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02 July 2006 @ 11:03 am
Seems like quite a few people have become active on this forum in the past few months. Many of you I know and exchange with off the forum, but others I know very little about. I find that when I am discussing tea, it helps me to know a little about the other participants. Especially the extent of your experience with tea, background, other interests, etc. I'll start with a quick bio of myself.

Bearsx3, if this thread is successful, could you create a frontpage link to it for easy access?
zhilaohu50 on January 17th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
Hi everyone, I'm another one of the IT geeks that seem to find their way here. I work for a financial company in NYC, in Information Security Awareness and Training. I was exposed to tea and traditional preparation on a recent trip to Hong Kong and Guangzhou. During the trip a friend of my wife shared some of his fine tea with us, and demonstrated Gong Fu tea service. (It was difficult for us both, as he speaks no English, and I speak nothing else. Thank goodness my wife speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English!)He was kind enough to gift some very good tea, and while there, I also bought some. In all, I came home with much puehr and black tea, and some oolong as well. I have since been researching puehr, and stumbled upon this site. I've read much of what has been posted, and like what I see - a mixed community of tea lovers young and old from all over the world, with participation from acknowledged experts and newbies. I look forward to interacting with you all.
xiaobaiyun on January 19th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
Hi --
I'm a 69-year old male living in the Seattle area. I'm an ordained Buddhist priest, also work with my wife as a travel writer (she's a photographer). I'm interested in all things Asian, a lover of tea, (mostly Tie Guan Yin, served gongfu style, but beginning to dabble in Puerh), and Yixing teapots.
shenlikest2shenlikest2 on January 30th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
New to Pu-erh
I'm Shen from Berkeley, Ca. I'm an artist, writer and N.D. (although I'm taking a brief hiatus), wife, mother, grandmother, traveller and adventurer. And, I'm thinking I may be the eldest in this group - 59 years old! (young!).
Tea has been a preoccupation for most of the last year and I've been discovering the complexities of the stuff with the help of all the generous folks at rec.food.drink.tea. and pu-erh.net. I read just about everything I can and have been fortunate in tasting in our local shops and in my travels.
I'm nuts for pu-erh. Love the round richness of the stuff and all the characterics of it evolution and its transits from new to aged. I've been drinking some samples I got from Hou de lately and discovered that I relish the 2004 Camellia Flower Ron-Zheng factory. I've been learning to sample and then track down what seems to be of interest, either for now or for later.
What fun this is! And, gosh, how addictive, as well.
All in all, it's been a lot less expensive than indulging in my other decadence - petit syrah!
xiaobaiyun on January 30th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Re: New to Pu-erh
Definitely not the oldest (see post two above yours.)

At 69, I believe I hold the undisputed geezerhood crown here.

The question is, how can all these youngsters afford to collect Pu?

Re: New to Pu-erh - shenlikest2 on January 30th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
warguineapig on March 10th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
I was born in Czechoslovak republic, Central Europe, 1977. In 1993 my country split into Czech Republic and Slovakia. I live in Slovakia near our capital Bratislava.

I work for a company selling software.

I started to drink loose tea about 5 years ago, mostly oolongs, then, after a great teahouse opened here, I bought some yixing teapots, now I have 20+ high quality pots (maybe even too much :-)
Now I'm in pu-erh trying to build my own cache,consisting mostly of young sheng.

My hobbies are bike (I travel to work 25 km by bike during summer), music (mostly nu-jazz and the like), reading, being with friends.

I do not studied chinese medicine.
iwachu on March 31st, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
hello everybody!
my name is eike, i am 20 years old male and i am living in germany, near by mannheim.
my hobbies are drinking any kind of tea (black, green/kabuse cha/matcha, mate, lapacho, oolong and especially pu erh) and doing sports.
i really like reading about the backgrounds,histories and ceremonies of the different kinds of tea.
i am very interested in the japanese tea ceremony and of course (my newest interest) in the chinese one.
i came to pu erh tea through a present (a tea cake) of a buisness friend of me who had to do with chinese people of whom he got an tea cake, and because he doesn't drink tea and i was the only one of his friends who is a tea addict, i got my first tea cake and was fascinated because i had never seen a pressed tea cake before.
so i came to my newest hobby drinking and collecting pu erh.
a month ago i found (on guang's hou de homepage) the link to your great forum.
since this date i read (and learned) a lot from all of you with your excellent reviews (with all this nice documented pictures) and other topics which has to do with pu erh and yixing.
so THANK YOU ALL for creating such an informative forum of pu erh tea and given me the chance to learn more about the intersting world of tea and of course to share knowledge!
christinahauck on April 8th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Hello. My name is Christina, I live in Kansas, though I grew up in the SF Bay Area. 51-year old woman. Professor of British Literature. Married to Margaret. Three cats. Dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. Pool fanatic--I'd rather shoot pool than do almost anything. Also love poet and poker. A highly alliterative set of interests, eh?

