More teaware obtained, more teaware thoughts.

In my teaware collection, I now have:

  • a gaiwan, plain white and ceramic
  • a little pour dish for loose leaf tea
  • thermos for hot water
  • a digital scale
  • some tins
  • a thermometer
  • two small tasting cups
  • a makeshift cha hai (actually a milk/cream pourer but works just fine)

I need:

  • a metal strainer for my cha hai

I want, but don’t necessarily need:

  • a tea table
  • a pretty gaiwan
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Teaware GET!

> You are now THE BLOGGER.

> You obtained a FINUM BREWING BASKET! Now you can brew tea without having to fish tea filters out of your mug with chopsticks. You put it away in your TEA STUFF HOARD.

> You obtained a THERMOWORKS POCKET THERMOMETER. You’re not sure if this will measure water accurately, but hey, a thermometer is a thermometer. You put it away in your TEA STUFF HOARD.

> You obtained a GAIWAN! Plain but cheap. What a steal! You put it away in your TEA STUFF HOARD.

> You gained 50 xp points. Your level has risen! You are now a SLIGHTLY MORE SERIOUS TEA NERD.

> You obtained a WHITE SAKURA TIN! You can put loose leaf tea, tea bags, erasers, chocolates, or stickers in here. But why would you put anything other than tea? You put it away in your TEA STASH.

> You obtained a 30G TIN (RED)! You put it away in your TEA STASH.

> You obtained a 30G TIN (BLUE)! You put it away in your TEA STASH.

> You obtained a 30G TIN (GREEN)! You put it away in your TEA STASH.

> You obtained a 30G TIN (YELLOW)! You put it away in your TEA STASH.

> Would you like to write something to the LOG? [yes] [no]

> LOG: “Now that I have these tins, I obviously need to buy more tea to fill them! /laughs irresponsibly while wallet cries”

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taken on the floor because I’m a lazy bum

Teaware thoughts

Now that I’m gonna go for this serious tea drinking hobby, I think I might want to get some basic teaware things. In order of interest/importance:

  1. A gaiwan for gongfu brewing. After witnessing gongfu-style brewing at T Shop, I know that I want to try brewing this way. Don’t need an expensive one – we’re going to a restaurant supply store in Chinatown in a few days, so hopefully I can find one there and sneakily buy it without having to explain or justify the need for it to my parents. >__>
  2. brewing basket, which would just be useful when I don’t want to do the full ceremony and just want to brew in a mug. I anticipate quite a few late nights over the next semester haha.
  3. digital scale for weighing out tea. Might not be strictly necessary, but I would like to be more precise, if only to better run empirical tea tasting studies. Then I could be like “5g of tea” as opposed to “two pinches and a tiny dash.”
  4. tea board, which certainly isn’t necessary but would make me look legit as heck.

These will probably cost… a fair amount of money… but it’s for tea! I can sacrifice for that.

Also, it’s a sign of my obsession that yesterday, when I went to the mall, all I could think was: if I don’t buy these $12 jeans, I wonder how many grams of oolong that will get me? My new tea obsession is actually restraining my formerly unrestrained habits of buying lots of clothes. Dang.