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    I seem to acquire puer at a much faster rate than I can drink it. Coffee is just coffee to me, it only tastes good or bad. I drink two cups for breakfast, then oolong while I'm working, and puer in the evening.

    I'm just coming to the end of a great oolong I bought in Huangshan this summer. It's slightly sweet with a distinct licorice aftertaste. Unfortunately I don't know what it is called. I assumed the shop would write what it was on the packet but they just wrote 'oolong'.

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    This thread made me question my use of water. Until now, I used mains water to brew my matcha - knowing that it is kind of hard. So I went to the super market and copped some still water that is low on calcium (<10mg/l) and hydrocarbonate (<20mg/l) and damn - that makes hell of a difference!
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    Trent, been waiting for someone to drop knowledge! :)
    Unfortunately I hear if you actually go to tea frams they hold out on the good stuff unless they know you so I hear getting your hands on nice tea can be quite the hassle.
    Eager to do that reading and will have to stop by santa cruz then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mail-Moth View Post
    La Maison des trois thés, rue Gracieuse, is unbeatable when it comes to chinese ones - especially pu-ehr. Nice place, excellent service, and an impressive choice.
    Yes to this. I live 3 mns from it and therefore I hardly ever go, but it is a magnificent place. And the offer is crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowsareforeating View Post
    @Skye_X Anyways I'll second samovar and will have to check out that other place -- sounds more my style.
    Definitely do. If you'd like to meet for tea sometime, let me know!


    Quote Originally Posted by trentk View Post
    Second the Chaikhana recommendation. I also grew up in Santa Cruz.

    edit: skye, just looked at your bio. "I am a god-free anarcha-feminist vegan straightedge analog cyberpunk". Yeah, you definitely grew up in santa cruz.
    Where are you living now? It's not often that I run into other people from SC! And as far as the bio, I laughed at your assessment. It's not all particularly Santa Cruzian from what I remember. Everyone is Wiccan or "pagan" or into "chaos magick", there are no vegan restaurants, no one is sXe because everyone (seriously, everyone) smokes weed, and no one there had any idea what I was talking about when I mentioned cyberpunk. I loaned out a lot of books and CDs!

    There was a pretty good punk scene, and the anarchist bookstore downtown, though.

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    Bai mu dan if I want something with some strength (also its relatively good value), silver needle if I have alot of time on my hands, and silver needle/Jasmine blend if I have company. Took alot of experimentation to finally find decent silver needle in London. Actually found it quite strange how many of the so called reputable places were serving pretty substandard tea at premium prices.

    I have a batch of Gyokuro, but it's such a pain to actually brew properly I just don't bother. Tastes great though when done right.

    Always brew in a separate vessel to which you are serving from. It annoys me greatly when tea places do not do this.

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    ^ gyokuro is the most finicky little **OUr9813274o18374 to brew.

    I'm assuming the silver needle you're drinking is chinese -- darjeeling region has a pretty good one too if you're looking for some oomph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahimsa View Post
    Teavana" but I assume it's similar to David's...I haven't really tried much from them but they turn me off because of their size and gimmick. That, and I am also a strong proponent of organic tea.
    Teavana is a fucking nightmare. They charged 4x as much as the good local tea shop, have around 1/5th the selection, and followed me around telling me how I needed to buy a $500 iron tea kettle. Go in with a plan and noise canceling head phones, or a molotov cocktail.

    Gyokuro is definitely very finicky, but it's just so delicious when right. One of my favorites.

    Others I've been enjoying lately:

    Harmutty (basic, sweet black tea)
    Russian Caravan (milder lapsang souchong )
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    Coming from the NW where coffee is king, I've been slowly making the switch from Americanos and French Press to tea.

    I primarily drink Sencha that a friend of mine in Sendai sends me but I'm also a fan of Hojicha and have been drinking that half the time recently. My friend sent me some and I also got a bag from In Pursuit of Tea in Soho (they seem to have a small but good selection of teas). I recently bought a Genmaicha, which is okay, but the one I have has too much rice in it for my taste.

    I'm still looking for a good Lapsang Souchong, for those times when I want a strong black tea. I am in love with the scent of it.

    In the summer I drink gallons of cold brewed green tea.

