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This is my favorite gaiwan, it is now the only one I use. It was made in Yunnan in the the famous pottery county called Jianshui. The gaiwan is from Crimson Lotus Teas, a small Seattle Tea Company specializing in Puer Tea and functional teaware in which to brew it. The gaiwan fits my hand and because it is thicker than most other gaiwans I have used and the rim is wider, the hot water is no problem at all when it comes to burning my hand. It is a nice tea making device. A gaiwan (/ˈɡaɪwɒn/) or zhong is a Chinese lidded bowl used for the infusion of tea leaves and the consumption of tea. It was invented during the Ming dynasty. It consists of a bowl, a lid, and a saucer.

#thehappyteaman #gongfu #chinesetea #puerhtea #crimsonlotustea #jianshui #thick #wide #hotwater #mingdynasty #zhong #liddedbowl #yunnan

Let the show begin... How many teas will I taste today? Time will tell and everyone is brewing and pouring their best👍👍👍 Tea drunk here I come🍵🍵🍵 #thehappyteaman #worldteaexpo2017 #lasvegas #teadrunk

The lovely Green Tea is called Anji Bai Cha named after its origin and color. Anji County (Chinese: 安吉县; pinyin: Ānjí Xiàn) is a county in the prefecture-level city of Huzhou in northwestern Zhejiang province, People's Republic of China. This tea cultivar was discovered in 1982 and is not as widely planted as other teas and has a short harvesting period; it is a comparatively rare tea. It is called "white" tea although it is a green tea. The long, narrow leaves are yellow in colour and have a recognisable fold along the length of the leaf. A 2010 study found that the tea is high in polysaccharides. Further Research found that the tea plant has low chlorophyll and poly-phenol content (which explains the whitish-green tea leaves) but is very rich in amino acids. It has almost twice the amount comparing to other green teas. Amino acid helps suppress cortisol and reduces stress. (Thanks Wiki) The tea is sweet and delicious and is my favorite Green Tea. This sample was from my good friend JJ, thank you🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #thehappyteaman #anjibaicha #grentea #zheijang #china #polyfenols #aminoacids #white #lowclorophyll #delicious #polysaccharides #chinesetea #Bellevue #gongfu

These tea pets are from the Phoenix Tea Shop collection @phoenixteashop. How would they look on your tea table?

#thehappyteaman #gongfucha #teaceremony #phoenixteashop #teapets

There are two legends that tell of the origin of Tieguanyin Tea, AKA, Ti Kuan Yin, Tit Kwun Yum, Ti Kwan Yin, Iron Buddha, Iron Goddess of Mercy, and Tea of the Iron Bodhisattva. But first we must explore Guanyin for whom it is named. Guanyin or Guan Yin is a Bodhisattva (a being who is able to reach nirvana yet stays in this world to save suffering beings), and is found in all manifestations of Buddhism throughout Asia. She is commonly known as the "Goddess of Mercy" in English. Guanyin is thought to be most the most beloved Buddhist Divinity with miraculous powers to assist all those who pray to her. She is the embodiment of compassion and sometimes compared with the Mystical Judeo/Christian Shekinah, an indwelling presence represented as light and interpreted symbolically as the divine feminine aspect. The two origin stories of the tea tell of the “discovery of Ti Kuan Yin; The Wei Legend and The Wang Legend. The first is about a poor old farmer who walks by a rundown shrine honoring Guanyin and each day burns incense, sweeps and cleans, and returns the shire to a lovely place of honor and peace. One night, Guanyin appears to him in a dream, telling him of a cave behind the temple where a treasure awaited. He was to take the treasure and share it with others. There the farmer found a tea shoot. He planted it in his field and nurtured it into a large bush, from which the finest tea was produced. He gave cuttings of this rare plant to his family and neighbors and all found happiness and prosperity from the tea, which they named Tieguanyin. The Tie does not stand for tea (cha) but rather iron because when the tightly rolled leaves were dropped into a teapot they “rang” as if made of iron. The Wang legend tells of a scholar who accidentally discovered the tea plant beneath the Guanyin rock in Xiping. He brought the plant back home and planted it in his garden. Later when he visited the Emperor he offered the tea as a gift from his native village. The emperor was so impressed that he inquired about its origin. Since the tea was discovered beneath the Guanyin Rock, he decided to call it the Guanyin tea.

