A Touch Of Spring & Matcha

Posted in Matcha on April 16th, 2014 by jopj

spring flowers 4Many of us are so desperate for a relief from winters chill, when a day is bright and sunny reminding us Spring is near, we jump at the chance to go out and bask in the sunshine.

Last Sunday was one such day. I didn’t have to bundle up and there were no hats and gloves on my person.

The blooming bulbs were beaming all around me and I enjoyed following the trail of artist created Easter Eggs that have graced our city for the season.

In the park the sounds of music filled the air and a Bollywood dance opportunity was to be had in the center court.

There were stands offering Middle Eastern Food and I so wanted to stay and explore my new discovery, though I was on a matcha mission and was short of time.

I finally located the designated place hosting what I must call a unique Matcha experience.

N Presentation 2I notated the contrast of the outdoors to the extreme silence as I walked in. The audience stared intently as Zachary; of TeaWing fame, swished the matcha in the bowl. I too was captivated by his focus.

At first I thought this would be a more traditional tasting and pleasantly surprised it was not.

Zachary and Tracey provided much information of the matcha we tasted and I had the opportunity to sample two I had not tried before White Matcha and Koicha.

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Both differed in flavor and texture. Koicha, of course, being the thicker of the two, was described as having the consistency of liquid chocolate, (I agree).

The White Matcha, grown unshaded unlike traditional matcha. This combination of unshaded process and the use of hybrid plants have been in trial samplings for 10 years. The matcha had a grassy taste and was somewhat bitter with lots of umami.

We ended the tasting with a brief moment of meditation and warm goodbyes.

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If you are interested in TeaWing Teas you can find them here.

Thank you, Zachary, Tracey for a wonderful afternoon.

Brandon thanks for telling me about this lovely event.

 

 

 

Taking time to ponder

Posted in Black History Month on February 23rd, 2014 by jopj

SassafrasI have been behind in my blogging and postings.  Many commitments have gotten in the way and it seems this month had more than most.

Another factor, I promised myself I would not blog about other topics until I completed my annual Black History Month post.

So I began a search for topics to write about and found a few, most that would require much more research than I have time, at this moment.

I also took the opportunity to read 12 Years A Slave” an accounting of Solomon Northups’ experiences. I wanted to read the book prior to seeing the movie, and have since done both.

 photoAs many of you are aware I recently hosted An Afternoon Tea Inspired by Downton Abbey at Morris Jumel Mansion.

 

Life is always filled with surprising coincidences.

The historical fact that connects these two, Anne Northup, wife of Solomon, and her children worked and lived at the Mansion for a number of years while Solomon was enslaved.

 

                   The book and movie have impacted me on many levels.

There is an unexpected afternoon tea scene in the movie quite unlike those depicted before.

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Lupita Nyong’o (l.) as Patsey and Alfre Woodard as Mistress Shaw in “12 Years a Slave.” as seen in a review from the NY Daily News

Taking this opportunity to bring the past into the current I also attended a collection of 10 minute plays “on Trayvon, Race and Privilege” and view gallery installation entitled “HoodiesUP” at The National Black Theatre.

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As part of the installation my daughters choreographic work “Taste The Rainbow” was shown on screen.

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These jarring events of the past and the current devastating events in the news (Jordan Davis being one of many) gives one much to ponder over many cups of tea.

It has been said; If you don’t know your past, you don’t know your future “ Bob Marley “Tomorrows People” 

Raising a cup to those who lived, died and continue the struggle for Human Rights all over the world.

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Tandem Tea Tasting Vive la France

Posted in Tandem Tea Tasting on February 10th, 2014 by jopj

photoAt an odd hour this Sunday past, we had our monthly Google Plus Tandem Tea Tasting. The time change was to accommodate our special guest Xavier, Teaconomics.

Xavier and Jackie, Teatrade collaborated to send us a sampling of two teas from Maison de thè THEODOR.

My packages arrived around Christmastime, and believe me, I had to exert restraint not to brew these immediately, as the aroma was enveloping.

photoI was not sure I would be able to make the scheduled meeting as I was on the road in No. Hampton, MA (more to come about this trip) and had a brunch with friends scheduled around the same time.

So, as we tea enthusiasts do, I improvised. I got up and brewed the two teas, appropriately named The Du Loop and Je t’ Aime and filled my thermos for the in car event.

