Just because I love handcrafted teaware. Totem is a collection of homeware and jewelry from Berkeley CA, inspired by natural forms, simplicity, and traditional craft.
If you are still struggling to brew the perfect cup of tea, this Tea Maker might be something for you. This machine sounds perfect for the busy or lazy tea lover. It works with algorithms to decide how hot the water should be and how long the brewing time should be.
The tea selection they have definitely sound promising, pure and natural tea leaves. Oolongs and lots of variations of Japanese green teas. Although I almost love the proces of making tea more than drinking a cup of tea. This could be a great way to learn more about high quality teas. Don't you think? Plus, I think it looks nice.
all images are by Teforia
So you've decided to get serious about your tea.
You've ditched cheap teabags for more premium, full-flavored loose leaves and you're ready to start brewing. Tea doesn't need any ceremony or special equipment to taste great, and the more money you save on brewing tools, the more you have to spend on better tea. But what to brew with?
Best known way (next to teabags) to brew tea. It gives the tea more room to expand to two to five times their dry size, so they can release their full flavor. This is for the beginning tea lover
This is yokode kyusu, a teapot with a side handle. If you're a really big fan of delicate Japanese green teas, this is the perfect teapot. The tea leaves float freely in the teapot and are filter by the mesh filter at the base of the spout of the Kyusu.
If you want to take it a step further you try this classic Chinese brewing vessel is called a gaiwan. It's nothing more than a cup with a lid that you fill with leaves and brew in, then decant, using the lid as a strainer. It gives the tea more breathing room, so to speak, for water to circulate around them.
clay teapot (expert)
This teapot is for the expert tea geek. Simply put, these are small (one cup) pots made of fine clay that are left unglazed, so the clay can directly interact with the tea while brewing. You typically pair a pot with a single style of tea, and over time that tea will form a distinct patina on the pot's interior.
I really like this kickstarter project of studio Manual: Craighton Berman. Tea Maker Nº1 is a minimalist tea brewer (inspired by the Chinese Gaiwan) designed to give maximum control of your tea’s flavor. Inspired by this ancient steeper, they wanted to create a contemporary version for the modern tea drinker. It’s so easy to use that tea bags become unnecessary. Berman even calls tea bags “those ubiquitous little sacks filled with the dust of low quality tea”, which i totally agree with.
The Tea Maker Nº1 is ment for high quality tea leaves to practice how to make to ultimate tea. They really want you to fully experience what this world of pure tea has to offer. It’s easy to learn but requires practice to master. At Manual, we like that it makes the act of preparing tea into a small ritual, the labor becoming part of the enjoyment.
If you are tired of reading, you can also watch the introduction movie of kickstarters below.. there are still 2 days left to back the project, they have already reached there goal, but you can preorder the tea maker!
I don’t about you, but I live in a city where everyone seems to be in a rush in the morning, including me. To be honest, I absolutely hate rushing in the morning. So a month ago I decided to set my alarm clock half an hour earlier and meditate with my morning tea.
It calms me down and gives me a lot more patience white cycling to my work in the morning, and in Amsterdam you really need to be calm and patience on your bike.
So how do you meditate with tea? When you wake up in the morning be aware of your thoughts. Allow them to come in and out of your mind by observing them.
First, start boiling the water.
Don’t walk away from it, but simply watch the water boil. Notice your breath as you sit there. Inhale and exhale as if each breath is cleansing your lungs and your mind.
Choose and Steep.
Choose your tea and sit and let yourself steep in the moment, while the tea leaves steep in water. Continue to focus on your breath. If your mind starts to wander, think of three things you’re grateful for, right now. Savor the quiet, and relax into it.
Warm up your teacup, before tasting the tea, close your eyes and consume it with all of your other senses. Listen to the tea pouring into the cup. Appreciate the rich, deep color of the tea. Feel the pleasure it gives you as you drink. Feel the weight and warmth of the teacup in your hands. And inhale the aromas. What does the scent remind you of? Honey? Grass? A forest after the rain?
Sip your tea like it’s the first cup of tea you’ve ever tasted. Feel the warmth of your drink on your lips, and going down your throat. Offer gratitude to the tea, and don’t forget to offer yourself gratitude for taking the time to practice awareness.
Your tea meditation doesn’t have to be long; just take a couple of minutes in the morning, or whenever you need a break. Boil, steep, pour, drink. Tea is approachable in its simplicity, yet so deep, it can take a lifetime to explore.
Time for a new Sunday Modern Tea House, this time a temporary artwork. A tea house made out of paper and cardboard, designed by well known Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, was part of a charity sale of Japanese art and design (sponsored by Phillips de Pury & Company) in order to raise money for the refugees of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The tea house, constructed of square paper tubes, is a structure designed for indoor use measuring just over 5 meters long.
Housing a table and four stools, the home also features a waiting area with a bench in keeping with tea ceremony practice. Low-tech, adaptable and recyclable, this paper construction address the current trend of high-tech, high impact and unattainable design that has been important and a trend in the current contemporary architecture. I love the fact that the building is so peaceful and is a representation for new beginnings and a hope for a lot of people that lost everything because of the earthquake.