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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?
sp1key on May 6th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
mid 20s male here, grew up in NZ and am currently in HK. Immense interest in Puerh and hope to learn more and share within this community. drop me an email if you wanna chat about puerh, sp1key at yahoo dot com dot hk =) cheers
chaxin on June 12th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
Tea Heart
I'm a photographer and long time (20+) puerh drinker.
Currently in Yunnan working on a book about tea culture.

Kinda busy right now, but hope to post more later.

One question: How can I do a search within the LJ Puerh Tea Community?


davelcorp on June 12th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Tea Heart
Hello Cha Xin

Welcome aboard -- I look forward to seeing the fruits of your efforts.

Here is how you can search the sight:

Go to Google.
Enter the following:
search topic site:livejournal.com/puerh_tea

put whatever you are searching where in place of where I put "search topic"

good luck
enjoyscalculusenjoyscalculus on June 26th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
I'm a rising Senior at Amherst College. I've been seriously into tea for about eight years now, but my palate has been neglected a bit lately due to classes and a student's budget. Currently, I'm trying to stock up on young shengs while I'm still young, but I always keep a decent shu around for daily use (nothing like a pu-erh to keep you through an all-nighter).

Aside from pu-erh, I also go in for Anxi oolongs and, to a lesser degree, Wuyi and Taiwan oolongs and mainland greens.
VibrantDragonvibrantdragon on July 9th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
We want to say hi and learn more
Hi, we are a mid 40s married couple that loves Pu’er. My wife has lived and worked in Jinghong for the last ~ 20 years. She has worked in many areas of the Yunnan and Xishuangbanna governments: including hotel management, import-export agent, tea house manager, section clerk, school teacher and a few other positions. Due to her work she has had many contacts with the local Pu’er tea industry. She is the one that turned me on to Pu’er. My work has taken me to Asia often over the past 20 years. I have been to Japan over 50 times, Korea over 30 times, Taiwan over 30 times, China over 20 times and Singapore over 20 times. During these travels I have been lucky and met many that have taught me a little about tea. Plus, the tea festivals I have attended were great.

Her students are now high level managers in the tea business or owners of local tea distributions companies. Plus, her government position allowed her to get some of the best tea never released on the market. Right now they are just in our collections, but who knows. They still need to age to be truly great.

We love tea and decide to open a high end Pu’er tea store, since we can guarantee the quality of our product being local. If you want, look at www.vibrantdragon.com. We are just building the site, so not much yet. We hope to expand out and sponsor some local SoCal tastings. Also we want to increase the content and links discussing tea.

I look at wine, tea, beer and coffee all as part of whole. These great drinks are a great way to truly enjoy life and stay healthy at the same time. Relax and enjoy all that life has given us.
andrewtimorthy on November 12th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Hello There!
Greeting. 37yrs old live in KL Malaysia. I started drinking tea and collecting teapots since 20yrs ago. That was the time when most of the students will hang around the so called "tea house" after school.

I'm consider lucky as I started earlier and tested variety tea and collected some old teapots. Since most of the time busying at work, I keep a tea set in the office. I brew tea everyday and share with my colleague.

Mistress Vermilion: teams_vermilion on November 17th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
delayed introduction
I joined the community a bit ago but failed to notice the request for introductions on this page. I apologize for the breach of protocol. I am not sure how long I've been drinking pu-ehr with any degree of seriousness, but at least a couple of years. I have a rather experimental approach to teas, but always prefer pure leaf prepared with the greatest possible accuracy to the cultural tradition attached to the type of tea. I drink teas from China, Korea and Japan almost exclusively. I really like strongly floral Chinese oolongs, but I've been drinking a lot of Japanese gyokuro lately, and of course I enjoy pu-ehrs.

I am lead writer for GongfuGirl.com (using the pseudonym "Cinnabar"), which affords me lots of excuses for exploring different teas and acquiring a lot of teaware with very specific purposes.

I am constantly learning and absorbing more information about tea and tea culture. I haven't fallen into the dangerous trap of vintage pu-ehr cakes, but it's the kind of seductive idea that I'm extremely vulnerable to so it's only a matter of time and a moment of weakness.

