Category: InstaTea Friends

My InstaTea Friends Book: @exoteaque

Exoteaque

For tea lovers there is really no better online community than the Instagram community. So many tea enthusiasts are active on Instagram on a daily basis, spreading their newest tea finds and tasting notes. I love Instagram for the tea community and the tea geeks active on it provide a very valuable stream of information on the best teas and shops around. That’s why I want to feature the accounts I love to follow in my ‘My InstaTea Friends Book’. This week: @exoteaque!

Note from tealeafster:
The Instagram-account of @exoteaque for me really stands out because of the splash shots. Beautifuly captured split seconds of tea splashing into a cup making all kinds of forms and shapes. It really never bores to see the shots of @exoteaque and it’s nice to see that true tea is appreciated in Gong Fu Cha style in Indonesia as well! I wish I knew when I was there so we could have done some teageeking. Next time!

What’s in your cup right now?
Da Hong Pao

Where are you from?
I’m from BSD City in Tangerang, Indonesia

What is your involvement with tea?
Hobby and Business, I have a tea room in the area where I live

How many teas & teapots are currently in your stash?
Currently I have 50 teas and 20 tea sets

Your favorite kind of tea?
Wu Yi Shan Oolong

Best tea you drank in the past six months?
Tie Guan Yin

Your recommended shops to buy tea?
Physical: Teh 63 (Milk OoLongs), Jin Pin (Pu Erh), and TWG (blends) – Online: Toko Teh Huang Fung. I don’t buy teas online that often, usually the sommeliers of those physical tea shops contacted me if they have new good teas.

Your favorite tea house to visit?
TWG (Marina Bay Sands Singapore & Plaza Senayan Indonesia)

Are you a consumer of Indonesian teas as well?
Yes I do drink Indonesian teas, I like the Javanese Oolong and the regular Javanese Black Tea, from the mountains of Bandung, Sukabumi, and Malang.

Your favorite picture from your Instagram account?
I like the dynamic form, the color of the tea and how the light eminates through the liquid

Your favorite tea accounts to follow on Instagram?
@tea_tography and @unytea.store

Any other platforms we can follow you on?
Only on Instagram and Facebook

Thanks @exoteaque for filling in my InstaTea Friends Book!

My InstaTea Friends Book: @tbyliset

Tea Leafster

For tea lovers there is really no better online community than the Instagram community. So many tea enthusiasts are active on Instagram on a daily basis, spreading their newest tea finds and tasting notes. I love Instagram for the tea community and the tea geeks active on it provide a very valuable stream of information on the best teas and shops around. That’s why I want to feature the accounts I love to follow in my ‘My InstaTea Friends Book’. This week: @tbyliset!

Note from @tealeafster:
One, maybe two days after I visited the Obubu Tea Farm in Wazuka, Kyoto last year, @tbyliset started her internship at the farm. Although we didn’t meet right there and then in Japan, we did a few months later for a Japanese weekend course in The Hague. Since then we meet up every once in a while for some excessive tea drinking and geeking and now Liset is on the verge of opening her webshop selling teas of Obubu. Yet she found some time to fill in this InstaTea Friends book, for which I am very grateful. Thanks and good luck with your new tea business @tbyliset!

What’s in your cup right now?
Kabuse Sencha from Obubu Tea Farms.

Where are you from?
The Netherlands

What is your involvement with tea?
I am a teageek and tea sommelier studying at the ITC Academy, and the owner of TbyLiset.

How many teas & teapots are currently in your stash?
I’ll have to count, but it is a lot. 3 Gaiwans, 4 big Kyusu, 1 small Kyusu, a Jixing Teapot, 2 Houhin, and about 10 regular teapots in different sizes for one to 5 people. A complete Japanese teaset, A Gong Fu Cha set. And many different teacups, English teacups, Japanese teacups. Also, I have about 55 different kinds of tea. Most of them are Green Teas and Oolong.

Your favorite kind of tea?
Kabuse Sencha actually.

Best tea you drank in the past six months?
That is really hard to answer… There are so many different kinds of tea which stand out on different moments. I think it is impossible to compare a Green Tea to an Oolong or Black tea.. So for me the best tea is the tea I love at that moment.

