Tea is Him, Me , You, All…
Just another door…another path to the soul.
Sometimes ‘He’ will tell you how ‘bitter’ you are.
Most of the time He will let you know how ‘sweet’ you are.
But often ‘He’ simply won’t be so clear.
I have not so much interest in technicisms.
Not more than knowing better its character, my character…becoming One?
At the End it’s all what is…All and One…we’re Tea!” -JMM
Trying to learn what is what I called ‘real” tea was obviously my first lesson technically speaking. In the most simple way, I will quote The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook as they define tea “in the classic and historic sense as a caffeinated beverage brewed from the leaf of the Camelia sinensis bush”. However, I still find myself inadequate to offer a really comprehensive technical definition of Tea. As I got deeper and deeper in the World of Tea, I also got somewhat overwhelmed about varietals, cultivars, terroirs, regions, processing, quality standards, types of tea, brewing, tea ware, aromas, flavors, colors…so, I literally decided to flow and simply let the Tea speaks to me in whatever way ‘He’ want!
But, do not despair, my rational mind still looks for some rational guidance, and as for as many really good books about tea I have already read, I have found Teaclass. com the most easy and practical tool for a beginner tea lover mind like mine. This is literally a virtual class about basics on tea, where you can also do a ‘quiz’ for every lesson as you go through. That way you can see how much of the discussed material you have absorbed.
I still feel that I need to go back to it every now and then as I Flow!
That’s a good question! Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, surpassed only by water. An often-surprising fact to tea novices is that all teas (Black, Green, Oolong, White, and Pu’erh) come from the same plant. The scientific name of this versatile plant is Camellia sinensis (it’s actually related to the lovely camellia flowers seen in botanical gardens and landscapes). Camellia sinensis is a sub-tropical, evergreen plant native to Asia but is now grown around the world. The tea plant grows best in loose, deep soil, at high altitudes, and in sub-tropical climates. So, in short, “tea” is anything derived from the Camellia sinensis plant. Anything else, while sometimes called “tea”, is more accurately referred to as an herbal tea or tisane. Tisanes include chamomile, rooibos and fruit teas. We’ll learn about those in a minute. –TeaClass.com