#thehappyteaman #tiekuanyin #guanyin #xiping #bellevuewa

Happy to have tea brewed today by our good friend Scott S. who is visiting from Beijing. The first Yixing teapot is used for brewing the tea, the second is being used as a cha hai or sharing pitcher. The tea is Floating Leaves premium, quadruple roasted Dong Ding which is very well crafted and a delicious example of traditional style "Frozen Peak" Taiwanese Oolong. The double Yixing teapot method brings out the tea's complexity as well as softening it's overall impression. The tea table is the Gong Fu station at Seattle's Best Tea in The International District, one of Seattles oldest and best tea shops. The complexity of the tea and the attention to detail of the tea brewer produced a wonderful experience. Our good friend and Seattle tea legend James L. was in the house too.

#thehappyteaman #dongding #chinesetea #nice #teatable #gongfu #chahai #double #quadruple #beijiang #complex #frozenpeak

This silver cup from Crimson Lotus Tea has a lovely celadon color porcelain outside including some elegant calligraphy. Celadon is a term for pottery in the jade green celadon color and a type of transparent glaze, often with small cracks. Celadon originated in China. For many centuries, celadon wares were highly regarded by the Chinese Imperial court. The similarity of the color to jade, traditionally the most highly valued material in China, was, a large part of its attraction.

#thehappyteaman #crimsonlotustea #phoenixteashop #celadon #jade #standard #chinesetea #beautiful #imperialcourt #chineseemperor

Here is where my passion for tea began almost 45 years ago. I worked at McNutley's in Greenwich Village while I was in college. There I first learned about and tasted Tie Kwan Yin, Darjeeling, Gunpowder, and Lapsang Souchong. Bill and Connie aren't around anymore but new owner David has increased their tea selection nicely. I visited the 100+ year old NYC landmark this week. I could definitely work there again.

#thehappyteaman #mcnutley's #greenwichvillage #tiekwanyin #gunpowdergreentea #lapsangsouchong #huntercollege

Delicious Da Hong Pao at Phoenix Tea Shop this afternoon. We find the tea is much more defined, soft, flavorful, and complex than we we first opened the 2 kg. wooden crate in which it spent the last year. With Rock Teas, AKA Yancha, it is customarily to let the tea mature for a year before it's released. Teas like Da Hong Pao from Wuyishan in Northwest Fujian Province are among the most prized worldwide.

#thehappyteaman #phoenixteashop #delicious #dahongpao #wuyishan #rocktea #yancha #gaiwan #burienwa

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This is my favorite gaiwan, it is now the only one I use. It was made in Yunnan in the the famous pottery county called Jianshui. The gaiwan is from Crimson Lotus Teas, a small Seattle Tea Company specializing in Puer Tea and functional teaware in which to brew it. The gaiwan fits my hand and because it is thicker than most other gaiwans I have used and the rim is wider, the hot water is no problem at all when it comes to burning my hand. It is a nice tea making device. A gaiwan (/ˈɡaɪwɒn/) or zhong is a Chinese lidded bowl used for the infusion of tea leaves and the consumption of tea. It was invented during the Ming dynasty. It consists of a bowl, a lid, and a saucer.

#thehappyteaman #gongfu #chinesetea #puerhtea #crimsonlotustea #jianshui #thick #wide #hotwater #mingdynasty #zhong #liddedbowl #yunnan

The lovely Green Tea is called Anji Bai Cha named after its origin and color. Anji County (Chinese: 安吉县; pinyin: Ānjí Xiàn) is a county in the prefecture-level city of Huzhou in northwestern Zhejiang province, People's Republic of China. This tea cultivar was discovered in 1982 and is not as widely planted as other teas and has a short harvesting period; it is a comparatively rare tea. It is called "white" tea although it is a green tea. The long, narrow leaves are yellow in colour and have a recognisable fold along the length of the leaf. A 2010 study found that the tea is high in polysaccharides. Further Research found that the tea plant has low chlorophyll and poly-phenol content (which explains the whitish-green tea leaves) but is very rich in amino acids. It has almost twice the amount comparing to other green teas. Amino acid helps suppress cortisol and reduces stress. (Thanks Wiki) The tea is sweet and delicious and is my favorite Green Tea. This sample was from my good friend JJ, thank you🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #thehappyteaman #anjibaicha #grentea #zheijang #china #polyfenols #aminoacids #white #lowclorophyll #delicious #polysaccharides #chinesetea #Bellevue #gongfu

Happy to have tea brewed today by our good friend Scott S. who is visiting from Beijing. The first Yixing teapot is used for brewing the tea, the second is being used as a cha hai or sharing pitcher. The tea is Floating Leaves premium, quadruple roasted Dong Ding which is very well crafted and a delicious example of traditional style "Frozen Peak" Taiwanese Oolong. The double Yixing teapot method brings out the tea's complexity as well as softening it's overall impression. The tea table is the Gong Fu station at Seattle's Best Tea in The International District, one of Seattles oldest and best tea shops. The complexity of the tea and the attention to detail of the tea brewer produced a wonderful experience. Our good friend and Seattle tea legend James L. was in the house too.

