Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Cup of Zen: Hannah Goldfarb-Gerber from Buddha-Mom Tea

A poet from an early age, (and little else), I am often asked about my unique writing style in which I readily admit my poems are 'domestic, suburban and unashamedly middle class'. Drinking has always been a large part of the process. A cup next to me is an essential 'prop'. Up until recently that cup was more often than not, a fine Sake in one of many beloved vintage Sake-wares. In my world I strive to be at one with everything around me with luminous compassion. It's pretty damned exhausting and I fail more days than not! Tea is a magical elixir that brings me to where I need to be. I like to travel an elegant, reasoned path between an outright love for the world and a healthy suspiciousness of it at the same time, and being tea-drunk works far more effectively than being sake or martini drunk. 
Hannah's Tea Table
I sit at my 'bar' in my sunny, Los Angeles bungalow kitchenette. I have my Takaname kyusu. I have my Takaname yazamashi. I hold one, then the other, I caress them. I love the feel of the clay, I love the people who made them, the company they came from, I am awash with love, in fact, for everything, except for the tea I will soon bless them with. Senchas, Gaimachas, Hojichas, Banchas, Fukamidori, Fukamushicha, even Gyokuro is losing its appeal.

Monday, August 31, 2015

August Round Up: The Best, Most Interesting Blogs this Month

Another month has already passed by us. Can you believe it? The Cup of Life has been a bit slower this month than usual, but that will change next. Slowly I have been working on some reorganizing of the blog and that has been a more time consuming project than I expected so my writing moments have been affected. Also, I've been trying my hardest to soak in the last few weeks of summer but I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited for Autumn. The thought of curling up with Netflix, a soft blanket and a homemade masala chai latte is very appealing.

Luckily, just because I paused a bit this month, the entire blog world didn't follow. In fact, I found myself doing a lot more reading this month than I usually do, which was nice. I finished some books (I'll be sharing here on the blog soon enough) and I have stumbled on and read some of the most wonderful posts throughout August. I've been looking forward to the end of the month just to share them with you!


Steep Stories | The Battle of Five Tea Rants - This was definitely my favourite read all month. In fact, if I did a year end blog round up, this would absolutely make the list. I've always found it hard to remain polite when I have people telling me their obsessed with tea only to hear them later go on about their "teatox" collection. Geoff has the guts and does an outstanding job at saying pretty much everything that is on my (and other tea blogger's) mind. He does it in such a way that is quite comical, no offense should be taken. Also, the cute angry gaiwan image was icing on the cake.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Tea Review: Wan Ling Tea House’s Ji Di Ancient Tea Tree Sheng Puer

Source: my instagram @teaaholic

"Wan Ling Tea House is the coming together of tea lovers from opposite sides of the world. Our aim is to bring carefully selected loose leaf teas and a wealth of collected information together. Giving people the chance to better understand and explore the fascinating world of tea."
Ingredients: Unblended Raw Puer

Steep Time: 1 minute

First Sip Thought: "Comfort in a cup."

Aroma: The dry smell is pleasantly of pine wood. When steeped, a hint of the scent reminds me of when a fire is about to be lit, or perhaps even just of freshly cut wood.
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