I`m in the newbie category
Been drinking tea seriously since September 07. Never really drank much tea before I started to take tea seriously. I used to appreciate good coffee, so read a lot on the net about coffee and then I stumbled upon an article about people who took tea seriously and that kind of fascinated me, so I read the article and in that article the tea store I use regularly when I`m not shopping online was mentioned there. So I went down there and the clerk had the insight and kindness to bother to do a Gong Fu Cha ceremony for me and a friend of mine. That resulted in me buying a beginners gong fu cha set and some Dong ding.
It did not take long before I was back in the store, bought more tea and signed up for a beginners tea course where we tasted representative teas from the white, green, oolong, black, smoked and pu erh categories. After this my interest in tea have just increased over time and I`ve spent an unhealthy amount of money on equipment and teas, but it is worth every dime because it gives me a lot of pleasure.
I love everything about tea, not just the good and diverse taste. It`s the look of the leaves knowing how much work and expertise went into it, the feel of cleaning out the leaves of a used gong fu cha pot and hold the wet leaves who has awakened back to life in your hand. I love the legends behind famous teas and I love the culture (Been interested in Chinese and Japanese culture for much longer than I`ve been interested in tea).
Ok, now I have ranted away too much, well at least if you`re interested you know my little tea story now
Gonna start my day with some Yunnan buds, then move onto a Gong Fu Cha ceremony with some Iron Godess of Mercy, then some Matcha later.