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Tea & teaware flea market 2022

I’m once again cleaning out my closets of samples and other stuff which I don’t want to keep. If you are interested in anything just send me an email to tertti(at)liquidmetta.com or whatsapp +358443519993

Prices are without shipping. It’s possible to combine a normal webshop order shipping with flea market order if you send me a message beforehand.

UPDATE 12.2.2022 only some teaware left.

Chahai ~200ml
FREE (not including shipping)
flower gongfu cups 4x
FREE (not including shipping)
35ml filled to the brim
Sold only as a set.
gongfu cup #2
FREE (not including shipping). Sold only as a set.
These are maybe the nicest cups for the tea quality from these flea market ones. Slightly older porcelain.
55ml


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Changes in Liquid Metta 24.3.2021

From a company to a private person

I have been doing a lot of thinking, calculations and research or actually more accurately this sort of process happens on it’s own in my creative projects. The result is that I’m moving my tea activities from my company to myself as a private person. I can do this while everything being 100% legal (taxes, health regulations etc.). If my turnover will increase dramatically I need to figure out something else but for now this works. This also has more benefits than purely monetary.

The upcoming changes

Prices will decrease
The tea activities within my company were causing a lot of extra bookkeeping fees which will save me a lot of money now. As a result I can and will decrease the tea prices. I will also put some guidelines for the pricing so I don’t need to think about in in every case.

In most cases I will use these guidelines:
-profit is 25% for teas that I have to buy bigger amounts from the supplier and I need to store at home. In these cases I also have to invest some money to the tea before selling it.
-profit 15% for teas which I can order smaller amounts and I don’t have to store it at home.
-In both cases the profit is limited to minimum 10€ and maximum 25€ per bigger amount (200g+).
-For 15g samples I use a formula: price per 15g (my buying price) + 65 % with minimum 5€ total price per 15g sample and maximum 5€ profit per sample.

Previously my profits were 10-35 higher %.

VAT removal
After the change I’m not obliged to add VAT on my sales and I choose not to. But I need to pay it on the top of the price of the teas which I will import from outside EU normally. Or if I get the tea from within the EU that VAT will be added there by the seller.

Shipping & packing fees
From now on the shipping fees will be as I have to pay them. Previously in some cases I was paying a big portion of them myself.

Sharing the sources and origins of the teas
I’ve been holding back on the sources (sellers) of my teas and their origins. Recently this has felt a bit strange so I want to be more transparent. In the long run I want to be more as a “product reviewer” than a “tea seller” fulfilling orders. This also allows my tea findings to spread to a broader audience which is nice.

It will also save me a lot of work since there will be no rewrapping.

So basically you can find the same tea which I’m selling from e.g. yunnansourcing.com and order the same tea from there with a slightly cheaper price. This is totally fine with me.

some personal philosophical pondering…

The biggest reason for the change was that Liquid Metta tea sales were not producing enough turnover and profit. I think this is a result from only one thing. I couldn’t produce enough value for the customers. I think that if I would have produced enough value I would have had more customers, turnover and profit. I don’t think there is anything wrong in my tea selling but it just wasn’t good enough to “become a thing with a big impact”.

All of this is fine with me and I’m not sad about it. Liquid Metta is one of my creative projects which feels very natural and allows me to grow even though it’s challenging. After I presented some of these changes to my friend he asked me if I still want to do something “for profit” with tea. I replied that it feels much more natural to do it that not to do it.

You might think why am I doing this project at all when I get such small profits. Well… first of all it’s more natural to do it than not. My main goal is to provide great value to tea people. If I will succeed in that the money will come somehow (if I and it wants to).

I’m constantly trying to find “my thing”. I don’t want to compete with other online tea shops because my strengths are not there. Or compete with anyone at all. I rather find my own special little corner where is no competition.

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5 simple ways to make your tea more meditative (part 1)

This is a part of a bigger blog post. I will publish the rest a bit later 🙂

Good tea leaves turned into a mundane experience

side handle + gong-fu cups. Wrong-fu style at it’s best

After tasting the tea the guy looked at me, politely said thank you and moved forward to other activities and to taste other teas. Actually the same thing happened with almost everyone who tasted the tea I was offering. The reaction was very mundane, basically like they had a cup of warm water with flavor. I was both disappointed and intrigued since this was a very good tea. Why didn’t it leave a strong impression?

This happened back in 2018 when I was asked to hold a tea tasting as a part of an event in Helsinki. There were a few tea and health presentations and some tea tastings. The event was in a conference room, there was a lot of activity, everyone could come and go as they wished and usually they had only one cup of tea.

So even though the tea was really good quality (Gentle Home, 2014 shou pu’er) and I brewed it well enough, nothing about the tasting experience was special. I’ve had this tea hundreds of times alone and public ceremonies and without exaggerating I must say that it’s a powerful one. In the right circumstances it will produce a strong meditative experience for anyone (~95% of the time).

The tasting event and my disappointment were not bad per se. I didn’t succeed showing how special this tea is (and tea in general) but it strengthened my understanding of which things need to be emphasized that tea can be experienced “fully”.

The next part of my tea trip in Helsinki was holding a tea ceremony in a basement of a cafe. The setting was calm, nice and there was lots of time. I chose to brew Cloud Hidden, a 2014 shou pu’er, which is similar quality than Gentle Home. This time everyone had a strong meditative experience where they felt very mindful and relaxed. One guest had only the first bowl and just sat completely still for around 45 minutes, just meditating.

