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Oldster
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Mon Oct 18, 2021 1:45 am

Not a fan of tea. I like my Kona coffee. That said, over the last six months I have been looking into the health benefits of green tea. Couple months ago I started trying green tea, but the taste was just too awful. Someone suggested white tea, so I bought some Silver Needle stuff off eBay last month. Cannot say I love it, but I don't hate it. I can see drinking one cup a day to get the medicinal benefit, considering the taste is doable. I expect to make this a part of my daily routine.
Alianore
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Mon Oct 18, 2021 8:41 am

Hello everyone!
I have been a tea aficionado for a couple of years now. I prefer green and white tea, as well as greener oolongs, although I do sometimes drink heicha and black tea, depending on my mood. My favorites are Japanese greens, and I almost never find any Japanese greens that disappoint me.
I usually drink my tea either grandpa or western style. I reserve gongfu for quiet moments, which are rare in my life.
In the past couple of months I've become interested in trying tea from different regions of the globe, so I am currently on a mission to learn more about differences in tasting notes for various greens. The history of tea is also a great interest. :)
I live in Zagreb, Croatia, and I am a translator.
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Victoria
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Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:36 am

Welcome to TeaForum @Oldster and @Alianore. Oldster you might take a look at our green and white tea forums especially vendor recommendations from other members. The higher the quality tea, the higher the likelihood you will find some teas that you can really enjoy. Alianore, we have a few other members from Croatia. Zagreb is such a beautiful city 🍃
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Mon Oct 18, 2021 11:16 am

Oldster wrote:
Mon Oct 18, 2021 1:45 am
Not a fan of tea. I like my Kona coffee. That said, over the last six months I have been looking into the health benefits of green tea. Couple months ago I started trying green tea, but the taste was just too awful. Someone suggested white tea, so I bought some Silver Needle stuff off eBay last month. Cannot say I love it, but I don't hate it. I can see drinking one cup a day to get the medicinal benefit, considering the taste is doable. I expect to make this a part of my daily routine.
Since you are coming from coffee - I wonder if you may prefer roasted green tea, which adds some of that roasty and smoky flavor. They are priced well:

https://www.thes-du-japon.com/index.php ... cts_id=726

https://www.thes-du-japon.com/index.php ... cts_id=727

https://www.o-cha.com/loose-leaf-green- ... jicha.html

https://www.postcardteas.com/site/produ ... hojicha-2/

https://www.the-tea-crane.com/product/m ... s-at-rest/


https://obubutea.com/shop/hojicha/hojicha-dark-roast/

As for how to brew this, just throw 1-2 teaspoons in your mug and fill with hot boiled water. Start drinking once it's cool enough to drink. Leaves should settle to the bottom of the mug so no need to strain them out. Once most of the mug is empty, just refill it. Should be able to refill it a few times before the flavor is gone.
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Tue Oct 19, 2021 3:23 am

@Victoria
Thank you for a warm welcome!
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i_viter
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Wed Oct 20, 2021 1:24 pm

Hello everyone!

How long have you been drinking tea?

I’ve been into tea culture for about 5 years Although I drink tea from my early childhood, my father was used to have a daily teapot of black or green tea, served into porcelain bowls - he brought this tradition from Central Asia.

What kind of tea do you drink?

Heh - a lot of different - it depends on my mood, overall body feeling, season and weather. It’s a rather chilly mid-autumn time in my places now, so it’s mostly Puerhs and Red teas are brewed on my teatable these days.

How do you prepare your tea?

Gongfu-cha mostly (teapot of small capacity and multiple infusions served into small cups), larger teapot if it comes to sencha or chawan ofc if I prepare matcha.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?

Nuances of tea production, historical background of tea culture and teaware development (actually I’ve been reading a lot of threads here for some time before decided to finally register). Since I count myself as a beginner on the path of tea, I’m here to mostly ask questions and read answers, still can’t share so much knowledge as experienced members here.

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

I can say that the first and the most important factor that it’s inseparably linked with my main-time work - I’m a ceramicist and teaware maker (there’s still so much to learn in that way), so I can say that my tea experience helps me to understand teaware functional issues better and my teaware making experience helps me to enrich my appreciation of tea.

