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#1 Naftal

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 02:08 PM

A lot of websites include, or are devoted to information about tea. I am not talking about sites that sell tea, just sites that deliver information about this wonderful subject. I like http://asiarecipe.com/china.html This site has a lot of info about chinese food and culture in general, but I love it for the tea stuff. So, what is your favorite site for tea info?

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 03:17 PM

http://teachat.com/ - a lot of noise, but there are some really knowledgeable people who post there. I also follow some tea friends' web logs, e.g., http://marshaln.com, http://puerh.blogspot.com/

I would just say that there's a lot of inaccurate and misleading information about tea on the Internet. It is worth being skeptical about stuff you read.

As far as books and what not, as a basic introduction, the Harney and Sons book about tea is not too bad. I also really enjoyed "A Tea Lover's Travel Diary" http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/0982654006

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:34 AM

Have you checked out some of the tea discussions right here on eG? http://forums.egulle...127-coffee-tea/

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#4 Naftal

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:36 AM

http://teachat.com/ - a lot of noise, but there are some really knowledgeable people who post there. I also follow some tea friends' web logs, e.g., http://marshaln.com, http://puerh.blogspot.com/

I would just say that there's a lot of inaccurate and misleading information about tea on the Internet. It is worth being skeptical about stuff you read.

As far as books and what not, as a basic introduction, the Harney and Sons book about tea is not too bad. I also really enjoyed "A Tea Lover's Travel Diary" http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/0982654006

http://teachat.com/ - a lot of noise, but there are some really knowledgeable people who post there. I also follow some tea friends' web logs, e.g., http://marshaln.com, http://puerh.blogspot.com/

I would just say that there's a lot of inaccurate and misleading information about tea on the Internet. It is worth being skeptical about stuff you read.

As far as books and what not, as a basic introduction, the Harney and Sons book about tea is not too bad. I also really enjoyed "A Tea Lover's Travel Diary" http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/0982654006

You seem to have an interest in puerh. I share that inerest. Also, I like the Harney and Sons book too, it has a good section on white teas.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 10:14 PM

The place I go most often to talk about tea is TeaChat, as mentioned above, because it's a busy place where many there are ongoing discussions about different aspects of teas and teawares. It's a good source of tea info, but like any forum, the quality of the information varies from poster to poster and topic to topic. But it's pretty well moderated and a friendly place. The search function works pretty well to pull up threads on specific topics.

Another place I spent quite a bit of time with is the Yahoo group tea-disc. There is another larger 'tea list' Yahoo group, but it was quite heavy-handedly moderated and not the most informative. The tea-disc group has an extensive archive and that was very helpful to build my knowledge about tea beyond what my tea books could provide.

Other places I've found good tea info include blogs, personal web pages, and tea retailers' pages, that sometimes give a lot of good background along with sales pitches for their latest finds. Some that I've gone back to over and over are TeaHabitat, for information about Dan Cong teas; Norbu, for mostly chinese but recently some japanese teas also; Pu-erh.net, a personal page about puerh; MattCha's page, a personal blog with discussions of many different teas, including a lot of korean teas; and Marshall's blog as listed above; JK tea shop has some good info especially but not exclusively on puerh. My own web site is pretty limited on the tea pages--I really should update them.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 10:18 PM

I shouldn't forget the basic wikipedia entries, that seem pretty good, if limited in depth, especially the very helpful flowchart on tea production techniques, that helps clarify the distinction between various traditional types of teas. And there is a very helpful little chart on Den's Tea web site which, if you study it, helps clarify the effects of different brewing temperatures and times on tea flavors.

#7 Naftal

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:27 AM

The place I go most often to talk about tea is TeaChat, as mentioned above, because it's a busy place where many there are ongoing discussions about different aspects of teas and teawares. It's a good source of tea info, but like any forum, the quality of the information varies from poster to poster and topic to topic. But it's pretty well moderated and a friendly place. The search function works pretty well to pull up threads on specific topics.

Another place I spent quite a bit of time with is the Yahoo group tea-disc. There is another larger 'tea list' Yahoo group, but it was quite heavy-handedly moderated and not the most informative. The tea-disc group has an extensive archive and that was very helpful to build my knowledge about tea beyond what my tea books could provide.

Other places I've found good tea info include blogs, personal web pages, and tea retailers' pages, that sometimes give a lot of good background along with sales pitches for their latest finds. Some that I've gone back to over and over are TeaHabitat, for information about Dan Cong teas; Norbu, for mostly chinese but recently some japanese teas also; Pu-erh.net, a personal page about puerh; MattCha's page, a personal blog with discussions of many different teas, including a lot of korean teas; and Marshall's blog as listed above; JK tea shop has some good info especially but not exclusively on puerh. My own web site is pretty limited on the tea pages--I really should update them.

I shouldn't forget the basic wikipedia entries, that seem pretty good, if limited in depth, especially the very helpful flowchart on tea production techniques, that helps clarify the distinction between various traditional types of teas. And there is a very helpful little chart on Den's Tea web site which, if you study it, helps clarify the effects of different brewing temperatures and times on tea flavors.

Thank you for sharing these interesting sites

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 05:33 AM

this is an old site but it is filled with good things

http://pages.ripco.n...a9/tea/faq.html

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:38 PM

now is starting tea season


That implies that there is a not-tea season--a shocking idea indeed. Does that mean you need some suggestions for tea sites that discuss ways to enjoy tea in hot weather as well as cold?

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:35 AM

Teachat.com is good. There a lot of useful knowledge about tea, if you looking for something specific use google query: "site:teachat.com keyword" and you will find your answers.


My Blog about Tea: tea-time365.blogspot.com


#11 Ada_Foley

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:54 AM

This site resells Chinese teas, but it also includes lots of information about the teas made in China.  http://www.chinese-tea-culture.com