The trip to Penn State only lasted 5 days. Time was too short to travel to other cities and meet other tea friends in the US. (Sorry!) I only informed Kevin, from Pennsylvania, about this trip. Through his feedback (here, here and by e-mail), I could read that Kevin and I felt similarly about tea. I hoped we could meet, but hadn't heard back from him.
So, it was quite a surprise when Kevin showed up at Penn State's Robeson gallery! He drove 180 miles to meet me! The effort Kevin put to drink 3 cups that day (and a few more cups the next) show his dedication and passion for good tea. This made my roasted spring Oolong Cha Xi even more special.
It's nice to introduce people to Chinese tea culture and see their amazement as they drink their first Oolong. But it's even more satisfying to share a great cup with someone who values and understands tea. Such opportunities are rare, which is why I started this blog to reach other tea enthusiasts. But there's nothing like a face to face tasting!
It was a pleasure meeting you, Kevin. Thank you!