Your recommended shops to buy tea?
I currently don’t really have a favorite shop. I love to spend my time searching for different shops and ordering tea from them haha!

Your favorite tea house to visit?
I loved the visit to the Theefabriek here in The Netherlands. The quality of the tea wasn’t necesserily good, but I love the information and experience they provide in their exhibition. I will have to search for a favorite teashop, currently I have a long To-Do list and an almost non-existant Done list! I enjoy spending time and drinking tea with friends at home.

The absolute best tea you shared with @tealeafster;)
That would be the Kabuse Sencha! Or the Oolong from Myanmar @tealeafster had at home! I think I need acces to his unending stash of tea samples 😉

Your favorite picture from your Instagram account?
I love a lot of my pictures because I do not like to take pictures according to rules as lighting.. But this picture I love the most. I was able to capture the tea in a beautiful and creative way. It was actually super satisfying to be able to capture the tea with the Instax Camera as well!

Your favorite tea accounts to follow on Instagram?
The podcasts and videos of @worldteapodcast are both informative and funny.

On what other platforms/websites can we follow you?
You can find me on Facebook and Instagram, for both my profesional (@tbyliset) as my personal (@mvrliset) accounts. I also have my website Tbyliset.com (now only in Dutch). The English version is still being made. Here you can find info about me, book tea tastings and in the (near) future my webshop will open too! I also write short blogs for Kotatsu TV (in Dutch) about Japanese tea!

 

My InstaTea Friends Book: @myteaflow

MyTeaFlow

For tea lovers there is really no better online community than the Instagram community. So many tea enthusiasts are active on Instagram on a daily basis, spreading their newest tea finds and tasting notes. I love Instagram for the tea community and the tea geeks active on it provide a very valuable stream of information on the best teas and shops around. That’s why I want to feature the accounts I love to follow in my ‘My InstaTea Friends Book’. This week: @myteaflow!

Note by tealeafster:
If it’s a word, instateafamous would be a striking introduction for @myteaflow. I think everyone in the tea community on Instagram knows her for her o so energetic and passionate posts on tea. Not only mouthwatering pictures and beautiful setups for real tea appreciation, but also inspiring comments on the tea and the feeling it gives you. She is incredibly good in sharing her Way of Tea. Her entry for my InstaTea Friends Book gave me so much energy and I’ve had so much fun reading this. I hope you too will be inspired by her way of tea.

What’s in your cup right now/today?
Right now I’m finishing a very interesting high grade Yancha called “Sparrow’s Tongue” from a virtual Tea session I had a few minutes ago with my benefactor for this tea, a very dear friend!

Where are you from?
Puerto Rico

What is your involvement with tea?
I’m just in Love with Tea!!! …and I only intend to share that Love with others if they allow me!
I usually post 3 pictures a day that “metaphorically” tell my flow with the Teas. It is mostly like a conversation between the “Tea” and me. The quotes generally are my reflection or literally what I feel the “Tea” was trying to teach me that particular day or moment.

How many teas & teapots are currently in your stash?
Just teapots? I think…around 8. Teas? Darjeelings alone I have a little bit more than 30, and between Greens (mostly Japanese), Oolongs, Shous, Shengs and Red teas I have around 80 maybe.

Favorite kind of tea?
All!!! I love all of them!

Best tea you drank in the past six months?
Well, that is hard for me to say, but my favorites have been those that are very complex but also have touched my soul deeper and that remind me or resemble a local taste, like: “Jade Star” a white tea puer cake from Chinalife (note: now Mei Leaf) that remind me of our local “Panas de Pepita” (Bread Nuts), “Young Gushu”, a sheng also from Chinalife that resemble the taste of our “Pomarosas Amarillas” (Yellow Rose Apples), and a beautifully handcrafted Japanese Black/Oolong from @jozkylantea that took me through the journey of making our cherished “Pasteles” (no translation for this one) from green plantain and bananas leaves.

