Category Archives: Article

2020 Tea Progress Report

I’ve stored tea for around six years now in Seattle and while I’ve fussed a bit over a few small things, the methodology has been overall consistent. The pu’erh has been stored in an enclosed container with Boveda packs to … Continue reading

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Five Things I Like & Dislike 12. Measuring Pu’erh Conditions, Steaming Iron Cakes, Anonymous Vendors

Five More Things I like & Dislike. Measuring Pu’erh Conditions (Relative Humidity Generated) One smart thing that I believe Marco was the first to do was measure the condition/relative humidity generated by cakes (see conditioning experiment). This isn’t difficult and … Continue reading

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Marco Hotbox Experiment (Bosch) Comparison

The most interesting storage experiment in the west is a heated cooler filled with mylar bags of pu’erh in Toronto. This is of course Marco’s hotbox experiment where cakes are conditioned to generate 63-69RH and then stored at fixed temperatures. … Continue reading

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2019 Tea & TeaDB Reflections

2019 may be one of the more boring years from TeaDB to write about. I drank tea, bought a little, Denny and I continued our episode per week pace, and I wrote a bit. My habits are more settled, a … Continue reading

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2019 Pu’erh from Western Vendors are More Expensive Than Ever. Three Ways to Look at Price.

I’ve been updating a spreadsheet on pu’erh prices on release for the past few years in order to get an idea of tea being offered to western consumers and any possible trends. The well-known popular narrative is that fresh pu’erh … Continue reading

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VORT & VOATO. Nerdy Tea Comparisons.

VORP/WAR In sports analytics (baseball and basketball), there’s a couple of new(ish) advanced metrics that have caught traction over the past decade. One is VORP, which stands for Value Over Replacement Player and measures a player’s contribution compared with what … Continue reading

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Five Things I Like & Dislike. Short-Term Pumidors, B&B Sheng of the Day, Buying Pu’erh on Amazon

Five things I like & dislike.

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Storage Methodology & Odor-Free Storage. Things to Watch Out For in a few Popular Western Storage Methods.

One pumidor-related topic I contemplate is the correct way to think about the chosen container. Given we store a tea at identical temperature and humidity (say 70F/65RH), if we store the same tea for five years in two different ways, … Continue reading

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Aging Whites & Aged Whites. What I Learned From Char

Recently, Char (Oolong Owl) joined me for an inbetweenisode to discuss aging and aged white tea. Aged whites have become a topic of increasing interest in the west, and while Denny and I have brought a few onto the show … Continue reading

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Sample Upwards! Why You Should Consider Trying Teas You Have No Intention in Buying

When I’m buying cakes of tea I tend to gravitate towards certain price ranges and have a mental ceiling of how much I’m willing to spend on tea. It’s not really based off of anything well reasoned or rationalized and … Continue reading

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