What’s in a water?

Short answer: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and hopefully not a whole lot else. Water gets discussed in the tea scene often enough, but I suspect that most people worry about it a lot when they’re brand-new, and proceed to forget about it shortly after. If you’re lucky, you’re like Sean and have glacial run-off on … Continue reading What’s in a water?

The Semantics of Sheng – Age and Maturity

A topic that surfaces regularly when I discuss tea with friends is the way we are forced to construct a shared vocabulary, and the difficulties that brings.  Appreciation of tea is already an exceptionally-subjective activity – mixing in the experiential isolation and vast variation in breadth of experience that often exists between pu-aficionados in the West only … Continue reading The Semantics of Sheng – Age and Maturity

The Gospel of James

Be patient therefore, teafriends, until the coming of the patina. See how the steeper waits for the precious fruit of the leaf, being patient about it, until her pot receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the patina is at hand. Patience is a … Continue reading The Gospel of James