Hey folks, tea newbie here...

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Hey folks, tea newbie here...

Postby tattooedfay » Jan 19th, '09, 14:09

Hey I just joined here and figured I'd say hello. I'm not really new to teas, just not really knowledgable other then grabbing a box of yogi tea and throwing a teabag in a cup of hot water and hoping to remember to take it out eventually. I prefer herbal teas, as I try to limit caffiene, and I like the tastes....but then again, I don't think I've ever steeped a black or green tea at home that I actually enjoyed, so I am probably not doing something right.

Anyways, I just ordered some teas for Harney & sons after I read about a tea I HOPE is one that I feel in love with at Japanese resturants...genmaicha. I was always intrigued by the hint of rice in the tea, but whenever I'd get the courage up to ask the server, I was just told "green tea". It hasn't arrived yet, being as I order late Friday night, but I look forward to try the genmaicha as well as the handful of samples I ordered.

Any information you might be will to impart on me, I'd be very grateful! :)
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Postby kymidwife » Jan 19th, '09, 14:22

Welcome to Teachat, Jo! It's a great place to expand your tea knowledge and skills as well as make some great friends. It is also a great place to fall in love with beautiful teawares, which may cost you some $$ eventually! :D

I noticed you mentioned you like genmaicha with the toasty rice flavor... I like it very much too. I just wanted to suggest, since you like decaff/herbal... you might consider trying some mugicha which is roasted barley brewed to make a tea or coffee-like beverage (depending on how dark the roast is and how strongly you brew it). I keep some cold mugicha in my fridge all the time, although I think it's delicious hot too... naturally slightly sweet, toasty, delicious, and no caffeine. There are some mugicha threads on Teachat if you are interested in learning more. You can buy it from some tea companies or asian markets, but at least a couple of us buy the barley and roast it ourselves at home.

Again, welcome to TeaChat!

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Postby Trey Winston » Jan 19th, '09, 14:32

Welcome :D
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Postby olivierco » Jan 19th, '09, 15:03

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Postby Beidao » Jan 19th, '09, 15:13

A green tea with nice roasted taste and very little caffeine is Houijcha. An extremely easy brew, I would say.

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Postby xine » Jan 19th, '09, 16:16

Hi JO! Welcome to TeaChat.com- you are surrounded by an excellent group of tea enthusiasts so don't be shy!
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Postby Victoria » Jan 19th, '09, 17:30

Well Sarah and Chip seem to be the genmaicha experts here, roasting and blending their own. You can do a search and find some info relating to that.

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Postby tattooedfay » Jan 19th, '09, 18:31

Thanks for the warm welcome! I hope to learn alot from you guys!
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Postby cherylopal » Jan 19th, '09, 20:15

Beidao wrote:A green tea with nice roasted taste and very little caffeine is Houijcha.

Hi and welcome! I'm very new but this is a very tasty tea- one of my faves!!
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Postby Chip » Jan 21st, '09, 01:51

tattooedfay, welcome to TeaChat. So nice to have you here. Please share what is in your cup on TeaDay.
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Postby hop_goblin » Jan 21st, '09, 05:55

Thank you for the introduction! Welcome!
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