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Joined: Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:04 am

Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:48 am


I'm very much a newbie, but I'll give this a try (and then maybe you'll be patient with me and my questions :))

How long have you been drinking tea?

I've been drinking tea for four years or so, but I've only been serious about it in the last few months. I started with teabags and moved to loose leaf teas about three years ago, then went back to coffee, and now it's back to tea.

What kind of tea do you drink?

In the morning I have matcha or some type of English breakfast blend (sometimes scented, sometimes plain), or Lapsang Souchong (when I don't have coffee). After that I switch to Japanese or Chinese green tea (as a newbie, i bought all sorts of things and I'm still exploring flavours so it really varies), until around 4 pm. In the afternoon I switch to herbal infusions (these days it's mostly a hibiscus and apple tea blend) and at night I have chamomile and/or linden and/or chrysanthemum tea (sometimes blended with spices like cinammon or saffron etc).

How do you prepare your tea?

Simply... I've just bought a gaiwan so I'm enjoying exploring how best to do multiple infusions with that. Otherwise, I have a teapot for my herbal infusions and one for the other teas and I try to follow the instructions given to me at the teashop (for example, 1-3 minutes for green teas at 70-80 degrees C, depending on the tea, etc.). As said, I'm a newbie and I'm learning (i.e. experimenting).

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?

EVERYTHING!! (Sorry, I get easily excited! especially when it comes to tea)

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

I like coffee, but, compared to tea, it feels very.... one-dimensional is the wrong word. It's like with coffee there are variations of flavour, but with tea, there are many, different flavours to enjoy. It's exciting to try something new every time - and especially when I consider the different ways of making tea, and the difference of taste one can get out of different infusions.... tea does feel like a more interesting and surprising drink! That's also what's keeping me here! The quest for more flavours and more knowledge!

What is your location?
Aarhus, Denmark (but I am from Greece and most of my herbs also come from Greece, either from the areas around my hometown, or from my father's village).
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Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:00 am

Hi I'm Philip, new member here......

How long have you been drinking tea?
Tea has been in my life for over 40 years now. As a youngster did not like coffee, soda’s, alcohol so stuck to tea.
At that time tea was quite good available in supermarkets in The Netherlands (Even Loose Leaf, which I used then already) only restricted to Black Tea, Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe, Ceylon and Darjeeling. Got stuck to those and did not yet delve into other kinds of tea.
Subsequently (due to profession) tea was become a bit of a problem and I started drinking coffee (Milk/sugar for starter but soon already only pure coffee). Tea however never left my drinking habits.
Past decade I was getting into tea more and more.
Nowadays Tea is the main beverage for me and every once in a while a cup of good coffee is enjoyed as wel a good gass of wine or crafted beer… :-)

What kind of tea do you drink?
I could say all of them…. Different kinds, different origins.
Heavily interested in the Oolong variations, Pu Err and white tea.
Green tea I only try to go for Japanese ones. Gyokuru is my favorite!

How do you prepare your tea?
Preparation of tea in various ways:
Easy and simple (most of the times the black tea, single steep) with a double wall glass mug with a strainer. usually starting the day with it.
Subsequently Gaiwan or Gong Fu for Oolongs, Pu Err, whites and greens. And I love the “Be Bop” (
Some western tea ware (mostly for show in the living room….)
Looking for other tea ware like a Houhin, Kyusu (for the Japanese Greens)

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
Well I always have been hungry for knowledge on the things i’m enthusiast about. Thinking of going for a course learning still more about tea.
And investigate into Oolong and Pu Err as well as tea and food pairing.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
The lead has been described already, what’s keeping me there is the fascination for one single plant with all the variations of tastes and fragrances you can have/make with it!

What is your location?
In the beautiful centre of The Netherlands, between Utrecht and Amsterdam……
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