When you can distinguish and explain the difference between two countries’ versions of the same tea.
I’m looking at you Ti-Quan-yin.
You go shopping for tea online, only to find your cart has over 200 dollars worth of tea and tea paraphernalia in it. then quickly close the browser window before you go through with buying it all.
You become a little annoyed when tea shops don’t stock pu-erh or categorize it as a black tea, when it’s its own thing.
i cringe when people say “chai tea,” as in “i’ll have a chai tea latte.” no. just no. chai is the hindi (and farsi, though it’s pronounced slightly differently) word for tea, so when someone says “chai tea,” what they are really saying is “tea tea.” to refer the particular tea that we in the west have come to know as “chai,” one can say “masala chai.”
You’ve come to hate 99% of additionally flavored teas with a passion.
You scoff at those who use teabags as a general rule, except when the the situation requires teabags. Go #looseleaf.
The correct way to make most Chinese Teas.