I have also been blessed with the opportunity to know almost more than 30 different types of the most amazing Darjeelings Teas raging from whites, greens, and 1st and 2nd flush by the kindness of Mr. Nalin Moda. From those my favorites have been a “Himalayan White” that taste like our yellow sweet potatoes, “Himalayan Snow Hand Roll” green tea that reminded me of “Orange Flower Water,” a very common tonic used here for alleviating anxiety, “Jungpana” 2nd flush that can charm anyone with its aroma and taste of homemade sweet butter bread and “Pussimbing’ also a 2nd flush that resemble our bright and sweet grapefruits.

Likewise I have been learning about the elegance and enjoying ones of the most well-crafted Japanese, Taiwanese and Wuyi Chinese teas also through the kindness of another tea friend who always prefer to keep herself anonymous. From those, I have felt in Love with a “Blended Sencha” from Hibiki-an that have the most alluring aroma and taste of sweet buttered scallops, a marvelous rolled “Bamboo Oolong” that have been roasted 12 times, an interesting and fancy “Yellow Rose” Yancha, and today the robust “Sparrow’s Tongue”…I can’t finish!!! As you see I truly love all teas! 😀

Recommended shops to buy tea?
Well, from those I have buy from so far, online, my favorites are: Chinalife/Mei Leaf, Bitterleaf Teas, Eco-Cha and Tea Trekker, and I have also enjoyed a lot my monthly subscription from Global Tea Hut. Physically: Ten Ren’s Tea, Red Blossom Tea, and Vital Leaf all at Chinatown San Francisco, and Namaste and The Tea at Turin, Italy.

Favorite tea house to visit?
Here, the only one is “La Wafflera” However, they are not precisely a Tea House, but they do have a Tea menu. I love their White Peony! While traveling, my favorite Tea Houses have been a traditional Tea Ceremony House at Uji, Japan, and The Tea at Turin, Italy.

Your three goals for this new Tea Year of the Rooster?
Keep learning, keep Flowing, and share more…my Love for Tea!

Your favorite picture from your Instagram account and why?
From my lasts posts this two are my favorite. I feel the Teas can speak by themselves through them.

 

D18: Life is like Jazz…Flow‼ “We learn and grow and are transformed not so much by what we do but by why and how we do it” -Sharon Salzberg . . Black/Oolong 2016Miyazaki, Japan @jozkylantea …Oh my little babies, I knew you will speak to his soul. However, he chose you on his own …and we just traveled together! From the humble wood house from our birthplace, to the heart of our profession and childhood. We played on the beautiful fields and pastures of the countryside, soften fresh plantain leaves over the fire, and finally landed on the “pasteles” factory. . . #tea #looseleaftea #blackoolong #nofilter #miyazaki #japan #jozkylantea #teawisdom #thetea #ramdass #beherenow #teaflow #loveflow #myteaflow #season3 #mylife #mylifewithtea #myhome #puertorico #theworld #flower

Een foto die door myteaflow is geplaatst op

Your favorite tea accounts to follow on Instagram?
All of those with whom I can truly interact by exchanging comments and likes between each other. At present I follow 300…all of them are my fave! Especially the ones that always leave me a kind message and that we can learn together about Tea and each other culture.

On what other platforms/websites can we follow you?
On my blog myteaflow.com …Bright blessings, kind Love, and …Flow! 😀

Thank you very much for this energetic and inspiring Insta Tea Friends Book entry @myteaflow!

My InstaTea Friends Book: @tenchi.no.kouro

TeaLeafster

For tea lovers there is really no better online community than the Instagram community. So many tea enthusiasts are active on Instagram on a daily basis, spreading their newest tea finds and tasting notes. I love Instagram for the tea community and the tea geeks active on it provide a very valuable stream of information on the best teas and shops around. That’s why I want to feature the accounts I love to follow in my ‘My InstaTea Friends Book’. This week: @tenchi.no.kouro!

Note from tealeafster
It were the stunning pictures of tea sessions in beautiful daylight and mindful sceneries  that attracted my attention with the account of @tenchi.no.kouro and I think I fell in love with their pots many times the last couple of weeks now. It made me curious about the people behind this account and the philosophy of Tenchinokouro and so this edition of Insta Tea Friends Book was a really surprising and inspiring read for me too. Enjoy, and thanks Ben and @tenchi.no.kouro for being on the first edition of My Insta Tea Friends Book of 2017!

