The idea of the game is to give a little background of how you came to be in the world of tea. It’s a little self-indulgent, but hey, I was tagged in another post inviting me to do so. 😛
The person who tagged me was Ricardo of My Japanese Green Tea. 🙂
1) First, let’s start with how you were introduced & fell in love with the wonderful beverage of tea.
I was always mildly interested in tea, but for a long time I just drank store brought brands such as Tetley. I initially drank black and herbal varieties of tea.
People often told me that I wouldn’t like green tea. Maybe because of this, I became all the more curious about it.
I eventually tried some supermarket brand green tea, and that sufficed for a few years. However, one day I began to wonder why green tea isn’t…well, green. This question lead me to try a loose leaf sencha found in a health food store.
The sencha proved to be a dramatic improvement, but it still didn’t satisfy my curiosity.
To my good fortune, there used to be a small Japanese tea shop in my town. I went there with Matt, and that was when we discovered the true world of Japanese green tea.
2) What was the very first tea blend that you ever tried?
Skipping over those supermarket brand days, the first blend that I had tried was Genmaicha; the tea with sencha/bancha leaves, roasted brown rice, and sometimes a sprinkle of matcha.
3) When did you start your tea blog & what was your hope for creating it?
Perhaps the better question would be when I started the site.
Things began in December 2012. The initial plan was to have a support site for The Art of Japanese Green Tea videos on YouTube. It then evolved to having a forum, and then the blog and dojo guides.
At this point, the purpose of the site is to educate people on Japanese tea, promote conversation, and offer support for the video series.
4) List one thing most rewarding about your blog & one thing most discouraging.
Definitely the most rewarding thing is when people are actively visiting the site, leaving comments on the blog, and participating on the forum.
Contrastingly, the most discouraging thing is when the site’s Google search results drop, and people don’t engage as much with the site.
5) What type of tea are you most likely to be caught sipping on?
Sencha. I’ve drank sencha daily for years now.
6) Favourite tea latte to indulge in?
I typically don’t drink lattes, but I would probably say a matcha latte.
7) Favourite treat to pair with your tea?
Most times, I drink tea on its own. I like to experience the flavour unaltered. However, sometimes with later infusions I will eat a bit of dark chocolate.
8) If there was one place in the World that you could explore the tea culture at, where would it be & why?
Japan. As 95% of the tea I drink and blog about is Japanese, it only makes sense. 😛 In addition to that, I also enjoy learning about Japanese culture.
9) Any tea time rituals you have that you’d like to share?
Drinking tea, and tea rituals are synonymous to me. Almost every time I drink matcha, I do a casual version of the Japanese tea ceremony. When I drink my afternoon sencha, I like to sit in the sun. Just the motions of preparing tea have become ritual to me.
Although it may not be considered a ritual, if I’m enjoying a nice moment, I will want to enhance it by brewing a cup of tea to go along with it.
10) Time of day you enjoy drinking tea the most: Morning, Noon, Night or Anytime?
Any time, of course! 🙂 Though I do really enjoy a morning cup of tea.
11) What’s one thing you wish for tea in the future?
I would love to visit Japan, but above all else, I hope the curiosity that has brought me this deep into the world of tea will never cease in the future.
This is kind of tough for me. The two people I would like to tag are knowledgeable, and love talking about tea, but I don’t know if have dedicated tea blogs. If they do, I’ll correct their tagged links, but until then I would like to tag:
Ryan of the Tick Tock Timer, among other things.
Adam Yusko of The Sip Tip. (Thanks Sherubtse for spotting that!)