I started drinking tea about 15 years ago when I was being treated by a homeopath and had to give up my all time favorite beverage, coffee. At that time I loved Peet's Lion Mountain Keemun, Phoenix Mountain Oolong, and anybody's Gunpowder.

I started drinking pu-erh about 4-5 years ago (Holy Mountain's "Camel Breath") when I was trying to stop drinking coffee. That lasted a few months :-). Last summer I started doing some more, so back to pu-erh. Now it is becoming a ridiculous obsession. I far prefer shu to sheng, but have ordered up and am sampling a variety of sheng. It is mostly weird.

When I get tired of pu-erh, I switch over to Dragonwell (from Holy Mountain) and oolong (from Cha, a tea shop in Lawrence, KS). These days, I do not care much for black tea at all.

Margaret has been a little baffled by this new interest. But yesterday I brewed some aged sheng from Hou de Asian (1970s Guang Yun Gong Beeng), which we drank off and on all day. Now she gets it. (I am honestly not sure I liked the taste, but I loved the effects: clarity and calm. It also seems to have some distinct medicinal benefits.) We may splurge on a beeng.

I sure am happy to join this pu-erh community.

hanzhitohanzhito on April 28th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
My bio
26, M, writer and grad student of Chinese history.

I was first introduced to Chinese teas when studying in Hangzhou six years ago, where I drank it to keep warm but hardly appreciated it beyond that. It was only after experiencing the teahouses of Taiwan that I began to get into the art of brewing.

Other interests include making art and music, history, and travel, amongst other things.
rapopoda on May 19th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
First post
Quite new to puerh relative to the rest of you. I was first turned on to it on a trip to Hong Kong; however, I really started to get in to puerh on my frequent trips to the bay area.
I've been quite engaged in wine for many years and craft beer for somewhat less. Whilst I do enjoy the buzz, I've always longed for a wholly satisfying and complex bevvy that did not have alcohol. Great coffee, can be very enjoyable, but it never took me over the edge. I've found the bevvy I've been looking for in puerh.
I look forward to learning from you all
fatman2 on June 27th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Hi. Greetings from Singapore. I am a 44 year old guy who is into tea and fishing. Descendent of a Swatow family which is into gongfu tea for many generations; family mostly into wuyi shui xian and da hong pao. Since 2000, when I was based in Hong Kong, I have also started collecting and appreciating sheng pu-erh. I have also collected more than my fair share of teapots of which old zhuni remains my favorite. Still a newbie and hope to learn from all the lau chien bei here.
teadrunk on July 16th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Hi, my name is Paul Rosenberg. I live for tea and making tea for guests and friends. I am in my 40s (somewhere) and live in Portland, Oregon. My goal with tea is to help spread tea culture and tea "spirit" in the West. So few in this country know how powerful good tea can be. It can really shift us into a finer place within ourselves. The elements of tea ceremony (Chinese and Japanese) all help this take take place; the beauty, the intention, attention, the elements of nature and art, all these things open us up and let us escape the confines of our small but busy worlds. Tea can help let the light in and open our hearts. We share it, we make it for each other, we spend hours together in a circle sipping away, just happy to be in each others presence.
Ok i'm tea drunk again, but i love tea.
talk to you all soon, paul
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fatman2 on July 18th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi Everyone.
Hi Shui Ping.

Wow, what tea shop do you frequent? I usually go to the one in Chinatown known as D'art. Perhaps we can catch up and have a cup of tea.

ecclenser on April 7th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
My Story

It's interesting how diverse pu-erh drinkers are. I like to think of it as a world culture nowadays, though the Chinese undoubtedly gave birth to tea culture. I am happy to have stumbled upon this site where I hope to learn from more experienced drinkers.

I am a 22 year old college student living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

I first tried pu-erh last Summer while in a local tea shop named The Anaba Tea Room (http://www.anabatearoom.com/) There, I met a friend who ordered a cup of pu-erh Maiden (a loose leaf pu-erh) for me which came from Rishi Tea (a Milwaukee business as well). I had so many reflections about the tea that I didn't know where to start. All I really knew is I needed to know more about this tasty beverage. I discovered Rishi had Green tuo cha's, which though incredibly tasty, were very expensive. I needed to get access myself.

