I spent like two hours today talking with my tea barista (who had just gotten off her shift) about the WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling, making fun of Crossfit and a bunch of other stuff.

It was much-needed. We’ve only talked a couple times before (I think she may follow this blog), and it’s always nice to just find something in common with someone new.

The Honey Bee tea was better hot than iced. Learned that for next time.

goldfish-in-space:

mattdlikestea:

c-h-h-o-r-i-d-e-s-u:

Japanese Teapots (by arcade light) ♠ Please, don’t remove source.

Never really understood the “flat” type of teapots, but I think I have to use one before I could pass judgement.

Aside from the fact they’re pretty, I think the flat has to do with the way the tea leaves steep. Something like an Oolong needs a lot of room to unfold, and I find that japanese green tea does a lot better when it’s not crammed into a tea ball. Bancha and Sencha leaves are pretty big, and anything flat pressed does a lot better when it has room.

I’d also imagine that the flat nature of the pot allows heat to be transferred over a wider area more evenly instead of travelling “up” a narrower one. That’s only my speculation, though.

goldfish-in-space:

mattdlikestea:

c-h-h-o-r-i-d-e-s-u:

Japanese Teapots (by arcade light) ♠ Please, don’t remove source.

Never really understood the “flat” type of teapots, but I think I have to use one before I could pass judgement.

Aside from the fact they’re pretty, I think the flat has to do with the way the tea leaves steep. Something like an Oolong needs a lot of room to unfold, and I find that japanese green tea does a lot better when it’s not crammed into a tea ball. Bancha and Sencha leaves are pretty big, and anything flat pressed does a lot better when it has room.

I’d also imagine that the flat nature of the pot allows heat to be transferred over a wider area more evenly instead of travelling “up” a narrower one. That’s only my speculation, though.