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Webshop is open & my recommendations

Hi all!

I’m happy to announce that the webshop and the first big order time are open now. So if you want to stock up tea in bigger amounts you have time to place your order until 20:00 14.3.2020 (UTC+02:00 time). After that it’s samples only time until next Autumn. You can also buy samples during the big order time.

If you want to have bigger amounts of tea with quick processing time there are some teas available with the short 5 day processing time. They are listed here: https://liquidmetta.com/product-category/big-amount-available-in-5-days/. The rest of the teas are available in bigger amounts with the longer 8 week processing time. Samples are available both with quick and slow processing time but most of the 5 day ones have only a few in stock.

My new shirt. I hope you will end up rich with lots of pu’er which is more valuable than the money you spent on it.

My recommendations

Best price / quality
“Normal” Liubao #1 and #2, Gentle Home, Gaba Oolong

Best aged teas
Water Lily, White Heart, The Crazy One

For beginners
If you are not familiar with tea meditation / meditative tea ceremony you should try samples of a few different teas and then decide which ones you like and then go for a bigger amount next time. There’s no hurry for you to get a lot of tea which you might end up not liking.
Gaba Oolong, Laos Black Bar, “Normal” Liubao #1 or #2, Cloud Hidden/Gentle Home, Lincang Baby Lincang.

“House taste” set
Sampling these you will feel what’s Liquid Metta all about.
Gentle Home/Cloud Hidden, The Crazy One/Water Lily/White Heart, “Normal” Liubao #1 or #2 , Laos Black Bar/Amber, Lincang Baby Lincang, Gaba Oolong.

My personal top 5 at the moment
Some of these will change to lighter and greener teas when the spring and summer come.
Gentle Home, “Normal” Liubao #2, Water Lily, White Heart, Laos Shou Bar

I’m happy to answer any questions about the teas or the ordering process. Enjoy!

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Where to find tea and teaware for meditation?

It’s very hard to find good clean teas suitable for meditation and authentic gongfu teaware. Finding good places to source teas for my journey took a huge amount of sampling, time and money. So I want to share a few of my favorite resources so you don’t have to spend so much on tea which is not a suitable companion for meditation.

The Essence Of Tea

Some pu’er tea from Essence Of Tea

I have been ordering tea from EOT many years already. It was found by Kathy and David Collen in 2008. They focus on very high quality pu’er, dark tea, Wuyi cliff teas and authentic gongfu teaware. Authentic Wuyi cliff tea from the national park is super rare but these guys have it (as does Chanting Pines, more about them below). They were based in Malaysia many years but now have moved to Kunming, China. They find rare teas from collectors and source pu’er straight from reliable producers and make sure they are pesticide free with third party laboratory tests.

EOT is my number one choice for getting gongfu teaware. You are 100% sure to get a good value for your money and the the teapots are authentic zisha clay.

Nowadays vast majority of zisha teapots sold are not authentic. What I mean by that is that the clay of the teapot doesn’t come from the Yellow Dragon Mountain (黃龍山) or Blue-Green Dragon Mountain (青 龍山) in Yixing but is some other clay with sometimes metal oxides added to make it look nice. Authentic zisha clay has really extraordinary properties for gongfu tea brewing. Still I’m not saying that non-authentic Yixing pots make bad tea, the teapot can’t look nice or it doesn’t have good craftmanship. Just that the non-authentic Yixing pots don’t impact the tea in such an amazing way than the authentic ones do.

Global Tea Hut

Some affordable 90’s cakes from GTH. I haven’t tasted them but i’m sure they are yummy.

Global Tea Hut is a non-profit tea organization, community and tea magazine based in Taiwan.They also sell tea and teaware. The monthly ad-free tea magazine has articles from all aspects of tea and comes with a small amount of tea. Check out the past issues for free here. I have been subscribing to the magazine for years and I was always happy about the cleanliness & no-pesticides of their teas. They also have really nice side handles, kettles and other bowl tea equipment.

Chanting Pines

Wuyi cliff tea from Chanting Pines

I haven’t made an order from the website myself but I know some of their teas and their source who is a rare gem in the crazy tea business world. As far as I know all of their teas are clean but haven’t tasted all of them. I especially like the traditionally processed liubao. Their teapots are authentic and from very rare quality clay. If you already have an authentic zisha pot I would highly recommend getting antique porcelain cups. I think they are the cheapest teaware which can take your gongfu tea to the next level.

Last thoughts

In my experience randomly picked (meaning no selection for organic or no mention of no pesticide) pu’er from most online sellers are 98% not clean. Even with a certificate/mention about organic or no-pesticides about half are not clean. So it’s nice to stick to sellers from where you are sure to get good clean tea.

So there you go. I’m not saying other sources are necessarily bad but I can’t recommend them openly. This might be because all of their teas are not clean in my opinion, simply because I haven’t tasted their tea or some other reason. After all there are thousands of tea sellers out there.

I hope this gave you some small info how to navigate in the crazy business world of tea.

-Tertti

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Tea skype

What is tea skyping?

For me the core is the same than you would have a tea with another person in real life. The people are just not there with you physically. You have a video call and drink tea together in silence, semi-casual or how you wish. It’s about connecting you to other tea people who are hard to meet otherwise.

How do you organize a tea skype?

Start by deciding the suitable time and software for you. I often use skype but also google hangouts, whatsapp (max 4ppl) and others should work well. Take extra attention to set up the time correctly if you have people from different time zones. Time zone converter is a handy tool for this purpose. I would recommend reserving 1-2 hours for the session but of course it’s up to you. Remember to take into account that you might need to tweak some technical things in the beginning of the session. I recommend using a proper headset to have good two way communication.

time zone converter by timeanddate.com


Decide tea session style: silent, semi-casual or casual. Like all of my tea meditations I love to start my tea skypes with minimum three rounds in silence. You could also decide on the tea, brewing style and other things in advance like for example drinking the global tea hut‘s tea of the month together.

Finally invite people to your tea skype. If you would like to try tea skyping but don’t have tea skype friends send me an email (tertti[put@here ]liquidmetta.com) and you can join our next session 🙂

Enjoy tea skyping!


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