What’s in your cup?
As a way to recover from all the year-end activities, at this very moment I am gulping down some of that 2014 first-flush Sheng Puer, from Shen Shan (神山) region in Yunnan province in China. It’s a mouthful 😉 

Where are you from?
Lately I spent a lot of time in Shizuoka, Japan and before this I had been living in Vancouver, Canada, but I was born in Taiwan.

What is your involvement with tea?
Tea has been many things, but currently, with other enthusiasts, we are raising awareness of Taiwanese tea category to the tea drinkers in Japan, as a median of relaxation in the often high-paced lifestyle most Japanese have. It started when we realized that it could be challenging to find quality Taiwanese tea in Japan, after I moved here from Vancouver. 

How many teas are currently in your stash?
Enough to fill a whole room and last me a lifetime.

Favorite kind of tea?
The kind that you enjoy with friends and families. 

Best tea you drank in the past six months?
Traditional style Oolong from the central part of Taiwan, usually known as DongDing Oolong. However, instead of using the leaves from DongDing region, leaves from an eco-farm on Mount Chilai are used. It’s the kind of long-finish tea that you can feel it in your gullet 10 minutes after you swallowed the tea. Depending on how you make it, it may smell Osmanthus, Honey, Caramel, and some of wood components that you typically find in vintage tea or Puer.

Favorite tea house to visit?
There is this tea house that people can do BYOT (bring-your-own-tea) near my place in Taichung. The architecture and interior are reminiscent of southern China with an inner lotus pond, the kind with Koi fishes swimming around.

Battle: Taiwanese oolongs vs. Chinese oolongs. Who wins, and why?
Chinese oolongs still retain the processing styles that are often tailored for local tea varieties and developed for local taste preferences. As such, their aroma and taste profiles can be quite foreign for first-timers. However, such characteristics are sought after by tea connoisseurs or the explorer-type of tea drinkers.

Despite being made with skills and knowledge inherited from China, Taiwanese oolongs, on the other hand, strive on highlighting often-desired aroma or taste profiles, such as floral and ripen-fruit smell and refreshing sweetness, while making sure that astringency acts as a complement. This approach starts from the cultivation stage and the resulting oolongs can be flavorful yet friendly and accommodating to almost everyone.

Bottom line is that it comes down to personal preference.

Your favorite picture on your Instagram account?
The picture is taken at my favorite tea house as mentioned above.

Your favorite tea accounts to follow on Instagram?
I like cha_goto, cha_bliss, and fujibana for the Japanese-influenced fusion concepts with Chinese tea.

Can you tell us a little bit more about Tenchinokouro and on what other platforms/websites we can follow you?
We are based in Japan and specialize in micro-lot Taiwanese oolong tea, feel free to check out our event gallery at our website and Facebook page. In one format or another, providing an inspiring cup of Taiwanese tea is what we love to do. Tea has been many things in our lives, and we hope that through Tenchinokouro, we help you find out what tea means for you, in your life.

Also check out the previous My InstaTea Friends Book with @raymondbroersen!

 

My InstaTea Friends Book: @raymondbroersen

TeaLeafster

For tea lovers there is really no better online community than the Instagram community. So many tea enthusiasts are active on Instagram on a daily basis, spreading their newest tea finds and tasting notes. I love Instagram for the tea community and the tea geeks active on it provide a very valuable stream of information on the best teas and shops around. That’s why I want to feature the accounts I love to follow in my ‘My InstaTea Friends Book’. This week: @raymondbroersen!

Note from tealeafster:
@raymondbroersen is someone from the Dutch tea scene I love to follow on a daily base. This is a guy of taste. Great taste. His Instagram is full of the best teas, the most beautiful teapots, the best chocolate, the best whiskey (or whisky ;-)), the best coffee (and some tangerine art), but mostly, tea. Every time @raymondbroersen posts a picture of a tea from a tea seller I didn’t know about, I can’t help myself checking out the online store, trying not to order again, fighting my tea addiction. He is an inspiration with his teapicks AND he is working in the Dutch tea business, in a shop that, for most tea lovers in Holland, is the gateway to good quality tea because of their accessibility and easy-to-process information on the topic. Thanks for being on the third edition of ‘My InstaTea Friends Book’, @raymondbroersen!

