Monthly Archives: January 2012

Week Two of Tea CM, and things are off to a pretty educational start. I’m liking this format so far: a short informational presentation at the beginning, followed by actual tea prep and a nice amount of hanging out and discussing interesting things. The topic of blogging was raised again — I’m sensing a pattern here.

Here’s a brief review of several basic types of tea:

And did you know that all of this comes from the same plant, Camellia sinensis? Yes, it is related to those lovely flowering camellia shrubs people keep in their front yards. Plantlife is an extraordinary thing.

Tea of the Week: Some sort of herbal forest fruit thing whose exact name and brand I neglected to write down. One of those alarmingly red teas made with hibiscus, which is not a fruit of the forest, unless we’re talking tropical rainforest. A bit too potpourri-explosion-flavored for my liking, but then again I’ve never been keen on fruity herbal teas. (Except, of course, for peach iced tea. That stuff is amazing.) No offense meant in your selection of tea, gents, I’m just an annoyingly opinionated soul when it comes to my sources of caffeination. Please feel free to ignore me in this case. *grins*

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Mmm, tea.

Well, looks like it’s time to get blogging again.

This semester I’m leading the Tea Colloquium. As a second-semester sophomore, I’ve only been in two colloquiums before, and both were highly non-traditional (if anything about colloquiums can be called traditional, that is) — the Apocalypse Planning Contingency and the Doctor Who CM. I will be the first to admit that I am not exactly sure what I’m doing. I mean, I’ve drafted a syllabus and know enough about tea to successfully fly by the seat of my pants for a few weeks even without one, but this whole “leading a group” thing is new for me. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve got twelve good-natured people in the course who seem to be more than willing to put up with my caffeinated ramblings, so that, at least, is reassuring.

Had an excellent talk with some of my group members about how we might be able to make this blogging thing more exciting. I have the feeling that this may be a recurring theme in the coming weeks.

Tea of the week: London Cuppa English Breakfast. Being a proper British brand of tea (or so I thought), I was expecting it to be stronger, but it’s comparatively mild after quite a lot of steeping. Goes nicely with a bit of milk, though I wish I had something other than skim.


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