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Interestingly, yesterday...

we did not go to a march or a volunteering opportunity or anything political at all!
Instead, we went downtown, to The San Jose Museum of Art for a tea ceremony and it ws terrific.
From the museum's site:
The age-old eastern tradition of tea preparation and service encourages participants to focus with careful, slow attention on the color, form, aroma, and taste of tea, as well as the look and feel of the tea cup. Join Edward Gui, director of NanHai Art, to enjoy tea in a small group and share thoughts on the exhibition Your Mind, This Moment: art and the practice of attention.

Mr. Gui preparing. He first uses heated water to warm the cups and the pot. He then rinses the potted dry leaves. He uses a Cusinart deal-y to heat the water because each of the six kinds of tea -green, white, yellow, oolong, red, and black- are best served at different temperatures.  A different pot and cups is used for each variety of tea.
We were served a green, an oolong, and a black tea.

This is Mr. Gui daily lunch routine which takes him about 30 minutes. I can imagine how, especially with a stressful job, this 30-minute medative break would set a better course for the rest of the afternoon. Oh and, naturally, he only uses loose-leaf tea from China. We do tea a couple of times a week and I can see how our 'routine' is probably going to be undergoing a couple of changes. That Cuisinart deal-y is very cool :)



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Mar. 15th, 2017 07:54 pm (UTC)
Hopefully you'll get a job soon so that new kettle can be coming your way.

I think yellow leaves are when the the green leaves don't color out properly.
Mar. 15th, 2017 06:12 pm (UTC)

Very cool tea ceremony! Nice pics too!!!

Mar. 15th, 2017 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! And you know what was the nicest bit, his obvious love of not just tea but the ritual of it. Made us feel a little bad that we are just so laissez faire about our preparation method.
Mar. 15th, 2017 07:13 pm (UTC)
each of the six kinds of tea -green, white, yellow, oolong, red, and black- are best served at different temperatures. A different pot and cups is used for each variety of tea.

He's doin' it right! :)
Mar. 15th, 2017 07:58 pm (UTC)
I thought of you when he discussed the different pots for different teas :)
Mar. 15th, 2017 08:21 pm (UTC)
Really? :) Yeah, and different temperatures. I think a lot of people think they don't like green, white or oolong teas because they prepare them like black tea and scald them to death (and let them steep way too long).
Mar. 15th, 2017 07:19 pm (UTC)
That looks lovely! I'd never heard of yellow tea before. I'm putting it on my list of new things to try :)
Mar. 15th, 2017 07:58 pm (UTC)
Let me know what you think!
Mar. 16th, 2017 01:56 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to go to a Japanese tea ceremony. I love how beautifully all the cups and tea-making equipment are arranged: very Japanese. Is the beige cylinder with the black top the Cuisnart deal-y?

I have been thinking seriously of upgrading my morning coffee ritual: getting a burr grinder and figuring out how to insure that my water was at the right temperature. Perhaps your Cuisnart deal-y would work for that? All of this would make my morning coffee prep much longer, but that might not be a bad thing. I certainly don't pop out of bed bright-eyed and bushy-tailed anyway. FanSee
Mar. 16th, 2017 11:42 pm (UTC)
You know how I hate to correct you but, this was a Chinese tea ceremony :) And yes that is the Cuisnart deal-y. Mr Gui used the metal container to heat water for pouring over and warming the cups and pots and the Cuisnart glass container for heating the water for tea. I think it would work well for coffee and is something I'm thinking about getting. I tried once to grind the beans but I just couldn't handle the noise first thing each morning. Is a burr grinder less noisy? I do think though that making coffee prep more a ritual would be very cool. The point is to slow down and realize what you are doing. Mindfulness, right?

Let me know what you come up with.
Mar. 16th, 2017 10:40 am (UTC)
Never been to a tea ceremony but sounds fascinating.
Mar. 16th, 2017 11:45 pm (UTC)
My first as well and it was fascinating. Besides tea, it was all about mindfulness :)
Mar. 17th, 2017 02:51 am (UTC)
What a delightful post. I myself have never been very fond of tea, but oolong is the exception. Not sure why, but it is the only one so far that I have found to be tasty when served hot. Warm hugs, Grammy
Mar. 17th, 2017 03:06 am (UTC)
Thank you!! I wasn't a big tea drinker either but then, my son and I got into the habit after watching Captain Picard, in Star Trek, with his 'Earl Gray Hot' said to the ship's replicator :) Now, our ritual is Earl Gray Hot!!
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