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Once in the car, I set up my tastings in the cars cup holders and asked hubby not to hit any bumps in the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 10:00am I got the invite from Rachel, I Heart Teas and shortly afterwards our guest arrived along with our avid members Nicole, Tea For Me Please, Darlene Meyers-Perry, The Tea Lovers Archives, Julia Matson, Bingley Teas, Jackie, Teatrade.

Santa Snowed UnderIn noticeable absence was Geoff Norman, Lazy Literatus, he had to work and when last posted he was snowed in at his job. This, an unusual occurrence as the Portland area normally does not get snow.

Geoff has been for quite a while our only male member in this group I am beginning to think it can only be a one-man show J

Xavier had some trouble with the audio and had to go out and come back in and we were all anxious to experience the full effect of his wonderful French accent.

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When we all settled introductions were made then it was on to tasting.

In doing research on these teas I also found their website fun as they assign personality characteristics to each tea “Points Of Views Notebook Of The Impertinent”.

photophotoThe Du Loop-notes of chocolate and hints of floral. They assigned a personality characteristic to this tea as Pretentious

Je t’ Aime- macaroon overtones, it was mentioned in description, like pistachio, although we detected almond notes along with floral undertones. The characteristic of this one Gallantry

I understand why these teas appeal to Jackie so delicate and delicious.

In the short space of time, riding from No. Hampton to Greenfield, I must say I so enjoyed seeing my tea friends and sipping along and comparing notes.

Thanks Xavier, Jackie and Rachel for making this one happen.

Until next Tandem Tea Tasting

Xavier, Teaconomics

Jackie, Cups Of Tea With Jackie

Rachel, I Heart Teas

Nicole, Tea For Me Please

Darlene, The Tea Enthusiasts Scrapbook

Julia, Bingley’s Tea

Geoff, Lazy Literatus

 

 

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A Recipe For Cabin Fever

Posted in Cabin Fever on February 6th, 2014 by jopj

Winter2014 Feb2Most of us on the East Coast have found ourselves snowed in this winter. It seems as if we are experiencing the one on one off effect. One day debilitating snow, then the next the rays of sun appear as if spring is on the way.Winter 2014 feb 2

It’s hard to prepare in this a situation, as one never knows how to arrange the daily plan.

I decided, after several days of this that I needed to do something different to address the cabin fever I was feeling.

photoI chose a tea, Jalam Teas, Jing Mai and brought out a yixing tea set I had never used for this treat.

pu-erh 4As part of my plan, stay indoors and catch-up on reading, I pulled out a book that was recommended by Tony Geebly, titled Puer Tea Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic written by Jinghong Zhang, a fitting match for my tea experience.

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The tea brewed up perfectly, and because I am not very good at the 30second steep as yet, this tea set made it very doable.

The earthy sweetness of the pu-erh satisfied my cabin fever and served as a reminder that the smell of Spring’s sweet earth and budding blossoms are never too far away.

I curl up and read for a few hours then drift off to sleep, I am awakened by the sounds of the television, CNN, Anthony Bourdain,  Parts Unknown, is featuring Anthony in Myanmar.

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The segment is filled with tea, and highlights many tea shops in this changing city. There is also a mention of Laphet Thote “Tea You Can Eat” and a short overview of the ingredients.

As those of you who know me probably figure that I will be attempting to try this very soon.

Sending well wishes to all my tea friends who are experiencing this winters effects, let me know what tea you have chosen to drink during these cold, dismay, beautiful days.

To those of you who are enjoying Summer, so be it.

 

 

 

 

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A Little Tea Drunk

Posted in Tea Drunk on January 19th, 2014 by jopj

Tea DrunkThere has been a lot of conversation in the tea circles regarding training and educating staff on proper tea service, whether in a teashop, café or restaurant.

The training, of course, varies dependant on the environment and type of tea service required.

As you all are aware I’ve frequented many a tea establishment and have reported the good, bad and the ugly, from tea bags to loose leaf and both types of tea offerings have encompassed these qualities.

Recently, I treated myself to a tea experience, part of my pre-birthday celebration that is worthy of positive commentary.

This small tea bar besides serving good quality loose leaf tea provides exemplary tea service and does it with such finesse that I felt I must recognize.

When I entered the seating was almost full.  I spotted an empty seat at the end of the bar and excused my way down, large pocketbook and all.

Nicole 2Once seated I was approached by a familiar face and welcomed, at first I think my hostess thought I was there solely for a tea pick up and I mentioned I would like to sit for a centering cup of tea. She immediately gave me their lengthy tea menu to review.

