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?
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
Not long ago, Sean sent me a pot – a twin to my own 65ml zini shuiping – which was lending an unpleasant taste to some of his teas and clogging on a hair-trigger. While I haven’t touched the first issue yet (which I suspect might just be a lack of seasoning), it did provide … Continue reading The Finer Points of Yixing Butchery
Go ahead, look it up. This is probably old-hat for many, but I keep seeing people lament the state of their cake wrappers. If you want a tip or two, treat your ears to the dulcet tones of my native tongue >_> Seriously. I wasn’t sure what my voice sounded like outside my head, but … Continue reading Frangers
N.B This post was written in February 2018. Much has happened since, so expect to see updates shortly. This is my failure. There are many like it, but this one is mine. Different people add value to a community in different ways. Sometimes that means demonstrating how something can be improved, sometimes it means cocking … Continue reading Exemplars