I’m back in Hong Kong, tea paradise.
It’s funny though. When I’m in Hong Kong, I drink lots of “tea in a cup” and rarely brew gongfu style. It’s a little too much work for home, and it is also a little odd doing the whole thing in front of my family (parents). I’m sure my mom will ridicule me for being such a tea snob, not that she doesn’t already.
I also consume WAY more tea than I usually do in the States. Since I am basically drinking tea all day long, with little spells of water in between, caffeine intake is easily 2-3 times normal. I will drink something in the morning when I wake up (in a cup) then go out, and visit a teashop in the afternoon (massive caffeine overload) then come home at night, and drink some more (fresh leaves). Not a good idea…
Then again, it’s really hard to avoid tea here. You go out, and they serve you tea pretty much by default. You come home, and they bring out the tea. Wherever you go, it’s tea, tea, tea. It’s not a wonder that teas are quite nice here, and the selection is usually pretty wide.
Off to Best Tea House tomorrow. I’m going to bring my Xizhihao sample there and see what they think. It’ll be fun, especially since I haven’t been back since Christmas. Second day I come back and I go hit the circuit, lol. I am really an addict.