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StefTeaPot
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Location: Belgium

Wed Jan 18, 2023 7:33 am

Hello everyone, I am Stef, from Belgium, and I am delighted to have found this forum.

I am not entirely new in tea drinking; I drank quite some tea for about a decade years ago. I later switched to coffee. Now I think it is time to connect to tea drinking again.

At the time I appreciated tea types like Lapsang Soochon, Oolong, Orange Pekoe, Gunpowder tea. I appreciated the sequel of drafts which offered a whole pallet of tastes and colours.

As teapots I used a red clay teapot, and used it for any kind of tea. I never thought about using one clay pot per tea origin.

i picked up my interest in china tea again recently, and my journey starts here. Pu-Erh tea is on the way, as are some Oolongs. My first Yixing pots ( 2 small, 2 larger) are on their way also, of which one small Yixing arrived yesterday.

i would like to learn more about the Yixing clay pots, and about the pairing of the right kind of pot with the right tea.

Before deciding which tea will go into which pot, I will taste the new teas and compare them. The Yixing pots will be paired with Pu-Erh and Oolong teas.

So in I dive, into the vast pool of knowledge and exchange gathered here.
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lurid
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Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2023 6:17 pm
Location: Midwest, USA

Wed Jan 18, 2023 8:29 pm

How long have you been drinking tea?
All my life pretty much, but I only moved beyond tea bags and garbage supermarket loose leaf teas around early 2020.
What kind of tea do you drink?
I started with greens and jasmines, but I'm trying to expand my palette.
How do you prepare your tea?
Well, if the stars align, I don't screw it up. :lol: I've been using a "makeshift gaiwan" (a mug with whatever I can find to use as a lid, lol.) I received my first actual gaiwan today.... moving up in the world, I guess, haha.
What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
Well... all of it that I can? I'm most excited to get into pu-erh and hei cha, I suppose.
What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
Dunno. Tried a sampler from Yunnan Sourcing a few years ago, enjoyed it a lot, and had it on the back of my mind since. Last month, I decided I want to get more into tea, and I've purchased a variety of different stuff to try.
What is your location?
Midwest US

I'm a bit embarassed to be posting here considering I know so little still, but I hope I can learn a thing or two on this forum. I guess everyone's gotta start somewhere. Nice to meet you all.
Wizard
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Wed Jan 18, 2023 10:27 pm

Hi folks, I have always loved tea. I drink tea every day and spend much of my waking hours thinking about tea. I figure this is a good place to find some good tea friends and share some banter.

I am looking forward to all the steeps here. Thank you for having me.
zaxtrap
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Thu Jan 19, 2023 10:04 am

How long have you been drinking tea?
About 10 years now

What kind of tea do you drink?
Mainly semi aged sheng pu'erh, but more recently I've been wanting to try some more yancha.

How do you prepare your tea?
Gongfu style with a yixing pot. I use 6g/95ml, and the pot I use is a factory 1 green label qsn.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
I'm interested in learning more about developing my palette, learning about more specific growing and storage regions, and more about yixing clay.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
The first tea I was exposed to was yerba mate when I was in high school, which my friends would drink before class every day. I wanted to learn more about it so that I could enjoy it more, and it eventually lead me to be curious about other teas. Then I worked at a tea bar in college serving gongfu which is where I learned about that. Ever since I got more into aged pu'erh, I've wanted to continue exploring and learning about all things tea.

What is your location?
Nashville, TN
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pedant
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Thu Jan 19, 2023 12:59 pm

welcome 8-)
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Victoria
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Thu Jan 19, 2023 2:37 pm

Welcome to TeaForum 🍃
ZZteaspace
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Fri Feb 03, 2023 11:50 am

How long have you been drinking tea?
Tea has always been on my family's dinner table, but 5 years ago I started getting into yixing clay due to my father's influence, which switched the gear from dinner drink to hobby to almost addiction.

What kind of tea do you drink?
All kinds just for the fun and experience, but mostly DanCong, Yancha, Aged Oolong, Sheng/shupu

How do you prepare your tea?
antique or vintage teaware, full blown gongfucha set up, water and kettle matters just as much as the clay of teapot.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
all about the antique and vintage clay, hope to sell and trade on this forum's community, also get to know people with similar mindset.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
Tea is in my blood, as it's my family has been drinking it for generations. tea space interior design, antique & vintage trade, meditation is also necessary at the end of the day.

What is your location?
North of North America, please check out my insta post.
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Bok
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Fri Feb 03, 2023 6:40 pm

@ZZteaspace Welcome! I believe we have already met on IG. Good to have you on board here.
Greybeard
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Location: NC, USA

Sun Feb 05, 2023 6:07 pm

How long have you been drinking tea?

All my life, mostly iced as a younger one, then teabags, then I tried to buy some from the local tea seller (Gunpowder,etc), and while I was WfH during the height of Rona, I tried my hand at drinking it British-style.

What kind of tea do you drink?

These days, mostly greens and whites, but nothing special .

How do you prepare your tea?

In a mug, though I did buy a water heater thing a few years ago to try to match the temp to the recommendations on the bags.


What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?

For several years I've followed from above one of the Gong fu groups on FB, but I've never dived in. I would like to do so now, but before I spend a bunch of money at the first website I find, I am here to try to learn to begin to differentiate the good from the mediocre. There are so many options as far as tools, different teas, etc. so I'd love to find a good setup to start with.

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

Having been a paramedic for many years, I drink a gob-ton of coffee (first thing in the morning, after lunch, before bed). I'd like to switch to tea for at least a few of those time slots. I do find it relaxing, though I have no expectation of becoming an expert.

I look forward to learning all that I can!


What is your location?

NC, USA
ZZteaspace
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Mon Feb 06, 2023 10:31 am

Bok wrote:
Fri Feb 03, 2023 6:40 pm
ZZteaspace Welcome! I believe we have already met on IG. Good to have you on board here.
Is this Bok_fl? sry I just connected the dots.

much appreciate all the advised, and thank you for having me here, looking to learn more from you for sure.
polezaivsani
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Location: Kaliningrad, RU

Mon Feb 06, 2023 2:00 pm

Welcome, @Greybeard! Grab a chair or a pillow and let's have some tea. That no rush attitude certainly would help you to eschew some rookie mistakes, but tea totally devoid of blunders tastes a bit flat—do spare yourself some folly down the road :).
walkerwend@aol.com
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Location: Oregon, USA

Mon Feb 06, 2023 8:33 pm

How long have you been drinking tea?
My mother was English, tea was a big part of all gatherings. holidays, social events. When I read that caffeine made hot flashes worse, I quit for 13 years and missed it terrible. I started drinking tea again one year ago when someone asked me if abstaining had made a difference, I said no, and she said "Then, for God's sake, drink the tea!"

What kind of tea do you drink?
White, green, oolong, black.

How do you prepare your tea?
Western style in glass tea ware with a large tea strainer.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
How different harvest seasons affect the taste and quality of tea

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
Happy memories from childhood revolving around the teapot, the fragrance of tea takes me back. Now, it is the fantastic array of flavors of different tea and the intense pleasure in tasting excellent teas.

What is your location? Eugene, Oregon
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Mon Feb 06, 2023 11:29 pm

welcome!
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