    As far as tea rooms go, I've only been to Cha-an on 9th and have enjoyed it, but it seems a little overpriced.

    Any other good tea shops in Manhattan? I'm also looking for a place with a good selection of Japanese tea pots and cups.
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    ^no idea about manhattan but japanese crafted ceramics are the definition of artisanal. i hope you're willing to spend some CCP-level money lol

    hoji is remarkably satisfying for how low grade of a tea it is.

    sencha with an oomph in umami flavor is dope if you can get it

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    For people looking to order online, I highly reccommend Chan Tea Shop and Norbu Tea. Both great businesses, fantastic service, high quality/ well sourced etc.

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    Sadly in this part of the country the Metropolitan Tea Company is the only game in town, so while there are a number of excellent tea shops they all get their teas through Metro. However, a few of the teas available are singularly excellent. The Monkey Picked Golden Hunan is my favourite; a black tea with some of the earthy characteristics of a pu-ehr. While I drink most of my teas unadulterated, this is one of the few that really opens up with a splash of milk. A mate of mine used to buy tea for the Rutherford House, so we did a lot of sampling of the wholesale catalogue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpcec View Post
    For people looking to order online, I highly reccommend Chan Tea Shop and Norbu Tea. Both great businesses, fantastic service, high quality/ well sourced etc.

    You know my buddy dylan??? @ chanteas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowsareforeating View Post
    ^ gyokuro is the most finicky little **OUr9813274o18374 to brew.

    I'm assuming the silver needle you're drinking is chinese -- darjeeling region has a pretty good one too if you're looking for some oomph.
    use a thermometer and timer for japanese greens until you get the hang of it. ugly, I know.... but japanese teas are finicky, and best brewed "scientifically". As for all other teas, leave the thermometer and timer far away.

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    I've tried some good tea while my visit in Malaysia:

    https://www.boh.com.my/shop/catalog....OH-Garden-Teas

    ^Cameron Highland tea has a very special, unusual flavour.

    A good shop here in Vienna is this:

    http://www.jaegertee.at/start.htm

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    I forgot to add, check out artistic nippon



    and magokorodo



    for japanese teaware. (texture porn for CCP nerds and japanese ceramic enthusiasts alike)

    As for chinese teaware.... its hard to find online. I've found some amazing qing dynasty cups and plates at chaikhana in santa cruz. Aaron at life of tea

    used to track down chinese antiques, not sure if he still does. (I can picture someone in damir doma sitting down before this cha xi).
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    ^^ wow, thanks for the link. Some amazing stuff to be found there. I am always excited to get to know such cultures. Sometimes, I feel kind of bad for drinking and enjoying the tea yet not knowing much about the tradition behind it. Feels a little bit like exploiting :-\

    On a side note, I love this bowl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowsareforeating View Post
    You know my buddy dylan??? @ chanteas?
    I know the name, my good friend (who I enjoy most tea through), emails with him fairly regularly I think. Very generous guy when it comes to samples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehouseofdis View Post


    I'm still looking for a good Lapsang Souchong, for those times when I want a strong black tea. I am in love with the scent of it.
    I'm a fan of T's. I get a lot of my teas via gift exchanges, and my friend demanded I try it. Needless to say, I found the bold smokiness exquisite.

    Occulter also offers an organic version but I cannot as of yet comment on it as I still need to order it XD.

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    I got the habit of drinking massala chai when I lived in India, not as refined as the green tea I normally prefer, but perfect as a meal substitute. anyone else make this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehouseofdis View Post

    In the summer I drink gallons of cold brewed green tea.

    As far as tea rooms go, I've only been to Cha-an on 9th and have enjoyed it, but it seems a little overpriced
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    Any other good tea shops in Manhattan? I'm also looking for a place with a good selection of Japanese tea pots and cups.
    Went there yesterday and was a bit disappointed. Not by the tea, which was great, but by the food (and yes, the prices). Their deserts look mighty good though. Might come back just for the desert set and some tea.

    We have a couple of good place that went out of business - the tearoom at Takashimaya (I still lament its closing) was outstanding, but also overpriced. There was also Ito En, but that went out of business too. Come to think of it, I don't know any good tea stores here.
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