OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby msurads06 » May 31st, '12, 22:43

WOW, i figured this OTTI would fill up pretty quickly.

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby teaisme » Jun 1st, '12, 13:33

so did I, maybe its the extra cost this time around?

I would love to join in, but I must not spend any more money on tea, I MUST not spend any more money on tea....I must control myself... :lol:

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby Chip » Jun 6th, '12, 12:51

There are still some seats available at the OTTI TeaTable. Please email me if interested.

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I believe it is a combination of things. I am sure that since this took me longer to put together for various reasons, many potental participants had already ordered Shincha from O-Cha. Also I am sure cost has been a factor. In order for OTTI to remain sustainable, rounds have to at least break even, unless a wealthy benefactor comes into the picture. :) Conducting a dedicated to one vendor OTTI will generally have a higher cost.

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby Chip » Jun 6th, '12, 12:53

The O-Cha teas arrived via EMS yesterday! Preparing to weigh and package as much as possible today, hopefully finishing tomorrow.

One tiny little glitch ... well HUGE glitch. the first 7 pouches tested had completely failed seals. In a panic, I continued checking, 14 out of the first 30 failed, and almost 40 out of the first 100. :shock:

With the zip bags, either the zip works ... or it does not, no middle ground. So, before putting the tea into a bag, we will have to test the seal. Oh well, always something. :roll:

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby Chip » Jun 11th, '12, 13:11

OK, the pouch glitch has been taken care of and the samples will go out today or tomorrow!

The glitch was worse than I originally thought, bad batch.

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby Chip » Jun 12th, '12, 20:41

OTTI 14 packages have all been shipped as of this morning Eastern USA time! (actually one was accidently left at home and will go out tomorrow).

I will be updating/editing the first posts of this topic accordingly. Be sure to check out these posts for updates and edits!

May the OTTI be with you all very soon!
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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby Poohblah » Jun 12th, '12, 20:42

Yay! Chip, you're amazing!!

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby Chip » Jun 12th, '12, 20:46

Poohblah wrote:Yay! Chip, you're amazing!!

Yes I am ... and also the MOST humble person in the world. :lol: 8) :roll:

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby MIKE_B » Jun 14th, '12, 12:41

Speedy delivery! Package just arrived. I'll be tasting later today!

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby Chip » Jun 14th, '12, 13:14

Excellent.

I have to update the topic for brewing suggestions, etc. I am on the road and will have to do this tonight. Please keep an eye open for these edits to early posts! Thanks.

The key is pretty obvious by the letter on the pouch. If you still want to blind taste, just turn all the packages over and have a ball. :mrgreen:

However I recommend for these DOVe OTTI rounds, that tasting be open and for brewing purposes, you know what is brewing.

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby JRS22 » Jun 14th, '12, 16:20

Since you posted links to the tea I was able to begin brewing my first cup right after paying for OTTI 14. Some tweaking required to suit my taste, but still good enough for 5 steeps using O-Cha brewing parameters!

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby Chip » Jun 15th, '12, 09:35

JRS22 wrote:Since you posted links to the tea I was able to begin brewing my first cup right after paying for OTTI 14. Some tweaking required to suit my taste, but still good enough for 5 steeps using O-Cha brewing parameters!

Excellent. You can discuss actual names this time. Dedicated to One Vendor (DOVe) OTTI rounds will be fully open discussion.

I have posted the "key" which is pretty easy to figure out for this round. :wink: You can find it here: http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=17346&p=221762#p221762

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby brandondatwyler » Jun 15th, '12, 12:01

Received mine yesterday! Can't wait to enjoy them this weekend

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Re: OTTI 13 O-Cha Shincha

Postby minor_glitch » Jun 15th, '12, 12:29

Mailman just knocked on my door :D I'm surprised it made its way to Canada so quickly!

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