Are you caught in a philosophical and practical battle between Western Brewing and Gongfu? Tired of having tea leaves stuck between your teeth with grandpa style? Would you like the convenience of western brewing and the taste-changing experience of Gongfu? Before today (April 1st in 2018), there was nothing in-between. But today, we have an answer for you. Introducing the …”Western-Fu Brewing Method” 🙂
A few years ago, Starbucks started a January promotion. You buy a $40 insulated 16 ounce Starbucks stainless cup in November/December, and for the whole of January, you get a free coffee or tea every day at Starbucks stores. All you have to do is show the cup, and you get a free brewed coffee or tea. None of the espresso and latte and other fancy drinks are eligible. Only brewed coffee and tea!
This is the third year I’ve done this promotion! The cups have held up well function-wise, so that bodes well for the 2018 ~ other things equal. I prefer the January 2016 cup over the January 2017 which was a shiny white with green patterns color scheme. The 2016 and 2018 are a more conventional black.
Tea Santa came early this year! I was shopping at Trader Joe when I noticed this all new exciting tea gift set. It costs $10. I pondered but (of course) eventually gave in and bought it 🙂 You get four tea containers with ten tea pyramids in each. That’s 25c per tea pyramid.
It has a long name, get ready for it, it is the Thotalagala Organic Single Estate High Grown Tea Collection! This is not advertised in their Holiday 2017 Flyer, it just showed up in the store!
I just opened the box and took pictures, and wrote this post. I haven’t tasted the tea yet, it’s late night, I won’t be able to sleep if I drink caffeinated now 🙂 But fear not, there will be four separate posts on each one of the included four teas!
This is a blog update. To use the Marvel Cinematic Universe lingo, we are about to enter Phase II of the blog. In Phase I, we covered a lot of tea bags and tea pyramids, a number of which were seasonal returns or impulse buys (new releases, doorbusters).
So now it’s time to plan Phase II which will (at least attempt) to focus on these:
- loose leaf tea
- tea cups and tea brewing equipment
- tea books
- start learning how to matcha
This is just a general guideline though, because tea works in mysterious ways 🙂
I have a big stack of tea books, but so far I only wrote about The World Atlas of Tea. I must needs write much and more 🙂
Unboxing tea? That sounds kinda crazy! Well, probably so, except mayhaps when it comes to gift sets or bundles that made up of various different parts 🙂 And that’s we have here, a text and pictures unboxing of the Accelerated Intelligence Distribution Matcha Gift Set.
I’ve only drunk other people’s matchas before. But as far as I can recall, I never made matcha! So when I saw this Matcha Gift set as a lightning deal at Amazon, impulse buy won, and here it is!
I don’t know if this has a formal or common name in the tea world, but I’m calling it the “Equalizer” western-style loose-leaf brewing technique. This works best with teas that you can “finish” with an extended brewing session, such as genmaichas, dragonwell, herbal blends, and to a lesser extent flavored teas.