A couple months later I ordered my first beeng, a 2006 Six Famous Tea Mountain Banzhang Ye Sheng Cha. Shortly after receiveing the beeng, I decided to invest in a Yixing pot, which I obtained from Chinese Culture Store on ebay (seller Caleen6). Slowly I started ingraining myself into pu-erh culture.

Last Fall, I stumbled across Pu-erh Shop, where I have found access to most of my pu-erh desires. By this time I had also learned as much as I could about Gong-Fu tea ceremony off of YouTube! This is truly the information age...

For the new year I went all out. I obtained a water boiler from Adagio, Gong-Fu water table and now practice Gong-Fu tea ceremony at least once a day.

Here I am now, confessing my obsession with pu-erh. I am in search of information and first hand experiences which may further my understanding and appreciation of this mysterious and captivating tea. I have already found valuable dialog on this site and look forward to future discussion from you all.

usnteafanatic on April 10th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)

I am 21 years old and just finishing my third year at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. I grew up in Seattle, WA but my family now resides (and thus me whenever I am let away) in San Diego. Enough about that.

I have been drinking tea since I was very young, good loose-leaf tea (usually gifts from people who live in China and work for my father) for a little less than a decade. Similar to most, it seems, I did not start with Puerh. My dad brought a brick of seven year aged shu back from Singapore which he found disgusting and I found intriguing. I said I liked it and I soon had a Tong of some more nameless Shu. While in college, I have started to buy my own tea and have been experimenting mostly with young sheng over the past year. In fact, I have all these green and black, even (I am embarrassed to say)herbal teas which I have absolutely no desire to drink now and have been slowly giving away to friends in my Company. There is a bit of an underground tea community in the otherwise coffee obsessed Naval Academy.

I have about a dozen bricks hidden in my spartan barracks room that I share with three others, and I will collect my thoughts and review the ones that I have drank a good bit of.

One weird note, I am engaged to my Vietnamese-American high school sweetheart who incidentally drinks only English Breakfast tea (with MILK AND SUGAR). I will convert her eventually.
warwickbwarwickb on April 13th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
who are we
HI my name is Warwick I live and work in Cairns Australia.I am 38 years old I have been drinking Pu-Erh for 15y became a user after a stay in Taiwan.I went their to lean Buddhism.
I visit a temple in Tainan where i observed a old monk enjoying a cup of black tea. After the meeting I remove myself to room behind where I found the tea brewer he kindly gave a small cup of pu-erh tea,when drinking it i observed the round cakes and ask some question.As i left the old monk said in Taiwanese ('The Tea demon will test you')It is only now as look at back on the last 15y I realize what he said.I spend most my time drink it, looking for it and buying it,I am a drinker not a collector. Have try old pu-erh taken from Chinese Tombs
have drunk pu-erh from the 1950-1990 and have try most kinds of pu-erh teas.AS the world supplies of old pu-erh runs out I think it is important to share knowledge and and experience. By the way, i owed a hotel in Cairns with my brother , QLD, if you want to come and see the Great Barrier Reef, i'm happy to offer you a special rate for pu-erh drinker. www.thehotelcairns.com
lethargus on April 18th, 2008 08:02 am (UTC)
Re: who are we

The tea demon is testing our collective "tea attachment" methinks: "...thereby ceases the lure. By the ceasing of the lure ceases grasping.By the ceasing of grasping ceases coming to be...and so is the ceasing of all mass of ill."
(M.N. i. 265-71)

The hotel looks lovely - and the website is very uncluttered and attractive.
If I am ever in your 'neck of the woods'...
M :-)
hytam58 on April 16th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
Hello everyone
My name is Anthony and I'm a 50 year old Cantonese male living in Singapore where I met Fatman2 today at D'art's newer outlet where he brewed me a nice cup of puerh and introduced me to this community.

A newbie in all the aspects of Chinese tea especially, even though I've had the privilege to have been drinking some old puerh loose leaf, brick, mushroom(?) and cake teas for several years now. So far I have allowed my taste buds and sense of smell decide my purchases and have wondered, on several occasions; if I've been taken for ride. My job allows me the privilege to travel to Mainland China and Taiwan where I am exposed to more tea than I can hope to experience only to be restrained by the depth of my pockets.

I hope to learn more from all the gurus here ... my biggest disadvantage is I can't read nor write Chinese having been brought up studying Bahasa Malaysia in my youth and too thick-headed to want to learn in my adulthood.