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LeoFox
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Sat Oct 02, 2021 8:36 pm

debunix wrote:
Sat Oct 02, 2021 7:30 pm
Welcome!

And if you like Hwang Cha.....have you discovered Morning Crane's Tea Buy Korea? the 2021 buy is done, but with luck there will be another in 2022. I just got my 2021 teas and it it was an exciting unboxing. Now barely starting to work through the teas.
Wow, so this is where a lot of western vendors are getting their K teas. This morning crane deal warrants its own thread
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Sat Oct 02, 2021 9:52 pm

very interesting. i want to get in on that next year.
Nln22
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Sun Oct 03, 2021 7:19 pm

How long have you been drinking tea?
Well, pretty much all my life. But for "serious teas", about two years or so.

What kind of tea do you drink?
My preferences have swung from shu to sheng to my current obsession, yancha.

How do you prepare your tea?
Gongfu I guess but I typically eschew a gong dao bei for three cups, replicating the aesthetics of the Chaozhou style.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
Exploring teas, particularly the intricacies of yancha as far as my budget permits. Also, yixing pots :D :D

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
I used to drink tea Western style and reading about tea eventually led me here. As for what's keeping me here, the cynical side of me would say consumerist gratification but I guess it has been pretty fun as vexing as it has been.

What is your location?
Malaysia but I live in Sarawak far from where all the fun is :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Sun Oct 03, 2021 10:09 pm

Welcome! Some here are also from your neck of the woods, I am sure they will make themselves known to you.
Nln22 wrote:
Sun Oct 03, 2021 7:19 pm
Exploring teas, particularly the intricacies of yancha as far as my budget permits. Also, yixing pots :D :D
Oh yes, I feel your pain on both accounts...
Nln22
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Mon Oct 04, 2021 12:54 am

I'm happy that I can still enjoy mid grade factory stuff. I I await in horror the day my palate can only stand zhengyan 1+++USD/g stuff
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Mon Oct 04, 2021 7:10 am

Nln22 wrote:
Sun Oct 03, 2021 7:19 pm
How long have you been drinking tea?
Well, pretty much all my life. But for "serious teas", about two years or so.

What kind of tea do you drink?
My preferences have swung from shu to sheng to my current obsession, yancha.

How do you prepare your tea?
Gongfu I guess but I typically eschew a gong dao bei for three cups, replicating the aesthetics of the Chaozhou style.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
Exploring teas, particularly the intricacies of yancha as far as my budget permits. Also, yixing pots :D :D

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
I used to drink tea Western style and reading about tea eventually led me here. As for what's keeping me here, the cynical side of me would say consumerist gratification but I guess it has been pretty fun as vexing as it has been.

What is your location?
Malaysia but I live in Sarawak far from where all the fun is :cry: :cry: :cry:
Welcome my fellow Malaysian @Nln22!!

I'm from the other side of the country... hahahaha.... from the little turtle island Penang!.... Don't worry, you're not far away from all the fun... when we can't be where the fun is, we bring the fun to us!!... Looking forward to learning more from you. Yancha is indeed a deep obsession!! Looking forward to learning from your experiences.

Cheers!!
Nln22
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Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:51 am

@OCTO

At least I'm still connected through the domestic online market :mrgreen: . But you flatter me to much, I really am still a complete novice. I look forward to learning from you and admiring your incredible collection
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TenFu's TEA
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Fri Oct 08, 2021 1:08 am

How long have you been drinking tea?

More than 10 years.

What kind of tea do you drink?

I prefer robust and rich flavor like wuyi big red robe and dancong oolong

How do you prepare your tea?

Usually use kung fu tea set.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?

Tea planting.

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

Drinking tea is a tradition in China,besides my hometown is the origin of Phoenix Oolong.So it's more like a born habit.

What is your location?

Now in Xiamen,Fujian Province,China.
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Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:29 am

Hey all! I am new here and it's a pleasure to join all of you.

I was trying to find some information on Reddit about a yixing teapot I found in a charity shop the other day, and someone told me about this place. They made you all sound like a rather knowledgeable community (well done you! :) ) I look forward to making some friends here.

A little bit about me? Sure! Here you go:

How long have you been drinking tea?
I mostly drink Chinese tea and I discovered it first when i was living in Evanston, Illinois (just outside of Chicago). There I found an authentic little tea shop called Dream About Tea (http://www.dreamabouttea.com/) which is owned by a Chinese family. That was more than 10 years ago. Eventually I moved to the UK and didn't touch tea until about 2 years ago and I've been hitting it pretty hard since then.

What kind of tea do you drink?
Chinese teas, mostly, as I already said. I like them all, but particularly enjoy oolongs, I guess.

How do you prepare your tea?
I call it sloppy gongfu. I've got a gaiwan and a crappy little teapot i bought off Amazon, but I've never actually drank Chinese tea in the company of someone who actually knows how to do it, so I am sure I've got a lot to learn.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
At the moment, I'd like to find out as much info as possible about this curious little teapot I found in a charity shop a couple of days ago - I will post about that later. Otherwise, I am keen to learn more about the culture of tea drinking.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
Wanted to try something new, and stayed for the ritual.

What is your location?
Originally, I am Russian, but was born in Estonia. I lived in the US for a while, and now i am settled just outside of Brighton, UK.

Other than that, I am a graphic designer by profession, and that's about it :D
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Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:56 am

Welcome new members @ooohleg, @TenFu's TEA, and @Nln22. Glad to have you join us here at TeaForum.
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Fri Oct 08, 2021 11:39 am

@ooohleg cheers to a fellow practitioner of the visual arts! Looking forward to see what your little mystery teapot turns out to be.

Sloppy gongfu, I like that. Don’t worry too much about getting it right, it’s just tea and with time you’ll find what works best for you.
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Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:13 pm

Bok wrote:
Fri Oct 08, 2021 11:39 am
Sloppy gongfu, I like that. Don’t worry too much about getting it right, it’s just tea and with time you’ll find what works best for you.
This sedate little statement from @Bok could easily slip by unnoticed. But this is Tea Wisdom for the ages. Anyone who finds themselves starting to get into tea and tea ware more seriously, and may feel a bit anxious, would do well to keep it in mind. It's very reassuring.
I'm a practitioner of sloppy gongfu myself. I have been for 7 years. Like @ooohleg, I, too, have "never actually drank Chinese tea in the company of someone who actually knows how to do it," so I find this piece of advice very profound and affirming.
Thanks, @Bok.
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Sun Oct 10, 2021 4:48 pm

Welcome to all the newbies on TeaForum. I am looking forward to your posts about tea.
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Sun Oct 10, 2021 6:47 pm

teanik wrote:
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:13 pm
Bok wrote:
Fri Oct 08, 2021 11:39 am
Sloppy gongfu, I like that. Don’t worry too much about getting it right, it’s just tea and with time you’ll find what works best for you.
.....so I find this piece of advice very profound and affirming.
Thanks, Bok.
Very sound advice indeed. Let the teapot and cup be your tools and not the other way round.
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Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:50 am

thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! Pleased to finally join and thanks for the reassuring advice. I have been trying to get my father-in-law into tea over the last year too and told him pretty much the same thing - don't be too precious about it and just try to find the balance that suits you. I need to get him a tea tray though as I think he is more worried about getting sloppy in a more literal way and making a mess.

As for the mystery teapot, I am just going through some of the older posts first to see if i can find any more info about it.

thanks again!
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