just looking for a broad baseline knowledge of tea. I'm sure my interests will lead me to gravitate towards specific areas at some point.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
I love how BIG the world of tea is. I get bored easily and often move from one hobby/interest to the next fairly regularly but tea has so many variables that I know I won't get bored anytime soon!

What is your location?
Mobile, Alabama USA
Woozl
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Posts: 1
Joined: Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:48 pm

Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:02 pm

Sweet I found the kool kidz :D

I have been into tea for 15 years.

Favorites are Japanese greens, and high oolong.

I brew and drink from mostly Hagi wares.

I'd like to learn more about matcha.

Location: 200 year old New England colonial.

hello to old and new friends........

Cheers, woozl
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Mrs. Chip
Posts: 32
Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:48 pm

Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:26 am

Woozl wrote: Sweet I found the kool kidz :D

I have been into tea for 15 years.

Favorites are Japanese greens, and high oolong.

I brew and drink from mostly Hagi wares.

I'd like to learn more about matcha.

Location: 200 year old New England colonial.

hello to old and new friends........

Cheers, woozl
Woozl, glad you are here!!! You Def are 1 of the cool kids
Henk
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:26 pm

Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:53 am

Hi all. I'm from the Netherlands but now living in Malaysia. I grew up on Pickwick tea (the Dutch answer to Lipton). For a VERY brief time there was a tea hypelet (late 90's or so) and a shop sprung up where I managed to buy some Lapsang and other loose leaf tea. When I came back for a second time, it had folded already. Back to the bags...
A few years ago, I remembered and, dimly aware that tea should be more common here in Malaysia, I bought my first 'real' teapot (a banko kyusu) at Hojo. At the moment I'm drinking any and all kind of teas (unflavoured and to be honest I haven't come across a yellow tea yet). I drink mostly alone following a simplified gong fu (no messing with filter and pitcher, straight from pot to cup).
I have ordered tea from the usual online suspects (W2T, YS, CWS) a couple of times because I'm a bit hesitant to walk into tea shops while I know doodley squat and speak no Chinese but I'm quite comfortable in Hojo and slowly discovering that working in Kuala Lumpur means I landed in a kind of tea heaven.
BioHorn
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:05 am

Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:17 am

Hello Tea Peeps! Great to be back! Thank you, dear administrators, for putting the time and effort to bring new life to the old glorious forum!

I have been enjoying tea and how it makes me feel for about 12 years now.

I enjoy all teas, but gravitate towards aged teas.

My tea is usually prepared in tiny teapots, but nearly any method is accepted!

I am interested in exploring tea together with other people over good conversation.

The kind and generous spirit of other tea folk is greatly appreciated and sets a great example.

My home base is NE Ohio.

Woooo!
mrmopu
Posts: 49
Joined: Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:48 am
Location: Blacksburg Va.
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Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:19 pm

BioHorn wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:17 am
Hello Tea Peeps! Great to be back! Thank you, dear administrators, for putting the time and effort to bring new life to the old glorious forum!

I have been enjoying tea and how it makes me feel for about 12 years now.

I enjoy all teas, but gravitate towards aged teas.

My tea is usually prepared in tiny teapots, but nearly any method is accepted!

I am interested in exploring tea together with other people over good conversation.

The kind and generous spirit of other tea folk is greatly appreciated and sets a great example.

My home base is NE Ohio.

Woooo!
Bout time you showed up. I greatly enjoyed your stuff from the other site.
RedFox
Posts: 8
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:44 am

Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:20 am

Hello everyone.

How long have you been drinking tea?
I've been drinking tea since my childhood (mostly hongcha), but expanded my tea range 10 years ago (oolongs).
And I've made one more step 1 year ago and dip into puerh, yancha and Japanese green tea.

What kind of tea do you drink?
Yancha, oolong, puerh, green, white and red.

How do you prepare your tea?
Gongfu (gaiwan or clay teapot) or Western style depends on my mood and tea.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?

Puerh and green tea, especially Japanese green and sheng puerh

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
I like Japanese and Chinese culture, food. And tea gives me chance to stop time and to relax.

What is your location?
UK
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pedant
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Location: Chicago

Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:29 pm

mrmopu wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:19 pm
BioHorn wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:17 am
Hello Tea Peeps! Great to be back! Thank you, dear administrators, for putting the time and effort to bring new life to the old glorious forum!

I have been enjoying tea and how it makes me feel for about 12 years now.

I enjoy all teas, but gravitate towards aged teas.

My tea is usually prepared in tiny teapots, but nearly any method is accepted!

I am interested in exploring tea together with other people over good conversation.

The kind and generous spirit of other tea folk is greatly appreciated and sets a great example.

My home base is NE Ohio.

Woooo!
Bout time you showed up. I greatly enjoyed your stuff from the other site.
yeah, really. we were waiting for you :D
Julian
New user
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:50 pm

Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:00 am

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

What kind of tea do you drink?
Green, Yellow, Red, Dark (Pu'er and Anhua).

How do you prepare your tea?
I like to prepare all my teas in a nice porcelain gaiwan.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
The relationship between tradition and modernity in tea culture.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
The main factor is how a cup of tea makes me feel (usually very good). :)

What is your location?
Switzerland / China (Chongqing).
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