Tea for the Bloggerman

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.