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[14 Apr 2010|09:59pm]

[ mood | confused ]

Hello fellow tea lovers!

I'm new to the tea world and would love to know about any awesome green tea brands to buy for cheap. Please help me out!

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New Tea Rating & Review Website [08 Oct 2009|05:29pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Hello! I recently launched a website for rating and reviewing teas. It's meant for anyone who drinks tea, not just connoisseurs or experts:


Also, of relevance to this community, there is a page particularly for green teas:


...and a separate page for flavored green teas:


Hopefully some of the people in this community will enjoy my website. The website is very young--and I've been very responsive to requests so far. If a brand of tea or a particular tea is not listed and you want to rate it, there's a suggestion form and I will add it ASAP. I am listing everything from supermarket brands of teabag tea up through high-end loose teas, single-estate and rare teas. I hope to soon have local listings for tea houses and tea shops too.

My site also has information about different styles of tea and tea-producing regions. I am progressively adding more information as I add more teas, and as I do my own reading and research about tea.

:-) Enjoy! And drink lots of tea! :-)

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[15 Sep 2009|11:44am]


Wake up Community!!

Has anyone tried that White Orchard green tea by mighty leaf? i fell in love.

it's just so expensive.

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[16 Aug 2008|07:34pm]

 hello everyone! I'm new *waves*, my favourite type of green tea is probubly Dragonwell, Jasmine, or just plain green tea!, Does anyone have any recomendations?

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[16 Aug 2008|07:30pm]

Hi, all! I'm new here, and of course a tea lover. I work at a Coffee & Tea place called Sweetwaters, and drink all the tea I want for free (jealous?)! My favorite is Dragon Pearl Jasmine, and I recently bought a 15oz Beehouse which I LOVE.

I also just created a new community that some of you might like! Check it out!


Invite your friends!

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Attention, tea lovers [19 Jun 2008|12:51pm]


I would like to draw your attention to my new online tea shop: Apollo Tea. I don't want to write a long praise here. See for yourselves.

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My sweet escape with this luxur elixir [31 May 2008|07:19pm]

[ mood | entranced ]

Oh holy hell. I just received a gift of Guyokuro Japanese tea, Tsuen Tea from a friend. It is a 100g bag of hand picked, shade grown high-grade leaves, of which matcha powder is derived. Tsuen Tea is Japan's oldest and most distinguished Tea company. Tsuen literally means: "A Tea Master who serves tea for travelers by the Uji River." The first tea master created this company, and is where the Japanese tea ceremony was born.

The anticipation was half the pleasure. Upon opening the sealed package, the aroma enveloped my senses, and I literally took a minute (or two) to sink my self into its intoxicating scent.

I knew it would be an exhilarating experience when I saw how luxuriously dark green and moist the leaves were!! The anticipation was building and building now. I selected my "comfort cup" which is actually a coconut shell crafted into a tea bowl and prepared this dark green delight with the truest of intentions and eager curiosity to what sensations awaited.

I've never had the honor of drinking high grade before. The mere fact that it was also acquired as a gift added to the meaning and appreciation of this tradition-honored, highest of high, teas.

Now I don't usually light a candle or 'set a mood' to enjoy my tea, but wanted to envelop as many senses in this experiences as I could, with the sincerest of intentions. This way, I believe, will imprint added levels to my first time of trying this time honored tea. I smiled with an extra glow as I pulled out a Japanese incense that a dear friend gave me for my last birthday, rolled out a bamboo matt, placed the tea in front of me, while sitting cross-legged.

I teetered in my decision between meditation music or a heavenly Thunderstorm soundtrack. Considering the affect thunderstorms have on my senses, I chose the thunderstorm.

I closed my eyes, took a minute to mentally thank the individual who spoiled me with this treat, placed my hands on my happy coconut tea-bowl, raised it to my face after the slow hand under hand half turn, breathed in the intoxicating aroma which really did send my eyes rotating up and back from the almost erotic under tones of its olfactory effects.

This alone sent my energy into a near meditative state. Refocusing myself, I bonded with my tea bowl and partook of what I had built all this anticipation and suspense for.

It was everything I hoped it would be, and more. I didn't close my eyes on purpose this time, it happened naturally as the soft, sweet, ever so delicate flavor washed over my unworthy taste buds. I did not swallow right away, letting my mouth embody every layer of flavor and sensation this silky liquid blessed it with.

Reflecting on my appreciation of this encounter, I realize my description and choice of words is a bit over the top, but what can I say, I'm a leo, and am extremely passionate about matcha. So, my first encounter with the "mother" of my green god-send deserves my highest respect and sincerity.

Even if you don't have the same passion or love for this incredible species of the botanic kingdom, I assure you, that you will have a new appreciation for tea, if not an entirely different respect for it.

As I don't take my recommendations lightly, if you decide to try this diva of teas, I promise, unless you are an experienced tea connoisseur, comparing this creature to your typical teas found in the grocery store or tea shop, is akin to comparing Ahi tuna to the common shredded, pale version you find canned in the super market.

