Tea for the Bloggerman


America Reads
December 23, 2008, 5:04 pm
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I had an interview with the America Reads chapter at UNLV yesterday and I was hired! Starting in January, I will be going to yet-to-be-determined elementary schools in the valley on Monday-Wednesdays to tutor struggling students in reading. I think this will be a great opportunity to serve my community, get teaching experience, AND make some extra money. I’ll still be working at Michael’s Books on Friday and Saturdays so there is no worry there. I don’t know how I’m going to handle it all though. Two jobs, six classes, plus other planned activities (book club and poetry readings at the bookstore, blues guitar/harp workshops in Henderson, etc). Oh boy oh boy I’ll be busy.

In tea news, my “Green Tea Starter Set” from Den’s Tea came in the mail today. A bunch of samples of green tea plus some informative pamphlets on Japanese green tea for $3 shipping included. What a deal. I tried the sample of Sencha Fuka-midori that came with the set and I love it. I’ll will definitely be buying more of it in the future. Much better than the Maeda-en brand Gold Sencha I have been drinking for the past week. Also, the tea from Den’s has a noticeably larger amount of caffeine in it. I had two infusions of it and I’m bouncing around the house.



And she brings you tea and oranges…
December 20, 2008, 10:41 pm
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It finally happened: I have become obsessed with tea. I have been a lifelong tea drinker, ever since my Grandmother made me a cup of her Orange Spice tea when I was really little. I always drink tea. At restaurants I drink tea, at work I drink tea, at home I drink tea. Tea tea tea. This is nothing new for me.

A couple of years ago I was introduced to loose leaf tea. Wtf, no tea bag? Yes. I was in Lititz, PA and I went into an herb shop sold loose tea. I got four kinds: Russian Caravan, a berry blend, spearmint for my stomach, and orange spice. I also bought a strainer. Since trying that loose leaf tea there was no going back. I was hooked on the good stuff.

I started ordering tea online, trying all different kinds of black tea and life was good. However I recently saw a documentary on tea that has changed my way of thinking about tea. In the documentary they show how the tea is grown, harvested, and processed, as well as an in-depth look at how to brew tea, what pottery to use for what kinds, and what some of the most expensive tea looks like. I was amazed. So intricate! I had to give it a try. I was going Gongfu.

This is the start of my tea journey, so I’ll be adding entries here on that journey. I went out to the Japan Food Market here in Las Vegas and bought the following: a packet of Maeda-en Sencha green tea, Maeda-en Hojicha roasted green tea, and a small Kyusu (Japanese clay teapot for brewing green tea) and cup set. The following day I bought a small timer, a measuring cup (shaped like a chickeny egg), a small stone water pitcher, and a lobster butter warmer that I have converted into a teapot warmer. In the very near future I plan on going to Chinatown to look for some Chinese teaware so that I may venture into Gongfu-style Oolong and Puer-eh. Until then, this is what I have. It’s going to be a fun and tasty journey.

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