So these two occasions strengthened my understanding that without a few important things the tea experience won’t be anything special.

Why is this relevant for you?

First by knowing the different aspects which support the ceremonial use of tea you can plan how to make a tea session more (or less) meditative for yourself and others.

Second you know in which things to concentrate on if you have challenges to make a tea ceremony daily (and would like to).

The five (+1) ways to make your tea more meditative 

  1. Have enough time for the tea session (45-60min)
  2. Have a clean and nice place
  3. Don’t talk
  4. Focus on the tea and your experience (+ don’t force anything)
  5. Drink many cups or bowls of tea
  6. Bonus: Choose an organic and high quality tea

I will go through them more in detail in the upcoming parts. These results are merely reflections from my daily tea meditations and public ceremonies from the past five years. Trying to find scientific reasoning for them would be largely a waste of energy (at least for me).

The challenge is that there are infinite amount of things you can concentrate on improving your tea. The good thing is there are only a few of the basics which are really impactful compared to the rest. And also a nice thing is that the improvements don’t require purchasing anything or learning new “brewing tricks”.

What do you think? Did I leave something important out? If you had to choose only five things which you emphasize in preparing for a tea meditation what would they be? Have you had experiences where in different circumstances the same tea leaves were mundane or very special? Let me know in the comments.


-Tertti

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Group order 1/2021 is open now

So now you can order both bigger amounts (250g+) and small samples.

It will close next Wednesday 3.2.2021 at 20:00 (UTC+3) and the next one will be in September 2021 so there will be a long break.

Even though I offer bigger amounts only in limited times I always recommend sampling properly before buying big amounts (read why from my blog post here).

Enter the shop

To see all products, prices and availability in one glance check here.

Free boveda pack

From now I will put one 69% boveda pack to every group order order because I think it can improve your tea quality a lot. I wrote a longer blog post about this a while ago.

How does the group order work?

“Group order” is occurring a few times per year and the rest of the time is “sampling period”.

In the group order I will gather everyone’s orders, order what’s needed from different wholesalers, receive the teas and finally ship everyone what they ordered.
 

Sampling period
Only samples are available.
Maximum two 15g samples per tea per order.
5 business days processing time.

Group order
Occurring for one week at a time twice per year.
You can order both bigger quantities (250g+) and small samples.
Maximum two 15g samples per tea per order.
8 weeks processing time.

New products

See all new products in webshop here.
Wan’s 90s gift – A nice classical style 90s liubao
2000s Kaikkiness 2 – semi-aged sheng tuocha
Chai (spices & tea) – very high quality chai
Chai (only spice mix) very high quality chai. Non caffeine version.
Chinese mineral stones – for mineralizing your water
Red sandalwood – incense
8 litre tea storage bag – big bag for storing your tea
Boveda 69% humidity pack – for keeping the humidity optimal in your tea storage

If you have any questions let me know 🙂

Best wishes,
Tertti

PS. To get notified about the future group orders join my mailing list: https://mailchi.mp/6614cfd98672/liquidmetta

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Online tea ceremony (come as you are)

Shortly:
-online tea meditation
-Sunday 7.2.2021 at 14.00-16.00 (Please join latest at 13.45) Finnish time.
-using zoom

The goal is to have a nice tea meditation and connect with other tea people. Come as you are, you don’t need to brew tea in any specific way or have specific tea or teaware. For example a thermos and a mug are good enough a tea set 🙂

Time & date
Sunday 7.2.2021 at 14.00-16.00 (Please join latest at 13.45) Finnish time.
The joining link will be closed at 14.00, because joining after the ceremony has started would disrupt the atmosphere.

If you are new to tea meditation or want tips on how to brew your tea please come a bit earlier around 13.30 so we have time to go trough them.

How to join?
No pre-sign up needed. We will be using zoom. Use the link and password below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83222075379?pwd=eFF6Wm82UWdFcmNmNmhxVkQyM1VpUT09
Passcode: mettateaone (spam protection: write the “one” as “1” in the password)
Meeting ID: 832 2207 5379

Using zoom should be pretty straightforward but if you haven’t used it yet please familiarize yourself with it and test your camera and microphone before the session.

General preparation
1. Reserve a peaceful and clean space.
2. Reserve enough time and arrive on time so the session can start calmly. This session is going to be around 1,5h from which about 1h is in silence.
3. Set up the necessary tea and other equipment close by. Your water kettle / boiler, brewing equipment, candle etc.
4. Choose a tea suitable for tea meditation.
5. I recommend eating something small before drinking tea.
 
Technical preparation
1. Test that your camera and microphone are working in zoom before joining the session.
2. Make sure you you have enough power on your device.
3. Put your phone notifications and other things off so they won’t bother during the session
 
Recommendations for the ceremony itself
1. Drink many cups / infusions (minimum of three).
2. Put mindfulness on brewing the tea.
3. Invite curiosity and attention to the tea and the effects to your mind and body.
4. Relax and enjoy. Don’t force anything. This is a time for yourself without having the need to plan the future or worry about the past.

Questions/problems?
Any problems or questions contact  me (whatsapp +358443519993 or tertti[only @ here]liquidmetta.com).

Hoping to see you there 🙂
Tertti