Since this was not going to be the usual two dollar and seventy-five cents cup, I perused it carefully and began asking questions. I made mention of my extreme fondness of woodsy notes in tea and today, after just coming from an event I hosted where I served an herbal I needed some Camellia sinensis.

The lovely tea specialist suggested a Rou Gui True Cliff and verified her suggestion with the owner. She then went for the canister clearly labeled and pulled out the vacuum-sealed individual gaiwan serving bag.

photoShe filled the bowl with the dark leaves and applied the initial rinse; I felt the joy of space and time alteration as the aroma wafted through the air. My immediate response was to wave it more in my direction so eager was I to immerse myself in the beauty of the brew.

With the first sip I was centered, the second warmed, the third completed the task of total tea revival.

As I sat and enjoyed, I began to consider my environment and what was going on around me. I mentioned before the bar was filled, I began to observe the patrons and how they were experiencing this oasis.

At the front of the bar was a young man whom I had seen before at my last visits to the shop, clearly a regular, his tea set-up different from other patrons with yixing at center stage denoted serious tea drinking. The young ladies beside me laughed and giggled as they compared information retrieved on their cell phones.

Others seated talked about the tea experience and asked questions about teas listed on the menu.

There were groups speaking about business, artistry and execution of such, whilst forever noticing the tea.

All the while, our hosts kept our serving cups filled with additional infusions making sure to notice if they were nearing completion.

At one point I viewed the tea specialist in the process of educating her customer about the tea she was preparing, while completing the task of brewing and pouring the infusion. It was just beautiful to see, I got such a warm almost spiritual feeling watching her go through the task of serving tea so effortlessly.

This is a testimony for hiring/training experienced tea personnel where tea is being served, the enhanced experience is what will influence customer retention.

photoI could have spent the balance of my day in this lovely environment, had I not been mindful of my other duties, I would have stayed for more infusions. My hosts were wonderful and I will be returning again for a quality tea experience.

Thank you Shunan and Nicole for adding a smile to my day.

Tea Drunk

123 East 7th Street, East Village

 

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Tandem Tea Tasting

Posted in Tandem Tea Tasting on January 11th, 2014 by jopj

Generally at our sessions we focus on one sample tea.

We discuss the subsequent infusions and end up conversing about most things tea.

This week we had an opportunity to try 4 types of tea from one small farm in India.

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The process I chose to use was not one that I use often.

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My at home tastings are much more informal and based on brewing instructions from our host along with those from the provider of the tea, we may utilize a variety of utensils ranging from gaiwans to grandfather style for our preparations.

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With the number of teas in question I used the more formal cupping set-up. I set up the four teas and brewed them at standard temperatures based on the variety.

Greens (2) 175 degrees 3 minutes

White 185 degrees 3 minutes

Yellow 185 degrees 3 minutes

I must say it was a much more involved, enjoyable process and one that I may choose to use in the future.

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Our next tasting is being brought to us courtesy of Xavier, Teaconomics.  Yes, we have tea to try from France. The aromas of these samples place me in a garden of floral frenzy.

I am looking forward to sharing the experience with our fabulous group and hope both Jackie, Teatra.de and Xavier can attend.

To read more about our last tasting see:

Nicole; Tea For Me Please

Rachel; I Heart Teas

Darlene; The Tea Enthusiasts Scrapbook 

Geoff; Lazy Literatus 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tea Wonderland

Posted in Tea Leaf Wonderland on December 20th, 2013 by jopj

Tea Leaf Wonderland (adaptation from the original tune “Winter Wonderland”)

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Water boils, are you listening?

In the cup, tea buds glistening,

A beautiful sight,

We’re happy tonight.

Brewing in a tealeaf wonderland.

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Gone away is the teabag,

Here to stay, is the new stash,

We savor the brew, and share it with you,

Sipping in the tealeaf wonderland.

 

 

 

 

In the gaiwan we can place the tealeaves,photo

Then pretend we know just what to do,

Geeks  say: woah, you’re messing up your pu-erh!

We’ll say: No man,

I just don’t do it quite the same as you.

 

Peaceful and warm image of a open book by fireplace.                                                                     Later on we’ll conspire,

As we sip, by the fire.

To face unafraid,

The tea that we’ve made,

Brewing in the tealeaf wonderland.

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Adapted to the leaf from the original  “Winter Wonderland” by composer, Felix Bernard (1897-1944) lyrics, Richard B. Smith: published in 1934.

