Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay


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Today, we visit the VERY FIRST TeaRelated activity of the day, a happy moment of the day indeed. Please share of course!

Cleaning up the remains of the day from the day before
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9%
Picking a Tea
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21%
Picking a pot
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3%
Picking a cup
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Setting the TeaTable
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3%
Getting out tools of the trade
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9%
The tea was picked the night before, so measuring out the tea is the first activity
2
6%
Pouring water into the kettle
14
42%
Firing up the heat source
2
6%
Preparing an accessory
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No votes
 
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Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby Chip » Mar 16th, '11, 02:17

Good TeaDay to all, and to all a good Tea! Please drop in throughout the day and share what is in your cup with us!

Yesterday we discussed what Tea related activity is the last on a typical TeaDay. You can still vote and discuss yesterday's topic!

Today's TeaPoll and discussion topic. Today, we visit the VERY FIRST TeaRelated activity of the day, a happy moment of the day indeed. Please share of course!

We are all looking forward to sharing this TeaDay, from the first to the last TeaRelated activity, with ... everyone. Bottoms up.
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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby IPT » Mar 16th, '11, 02:32

In the morning, the first thing I do every day after peeking in on my daughter, is to turn on my electric kettle. I then take my tea tray and go in to the vault to choose the tea, tools, and ware. I then carry them to my desk and brew the first tea of the day. Generally, it is matcha, but it does vary. After I finish it, I then begin my day. When I get to the office, the first thing I do is turn on my electric kettle and pull the desired tea, tools, and ware out of my cabinet and brew up a cup before beginning the work day. When I get home, I clean up the morning's tea ware and then choose more. I drink until I go to bed.
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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby karmaplace » Mar 16th, '11, 03:59

I have an electronic kettle with temperature settings and a timer, so I usually decide what type of tea I'd like to have the next day the night before, and set the water to start heating before I wake up. :lol:

So, I wake up, pick out my pot and cup, and measure out the tea. In a few minutes, I've got my first cup of the day. :D

Today I had a banana matcha smoothie and some wuyi oolong. I'm currently drinking ayurvedic chai at work. It's a good TeaDay. 8)
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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby Tadpole » Mar 16th, '11, 05:15

I have to set the tea table first! Pick a cloth for the table, select a tea tray, coordinate the brewing vessel and cup(s), decide if I want to use a cha hai, set the tea scoop, pad a corner with a tea towel for the water kettle. Usually I set the table with an idea of what tea I want to start with. If I'm craving white or green I'll select glass or porcelain ware. A yixing or porcelain pot for oolong. Thick ceramic for black, puerh, or some oolongs. Then it's time to heat the water and choose the tea!

Ok...sometimes I wake up knowing exactly what tea I want, but the activity is alway setting the table.

More rose and osmanthus tonight. Had a heavy roast tiekuanyin with breakfast. Apple juice with lunch (yuck).
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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby Herb_Master » Mar 16th, '11, 06:04

IPT wrote:I then take my tea tray and go in to the vault to choose the tea, tools, and ware.


How big is your vault ? You have an awful lot of them

I think I had heard Chip asking for pictures :lol: :lol:
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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby karmaplace » Mar 16th, '11, 07:03

Herb_Master wrote:How big is your vault ? You have an awful lot of them

I think I had heard Chip asking for pictures :lol: :lol:


Yes, we should see this vault. :mrgreen:
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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby JBaymore » Mar 16th, '11, 08:31

Pouring the water into the kettle.

I am fortunate in that I have great water here right from the kitchen tap. It is the same aquifer that the commercial bottled "Monadnock Spring Water" comes from. The towns well and the commercial well are basically side by side.

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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby IPT » Mar 16th, '11, 08:57

Tadpole wrote:I have to set the tea table first! Pick a cloth for the table, select a tea tray, coordinate the brewing vessel and cup(s), decide if I want to use a cha hai, set the tea scoop, pad a corner with a tea towel for the water kettle. Usually I set the table with an idea of what tea I want to start with. If I'm craving white or green I'll select glass or porcelain ware. A yixing or porcelain pot for oolong. Thick ceramic for black, puerh, or some oolongs. Then it's time to heat the water and choose the tea!


This sounds lovely. I should work on my table dressings I think. I use a large tea tray, but it is just sitting on the plain table. How about a photo of a morning's setup?
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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby artmom » Mar 16th, '11, 09:00

First Tea related activity of the day for me is opening my eyes, thinking "OMG, I need a cuppa'!" Then lying there for a while, choosing a Tea in my head while I check gently to see if everything is go for standing up!!!! :lol:
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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby TwoPynts » Mar 16th, '11, 10:20

My first step is to get out the tools of the trade, followed by picking a tea. Sometimes I need to clean up from the previous day, if I've been lazy.

Black Dragon Pearls in my cuppa todaya.
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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby Nenugal » Mar 16th, '11, 10:21

First I'm boiling water, then planning what to use it for. Usually starting the tea-day with matcha and some sencha in the morning.
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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby solitude » Mar 16th, '11, 10:36

If I drunk puerh the evening before I usually leave the last brew over night so after I finish the breakfast, I drink the puerh brewed overnight and then start the new session.
For the morning I usually know very well what I will drink. It is almost always green tea, and mostly sencha. Using a banko unglazed houhin, 2g of sencha for 80-100 ml of water, 3 steps. This is a lighter version but for the time issues there is no space for a real 5-6 step session.
The mornings of the last two months were about the YM supreme, it will be finished in the next days :(.
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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby debunix » Mar 16th, '11, 11:27

Filled the kettle, turned it on, adjusted the temp setting to 160 degrees for some silver needle from Jing Tea Shop (Bai Hao Yin Zhen). Ahh....needed something more soothing than sencha to cope with the news to start the day.
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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby Stentor » Mar 16th, '11, 14:11

Filtering water, so I can go on to choose a tea, pot, cup etc. while the water is running through the filter.
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Re: Wednesday TeaDay 3/16/11 Start of the TeaDay

Postby Chip » Mar 16th, '11, 14:29

I went with filling the kettle, though it is a toss up between this mundane task and the actual tea selction.

Actually, a close third is an option I did not include, that is putting the clean and now dry teapots away from cleaning/draining the night before.

Today's first task was putting the teapots away ...

Began the TD with Kaboku from Ippodo with the Mrs.
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