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by Riene » Jun 21st, '08, 14:20

I didn't know it at the time, but my journey into tea began in high school. My parents would often have people over "for coffee," and although I liked the aroma, I could not stand the bitter taste. They had an old--probably 20 years old at that time--can of Formosa Oolong, and I grew into the habit of making myself a cup of that tea when I joined the conversation.

In college, when my classmates were beginning their pot-a-day coffee habit, I discovered black teabags--Lipton's, of course, but it was a start! A trip to the UK after I was married introduced me to real tea, and I've been addicted since.

There are very few options to purchase quality bags or any loose tea where I live, here in the midwestern USA. The supermarkets are getting better about having a variety, but I purchase most of my tea online. I have nine teapots in various sizes and either glass or porcelain, a library of tea books, and a collection of tea tins. I prefer hot black tea in the mornings, iced tea with lunch or dinner, and have recently discovered green teas, which I drink in the evenings.

I'm glad to discover a place where I can learn more about specific teas and meet other people who like it as well!

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by themadhatter444 » Jun 21st, '08, 16:09

Cool story. Welcome!

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by Victoria » Jun 21st, '08, 20:34

Welcome! Please come join us on TeaDay,
and tell us what is in your cup currently!


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by Riene » Jun 21st, '08, 23:42

:D Thanks for the welcome!

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by Chip » Jun 22nd, '08, 00:09

Share your cup with us on TeaDay

Welcome to TeaChat...here is hoping you stick around and enjoy the forum for years to come and share many many cups with us.

I enjoyed you OP. Please share more with us.

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by Sam. » Jun 23rd, '08, 04:23

Welcome to TeaChat, it's a great community!

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by Riene » Jun 23rd, '08, 08:35

I take it that most people here are fans of greens, and Asian-style teaware? I have a lot to learn in that area.

Is there a "dictionary" here anywhere? I keep finding all sorts of terms for the teaware that I don't know, and a few for steeping methods I'm unfamiliar with.

Really cool site--lots to learn here!

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by trent » Jun 23rd, '08, 11:44

Most people are fans of Asian Teaware, but I wouldn't say that we are all green obsessed.

You'll run into a few Japanese Green Heads (Me, Chip, Pentox, Olivier & others).
Some Oolong Queens (Victoria & others)
Some Pu Erh Pigs (bearsbearsbears and I'm blanking out on the rest)

(to the people I mentioned, sorry if I put you in the wrong category)

What kind of green teas are you drinking, Chinese or Japanese? If you haven't tried Japanese yet, I would highly recommend that you do. O-cha is a good vendor and I would recommend their shincha (http://www.o-cha.com/green-teas/shincha/)

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by Salsero » Jun 23rd, '08, 12:17

Riene wrote:Is there a "dictionary" here anywhere? I keep finding all sorts of terms for the teaware that I don't know, and a few for steeping methods I'm unfamiliar with.
Lew Perin put together Babelcarp, a wonderful dictionary of Chinese tea terms, mostly the names of teas. It is available at http://www.panix.com/~perin/babelcarp.html

Kam at FunAlliance has some tutorials called Chinese Tea 101

Several of us TeaChatters assembled some material in Brandon's wikiCHA

Finally, Scruff McGruff, has some great guides in the Teaware Guides section of his blog TeaNerdd http://www.teanerd.com/search/label/Teaware%20Guides

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