(The yixing teapot in my user icon is one of my all-time favorite tea-related objects.)
anattabodhi on August 12th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
New to Pu-erh
I have been a tisane and rooibos tea drinker for years, but never fully embraced caffeinated teas because of a sensitivity to caffeine. It makes me wired and agitated, not quite what one might call a "treat." So I used my yixing teaware that was gifted a few years ago to make rooibos, and was quite content with that.

Then about a week ago a friend came by and made me a 12 year old puerh blend using the gong fu style. At first I was nervous about drinking it because of the caffeine, but he had gone to so much trouble that I decided to give it a chance, even if it meant I would be up all night. It was an amazing experience. This tea is alive! It has its own consciousness.

That night I ordered a 25 year old blend of sheng and shou from Generation Tea, which just arrived today. I used my gaiwan to make a few cups, and by the third steeping I was laughing for no reason. I felt the tea was actually communicating with me in a space beyond words, sharing its peace and "rooted-ness" with me - not with intention, but with the power of its mere being. It actually inspired me to write a poem.

I found my way back to this site because it is where I learned of Generation Tea when I was hunting out a place to buy some puerh. I can now understand how a tea can be worthy of a community devoted just to it.

A few other things about me, by way of introduction: I'm a late 30s female, world traveler (mostly Asia), African-American, non-profit technology consultant. I love meditation, pizza, ice cream, dance, writing, sunshine, trees, and the ocean, but not necessarily in that order. Glad to find you all, and looking forward to learning from your experience.

You can read my poetic musings at http://anattabodhi.wordpress.com/ if you care to, and please feel encouraged to leave a comment if you do stop by.
the_skuathe_skua on May 22nd, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
I've been drinking pu'er for about two years now, although seriously for only maybe one year. I got into quality loose-leaf tea as a result of not being able to drink coffee, but needing caffeine, discovering darjeeling, reading The Story of Tea and then just plain getting obsessed with chinese tea.

I currently working for an environmental modeling consulting firm in Rhode Island and am a 26 year old male.

I'm not really willing to spend more than $40 on a cake of pu'er, because I already have enough things to spend my money on and I believe there are plenty of affordable and quality sheng teas out there. I also really appreciate good oolongs.

I'm at Steepster as the_skua and tweet as the the_skua, often about tea, but also about geovisualization, birding, local and organic food, and activism.
sylvanman on July 14th, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
boo . . . oh, I mean, bio
Hi I'm a Puer tea enthusiast living in China. There are not too many exciting things to tell about myself. I'm just an English teacher here.

Years 2006 and 2007 were exciting years. Everyone was talking Puer. Drinking puer. Collecting Puer. Dreaming Puer. It was really fun. But though it was fun, I'm pretty glad that the great Puer bubble has burst. Now you can pretty much get a decent cup of tea for a decent price again. It didn't really affect those who loved Puer tea before the bubble because most of them probably still love it after the bubble burst. In fact, it has actually been a blessing for me that the frenzy is over: I keep getting year 2007 tea cakes from people as gifts.
tearoma on August 5th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
The art of tea

My name is Julia who also likes tea. I am happy to find the place to know more people having the same interest. Currently i am a distributor of the art of tea in USA. it is good to help many tea lovers to satisfy with their desire of tea knowledge. =)
tearoma on August 5th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
The art of tea in USA
i forget to post my website: www.TEAroma.us
cynicalboo: pic#69577900cynicalboo on August 13th, 2012 09:27 am (UTC)
Hi there, I'm 26, London based and am a fan of Chinese teas. I've recently become a fan of Puerh after beginning to work for Inn Teas - I can really recommend their Puerh - just beautiful!

Some interesting articles here, look forward to seeing more.
старый радистold_radist on September 4th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
Hi, I drink pu-erh since about 5 monthes. Untill now I've got experience with the cooked V93 2008 (and two other raw pu-erhs, but actually I don't know the names - one is 2 and one is 8 years old...)

Would like to get/change info about how to make and where to order tee better way.