This is outside of my normal posts, but I thought it might be useful to someone who is still new to teas and finding it intimidating.
My heritage is Chinese, so I grew up drinking tea pretty often. However, it was never my first choice of beverage nor did I know a lot about it. Around two years ago, I moved away from home to pursue my career.
One day, I stumbled into a DAVIDsTEA shop. I didn’t know much about loose leaf tea, but the staff was very friendly. I came out of the store with a hefty bill, but a variety of new teas. I visited DAVIDsTEA multiple times after that.
I soon realized that I was forgetting which teas I liked and those I didn’t, so the idea for this blog was born. I almost didn’t make it, but a friend encouraged me to try. Who was I to review teas? I don’t know anything! I wasn’t even sure if anyone would be interested in my minimal style. I started this blog in March 2015 [on tumblr].
Which leads to today, I did my first Gong Fu style stepping session. While it may not seem like a lot, this was something I was very intimidated with and put off for months. Gong Fu is a Chinese tea ceremony that I had seen others perform, but never myself.
I admit mine is a bit of a hodgepodge of the ceremony because I don’t have all the tools. Did I spill water and tea everywhere? Of course, I did. Did I burn myself multiple times when pouring out the tea? You better believe it. But, in the end, I made a few cups of lovely tea. Boy, do I feel accomplished.
Every day I’m still learning about tea, so the goal for this blog is as to be accessible as possible. With all the teas I’ve tried and the knowledge I’ve gained (I’m able to identify some teas now without reading the label!), I am very thankful I made this blog.
Hopefully, everyone can continue to share my tea journey with me. So, here’s to more cups of tea!