 

 

Tandem Tea Tasting “Willy Wonka”

Posted in Tandem Tea Tasting on December 11th, 2013 by jopj

The anticipation and excitement began at the end of our last tandem tea tasting when Geoff, Lazy Literatus, mentioned a small golden wrapped brick tea bar that he said, when brewed, emitted chocolate notes. The proper name of this magical morsel Feng Qing Black Mini Bricks.

Darlene, The Tea Lovers Archives, fondly nicknamed it the “Willy Wonka bar ” and we all waited patiently for our golden ticket.

Dutiful, Geoff sent out packages as promised, and when mine arrived I found it quite fitting that the post office had labeled it with a marker of distinction.

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It was very hard not to break open and brew the contents, so employing the outmost resistance, I held on.

A few weeks later we were informed that one bar never reached its destination.  Apparently, Darlene’s package arrived opened and without content.

I guess hers had the true “Golden Ticket” and the postal service felt compelled to open and confiscate the contents or most likely once opened and not reclosed properly the bar was lost in transit.

Not wanting to leave the Darlene, the creator of the sobriquet of this golden tidbit, out of the party, I offered and supplied her with half of my bar (sharing the wealth).

photoWell, last night we all met for the final reveal. The bar compressed like a pu-erh was dark and slightly tippy.

I set up my tea station with all the needed supplies for this assemblage and included an appropriate sweet, bite size pastry, dusted with cinnamon sugar with a sweet cream filling.

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photoAs I sat and entered the meeting, I poured the water over my tea and started the quick suggested 30second steep only to find out I needed to pour off the first brew.

In a flash I was up running to the kitchen to dispense the rinse water not wanting to waste the promise in my cup.

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Second InfusionHaving done due diligence, I proceeded to re-steep for another 30seconds. The second infusion was somewhat lack luster, a few leaves had released themselves from the bar and the liquor brewed a light yellow. There was very little aroma although the initial sips did have a slight chocolate ending, somewhat reminiscent of a Belgian chocolate.

Teased, I wanted more chocolate. The third infusion (2 minutes) granted my request changing from a creamy chocolate note to a deeper dark chocolate. The aroma revealed definite chocolate bouquet with a light amber liquor.

Still my bar was not breaking up and sat with a chunk in my infuser.

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Along the way lively conversation ensued, with Nicole, Tea For Me Please, discussing her upcoming rant, that we all are eager to read, as Nicole does not usually rant, and I for one, have always admired her politically correct demeanor.

Both Carter little ones made cameo appearances and little Ethan is growing quickly.

We talked of Bollywood Movies, Man Tears, a Canadian Peppermint Tea blend, Bourbon Barrel Pu-erh, Brussel Sprouts with Lapsang Souchong and Jack In The Beanstalk. We also covered events we might possibly attend in 2014 and although World Tea Expo may not be in all of our plans there was a suggestion we meet-up in Chicago for a tea weekend (strongly recommended by Rachel I Heart Teas).

Darlene was somewhat quiet and when asked said, she was so enjoying the tea, all else was a mere distraction.

We ended on an up-note regarding Geoff’s selection and golden gift and scheduled the next round of teas, to be sent by Nicole, as a few new offerings from Nilgiri.

When Geoff heard he would be receiving a Nilgiri Silver Needle he seemed to almost leap off of his seat.

It is wonderful to see such excitement about tea from one whom is on a quest for unusual offerings, and to know I will share the tasting experience with him. So our next meeting will be a Nilgiri experience along with the Silver Needle there is a Yellow Tea and two Greens to try.

After I signed off I noticed my mini brick has not fully opened and decided to give it another try. This time I left it to brew for five minutes.

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Geoff had mentioned earlier that this was one of those teas that you “stay with until you find what you like”. Well, as a “gold brick” tea miner, I must say with this last infusion I struck gold Whoopee!

The dark amber liquor gave off much chocolatea aroma and profile that was maintained in the initial sip ending in a slightly malty note. The wet leaves ended revealed attractive, brownish, chunky quality.

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All in all, this “Willy Wonka” experience was wonderful, chocolate sans calories.

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For more insights see:

Darlene, The Tea Enthusiast’s Scrapbook

Nicole, Tea For Me Please

Rachel, I Heart Teas

Geoff, Lazy Literatus Steep Stories

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The Great Comet Of 1812

Posted in The Great Comet of 1812 on November 25th, 2013 by jopj

photoMany of my readers consider cultural jaunts as a focus of my repertoire, so when a ticket became available to see one Off-Broadway show, I was offered an opportunity to attend.

