"let's not mention wulong" Tuesday 7/08/08

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How fanatical are you about storing your TEA?

Freshest is bestest...I am as fanatical as you can get
I am pretty fanatical
I am fanatical
I do not consider myself fanatical
It is just dead leaves...it will keep on my hot sunny windowsill just fine!!! O_o
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"let's not mention wulong" Tuesday 7/08/08

Postby Chip » Jul 8th, '08, 02:50

Yesterday, the poll was predictable, yet unpredictable. Taiwan was the choice for more TeaChatters than any other oolong...but India/Darjeeling received ZERO votes surprisingly...or not. You can still vote and discuss yesterday's topic.

Welcome TeaFriends to TeaDay...let's brew and share what is in out cups today...all day!!!

Today's TeaPoll and discussion topic is about how fanatical are we about storing our open...and not opened teas!!! Please share how far you will go to keep your leaves as fresh as possible...or not.

I am as always looking forward to sharing TeaDay with everyone...even Oolongonians...which I am 16.7%.

Bottoms up, refill, repeat as many times as possible!
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Postby Salsero » Jul 8th, '08, 04:05

What's rough on the outside, smooth on the inside, and full of fuka? A baseball cup!

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Postby Trey Winston » Jul 8th, '08, 05:05

I don't consider myself a fanatic about storing tea, but dark, dry, chilly and as airtight as practically possible (within reason) are givens. On the other hand, I go through my teas pretty quickly, and I don't store them for long before they are gone.
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Postby bi lew chun » Jul 8th, '08, 05:07

I love that shot, Sal. Where is that cup from?
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Postby olivierco » Jul 8th, '08, 05:23

I am pretty fanatical.
I didn't chose the first option because I haven't got any teafridge.

I have only many plastic boxes in my fridge to store my unopened japanese greens.
I also store my opened tea packages in the coolest room of my apartment.
I only keep rooibos and black tea in my kitchen.

This morning Yunnan golden tips and houjicha with my lunch in a few minutes.
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Postby TimeforTea » Jul 8th, '08, 08:18

I am not fanatical about storing my tea. I just like them to be organized by type and sealed well.

This morning, I had some of my neglected White Tip Oolong. I'm still not sure I like this tea--it is darker than I usually prefer. And, I didn't seem to get any flavors out of it although I brewed it just off boiling for 5 minutes. Hmm.

Beautiful photo, Salsero!
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Postby hop_goblin » Jul 8th, '08, 08:44

I am fanatical only because storage makes or breaks pu-erh
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Postby henley » Jul 8th, '08, 08:47

Not fanatical but like them stored properly. Gotta get the tea drawer cleaned out so I can get them off the kitchen couter... :oops:

Enjoyed Orange Oolong #40 w/bfast. Have a great day!
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Postby Salsero » Jul 8th, '08, 09:21

bi lew chun wrote:I love that shot, Sal. Where is that cup from?

Shhhhh... Teavana

It's nice looking, has an interesting fit in the hand, and holds an easy 8 oz, but when it is first filled with hot tea -- even 160° coolish sencha -- it's waaaay too hot to hold. I got it because Victoria was bragging on the one that she picked up a few weeks ago. Envy is a terrible affliction.
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Postby Victoria » Jul 8th, '08, 09:24

Great picture! It is a lovely cup indeed as Sal says.
It feels wonderful in the hand, but yes it gets hot.
The beautiful matte outside and the glazed inside are just

I am not fanatical about tea storage - I would be if I had room,
but since I don't I have no choice but not be.
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Postby Riene » Jul 8th, '08, 09:25

I'm diligent but not fanatical. My black teas are all stored in one cabinet in the kitchen, along with the pots. They don't last long enough to get stale.

PGTips in the mug. Husband did the morning tea, and it's strong!
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Postby omegapd » Jul 8th, '08, 09:27

For me, the hardest part of storing tea is during tea swaps with friends. What to do with all the zip lock baggies and tiny tins so they don't get too close to other stuff and abosorb their flavors or vice versa? My regular teas usually come in tins or thick sealed bags, so I don't worry about them too much. Stick them in the cabinet and hope for the best...

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Postby rodstnmn » Jul 8th, '08, 09:57

Salsero another beautiful picture.

I am not fanatical about storing my tea. Most of my teas are stored in a cupboard above where I prepare them. They are tightly sealed in the packages they came in and arranged in little baskets on the shelves in order of black, green, white, oolong, pu-erh. Sort of, just had a look, about 40 different kinds. Oh, and then there's the cupboard under where I prepare them and Oh,oh about 5 different kinds on the counter where I prepare them, in cookie jar type containers. I am going to stop counting now.
My wife just sat down beside me and I made her eyes go like this:
In my cup second infusion of yunnon golden.
Have a great day every one.
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Postby Victoria » Jul 8th, '08, 10:04

In my cup this morning Adagio #18 - a special
re-roast by tenuki, offered in the

Oolong Box Pass

Not bad!

Have a nice day everyone!
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Postby elchai » Jul 8th, '08, 10:06

I'm not fanatical, but Im still new to this... But, I just keep them i the cabinet above the stove.

Today, I'm having some more Masala Chai with a tsp of honey. I'm probably gonna be stuck on this one for a while... :)
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