What is your location?

Kyiv region, Ukraine.
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LeoFox
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Wed Oct 20, 2021 8:39 pm

i_viter wrote:
Wed Oct 20, 2021 1:24 pm
I can say that the first and the most important factor that it’s inseparably linked with my main-time work - I’m a ceramicist and teaware maker (there’s still so much to learn in that way), so I can say that my tea experience helps me to understand teaware functional issues better and my teaware making experience helps me to enrich my appreciation of tea.

What is your location?

Kyiv region, Ukraine.
Welcome to the teaforum! Your work is much admired!

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i_viter
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Thu Oct 21, 2021 8:37 am

LeoFox wrote:
Wed Oct 20, 2021 8:39 pm
Welcome to the teaforum! Your work is much admired!
Oh, thank you so much! It's very pleasing!
Hope to be useful here at least from the claywork side.
noturhabibi
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Thu Oct 21, 2021 6:13 pm

How long have you been drinking tea?
I have been drinking tea for 10-12 years, although I only discovered gong fu cha about 2 years ago

What kind of tea do you drink?
Mostly oolongs, particularly from Anxi, Wuyi, and Taiwan.

How do you prepare your tea?
Gong fu style on the floor while I am waiting for my friend to finish making me a tea table:)

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
Currently I am very interested in the underlying philosophies and principles behind arranging the tea stage. I'm an art historian so the objects of tea and their arrangement fascinate me! If anyone knows of any good resources about this topic please share.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
My dad started drinking green tea when he was diagnosed with cancer because he read it was good for his health, and it became something we did together. Many years later I bought a used gong fu set from my campus Classifieds page on impulse -- that led to learning all about the world of gong fu cha. I now drink tea every morning as a mindfulness practice. I am also very interested in teaware and the idea of functional art meant to be used daily in concert with other objects.

What is your location?
Bloomington, Indiana, although in January I am relocating to Morocco
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Thu Oct 21, 2021 6:21 pm

Welcome to TeaForum @noturhabibi and @i_viter. Crafting teaware and its arrangement during each session is an art form and so much more! Looking forward to your contributions 🍃
zirkus
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Fri Oct 22, 2021 12:15 am

I haven't ever seriously got into tea, as I tend to be quite obsessive and focus on one interest at a time. I have been quite focused on coffee and wine for a while. At the moment, I am looking at improving the tea that I drink, so I found this forum. I speak some Mandarin (maybe only 4000 words so still would rather English language resources at this time), so I thought this would be a good hobby to combine interests. I like the idea of tracability and finding specific regions etc of tea, rather than just being lost in a generic blend.

I have been reading a bunch on this forum without creating an account, so I thought I ought to now. I have been reading a lot about puer. I haven't yet looked properly into teaware, but I would like to find some good sources on here.

Oh, and I am in New Zealand.
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Fri Oct 22, 2021 4:49 am

LeoFox wrote:
Wed Oct 20, 2021 8:39 pm
Welcome to the teaforum! Your work is much admired!

Holy moly! pretty sure i've seen your work on instagram before. Amazing stuff.
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Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:43 am

welcome, @zirkus!

@i_viter, i just spent some time admiring your work on IG. welcome :mrgreen:
Abeed_Fayaz
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Sat Oct 30, 2021 1:36 am

Hi there,

My name is Abeed Fayaz and I'm excited to be here.

I've been drinking tea since I was young. My favourite tea is Indian tea.

KR

Abeed
StarchFTW
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Thu Nov 04, 2021 2:09 pm

Hello!

How long have you been drinking tea?
- At least 5 years? I'm not sure I never actively counted lol.

What kind of tea do you drink?
- Just a bunch of oolongs.

How do you prepare your tea?
- Depends on how I'm feeling; varies from teapot to easy gaiwan to good ol' grandpa style.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
- Maybe teapots and more oolong!

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
- I actually don't remember, I think I just discovered that I liked oolong so I kept drinking it, especially when I get migraines a lot (and just start chugging it...)

What is your location?
- Texas, USA
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