Welcome to discussions, introduce yourself!
I think I’ll finally introduce myself! (I’m supposed to be working on a term paper so what better way to procrastinate a bit longer, right?) I’ve been hanging around the website for a while, got caught up with my work, and just recently came back and decided to start tracking my teas and making some posts.
For myself, I’m a 23 year old graduate student in Connecticut, just starting the long road for a biology PhD. I moved this past summer from California (San Jose, in fact, I noticed someone else from the same town posted? Shall I add ‘Go sharks!’) so its been great to find an online niche for my tea habit. Most of the people I’ve met here aren’t big tea drinkers and I’m still working on converting my new friends ;).
I’ve been really into tea for a few years now, and back in California did regular shopping at Teavana and Lupicia, as well as this super cute little tea lounge (Ku Day Ta) that’s sadly closed now. I also will usually pick up any unique or interesting tea when I travel somewhere. My favorite type is definitely oolong, although I have learned to like all teas except white tea. I’ve recently been introduced to yerba mate which I’m very excited about! Too bad its very tough to get the real Argentinian brands here in the US (I don’t know how “real” guayaki is?) but that’s what is the power of the internet right? I love learning the history behind each type of tea, I try to drink tea “the right way” from whatever culture it comes from, and love to learn about different tea customs. I’ve also recently (still shy-ly) been experimenting with improving my cooking, and have had fun making “tea food,” like earl grey cupcakes, etc. Its been fun.
I would definitely say that tea (and all it encompasses) is my main hobby. I’m always attracted to anything related to tea. I don’t drink coffee, not because I don’t like it, but just to avoid starting a coffee habit, and tea helps me do that also. For the rest of my life, I have two super cute pet turtles, and I ride a motorcycle and drive a stick-shift. I miss California tremendously, but am loving the East Coast so far.
Hello, and welcome! I live in California now and miss the East Coast, so I’m having the inverse experience. :-) Enjoy, and I’ll be looking forward to reading your tasting notes.
Hey Morgana! Thanks for the welcome. I was scanning over your rating legend, do you mind if I adopt the same guidelines? I hadn’t really thought about it, but that pretty much matches what I’ve had in mind when I rate..
Sure, you’re welcome to do so. I have been finding that some of the middle and lower ratings aren’t all that useful with distinctions as fine as I’ve given them and have been thinking about combining some of them — but if it works for you, have at it!
My name is Adham and I’m happy my friend introduced me to this community of tea lovers. I’m originally from Northern California and that still feels like home to me in many ways, but I’ve led a peripatetic life for a long time now and currently find myself in Northern Virginia, working for the “gummint”.
I love tea because it’s the one substance in which I can actually taste the differences people talk about, as opposed to wine (two-buck Chuck is fine with me!), coffee (blech, never been a coffee drinker), etc. I also appreciate the ceremony of it, even if it’s just me making a pot for myself mid-afternoon. I’ve been fortunate to have visited beautiful tea estates in Nepal and Sri Lanka, which has just added to my appreciation for this wondrous plant.
I’m looking forward to getting tips on and trying lots of new varieties of tea from the folks here…
Howdy. You’ll just plain enjoy the folks here—-a neat bunch.
Welcome, Adham, I’m enjoying reading your logs already!
Thanks – I’ve just placed a couple orders for more samples, so I’ll be adding more soon. Not sure I’ll every approach the hundreds of tasting notes some people have already logged, but I’ll have fun trying -
You’ll be surprised how quickly they add up. ;-)
I guess this is my re-introduction. I joined Steepster, then disappeared, then came back, and left again. I was having a hard time finding a time to fit it in. But it’s such a great resource and I love the new features. Time to try again!
I’m in my late 30’s and I’ve been blogging about tea since 2007. My number one job is stay-at-home mom to three kids (4 months, 4 yrs, and almost 6.) My other job is as a freelance writer who specializes in writing about tea and other food topics, food allergies, parenting, and New England. My first book is coming out in the Fall (hooray!) and I’ve started work on the second. In my past life I was a non-profit administrator and studied biology and public health. I’ve been in love with tea for about 15 years and my other major interests are knitting and reading.
Looking forward to connecting with everyone!
You know, I don’t think I ever introduced myself either. I just pushed my way around with reviews and in the discussions. :P
Let’s see, I’m about to turn 30 in a couple weeks, I have been in love with tea since I was little, and got interested in tea through my wonderful grandmother, Oma. She and I still have our tea talks when I visit and I enjoy every minute. I’m married to my college sweetheart and my best friend; we’ve been together for over 10 years – married for five. I got married on the radio, actually, DC101, the station that launched Howard Stern. I won a contest; I had to write a poem about our relationship and why we deserved to get married in Las Vegas. It was a blast! Oh, the stories of Vegas.
