Tea performing arts, tea terminology and translation, promote tea studies and innovations. *Contact ,icetea8@gmail.com, Trad. and Simp. Chinese used. Blog since 6/23/2005
Name: Steven R. Jones; Link: http://teaarts.blogspot.com/
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名字:瓊斯史迪芬Steven R. Jones, 網址: http://teaarts.blogspot.com/

1/22/2007

Some English Translations of Tea



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click on the two pictures for reading above.
蔡榮章 。瓊斯史迪芬
茶藝月刊陸羽茶藝中心工作報告
Written by:Tsai, Rong-Tsang & Steven R. Jones
"Tea Culture Monthly"
Lu-Yu Tea Culture Institute, Progress Report 11/01/06

1/18/2007

Having some tea…


We went back to the The Whole Leaf , Chinese Tea and Teaware, for some good tea with the partners, Carl E. Anderson III, Jonah A. Arter, Lambert J. Ninteman III, and us.




Bonsai and Tea

I didn’t know there was that much Asian Arts in the middle of Ocean Beach, San Diego CA, USA. This story first begins with a great bonsai. I was back home in American and shopping for a bonsai tree, found what seemed like a good place called the “San Diego Bonsai Company”, in Ocean Beach. So we took a drive, found it, walked in and YES, bonsai, great selection and great quality, it didn’t take me long to find the one for me. The owner Trevor C. Cornwell of the Bonsai shop told me to check out a teashop called "The Whole Leaf". Because we had to wait anyway for them to check and touchup the beautiful bonsai. So my wife Chang Li-Hsiang and I went up the street to the teashop. What a surprise, as I approached the store I looked in the window and seen a group of people sitting around drinking and brewing tea "Gongfu" style, (gong fu, kung fu, small teapot, skilled, classic, Chinese/Taiwan/Fujian) brewing methodolgy. I was shocked, what I mean is I have been in asian areas (in america) and seen this often, but these were just the locals of Ocean Beach brew’in it up, a teashop with culture.

San Diego Bonsai Company
http://www.sdbonsai.com

The Whole Leaf
http://thewholeleaf.com/





here is a pic of my bonsai


Stone Arts


Stone Appreciation
Stone and rock formations, natural, no artificial carvings at all. Sometimes they will be cut to stand flat, or maybe polished. All the colors of the rainbow are possible, colors should contrast each other. They can be colorful or very usually in stone color. Some times patterns form natural paintings of wonder. These natural marks can look like anything in world. From nature to the abstract. The size of a stone can be big and weigh hundreds of pounds or it can be less than a pound. The stone should have subtle color, subtle shape, subtle markings and patterns. It can look like landscape, like an animal, a person, etc. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It should look beautiful in texture, color, and shape. The stone should also be unique for its characteristics. The stone should not feel too dry. A stone might remind people of something. Or the stone might convey some spirit, which makes people feel or moves them in some way. The stone should be set stable on something nice like a rosewood pedestal which has been carved specifically for the stone.

**Stones Art is used with Bonsai, Tea Arts, and Floral Arrangement**


1/14/2007

How to Decaffeinate Tea

How to Decaffeinate Tea Caffeine is highly soluble
and is one of the first constituents of the tea leaf
to be extracted in steeping.
Usually 80 percent of tea’s caffeine content is
released within the first 20 to 30 seconds of
steeping. You can enjoy virtually caffeine free tea
with small sacrifice of flavor, therefore, by discarding
the water after the first 30 to 60 seconds
of steeping and adding fresh hot
(temperature depending on tea type)
water to the now decaffeinated leaf. Remember
too that tea has constituents which act to soothe
and relax the body. These polyphenols only begin to
dissolve after the third minute of steeping. And will be
pretty fully extracted after five minutes.
This longsteeped tea is the secret of bedtime tea some
swear by as an aid to sleep.
------This article was reprinted
from “New Tea Lover’s
Treasury” by James Norwood
Pratt.
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My oppinion, Decaffeinate Tea.
I would like to add that I would go about 15 to 30 with 20 seconds as an average. Remember most black teas and lightly twisted straight tea brew quickly, therefore we don't want to loss to much flavor. By simple quick-brewing and drinking moderately it should not be a "caffeine problem".
-steven