#thehappyteaman #dongding #chinesetea #nice #teatable #gongfu #chahai #double #quadruple #beijiang #complex #frozenpeak

Remains of the day this afternoon at B. Fuller’s Mortar and Pestle in Freemont, WA. Chinese Tea in a Steampunk setting with The Happy Tea Man brewing a selection of their fine teas. Shown here some of the teas sampled including Taiwanese Dong Ding High Mountain Oolong, Rou Gui from Wuyisnan, a Sheng, AKA Raw Pu Erh from Jing Mai and an interesting, and delicious special house blend called Cocoa Delights with Shou, AKA Dark Pu Erh, real Cocoa Nibs and other select botanicals. Not shown are two of B. Fuller's Green Teas also sampled. Look for Chinese Teas in a Steampunk Setting with The Happy Tea Man the afternoon of the second Monday in September. B Fullers is an Artisanal Modern Apothecary featuring Camilla Sinensis and fine botanicals in a creative Steampunk themed wonderland in the shadow of Freemont's iconic Lenin statue.

#thehappyteaman #bfuller's #steampunk #chinesetea #shou #sneng #puerhtea #dongding #rougui #cocoa #cocoanibs #specialblend #freemont #pnw #wonderland #botanicals #leninstatue

An exhibit from the tea museum in Wuyishan showing the old way of doing things. The city is an important destination for tea lovers from around the world. Wuyishan is a local subsection of the Wuyi Mountain range, which forms the entirety of the geological and political divide between the provinces of Fujian and Jiangxi, and the home of a world famous national park called simply Wuyi Mountain Park. Since 1999 the park zone has been recognised by UNESCO as part of the world's natural and cultural heritage. Cultural sites within the zone include the original cultivation ground of the Da Hong Pao tea variety. Not far from Wuyishan, the Jiyufang Laolong kiln, located in a village near the town of Shuiji, has restarted production of Jian ware using original clay from local sources.
(Thx wiki)

#thehappyteaman #chinesetea #wuyishan #wuyi #jiankiln #oldways @ #shuiji #dahongpao #unescoworldheritage

Two wood-fired teapots, for two different Sheng Pu Erh teas. The round device at the bottom of the picture with a painting of a koi is a teapot lid holder. The first step in making Pu Erh is picking new, tender leaves and leaf leaf buds. The leaves are handled carefully to prevent bruising and other unwanted possibilities. Sometimes the leaves are allowed to wilt or wither for a while after picking depending on the tea maker. The leaves are spread out in the sun, weather permitting, or in ventilated indoor space to rest and begin fermentation. On overcast or rainy days, the leaves will be wilted by heating to move the processing forward. The leaves are then “lightly heated” using a large wok in a process called "kill green” AKA, shā qīng). This deactivates the enzyme activity in the leaf and prevents further fermentation or darkening. After "kill green", the leaves can be rolled, rubbed, shaken, and/or shaped. The leaves are then left to dry in the sun and when dried is called Maocha. The tea is now Sheng or raw Pu Erh. The tea can be left in this loose state or pressed into all manner of shapes for aging and storage. Unlike other Green Teas produced in China which are dried completely with hot air, woks, or other heating methods, the leaves used in the production of Pu Erh are not completely dried leaving a small amount of moisture. Along with naturally occurring microbes and yeasts, the long, slow process called post-fermentation begins and after years or even decades the desired complexity and nuance so treasured in real Sheng Pu Erh reaches its apex. The Pu Erh, if properly stored, can continue to improve almost indefinitely. That is if it is not brewed into tea first.