Not being one that frequents Broadway shows, as they are costly and the 42nd Street area is a tourist haven with what I consider unbearable crowds.

As a native New Yorker, I generally have a destination in mind when visiting this area and become very impatient as the crowd of tourists walking in front of me stop to gaze in wonder and take hosts of photos directly in my path, with no consideration of the persons behind them.

So if I’m investing in a performance it you usually be at the Metropolitan Opera, my favorite cultural enjoyment.

When Nicole, Tea For Me Please, invited me, her note mentioned Russian High Tea would be served at the performance. My reply, Russian High Tea! I’m in.

photoNatasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, a pop-opera adaptation of a segment of  War and Peace, the original novel, written by Leo Tolstoy, would not be my choice of Off-Broadway shows. I remember War and Peace being on one of my high school summer reading lists and though read, not retained, sorry Leo.

I had also categorized the content in the Les Miserable’s file, a Broadway show I have attended twice, never seeing it in its entirety, as I fell asleep at each performance, sorry Victor.

In preparation for this adventure I chose to wear a lovely beige dress with embroidered appliqués adoring the fabric, very Russianesque.

photoWhen I got up I realized it would be one of the coldest days of this year and opted to change my plan and pulled out an ankle length black velvet skirt (again thinking of a Russian influence) and a cable kit sweater adding my teapot cameo for a little glitz.

 

 

 

This placed me a little behind in my arrival. Once there I was totally unprepared for this experience. The show was in a tent, yes, a tent.photo

A very creative structure with metal siding as the entryway and once past the doorway you entered what looked like a lavishly adorned Russian tearoom, lovely.

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Our table 131 already occupied by my friends Jason, Nicole and Natasha, of Snooty Tea Person fame.

photoI adore joining friends for tea.

The atmosphere was a buzz with waitpersons, actors and entertainers all being extremely sociable and welcoming, as if you were invited to their home for tea.

The first serving, pierogi and borscht. The pierogi was good although I did not dare drink the borscht (not my cup of tea).

photoWe ordered a pot of tea for the table (at an outrageous cost), the tea was bagged and not high on my list of teas. Natasha, always prepared, pulled out individual packets of oolong, photounder the circumstances, small filled table, we thought better of brewing a loose leaf at this juncture.

The show began and to my surprise it was captivating.

The entire room became the stage with the actors/singers moving about from one side to the other. The costuming representative of the era was created simply and elegantly.

I felt as if I was a participant not just an observer.

The next “High Tea” offering, scones, that I am sure would have met with Lord Devotea’s approval large and somewhat dry more like a biscuit.

photoWe also ordered some sweets to make up for the lack of loose-leaf tea and to also add to the theme of the moment. The truffles were special.

My thoughts on the show:

The music, Oh the music! Beautifully arranged combining the feeling of old with the notes of new.

Congratulations to all the performers for outstanding renditions.

The performances by, Amber Gray, Helene and Grace Mclean, Marya D, were outstanding, and has prompted me to purchase the music on itunes.

Well, as you have read, I thoroughly enjoyed the show and nary a moment did I drift into naptime.

I am already planning to return to see the show again and will be joined by my daughter. I will prepare though, by bringing my own tea.

photoAlthough this was touted that there would be a Russian “High Tea” experience I think a true experience might have encompassed more.

Just an aside, I thought it interesting that Republic Of Tea was listed as the official tea partner and their tea was not served or maybe there is something brewing????photo

Thanks Nicole, I had a great time, congrats on your leading Jason to tea and Natasha always a pleasure, thanks for the oolong.

 

 

 

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In Honor of being Tagged

Posted in In Honor Of Being Tagged on November 14th, 2013 by jopj

Having never been tagged before, I consider it such an honor being tagged by Jen, International Tea Moment . I also want to thank Lu Ann author of The Cup Of Life, for coming up with this informative structure. Although many of the responders I already read, and follow, I so enjoy their tea take on things that I am compelled to read their responses.

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So here we go!

 

1) How was I introduced & fell in love with the wonderful beverage tea. As a child, with roots stemming from the West Indies, (at the time an English colony, oh boy I’m giving away too much here) tea was always served to adults. Typically tea with milk and sugar, when a child complained of a tummy ache, or onset of a cold, tea and toast was offered as a light meal that would not compromise the condition. During full-blown illness rum and herbs were always stored in bottles for fever breaking rubdowns. These home grown remedies served their purpose.  I always felt better after the treatments, especially the rubdowns getting intoxicated by the smell would put me right to sleep. Tea specifically Lipton was always on the shelf in our household and a cup always offered to guests arriving from overseas.