What’s in your cup?
A Gyokuro Tsurujirushi from O-cha to start the day and had a Puerh from White2Tea, Fade 2016. Both were really nice, sweet and body.

Where are you from?
I live in the Netherlands.

What is your involvement with tea?
I work at Simon Lévelt, a coffee and teashop, in Amstelveen. When I started, just over 2 years ago, I had zero knowledge about tea. But my knowledge grew rapidly and I made it into a hobby as well.

How many teas are currently in your stash?
There will be around 30 different teas in my stash. From green to black, mostly China, Japan and Taiwan.

Favorite kind of tea?
There isn’t just one tea that I like. It all depends on my mood.

Best tea you drank in the past six months?
I was really impressed when I drank a Longjing that was 1,5 years old. I thought it was too old to drink, no taste and dull. But when I made it the aroma reached me and I had to drink it. It was full of taste, not as fresh as a newly picked and processed Longjing, but it was nutty, sweet and the aftertaste was long and very pleasant. I did not throw it away but needed to keep it, needed to drink it once in a while and also wanted to see what happens with this tea when it ‘ages’  even more.

7. Recommended shops to buy tea?
Maybe I am prejudiced but Simon Lévelt Amstelveen, is a good physical shop to go to, especially when I am working ;-). Also Formocha is a great shop in Amsterdam. Online there are a lot of great shops. Maybe too much to mention them all. O-cha for there Matcha, Eco-Cha and TaiwanTeaCrafts for there Taiwan, White2Tea and YunnanSourcing for there Puerh and China.

8. Favorite tea house to visit?
I believe it was Qingteng Tea House in Hangzhou. Tea was okay, but the lunch was great. Here in The Netherlands the only place I have been to was Cups and Leafs in Haarlem. They have a nice tea collection and the owners do have a lot of knowledge.

9. Dilemma: Never to drink tea anymore/never to drink or eat coffee,
whiskey and chocolate anymore
Uhm. Never to drink tea…. isn’t an option. So let’s go for coffee and whiskey. Why? Because I can drink tea without getting exhausted or drunk. And I prefer whisky over whiskey 😉

10. Your favorite picture from your Instagram account?
Love this picture because of the simplicity and serenity.

 

Bang Dong Hong cha. #white2tea #bangdong #hongcha #tea

Een foto die is geplaatst door Raymond Broersen (@raymondbroersen) op


Also love this picture. No filter was used, just HDR with an iPhone 7Plus. Morning at the harbour.

 

This is no black and white photo. Just a HDR shot with an iPhone 7 Plus. #iphone7plus #photography #hdr #nobw #hoorn

Een foto die is geplaatst door Raymond Broersen (@raymondbroersen) op

11. Your favorite tea accounts to follow on Instagram?
@bitterleafteas, @volkan_huoshan, @teaism99, @i.n.clay, @teanebs, @tealeafster, @darksideoftea, @tokoname.isobe and lots more.

12. On what other platforms/websites can we follow you?
Twitter, but all posts on Instagram will automatically be posted on Twitter. But that’s it.

Thank you @raymondbroersen for filling in My InstaTea Friends Book!

Also check out the last two editions with @tea_tography and @teanebs!

Next week there will be no InstaTea Friends Book because of a trip to Norway. This feature will be back in the second week of January!

My InstaTea Friends Book: @tea_tography

InstaTea Friends Book

For tea lovers there is really no better online community than the Instagram community. So many tea enthusiasts are active on Instagram on a daily basis, spreading their newest tea finds and tasting notes. I love Instagram for the tea community and the tea geeks active on it provide a very valuable stream of information on the best teas and shops around. That’s why I want to feature the accounts I love the follow in my ‘My InstaTea Friends Book’. This week: @tea_tography

Note from Tea Leafster
I only discovered the account of @tea_tography a few weeks ago and I was hooked right away. It’s absolutely stunning how @tea_tography captures the moment in a tea session. Moments you cannot capture with your eyes. The drop that bounces back from the cup. The stream of hot water hitting the teapot. The flow of tea leaving the gaiwan. All photographed in a beautiful light with the smoke of incense completing the picture. Looking at the feed of @tea_tography, I can only wish I was able to hit pause during a tea session and be in that moment myself. 

