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  • AJ wrote a new post on the site Tea Stacks 6 months ago

    I’ll usually swing back around to this blog with a pretty dire opinion of my activity, but if I can manage four posts a year (in both 2021 and 2020!), then I’m pretty happy with myself. (Even if I did read months […]

  • AJ wrote a new post on the site Tea Stacks 1 year ago

    This is part of a series of “Philosophy Of” books. I had trouble finding much on the ‘series’, but it looks like each (or most) was written by a different blogger or other influencer/social media presence. I […]

  • Robert Godden wrote a new post on the site Lord Devotea's Tea Spouts 1 year ago

    I’m here to say goodbye.

    I just read that there is now an oyster-vending machine in my home town, and I think that’s a perfect way to introduce my last ever blog post. The oyster, that snot-textured harbinger […]

  • Robert Godden wrote a new post on the site Lord Devotea's Tea Spouts 1 year ago

    Well, dear fans, I, your Lord Devotea, have some news for you.

    So, there’s this guy called Robert Godden. Many of you know him. I know him well. He invented me! Yes, shockingly, I am not real.

    His wife […]

  • AJ wrote a new post on the site Tea Stacks 1 year, 2 months ago

    I thought this was a handsome little book, and was immediately drawn to it in Chapters when it released. Flipping through it, I thought the illustrations were unique, I thought the Table of Contents was very […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 1 year, 3 months ago

    Almost two months have passed since my last article. In Internet years, that is almost a decade. It wasn’t like I had nothing to write about. In fact, I had several things. For example . . .

    Over the course o […]

    • Thanks you, sir.

    • Gotta admit that this post made me a bit weepy. Thanks to tea, we met virtually before either of our blogs existed. Doing anything for as many years as we have takes a lot. It’s also important to know when it’s time to throw in the towel. I’m sad to see this blog come to an end, but I’ll always be a fan of your writing in whatever form it takes.

      • OLDEST TEA FRIEND!

        Yes, it was pretty much time to throw said towel a couple of years ago, but I held on to see what else would stick. The adhesive wasn’t that strong. Still hangin’ around the tea community, though, just as an average hobbyist. Writing will also still continue.

    • Broooooooo!

    • I consider you, Marco, one of the best voices of the new class of tea bloggers/content creators. I will still be around to see your ascent, and hopefully share more cups with you in the future.

    • I do remember that! Zhen Qu Gold Buds was the tea. Aaaaah, good times. I will do as you say, friend.

    • Sorry to hear this.

      But I understand, things change and we have to change as well.

      Once I thought about quitting my blog and my small tea store in Colombia, mainly for financial reasons.

      Now my situation improved, so I continue them as a hobby. For most tea bloggers, maintaining their blog is probably a luxury.

      • Definitely a luxury of time. And I seem to have less of it, or it seems to go by faster, the older I get. Thanks for understanding!

    • I’m happy to hear that!

    • I think so, too. So many other stories to tell. I mean, there are still tea stories to tell, but not “just” tea stories. Stay tuned.

    • Thanks, Kelly! I’ve enjoyed some of our correspondences over weird teas. I’ll still be exploring, just not at the same output. Along with the other pursuits.

    • Video seems to be the way everyone is going, and I can only find comfort zone in doing that a little bit, not diving all the way in.

    • Thanks, Eunice, I’m glad you’ve tuned in to some of the new stuff. I do hope we encounter each other again at a tea festival in the future.

    • We’ll definitely see each other again, and over a cuppa. I’m sure of it.

    • Thanks Ron, happy to have provided a service. Of some sort.

    • Thanks Lu Ann. I’ve still got plenty of stories left to tell.

    • Likewise! And thank you. Too tall a praise from too tall a man.

  • AJ wrote a new post on the site Tea Stacks 1 year, 4 months ago

    This is an oldy but a goody, first published in 2003, and an easy, affordable buy at most bookstores back in the day (I think I paid $5 for this off of the clearance pile at Chapter’s).

    Moxham has written a few […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 1 year, 4 months ago

    A few years ago, I tried “Snow Shan” green tea from Vietnam . . .

    And I hated it.

    Okay, maybe “hate” is too strong of a word; “touchy” would be better. It was really difficult to brew. If I went out-of […]

  • Well, folks, it’s been a while. So much has been happening and blogging has not so much taken a back seat as moved into the luggage compartment.

    However, I have been honour-bound to write about a particular cup […]

  • Well, it’s been a while. I have only written two blog posts this year.

    Why? Mainly because my cartooning has taken over as my main form of tea-related expression.

    But now that is also on […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 1 year, 8 months ago

    As some of you might remember, a couple of years ago, I co-hosted of a tea-themed podcast.

    On the above episode, we had a guest—James of TeaDB—to discuss puerh storage. I contributed nothing to the episode, sav […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 1 year, 10 months ago

    Let’s talk about Jersey.

    No, not that Jersey.

    This Jersey.

    The island of Jersey—better known locally and colloquially—as the Bailiwick of Jersey is one of the larger islands located in the Engli […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 1 year, 10 months ago

    I’ve written about the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu a couple of times, now. But there’s one period of time I haven’t yet quite covered.

    Mainly because . . . it’s not really a growing season, in the traditi […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 1 year, 10 months ago

    Allow me to be the first to admit that I know very little about Masala Chai.

    My expertise extents only as far as the etymological; as in, I know it’s a redundancy to call it “Chai Tea”. “Chai” literally […]

  • 7.07 a.m.

    I’m at Woolworths, picking up some items for breakfast. I usually skip through the tea aisle, which is tragically awful, but something catches my eye. It’s this.

    Why?

    Well, yesterday […]

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  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 1 year, 11 months ago

    Mandal Gaon is a village in the state of West Bengal, India—in the Darjeeling region. Like many villages in the area, the inhabitants are mostly of Gurkha descent; a Nepalese ethnic group brought over to India b […]

  • AJ wrote a new post on the site Tea Stacks 1 year, 11 months ago

    I look forward to new releases, even if the sad reality is I only manage to read a couple of Tea Books a year–and usually half a decade after they’ve been published. But that doesn’t mean I can’t share what I’m […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 1 year, 12 months ago

    Over the course of years, I’ve had strange relationships with many teas. I’m kind of a steep-slut that way. But none have been as ass-backwards as my journey with An Ji Bai Cha.

    To those who’ve never […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years ago

    Toward the end of any year, content creators, influencers, media pundits (social or otherwise) are encouraged to create look-backs or listicles of the year-that-was. Throughout my long and industrious “career” as […]

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