 

2) What was the very first tea blend you ever tried? Does half and half qualify? In my neighborhood, during summer months, street vendors would have huge vats of this mixture half lemonade, half sweet tea available for purchase.

 

3) When did you start your tea blog and what was your hope for creating it? The story goes like this. I had been in the industry for a few years and had started a twitter account when it became popular. I started following some of the more interactive, boisterous, humorous, knowledgeable persons. The likes of The Devotea, Lahikmajoe Drinks Tea , Lazy Literatus , Tea Philosophy et al. I read, although I never interacted. It was at the World Tea East, PA, where I was introduced to VL Hamilton, Tea Philosophy that I was awestruck meeting her in person. We started a conversation about the tweeters and I happened to remark that Robert, The Devotea and Ken, Lahikmajoe might be the same person. Well, I posted this to twitter, uproar ensued between those two and myself. I found out they had their blogs on Teatra.de and I was encouraged by Jackie one of the founders to start a blog of my own. That was September 2011 when Conversations with Tea/Cooking with Tea  was born. Wanting to have a forum not specific to cooking, Scandalous Tea was created and named by Robert as he responded to one of my tweets as scandalous. My hope for creating it? I had none, I think of it as a way to communicate events, ideas, and insights of my experiences with tea.

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4) List one thing most rewarding about your blog and one thing most discouraging. Most rewarding: I can express my thoughts in so many ways, I create with tea, and contributions could be a photo, poetry, prose and such. It can help to inform and educate. I can also bring to light issues that may be on the minds of few, or many, to the forefront. Most discouraging: all those who read and do not respond by responding we create connection, the connection that tea has at the base of its history and throughout the world.

Oh and by the way negative comments will be reviewed and may not be posted unless it applies directly to the topic. So if you say my writing is less than acceptable, you can be sure I will take this under advisement, although you will not see it in the responder commentary.

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5) What type of tea are you most likely to be caught sipping? An Oolong, I adore oolongs and like my writing and topics, the leaves expel new flavor and nuance in my cup with additional infusions. Currently, my favorites are Wood Dragon Oolong and Island Green from Hawaii although it is named green it is an oolong with a very distinct island aroma that takes me to the place of origin as soon as I open the pouch.

 

6) Favorite tea latte to indulge in? Matcha Latte is an occasional treat.

 

7) Favorite treat to pair with your tea? I am practiced in pairing lots of food items with tea and with my experimentation; cooking with tea, I find some very unusual combinations. For example one of my tea and cheese favorite pairing, La Tur a cheese from Piemonte, Italy (blend of cow, goat, sheep milk cheese) with The Devotea, USA, Rose Blush, black tea, rose petals and vanilla. The creamy consistency of the cheese allows the subtle flavors of the tea shine a very special treat. I also have created extensive beer & tea pairings, chocolate & tea pairings and create unique tea experiences.

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8)   If there was one place in the world that you could explore the tea culture at, where would it be and why? Although Taiwan may be in my future, where I would most like to visit for cultural tea experience is Morocco, I think the color, and beauty of this part of the world would be inspiring.

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9) Any teatime rituals you have that you’d like to share? Sundays with Michael, Tea Geek , at the Tea salon G+ meeting. Whilst not a true tea ritual, the meeting signifies the end and beginning of my week. Our meeting always informative a new tea is scheduled for each week and it is always a wonderful experience.

 

10) Time of day you enjoy drinking tea the most: Morning, Noon, Night, or anytime? Tea is so much a part of my existence. I enjoy it at all times of day, with each mood, each event, and each function of my day.

11) What’s one thing you wish for tea in the future? My wish is that wherever I am, in a tea cafe, restaurant, coffee shop etc. that I would be able to get a quality cup of loose leaf tea.

 

Jen, Tea Moment again thanks for the tag

Lu Ann The Cup Of Life thanks for the concept

Cups up to all!

 

 

BTW if the previous responders would also post their entries to the TeaBloggers Roundtable  G+ site that would be great. Thanks

 

Tagged

Chris Giddings; Tea-Guy

Linda; Tea Stylist

Marilyn; Delights of the Heart

Stephanie; Steph’s Cup of Tea

 

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