I have received the following e-mail and pictures from Pieter-Bas who has the tea room, Simply in Bliss, in the Netherlands:
to your blog I stopped mindlessly pouring my tea. I only drink the fine
teas I find with my chaxi ceremony and take the time for it. Thanks to
this I'm enjoying tea a lot more and developing my tasting skills way
better. My passion for tea has never been so alive and you've turned me
into a fabric, bowl and plate collector. Getting to know each tea and
connecting it with the environment trough the chaxi is something I now
thoroughly enjoy. It's a strange kind of satisfaction especially when you
can finally enjoy the cup of tea you brewed after waiting for 10 min for
the water to boil.
Thank you for writing this blog and sharing so many pictures.
was wondering if we could make a group where we can share our chaxi
set-ups with other readers from your blog. I think it will give us all a
lot of passion and inspiration."
Thank you for sharing your chaxi experience with us! I'm glad to read that this has increased your tea pleasure and that you find meaning in creating a harmonious setup for your tea. I hope that others will find inspiration from your testimony! As for the group, I suggest you go ahead and create one if you think it will be helpful.
My name is Stéphane Erler. I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.