#thehappyteaman #puerhtea #chinesetea #sheng #killgreen #maocha #aging #fermentation #teaprocessing #teapots #koifish #lidhilder #postfermentation #fermentation #apex #greentea #raw #rawpuerh

Shui Ping is among the most useful and therefore a very common shape for Yixing Teapots. The shape is sometimes translated as water balance. It is suitable for many types of tea, I use this one for Taiwanese High Mountain Oolongs. This particular teapot is crafted using a type of red clay called Zhu Ni or red sand. Some say this specific type of clay is exhausted or extinct because the main vein of this clay in the main Yixing mine ran out in the early seventies. This is true but the clay is found in other, smaller mines around the city of Yixing. Either way, Zhu Ni can be fired at very high temperatures and the teapots that survive are particularly hard and very suited for tea making. There is quite a bit of shrinkage and also breaking during firing so pots that survive are treasured and in great demand. Another quality of the teapots is that it darkens in color while brewing tea. The surface is often textured in a way that resembles the skin of citrus fruits such as oranges or lemons. If you are fortunate enough to own one, or more than one, treat them well as they will increase in beauty and in value over time.

#thehappyteaman #shuiping #zhuni #yixing #teapot #gongfucha #chinesetea #nice #oolongtea #oolong #highfired #value #beauty #seattle #bellevue #bellevuewa #extinct #redsand #citrusskin

This little hexagonal, hand-made Yixing beauty is reserved for Shou Cha, AKA Ripe Pu Erh.
Pu Erh has high levels of polyphenols and is said to contain "Qi," or energy. Both traditional raw (Sheng) and recently created (since 1979) ripe (Shou) Pu Erhs offer health benefits to the digestive and circulatory systems. Pu Erh is made from a tall tea tree species with large thick leaves and deep root systems that produce rich, complex aromas and flavors. The oldest known tea tree in Yunnan is 3,200 years old. Many believe that Pu Erh was the first tea to be used as a beverage.

#thehappyteaman #puerhtea #puer #yixing #handmade #teapot #polyphenols #healthy #nice #chinesetea #hexagonal #sheng #healthbenefits #yunnan #ancienttree #deeproots #broadleaf #assamica # largeleaf #ancient #gushu

Tea ware is "The Father of Tea" and water is called "Tea's Mother". The choices are seemingly endless, almost infinite for each. A tea shop with a selection like this one is a magnate for tea lovers everywhere. Do I need it, can I use it, not sure, I just know I want it. "TAS, Tea-ware Acquisition Syndrome", anyone else have this issue?
#thehappyteaman #nice #chinesetea #teaware #water #tas #thisissue #teawareaquisitionsyndrome #teawareaquisitiondisorder #mother #father #motheroftea #fatheroftea

Enjoying tea "Grandpa Style" in this case Bi Lou Chun near West Lake. Instead of brewing tea in a small teapot or gaiwan, you brew loose leaves directly in a large mug. When you brew grandpa tea, the leaf-to-water ratio is lower. Basically you brew more tea at a time, but enjoy fewer sessions compared to a traditional ceremony. Often there is not much regard for temperature or steeping time. You simply keep sipping the tea until you feel the taste is good enough to enjoy. No infuser ball, filters or bags are used. This drinking style is popular in China particularly with Green Tea. In my experience this is a difficult style for most, but not all American tea drinkers to master and enjoy.

#thehappyteaman #chinesetea #nice #grandpastyle #bilouchun #greentea #westlake #bellevuewa #seattle

Nice drinking tea with Shiuwen and Scott today at Floating Leaves Tea in Ballard. Justin B. was in the house too. You cannot beat enjoying Camellia Sinensis with old friends. Shiuwen's Dong Ding (Frozen Summit or Icy Peak) and Scott's Tie Lou Han (Iron Monk) were both excellent.

#thehappyteaman #floatingleavestea #dongding #oolong #tielouhan #excellent #frozensummit #icypeak #ironmonk #taiwanoolong #wuyishan #goodfriends

In Menghai the billboards often are selling Pu Erh. Menghai County is a county under the jurisdiction of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan province, China.
Nice👍👍👍☕️☕️☕️ #thehappyteaman #puerhtea #menghai #Yunnan #nice #chinesetea #maocha #bingcha

Maocha is a Pu Erh that has been processed and finished but not pressed into cakes or other shapes. Because of this, most leaves remain intact and present after brewing as beautiful, pale green, whole leaves. This leaf if from a new, 2017 batch of Crimson Lotus Midas Touch Sheng Cha. BTW, the tea was delicious. We brewed and tasted a number of new batches of Crimson Lotus teas at The Phoenix Tea Shop last Friday. About ten of their new teas are available for sampling.

