Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tea Movie

There's a cool Japanese tea movie called: "Tea Fight" that was released in July of this year.
Here's the link:
Tea Fight

It might be an interesting movie to watch.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Beauty of Tea Ware

Tea utensils can come in all sorts of styles and designs. But whatever the utensil, can you see the inherent beauty in the piece? Some pieces are beautiful just because they are simple. Other pieces are beautiful because the have a special character. Some pieces are beautiful because they are handsomely painted, sometimes by hand. Some pieces are beautiful just because in some way, you find them striking and interesting. Whatever the type of tea ware or tea utensil, always strive to choose ones that are the most beautiful.

Featured here:
Chrysanthemum Patterned Tea Set (white porcelain):
1 Cebei (150 mL)
1 Chahai (175 mL)
6 Tasting cups (30 mL*6)

There is one good thing about a set of tea ware: every piece should visually complement each other. And the capacities of the respective pieces should complement each other too.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008


Some people are monoteaists. That is, day in and day out, 365 days of the year, they only drink one kind of tea. You can find monoteaists all over the world. In parts of southern Fujian, they shun the locally produced tea in favor of Anxi’s Tieguanyin. And they simply refuse to drink other types of tea – even if it’s a really good tea. Some people are monoteaists because – that’s their preferred type of tea; and that’s what they always drink. But isn’t that kind of like the frog in the well who knows nothing of the vastness of the sea beyond?

There are some people who are actually even ateaists. They don’t drink tea at all. Never. Who could live like that? To be an ateaist must be to live a wretched life – to be unknowing of the comforts and pleasures of life – Tea.

Other people are multiteaists. They don’t limit themselves to only one kind of tea. They will drink any kind of tea – red, black, white, yellow, green, compressed, moldy - whatever. And they are more open to trying new teas, and new tea experiences.

All tea comes from one plant – Camellia sinensis. But just like there are many varieties of corn, there are many varieties of tea. And each tea looks different, tastes different and smells different from the next. Some teas have big leaves; some teas have very small, tender leaves. It’s worth trying out different kinds of teas to learn what they are, and understand the differences and similarities. Multiteaism is good. Now let’s have some blue corn tortillas and green tea.

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Does green turn you off?

Some people say no-no to green teas. They say green is not their cup of tea. Maybe their first encounter with a green tea was horrendous. Green tea, if prepared improperly can be vilely bitter. But that is not the true nature of green tea.

Some people, having mainly experienced drinking red teas (the stuff in teabags) seem to expect green tea to taste similar. And they even think green tea should be brewed using the same methods as for the teabag stuff. If you’re one of these people, we understand. It’s totally not your fault. If you read the label on those boxes and cans of green tea, it actually says to use boiling water. And that’s the problem right there: you actually read and followed the instructions. Boy, are you dumb! (Just kidding!)

See, green tea is a more delicate kind of experience. Green teas like warm water, not boiling hot water. And some green teas are so delicate, they can almost be brewed in room-temperature water, and still be pretty decent to drink.

Green tea is a little tricky to prepare properly. If the water is too hot, it won’t be palatable. If the steeping time is too long, it’s undrinkable. If the water temperature is too cool, the tea will be lacking in flavor. If too few leaves are used, the tea may be tasteless. If too many leaves are used, the tea may become bitter. All of these – amount of leaf, water temperature, steeping time, and quality of leaf need to be taken into consideration when making green tea.

If green tea is not your favorite, please give it a second try. Green tea is not bitter – really. In fact, many green teas have a slight sweetness of taste to them. So try the green again. You won’t be disappointed.

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