You will love this tea, no matter your back ground, insight, or expectations on the nature of tea.

x-posted to my lj, matcha_matcha

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last-minute promotion [24 Mar 2008|09:36pm]

If you live in the Twin Cities area and are interested in learning more about the Japanese tea ceremony or Japanese culture in general, my tea ceremony class at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus is going to be giving a tea ceremony demonstration on Friday, March 28th, 2008 from 4:30-6:30. Each of the four ceremonies performed will be about a half-hour long, with the middle two performed by students in the class and the first and last performed by a tea master, WATANABE Fumio-sensei, from Japan. Tea and sweets will be served, and admission is free.

I have provided links to the flyer, directions, and a .zip contiaining both. Please feel free to download and forward these, direct-link others to them, or simply direct-link this post.

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Hello/Questions [06 Jan 2008|08:39pm]

I Just recently discovered that I've been oversteeping my tea. It had always been bitter and barely drinkable without milk and sugar. I haven't been too choosy in the oast as far as brand goes, but I'd like to start appreciating tea more, if that makes sense. (Especially now that I have a better idea of how to prepare it)
I'm interested in trying some loose leaf green tea and was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction as far as online sites go(I'm a student, so it would be a bonus if you could direct me to the lower priced kinds if possible) I'm really interested in trying higher quality tea...

Thank you!

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Green Tea Tropical - cheaper?:) [26 Jul 2006|02:13pm]

Hi all! I was curious if anyone here knows where to get Mighty Leaf Green Tea Tropical for any cheaper than the price listed here :) My girlfriend and I love it, but aren't sure where to get it at a more affordable rate for everyday drinking. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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surprisingly adequate bottled tea. [06 Jul 2006|10:18pm]

Most bottled tea sucks, in my opinion. Usually it's too sweet, plus it tastes bitter or rancid just from being old. (I've heard that Honest Tea is an exception, but I haven't run across that anywhere yet.) So, when I spotted house brand bottled tea in Target, I was dubious - but I had a coupon, so... I bought the 64 ounce bottle of Archer Farms Jasmine Green.

And you know what? It's not awful. It's not particularly good. But it's drinkable, as long as your expectations aren't too high. It's not bitter. It smells like jasmine. It's a mild taste, and it doesn't taste like the plastic bottle it's in. So, if you ever have one of those occasions when you're on your way to, say, a family dinner, and you suddenly remember that this particular sibling never has iced tea in the fridge, you could stop in at the Target you can see from the interstate highway, and buy a bottle of this and bring it along, and have *something* to drink, anyway. It's certainly better than powdered instant!

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Skin. [21 Jun 2006|05:03pm]

[ mood | okay ]

Is green tea good for your skin? I mean, it helps cancer.

Jeez.. what doesn't it help? haha.

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[05 Jun 2006|02:23pm]


Join tea_exchange!

Hi! Just trying to get word out about a community I made - tea_exchange! Come make some friends who love tea and trade tea and letters in the mail!

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Hmmm [04 Jun 2006|06:04am]

[ mood | bored ]

I recently started drinking this green tea by "Yogi Tea" it comes in this little box and they have messages on each tea bag. I know bagged tea isn't the best, especially for green tea but it's all I can afford. The bag reads ''Green Tea Kombucha'' and the tea has a light spearmint kick to it.

Has anyone tried this brand?

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[01 Jun 2006|08:36am]

Has anyone tried both Meng Ding Shi Hua and Ming Mei green teas from China? Can you describe either or both? From the descriptions, both seem to be a light tea. How do they compare to Japanese Sencha?

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Green tea makes me happy. [27 May 2006|10:33am]

[ mood | amused ]

Is there such a thing a drinking too much green tea?

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[27 May 2006|12:07pm]

Has anyone had tea by Ineeka? Opinions?

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Matcha Green Tea [14 May 2006|02:28am]

Just curious if anyone knows a good online place to purchase Matcha (powdered green tea). I've found it on the Stash site (30g for $16) but I wasn't sure if anyone may have any other experiences or recommendations before I purchase it from Stash. I'm also looking to use it in cooking/recipes (cakes and ice creams and such) :D I'm excited

Also, I just purchased the Osho Art of Tea, which is a box set that includes a book of meditations, stories, tea preparation, as well as different information on different teas, and two tea cups+bamboo mat. I recommend it for anyone who is A. a fan of tea, and B. a fan of Zen, meditation, Taoism, and the like.


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bwah? [08 May 2006|03:26pm]

So I was doing some reading and apparently the fluoride levels in green tea have been linked to hypothyroidism. has anybody else heard anything about this?

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Starbucks [20 Apr 2006|09:57pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

I don't know how many of you tried this yet, but starbucks has green tea lattes and frappuccinos for the spring season. didn't try the latte, but the frappuccino is quite delicious. Trendtastic!

Edit: I have learned a valuable lesson about researching calorie content before trying new things. I'm glad I only had it the one time.

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