#thehappyteaman #crimsonlotustea #phoenixteashop #maocha #puer #PuErh #midastouch #wholeleaftea #wholeleaf #tasting #yunnantea #palegreen #delicious

An afternoon of tea with Shiuwen's special TKY and Jason's whiskey barrel aged Jing Mai maocha. "Tea Drunk" was inevitable outcome.

#thehappyteaman #floatingleaves #smacha #TKY #tiekuanyin #maocha #whiskeybarrel #teadrunk #fisheye #teapet #terracottawarriors #duanni

#GPRepost,#reposter,#notetag @thehappyteaman via @RepostApp ======> @thehappyteaman:The ancient Dragon Kiln just outside the city of Yixing, China has been used to fire fine purple clay tea wares including the world famous Yixing Teapots for over 600 years. The dried bamboo stacked on either side will be used to fuel the Kiln for its long firing period.
#thehappyteaman #dragonkiln #ancient #yixinglay #yixingteapots #chineseteapots #bamboo #kiln #treasure

The remains of day at Friday's at Phoenix Tea today. We started with two Puers from Crimson Lotus Tea, a Sheng or raw and a Shou or ripe Puer. Both start as sun-dried green teas and both benefit from a period of post-fermentation but not in the same way. The Sheng undergoes a natural, slow and lengthy post fermentation lasting years or even decades. The Shou's post-fermentation is accelerated by a process called wet-piling or wodui that does in weeks or months what takes years for the Sheng. Both were excellent by the way. The flowers in the bowl are just that flowers but in this case they are Camellia Sinensis Assamica flowers, AKA tea flowers. Subtle and soft, when brewed they make a very nice tasting beverage. The fourth tea is called Moonlight White, a rare white tea from Yunnan that is picked and processed only during the full moon and is made primarily from large buds. Yue Guang Bai is the Chinese name for this rare, delicious, and healthful tea.
#thehappyteaman #puer #sheng #shou #camellia #flower #moonlightwhite #yueguangbai #wodui #post-fermentation #delicious #crimsonlotustea #phoenixtea #teatasting #rare #chinesetea

A little Puer Tic Tac Toe with two of tomorrow's Northwest Tea Festival, World of Tea: Explore the Teas of Southern China tasting event at The Rainier
Art Center. Explore the Teas of Southern China;
Day & Time is Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Learn about the legend and history of teas from Southern China and their production and brewing. Excellent examples of Puer and Liu Bao will be prepared, discussed, and tasted.
Hosted by Andrew Goodman, The Happy Tea Man. $20/person. Pay in advance, or at the event.
Looks like Crimson Lotus's That's No Moon is a winner.

#thehappyteaman #northwestteafestival #rainierartscenter #puer #liubao #class #tasting #worldoftea #tictactoe #thatsnomoon #crimsonlotustea

Here is where my passion for tea began almost 45 years ago. I worked at McNutley's in Greenwich Village while I was in college. There I first learned about and tasted Tie Kwan Yin, Darjeeling, Gunpowder, and Lapsang Souchong. Bill and Connie aren't around anymore but new owner David has increased their tea selection nicely. I visited the 100+ year old NYC landmark this week. I could definitely work there again.

#thehappyteaman #mcnutley's #greenwichvillage #tiekwanyin #gunpowdergreentea #lapsangsouchong #huntercollege

I find cupping an essential tool for learning about teas. Comparing and contrasting aroma, taste, and finish ultimately adds to my enjoyment, understanding, and passion for Camellia Sinensis. It also adds consistency and focus, both of which are important to the experience. Here, at Motovotano in Georgetown we are cupping three Taiwan High Mountain Oolong Teas; Li Shan, Shan Lin Xi, and Dayuling, all prime examples of this type of Oolong. Taiwan High Mountain Oolong Tea, AKA "Gaoshan", refers to several varieties of oolong tea grown in the mountains of central Taiwan. It is grown at altitudes higher than 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) above sea level. The high humidity and natural precipitation in the mountain ranges of Nantou and Chiayi Counties make the region a suitable environment for growing quality Oolongs which are processed very close to the gardens where the tea is grown. Most varieties of Gaoshan take the name of the mountain on which it is grown and produced. So Alishan is tea from Ali Mountain. Dong Ding is a delicious exception to the naming convention.

#thehappyteaman #motovotano #cupping #tasting #lishan #shanlinxi #dayuling #alishan #dongding #thursdaygeorgetownteasalon #gaoshan

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