Meditating tea moment....

So I am getting nervous about this weekend’s public appearance with all the big time competitors at a tea and coffee convention..... so what did I do....

Well, first confided to my close friends... then brew a nice cup of tea.... this time I brewed Hiruma san’s icho sencha,, the very first icho sencha I ever had and led me to discover Hiruma san, the champion of tea making, temomi and all other kind.....

Well, sounds like an awful sales pitch, but, it is true, I love the whole process of boiling water to pouring water to waiting for my infusion to complete... and drinking the tea.  I find it really soothing, almost like meditating...

I was just jotting down things to do and bring with me to the event, and then my head got very cloudy... so I decide to do something else.... First thing was to decide what tea I would like now... 

Well, it did help me to realize and regain confidence that I do like my teas and things I share on my site, and I really believe the quality and sincerely only wish I can share this sensation with other people...  Focusing on each steps, paying attention to details of tea pots, cups, timing, amount of tea, water temperature....... really restore my perspectives.  

First brew of Yume, icho sencha, is all the expression of subtlety.  What you notice is bright yet clear green tea brew.  The photo is showing my second brew.  I brewed with almost out of the boiling kettle, so I believe the water was at 97 C.  Brewed for about 30 seconds.  To enjoy the tea color and not to leave any brew left in the pot with the tea leaves, I have been using Katakuchi that I use to cool water, to pour teas out of the pot, before serving into my tea cups.  So green!!!  It’s the result of the deep steaming finish, a Fukamushi style finish.  As the brewing was done at high temperature, the aroma of elegant lily touches your nose just when you bring your teacup to your lips...   

Anyway, I just wanted to share my tea moment.

Posted on November 5, 2014 .