G-off-re wrote:I think collecting aged puerh can be expensive but drinking it every day isn't that bad. You can get about 50 session from a cake if you consume 7g each time. If you like variety and only want to drink the same tea twice a month than it'll last you 2 years. Going by that you would only need to have 15 cakes. Even if each cake cost $200 it only ends up costing $3000 to have 2 years stock. The cost would obviously be higher if i'm buying more expensive teas. That means each year i need to buy 7 new cakes to maintain stock as well as adding variety so that those first cakes will last more than 2 years. This type of plan would work for me since my objective is to drink aged tea everyday instead aging it myself. I don't make a lot of money so i cant have endless amounts of tea sitting around that i don't consume because it doesn't fit my taste yet.
I know this is an old thread, but I saw it a while back and wonder why it didn't get more discussion.
Being new Puerh and very much enjoying it, I am thinking about ways to mix it/budget it in with my other habits/hobbies.
I think G-off-re plan here make some good sense.
My desire is to be able to drink good tea daily have some aging and perhaps be able to buy some for special occasions. I’ll never have the money to buy 30 year old stuff. But over time may have some, if I live that long
I recently bought a fair amount of samples. My plan is to pick the best one or two of the older one, 10 years old or so, and buy cakes of those. Now I have good tea for every day. As I consume these I will continue to sample and pick others to buy.
Buying the first couple/few cakes with be the largest start up expense. After that you can budget an amount for cakes and samples each month. Using the 50 sessions a cake number if you buy two to start with that’s 100 sessions, that’s over three months. Now each month you will buy a cake, and every 3rd cake or so buy something a little younger to let age and save a little money. After 3 months of buying one cake, plus the 2 start up cakes (and drinking every day) you will have enough tea for 160 sessions, and after a year 340. So as you see after a while there will be tea sitting and aging.
After a while if there is an older more expensive cake you desire you can easily skip a month or two of buying to be able to buy it.
Now I need to go brew some tea…