What’s in your cup?
– Crimson Lotus’ Hidden Song Sheng Puerh.

Where are you from?
– Oregon, I currently live in north Texas though.

What is your involvement with tea?
– I love taking pictures of tea and sometimes review it! I see it as a very meditative process, drinking tea.

How many teas are currently in your stash?
– Oh man… probably 30 right now? I used to have 120+ when I lived in Hawaii, had to cut down when I moved.

Your favorite kind of tea?
– Oolong! Specifically milk oolong.

Best tea you drank in the past six months?

– Jingmai Love from Crimson Lotus, it’s a sheng Puerh.

Recommended shops to buy tea?
– Online: Crimson Lotus, White2Tea and Yunnan Sourcing! I don’t know any physical shops.

Favorite tea house to visit?
– I’d say the Cultured Cup in Dallas, TX!

Dilemma: Never to use a Gaiwan anymore/Never to use a Yixing pot anymore
– Never to use a Yixing pot anymore, because I use them for specific teas, so if I can only drink a certain tea because I only have my Yixing pot I’d be sad!!

Your favorite picture from your Instagram account?
– This picture, because it’s so meditative! 

Your favorite tea accounts to follow on Instagram?
@darksideoftea, @unyteaguy, @teawarehouse for teaware, @crimsonlotustea and @white2tea for new tea porn! Haha.

On what other platforms/websites can we follow you?
I have a Twitter account @tea_tography and a tea review blog: www.tea-tography.tumblr.com

Thanks for writing in my InstaTea Friends Book @tea_tography!

Also check out last weeks InstaTea Friends book with @teanebs!

My InstaTea Friends Book: @teanebs

My InstaTea Friends Book

For tea lovers there is really no better online community than the Instagram community. So many tea enthusiasts are active on Instagram on a daily basis, spreading their newest tea finds and tasting notes. I love Instagram for the tea community and the tea geeks active on it provide a very valuable stream of information on the best teas and shops around. That’s why I want to feature the accounts I love the follow in my ‘My InstaTea Friends Book’. First: @teanebs!

Note from Tea Leafster
The Instagram account of @teanebs is the perfect example of what makes Instagram such a nice tea community. Pure, day to day tea photos without any strings attached to shops or farmers. Just a tea lover sharing the cup of the day, and by that, educating me on the best teas and shops around (The Japanese green teas of Yunomi in this case). Thanks for being on the first edition of My InstaTea Friends Book!

What’s in your cup?
– I just had a Superfine Longjing.

Where are you from?
– Espoo, Finland

What is your involvement with tea?
– I’m a tea enthusiast who posts pictures and writes reviews about tea.

How many teas are currently in your stash?
– 25-35 excluding samples.

Your favorite kind of tea?
– Hard one, but I have to say green tea.

Best tea you drank in the past six months?
– Another hard one since I’ve had many great teas. First one that comes to my mind is Nanadan Asamushi Okumidori Sencha by Yunomi teas. That first steep blows your socks off.

Favorite shop to buy tea?
– Cannot say. I have different go-to places for each kind of tea and even for specific teas.

Favorite tea house to visit?
– Théhuone in Helsinki. They have a huge menu and refills are free. I like the cozy feeling.

Dilemma: never to drink a Chinese tea anymore/never to drink a Tawainese tea anymore
– I looove Taiwanese oolongs, but I pick Chinese teas for their diversity

Your favorite picture from your Instagram account?
– I really like the contrast of this and the tea was really good (look at those leaves!)

Your favorite tea accounts to follow on Instagram
– Not in any specific order: @bitterleafteas, @jyrkisan, @volkan_huoshan, @teaism99, @teamountain and @stephane_erler.

On what other platforms/websites can we follow you?
Instagram, my blog in Finnish and some articles in English (click for website) and Steepster.