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debunix
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Sat May 29, 2021 10:50 am

Welcome! You'll find lots of information about Yixing pots here, coming thick and fast enough that I gave up on trying to keep up with those topics....as well as discussions of every other aspect of tea and teaware.
Ackernym
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Sun May 30, 2021 11:06 pm

Hi everyone!

I'm Ack, and I guess I'll just get right into the questions haha:

How long have you been drinking tea?

I've been drinking loose leaf tea for around 7ish years at this point, I believe, or maybe six and a half. I started with some loose leaf earl grey and moved on from there.

What kind of tea do you drink?

I drink all kinds of tea! I have a particular fondness for Japanese greens, but I'm not too picky about my tea and will try pretty much any tea at least once.

How do you prepare your tea?

I will usually prepare my teas in a gaiwan that's around 150ml. I find that to be a good size for my sessions. I also have a kobiwako kyusu that I bought from Hojo that I've relegated to Japanese greens. I haven't brewed in a western style pot in such a long time that I've probably forgotten how :D

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?

I recently had my first taste of Pu'er that I really enjoyed and I'd love to explore Pu'er's more, as well as Oolong teas. I haven't really tried those two types all that much, and I've heard amazing things about good Oolong that I'd love to experience. I actually ordered some Oolong and Pu'er tea as well as an Akitsu Mumyoi teapot from Hojo teas, but unfortunately he hasn't responded back after confirming my order on the 12th. I've ordered from him before, but this is the first time It's taken this long for an invoice, and I don't wanna bother him with more emails if he's busy. I saw some of you have been able to contact his marketing manager, so if anyone could provide me with any help regarding that, I'd really appreciate it! :)

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

I've always been attracted by the variety of flavors and aromas in tea, and I really like the challenge of trying to "find" all the hidden flavors and unique aromas that reveal themselves with each successive steeping. I originally tried this with wine, but then I realized that I can't drink as much wine as I can tea without getting drunk :lol: (in my defense I have a very low tolerance for alcohol haha) I think the thing that's keeping me here is this incredible variety of teas there are. There's always something new to be found!

What is your location?

I'm a Chicagoan!

I'm glad to meet you all, this website has provided me with an incredible amount of enjoyment as a lurker, and I hope that as an actual member I'll be able to provide some useful and insightful comments!

-Ack
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Sun May 30, 2021 11:11 pm

Welcome to TeaForum. Looking forward to hearing from you 🍃
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l_k
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Mon May 31, 2021 12:42 pm

Hi everyone!

How long have you been drinking tea?
More or less seriously - about ten years, but sometimes I start to feel myself too overwhelmed and just drink what I have (usually it’s a stock which will never end…). I drank tea (loose also) almost all my life, but it was mainly regular black or something herbal. And I always drank also coffee, still drink and love. Don’t see any reason why I have to love only one of them.

What kind of tea do you drink?
Mostly all sorts of Chinese tea and a bit of Japanese. In Chinese teas I’m currently rediscovering Yanchas and Dancongs which I did not appreciate much in the past. I love puerh (both sheng and shu. Just starting to delve into intimidating aged and semi aged puerhs’ world), I love white teas (except Silver Needles), recently started really appreciating hongchas and heichas. I also want to expand my knowledge in Taiwanese teas, at this point I’m acquainted with standard choice: Dong Ding, Alishan, Lishan and some Ruby Blacks.

How do you prepare your tea?
Mostly gong fu. Occasionally I prepare western style or grandpa, if I’m very tired/don’t have much time or I’m at work.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
I love to learn new things, so I’m exploring everything I reach xD

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
Curiosity :D I had few online friends back in early 2010s that were drinking a lot of puerh and Da Hong Pao, so I could not resist my curiosity. I tend to love things which are whole limitless world in itself, like reading, art, history and classical music, so gladly delved into another boundless world :lol:
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Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:32 pm

Welcome!
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psboston7
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Tue Jun 01, 2021 5:16 pm

Hello Everyone so pleased to be here . My name is Pam and I am originally from Boston though I have lived in Southern California for nearly my entire adult life.

I have been drinking tea since the age of 6... my Dad would leave a sip or 2 in the bottom of the cup for me.

My favorite teas are English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Darjeeling - I have specific brands I like of these and look forward to sharing them where it's appropriate.

Was raised with evaporated milk in my tea, now I'll drink it with half & half, powdered coffeemate (when desperate) and raw sugar for sweetener.

I joined the group to find new tea brands to explore as well as am hopeful to discuss favorite num nums that we serve along with our tea.

I'd love to see some of the different tea sets or books that others recommend I have a collection as well.

Southern California is my current location... although I visit Sacramento often - my Daughter, Son-n-law and 2 grand children (toddlers) live there.
Deepsteamed
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Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:38 pm

Hello! Tea has become one of my passions and greatest pleasures. It is a love affair going on for years now since I began to practice my own tea ritual.

I love most all high quality teas, but Taiwanese oolongs, Japanese greens, and Chinese mingqian teas have a special place in my heart.
John216
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Thu Jun 03, 2021 1:37 pm

Hello from New York. Tea drinker over 20 years now.
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Thu Jun 03, 2021 2:20 pm

Welcome to TeaForum 🍃
Qidjm
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Sun Jun 06, 2021 11:47 am

Hello all!
How long have you been drinking tea?
Super newibie, only 10ish years

What kind of tea do you drink?
Fan of Oolongs and really enjoy Pu Er in winter. Unroasted Tie Quan Yin was my first love but am exploring some High Mountain varieties.

How do you prepare your tea?
When I have time to really enjoy it, trying to do it the gong fu way, small 2 person clay pot but during work hrs, in a larger 4 person caste iron/enamel pot with longer steep

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
Gong Fu teas and tea pots that are good for different varieties of the kinds I enjoy and discovering new varieties! Thank you for sharing knowledge everyone!

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
My martial arts teachers started teaching me and letting me experience zen / gong fu tea sessions after class. I am continuing to maintain it as part of my meditation practice. I am having trouble finding the high quality teas they served me though in this pandemic.

What is your location?
Canada

Apologies for going about this backwards and posting something before an intro :( Newbie and working long hours so finally getting a chance to sign in again!
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Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:00 pm

Qidjm wrote:
Sun Jun 06, 2021 11:47 am
My martial arts teachers started teaching me and letting me experience zen / gong fu tea sessions after class. I am continuing to maintain it as part of my meditation practice. I am having trouble finding the high quality teas they served me though in this pandemic.
ds and posting something before an intro :( Newbie and working long hours so finally getting a chance to sign in again!
Welcome! Martial arts and tea are a good match. What is your poison if I may ask? Bagua Zhang/Xingyi here.
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