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sandra said

hi everyone,
health issues (high blood pressure & kidney failure) forced me to give up my coffee addiction (over 12 cups daily). and go back on tea, my childhood addiction. I quit drinking tea when i went away to university.

At 44, i am now back on teas and cannot see myself drinking anything else.
My taste is quite ‘set’, I tried almost every Chinese green tea in the book, but have to admit my true love lies with Japanese green teas for good. :)
Call me a tea snob, as i prefer and mostly drink high grade gyokuro tea.
I recently placed a rather large tea order with Teavivre for Chinese black teas that i would to try. I can’t wait. My order ships after the Chinese new year holidays.
i stumbled upon steepster by accident, but have come back reguraly to read your reviews. i hope to add a few myself soon.

I am a mom of 3 and live in the Netherlands.

i have a Yulan Dancong magnolia grade AA, 2012 to trade (sampler 5gr)by the way. tried one cup (1.5 gr. but this is not my cup of tea lol).

waving waving from across the pond :0

Elizabeth said

Sandra, hello! How is the BP going now that you’re off of coffee? If that’s a totally personal question, don’t mind me. I’m in nursing school and very curious about how caffeine levels can affect the body systems. Hope you are doing well!!!!

Vaughan said

Great story – tea saved my life. A coroner in New Zealand recently found that drinking 8 litres of coca cola every day may have contributed to a young woman’s death ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/20/coca-cola-new-zealanders-death ). I can well believe that a 12 cup a day coffee habit was causing problems for you.

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Elizabeth said

Hi all!
I’ve been on Steepster for a little over a month now, but was not sure if I should go ahead and introduce myself on here…I’m a little shy. Anyway, I’m 27, a mom to my astoundingly beautiful and smart 20 month-old daughter, and a student-nurse out here in the upstate of New York. I’m working on my second bachelor’s degree, and am pretty busy with clinicals, general school-work, and my daughter.
I’ve always enjoyed herbal teas (tisanes, now that I know better), chais, and black teas (tame, bagged), but recently started expanding my horizons into multiple loose-leaf varieties. I’m now hooked, and absolutely love testing out new teas.

sandra said

Hi elizabeth,
i don’t mind at all. My BP was 280/150. Deadly i was later told. I am not overweight, so the levels came as a big oh my for the doctors.
I changed my diet drastically and skipped coffee & meat, and now drink liters of green tea daily.
my gp wants to learn how and why my levels have dropped so drastically. (i come from a family history with kidney issues along with high blood pressure).
i personally think drinking green tea literally saved me. Feel better than before!
also notice that now that I am off coffee, my heart beats slower. my bp level is now back to a normal 130/75 :)

Elizabeth said

Wow! That’s pretty amazing. A BP at that level is indeed very dangerous, and can lead to organ failure. It sounds like you’ve truly changed your habits around and are making an admirable effort to get and stay healthy. Your pulse certainly must be lower with such a great drop in BP! I wish we heard more stories like yours here in the U.S.!
What types of green teas have you been drinking?

david said

Great story – congrats Sandra

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I’m new here, too. I’m a graphic artist and printmaker and I live in southern Indiana. I have always enjoyed tea but got really hooked on loose leaf this past fall. Steepster reviews have been very helpful in picking out new teas so I decided to join in the fun! I really love trying out new teas :)

david said

Hi Stephanie,
Welcome to the Steepster community!

Hello from England :)
Welcome to Steepster. If your trying to find new and delicious teas then you have come to the right place. Enjoy.

K S said

Hi neighbor – also in Southern Indiana. Depending on how close you are to Columbus – Empire Tea Services blends some awesome teas.

Hi Stephanie! I’m a graphic designer & illustrator. Yay for artists who love tea!

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Emily M said

Hello, fellow Steepsters! My name is Emily, and I’ll be graduating this year with my Bachelor’s in Psychology and an English minor. I’m also currently working part-time as a hostess, though hopefully not for much longer. I’ve lived in Upstate NY my whole life and really can’t wait to explore a little.
I was first introduced to loose leaf teas by a friend who bought me some Strawberry Kiwi blend from Teavana for Christmas. While excited about this new way of making tea, I wasn’t a huge fan of the blend, so I kind of forgot about it. I went off to school in NH, so any tea I had was in bag form. It was when I transferred schools, moved back home and found the tea tin with the seriously old Strawberry Kiwi tea in it that my interest was really sparked. I threw that out, but it got me thinking about trying new kinds. I don’t know how much loose tea I bought that fall/winter, but it was awesome! Since then (almost 2 years ago) I’ve been on a roll, trying various teas from many different vendors. I’m still trying to get a footing on what I really enjoy (OOLONGS!). I found steepster when I was looking for teas I wanted to try. I finally became a member about three months ago (I think), so I’m still relatively new. It’s been tons of fun so far!
Anyway, that’s a little background. I like this thread! Cool way to get to know people.

Maria said

Welcome fellow psychology and tea lover :)

Emily M said

Thanks!

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Hi, everyone. I’m a first year grad school student studying to receive my MFA in nonfiction writing. In my last year of undergrad, several friends of mine and some other people formed the Tea Time Club. We would meet every Sunday afternoon, bring our teas to share, and play Scrabble or do homework. I liked tea before the Tea Time Club (I had only a few teas, bagged), but it ignited my obsession. It was how I was introduced to loose tea and the world of the possibilities of blended teas.

I found Steepster last month. I’m really glad I did, since everyone is knowledgeable and friendly as heck. But it’s enabling my addiction to buying tea D: Oh well, I keep coming back anyway.

