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Hi from France

Postby olivierco » Feb 8th, '08, 05:10

I have been drinking tea for about ten years.

I am quite addicted to gyokuro and sencha but I drink many kinds of teas as well.

I hope to share here some experiences, especially on brewing parameters and of course discover new teas.

I buy most of my teas at
O-cha, Kaburagien and Hibiki-an (Japanese greens)
Teamaster (Puer and oolongs)
Palais des thés (Black, Chinese greens, Red)
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Postby Chip » Feb 8th, '08, 05:26

Salut, olivierco! Bienvenue.

I have not seen you for a while, assuming you are the same olivierco from the Green Tea Forum.

Welcome to TeaChat. I saw you already found TeaDay, great, stop by there often and feel free to share there as often as you want.

Of course enjoy the great TeaFellowship here as well.
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Postby caradrake » Feb 8th, '08, 09:13

Hi!
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Postby Tsukiko » Feb 8th, '08, 09:39

Welcome! Nice to have you join us ^_^
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Postby olivierco » Feb 8th, '08, 12:55

Chip wrote:assuming you are the same olivierco from the Green Tea Forum.

Yes I am.
Thanks for your welcome message.
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Postby xine » Feb 8th, '08, 12:56

Nice choices of tea- welcome!
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Postby Wesli » Feb 8th, '08, 12:57

Salut, Olivier.
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Postby skywarrior » Feb 8th, '08, 13:30

Welcome!!!
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Postby olivierco » Feb 9th, '08, 06:17

Merci pour votre accueil!
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Postby criteaque » Feb 13th, '08, 04:45

Bienvenu Olivier,

enfin un francais de souche sur ce chat! I’m happy to hear that you’re one of those rare citizens of the Fifth Republic not addicted to coffee and cigarettes. Enjoy the community and see you around 8)
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Postby RNteajunkie » Feb 14th, '08, 16:25

Welcome!
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Postby olivierco » Feb 15th, '08, 02:22

Thanks for your messages.
The number of tea drinkers in France is growing little by little. Fifteen years ago, finding loose teas (I don't know if the expression is correct: is loose tea the opposite of teabags?) was very difficult: you had only some very expensive shops (épiceries de luxe) whose tea wasn't worth the money they asked for it and some Twinings and Lipton boxes.
Now you can get decent teas in specialized shops, and of course very good teas via internet.
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Postby Wesli » Feb 15th, '08, 03:16

I remember Palais de Thé's not being bad.

From what I see over here, most of the tea-drinking there is pu-erh. Is that so? Or is it only the french pu-erh blogs I'm finding?

Je pense que c'est a cause de la vin et fromage obsessions.

Bonne nuit!
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Postby olivierco » Feb 15th, '08, 03:31

Palais des thés is OK for black teas, chinese greens, but not for japanese greens due to lack of freshness. For oolongs and puer I prefer to shop directly from Taiwan.
There aren't many tea blogs from France. Only puer enthusiasts opened their blogs. They are very well documented and very pleasant to read. But I dont think puer is the favourite tea in France, even among "serious" tea drinkers.
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