I have been writing since before I knew how. My mom still has old pieces of tracing paper where I would write the letters from books and try to spell words. When I was about two.
I used to be shy and quiet; got picked on a lot. Became a reporter after college and turned into the outgoing, friendly person I am today. :)
I have been writing all my life but only recently started blogging – a friend triple-dog-dared me, and I don’t turn those down. LOL My blog is at keenteathyme.blogspot.com; stop by! :)
Anything else? Oh, I don’t have any kids yet although I have names picked out (one in honor of my wonderful Oma); I work for the federal government and I love almost all tea except red rooibos: http://keenteathyme.blogspot.com/2011/02/case-against-rooibos.html
I also create my own blends, both on Adagio and in my kitchen. I will be selling some of the creations on Tea Trade in a few weeks.
Any other burning questions? Just ask! I’m an open book! :) (Speaking of, I’m always writing…)
Well official welcome to you! :-) Also happy early birthday I am in March too. Specifically the 30th
Having just found this community, I think I will put the kettle on and settle in for a while.
I am Keira, presently from London, Ontario, Canada. I am married with four children and work full time outside the home as a nurse. I am a voracious reader, always have at least one or two books on the go. I also enjoy quilting in the little spare time I have.
My love affair with tea is really quite recent. Past years have only allowed me time to pick up tea bags and enjoy sporatically but as the children are older now, I can give into my passion.
I have just begun to appreciate all the different teas on the market. My two most recent finds have been the first flush Dejarling (mmmm…divine) and the Saigon Chai (lovely) which I’ve been able to pick uo at David’s Tea. We only have two tea shops here but I am finding many online shops that ship to Canada.
Are there any sites that come highly recommended? I was very interested in the “Jane Austen Mafia” blend (for obvious reasons, lol) and am hoping to find it available somewhere on line.
I am looking forward to ‘meeting’ you and getting to know all about teas.
Hi Keira! Welcome! You’ll love this community – I sure do! :)
Yay. I love that this thread got started up again. I suppose I should introduce myself considering I have been here for well over a year!!!
My name is Caitlin and I am a 20 year-old college student. I am an Evolutionary Anthropology major. I have always drunk tea ever since I was a Freshman in high school, but the steepster community has opened me up to a whole new world. I have joined the ranks of those who have more tea than one person could ever drink. And I have to say I love it. Feel free to follow me. I post tasting notes kind of sporadically usually from about 1 or 2 a week to about 1 or 2 a day (depends on my school load). Thats about all I suppose :)
Sorry if this thread it too old to revive.
I just joined and I am kind of new to tea, I always have been a coffee person, but have started drinking tea a lot more. I like to try different types of coffees and figured I would carry that over to teas.
Some of a my biggest hobbies or passions are Video Games, Books, Horror genre of anything, and Animation.
I mainly like black teas, and I like iced teas more than hot teas.
Welcome! If you’re a gamer, you might enjoy our gaming thread:
Are you a Stephen King fan? When you say Horror Genre of anything that’s definitely me too! I have a closet full of ever Xbox horror game ever, each one worse than the last, but I couldn’t help myself haha!
Andrew-Welcome! :) You just gave me an idea for a new common grounds thread about horror.
Yes I enjoy Stephen King. I have read a lot of his stuff, but plan on going through them all. He has so many O_o
A common grounds thread? Is that just like a general thread for a certain topic?
Andrew, this is the thread in question:
Thank you for the link :) Its kind of hard to find topics on here.
As this thread has been bumped, I’m going to join in so you don’t think of me as “just another vendor”. :)
I’m Helen and I’m the Marketing & Media Coordinator for In Nature Teas. I’m traditionally a coffee drinker at heart, loving a strong, black java, but I’m also partial to a cup of tea, especially Black tea, mmmmmm.
When I’m not working, I’m typically found at the bowling alley; as a former international player, I work hard to keep my technique in shape, running to keep fit, although some may call it plodding, but I have completed a marathon, reading and occasionally writing. I also have a penchant for 1950s style clothing.
I like this thread; it’s interesting to find out more about people :D
Hi, Helen! =)
let introduce myself…
I joined today but liking teas from my age of 17. And drinking real!
teas from a year now.
I am 41 y old and working at IT. Graduated BSC food technology.
I joined this site a week ago or something, and am trying to figure it out. I’m UnionJackBrolly, or Sanne, which is a lot shorter and probably easier to remember. I’m a 20 year old University student from the Netherlands. I have a profound love for books, tea, movies, music and baking. I’m partial to strong black tea, scones and sunny autumn days. You can also find me on tumblr and deviantart under this name. <3