Emily M said

If Steepster is good for one thing, it’s aiding in the dwindling of your bank account! =P

I don’t know if it’s good or bad, because…tea >.<

Emily M said

It’s a constant inner struggle…

T.C. said

That’s the truth. I may as well be drinking bills the way I order tea :)

And we all lose the battle eventually. :]

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Lariel select said

Hi, I’m a culinary student from sunny (Northern) California. I found this site about six weeks ago. I’m still trying lots of new tea companies, and flavours. So far, my favourite types of tea have been masala chai and rooibos/ honeybush. Since I’m a bit of a night owl, I enjoy a cup of red bush tea late at night while watching Stargate or Doctor Who.

T.C. said

Wait….does that mean I can request cupcakes in future swaps?

Lariel select said

Maybe. That’s worth a lot of rooibos. Not sure how that would ship though.

T.C. said

OMG! Pweeeze! hahaha

Lariel select said

Cookies are sturdier. And I make them with tea sometimes.

T.C. said

Cookies work! (do I sound like a starving bachelor who spends all their discretionary income on tea?)
….sorry for the thread hi-jack.

I’ve been re-watching stargate recently, up to season 5. Poor Daniel.

I just got into Stargate SG-1. About to start season 3. This series so entertaining and bizarre, I don’t know how I didn’t see it before.

Lariel select said

Hello fellow Stargate fans! You’ve got a ways to go. And if you can, check out Farscape too.

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Hello,

I just wanted to introduce myself. I’m a thisclose to 30 year old living in Eastern Canada. I’m new here, but I have been creeping for awhile as I find the tea reviews very helpful, particularly when considering placing orders online. I don’t like unfortunate surprises! My tea experience so far (“teaxperience”??) has been predominantly inspired by Davidstea, which opened up in my city 2-3 years ago.

I’m a big fan of dessert teas, and that’s how the obsession started. Always trying to be healthier and whatnot I like drinking a cup of dessert based tea to try and stave off cravings for actual desserts. I’m broadening my tastes though and have 2 orders on the way, one from Harney&Sons and one from Kusmi. With the help of all these awesome reviews of course!

I also just bought a Bonavita Gooseneck Temperature Control Kettle, just got it yesterday and I’m pretty much in love.

People in my life think i’m obsessed, which I am of course, but it’s an obsession that they don’t really understand. Hopefully I will find some kindred souls here! I’d love to get into some swapping as I sure have lots of tea :)

Emily M said

Oh, believe me, you are not alone! I think everyone here is at least a little obsessed. ;) Welcome to Steepster!

T.C. said

Welcome! I got that same kettle after Christmas and feel the same way! Soooo nice!

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Hi Everyone!

I am already a part of Steepster via the company I work for but I created my profile a while ago and am just getting around to getting into this on my own. I will be doing an occasional review of the teas my company carries (minus the rating) as I do like a number of them. But I really want to branch out and now that my Nina’s samples are here I think I will start with those. I’m also looking forward to checking out the David’s in my part of Brooklyn for starters. And a shout out to having the best niece and nephews so that I can get this great user name.

I love that you work in the tea world, I think 100% of us just felt insanely jealous of you haha.

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Hello All,
I have been on the site for about a month and love reading everyone’s reviews. I got into tea when a student that I was in charge of at my job brought in some tea to work. I had never had loose leaf tea before nor had I really every had more than maybe 2 or tree bagged teas in my entire life. The tea tasted amazing and smelled so good. He told me it was high mountain oolong tea (goa shan cha) from Taiwan (spring season) from the MeiShan area. At that time this all meant nothing to me as the only thing that I recognized was the word Oolong. From then on I have been hooked/addicted/obsessed pick any word. I had no idea about all the different teas there were and how to steep and water temp and all the factors that can affect tea. Nor did I know that high mountain oolong was not cheap either(all i knew is how much a huge box of red rose for my wife cost). Oolong is still my fave but I drink green teas as well such as sencha and genmaicha…..mostly from Davids tea as there is one somewhat close and some tea from teavana. I go on this site multiple times a day to see what people are talking about and to see what I should get the next time I am at a tea shop. I am still a tea newby but feel more knowledgeable after reading reviews of people. My blog has now turned into a bit of a tea blog(which it was not intended to be). Feel free to follow me or check out my blog. Love getting comments and hearing opinions!!!

www.thenewnovascotian.blogspot.com

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Nick select said

Hello!

i am brand new to steepster, just discovered it today. I’ve also only recently been introduced to tea, for whatever reasons prior, i just never was that interested in the variety of teas that exist and thought the only thing there was southern iced tea, and while it’s certainly delicious, it got to be a slight bit boring over the years. I moved up north, however, and when I said i’d like tea to drink, I was in for a surprise.

People up here don’t automatically assume you mean sweet iced tea. But, on the bright side, one of the new friends I made in my new location gave me a sampler pack of bagged teas that he had and on my own I went and purchased a few other kinds. I wish I’d recorded some of the samples I’ve already tried, but, wasn’t quite sure the tea habit would stick with me, nor that I’d still be interested.

I still am pretty ignorant of my likes and dislikes, and am eager to find new teas and try new things. The bagged teas I’ve had mixed results with, but, I also bought some loose leaf teas. Hibiscus Apple, Green Tea Strawberry, and Fruit Sangria loose leaf teas from Argo Tea and a tin of Twinnings Earl Grey. I also snagged a 100 count of Strawberry Pomegranate Stash tea. My favorites so far are the Earl Grey and Hibiscus Apple.

I don’t know a lot about the different kind of teas, but, I’m eager to explore and learn more. Also trying to build my collection of accessories. Don’t have much (well anything for that matter) at the moment. Anyways! That’s it from me for now. :)

I have a canister of Hibiscus Vanilla Apple from Republic of tea (bagged) that I’m looking to be rid of. Want?

Nick select said

I’d love it~.

Will PM you then.

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