I've made some home grown tea (YouTube video)

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Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:12 am

Took a year of growing, hours of processing and only minutes to drink :D

https://youtu.be/RioesEM36dw
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:56 am

It does not have to be a lot of tea to be a worthwhile experience. I need to do this one of these days....
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:27 am

hahaha
i really enjoyed that, thanks

very nice. single tree, small batch.

but... red tea? it does not look like it to me.
i'm thinking it dried out too much before enough oxidation could happen.
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:33 am

Fascinating! Your video make me want to grow my own tea plant haha. Anyone know tea plant suppliers that ship to US?
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:54 pm

Enjoyed watching that! Was pretty funny as well :) A lot of work, just goes to show how much craft and knowledge is involved in making good tea. The music was also a nice choice.
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:57 pm

debunix wrote:
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It does not have to be a lot of tea to be a worthwhile experience. I need to do this one of these days....
True, was very fun to do and I love having the plant to look at every day :D
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DailyTX wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:33 am
Fascinating! Your video make me want to grow my own tea plant haha. Anyone know tea plant suppliers that ship to US?
Thank you, and no I do not know of any companies doing that!
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pedant wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:27 am
hahaha
i really enjoyed that, thanks

very nice. single tree, small batch.

but... red tea? it does not look like it to me.
i'm thinking it dried out too much before enough oxidation could happen.
I followed the instructions for red tea but yes it turned out more like a (very) light oolong. I do not know exactly what went wrong, instruction said to wait until the leaves are soft (step 2) but after 2 hours not all of them where soft (while some of them where soft after 15 minutes). Might have picked too late or needed to wait longer. I didnt have time to wait longer because of later drying steps would have taken the processing way past bedtime.
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Victoria wrote:
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Enjoyed watching that! Was pretty funny as well :) A lot of work, just goes to show how much craft and knowledge is involved in making good tea. The music was also a nice choice.
Yes, making good tea is an art! And thanks for the complement for the music. Spent a hours on free music sites to find this one :)
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:49 pm

Very nice video @Admar !

I love your facial expression when you and your GF tasted the tea :)

I grew and made my tea in San Jose, California, USA (viewtopic.php?f=36&t=1479)

On my part, I tried to process it into an oolong and my friend told me it tasted like a young sheng :)

Just to show that that in order to have great tea you need great material as well as great processing skill. I have neither.
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DailyTX wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:33 am
Fascinating! Your video make me want to grow my own tea plant haha. Anyone know tea plant suppliers that ship to US?
@DailyTX There are many places you can buy tea plants in US:

https://mintoislandtea.com/tea-plants
https://www.nucciosnurseries.com/
https://camforest.com/collections/tea-camellias
https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/prod ... -tea-plant
https://www.logees.com/tea-camellia-sinensis.html
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vuanguyen wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:58 pm
DailyTX wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:33 am
Fascinating! Your video make me want to grow my own tea plant haha. Anyone know tea plant suppliers that ship to US?
DailyTX There are many places you can buy tea plants in US:

https://mintoislandtea.com/tea-plants
https://www.nucciosnurseries.com/
https://camforest.com/collections/tea-camellias
https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/prod ... -tea-plant
https://www.logees.com/tea-camellia-sinensis.html
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Thanks for the recommendations. I currently stay in around the Sacramento area. I have camellia flowers at home. I hope growing tea is similar to those flower camellias ;)
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DailyTX wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:33 am
Fascinating! Your video make me want to grow my own tea plant haha. Anyone know tea plant suppliers that ship to US?
You can get one at a nursery! Found a few in Mountain View just last week!
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