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Old 07-10-2016, 03:35 AM   #51
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...chef sent me out a pot of his own private tea, and came out, it was if you know teas a SFGFOP1-CL from Margareta's Hope Estate, 1st flush, he had gotten it sent over from India, and came out to talk with me about teas.

I gave him the content of one of my little bags (they are awesome I won't give a one of them up), which was a Temi Estate Sikkim FTGFLOP1-CL, also first flush which he hadn't seen. Damn, to explain all this I should find or make a tea thread?

If you don't know what I'm talking about, you might have thought I had a minor stroke, and am only capable of stringing nonsense letters together. TL;DR is TEA GOOD...
Ah, tea grading. I've had several multi-lettered teas from Harney's, but not by design. Instead, I've been to their tasting room in Millerton, NY, where you gaze in wonder at their walls full of canisters of every tea they offer (as long as it's in stock). I acquired the teas by pointing and asking "what does that one taste like?". If I liked it, I bought it.

I was blessed with meeting Mr. John Harney at his original shop in Salisbury, CT. I spent a number of years traveling between MA and suburban Cleveland after we moved to MA, fixing up my parents' house in OH after Mom died. Himself encouraged me to get off the interstate and take state routes if time and weather allowed. While driving US 44 into CT, I passed a small shop with a sign out front that said "Tea Shop Open". There was John behind his counter, giving a talk to a group of prospective tea shop owners who were attending as part of a seminar being conducted by Pearl Dexter, a tea aficionado. He invited me to join them, as they were leaving shortly for his new, state-of-the-art plant in Millerton. I followed like someone on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and learned much about tea and Harney's. Still, the letters mean nothing to me without a scorecard. Methinks Himself and I need to take a (long) day-trip out there this autumn...
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Old 07-10-2016, 03:40 AM   #52
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I have two large DD mugs that I only use to grab for a cup of water. And two smaller plain white mugs just the right size for a cup of coffee. When not in use, they are inside a cabinet behind a closed door. So no one sees them.

I am not out to impress anyone anymore. And I don't want a bunch of stuff collecting dust. As long as I have what I need, I am happy. Less dishes and cups to wash.
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:14 PM   #53
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I have two large DD mugs that I only use to grab for a cup of water. And two smaller plain white mugs just the right size for a cup of coffee. When not in use, they are inside a cabinet behind a closed door. So no one sees them.

I am not out to impress anyone anymore. And I don't want a bunch of stuff collecting dust. As long as I have what I need, I am happy. Less dishes and cups to wash.
Those of us who like functional items to also be pretty are not out to impress anyone. It's part of enjoying life. Too bad you don't get that.
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Old 07-11-2016, 01:23 AM   #54
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Those of us who like functional items to also be pretty are not out to impress anyone. It's part of enjoying life. Too bad you don't get that.
I agree-We have a beautiful hand painted olive oil dispenser that we bought in Ravenna Italy. It sure looks nicer than an ordinary olive oil bottle.
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:06 AM   #55
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Isn't it nice to have good mugs? I have a collection of mugs, and ceramic cups which I have gotten all over the place.

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I counted my mugs when I unpacked after moving house. 32 ....and I live alone. How did I get there?

Still one never knows when one will need them. I'm thinking of trying to persuade my next door neighbour that we should get involved in the MacMillan Cancer Support Charity's "World's Biggest Coffee Morning" in September.(What's the World's Biggest Coffee Morning about? | World's Biggest Coffee Morning | Macmillan Cancer Support)
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:08 AM   #56
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Those of us who like functional items to also be pretty are not out to impress anyone. It's part of enjoying life. Too bad you don't get that.
A rather spiteful repost, I thought, GG.
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:56 AM   #57
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A rather spiteful repost, I thought, GG.
No, I'm sad when people can't appreciate beauty and think other people only have beautiful things in order to try to impress still other people.
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I agree with Mad Cook: I learned that a good coffee should be 'black as night, pure as an angel, hot as hell and sweet as love' the very first time I went to Italy over forty years ago. Here it really is a culture, and the first thing a good local barman has to learn is how to follow the rules as above. Quantities are much smaller than elswhere, and an espresso usually only comes halfway up the little cup, but the kick it gives you is staggering! You can get a 'high' with one of those! Cappuccino's and other styles of coffee also come in smaller quantities, and aren't consumed with meals, with a snack at the most. The coffee bars are meeting places and usually a hive of activity. There's nothing quite like them!

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Old 08-05-2016, 01:16 PM   #59
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I like cowboy coffee. Only three components: mug, ground coffee, and hot water.
I'm having one right now... I let ground coffee sink to the bottom of my mug, then drink....
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I like cowboy coffee. Only three components: mug, ground coffee, and hot water.
I'm having one right now... I let ground coffee sink to the bottom of my mug, then drink....
Sounds like you need some Turkish coffee.
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