I like hearing what everyone is drinking.
Guricha...5 steeps. I have some thoughts on Guri today. I have liked Guri for a few years now, liked how it was different enough to give me variety from sencha.
This batch has been very good, but I had been thinking not stellar, not spectacular as I have read others impressions. It turns out that the more Japanese tea I drink, the more leaf I seem to like, need. I remember starting out with sencha a few years ago that I used 3 grams per 200ml, kind of English style proportion. I had no TeaChat and basically lame instructions from my equally lame vendor at the time. Right about that time I hooked up with the 2 best tea forums on the planet, TeaChat and The Green Tea Forum. I remember Ryan, our Bamboo Forest, kept telling me use more leaf, which sounded crazy to someone who was brainwashed by years of misguided directions from vendors. Anyway, slowly I began to add more leaf. When I hit 4 grams, I was awe struck how good sencha was. But slowly my taste buds adapted and actually wanted more leaf. I finally thought I hit the mark at 5 grams per 200 ml for most Japanese tea.
Which brings me finally to today
, I upped the proportion just a bit, and BAM. Perfection in a cup. It was just a tiny increase, aound .25 gram, but it made a huge difference.
I am still getting cocoa nuances in the background of guricha this year. I seem to be the only person experiencing this. Maybe it is my water, I am clueless, but it is DEFINATELY there, in the background. Hmmm, chocolate Japanese steamed tea.