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You know you are a Chinese tea fanatic when...

How many of these descriptors are accurate for you? Would you consider yourself a fellow tea fanatic?

(Just a bit of fun - not to be taken too seriously!)

You know you are a tea fanatic when...

  1. You know all six different types of generic tea classifications

  2. You know the difference between a tea and tisane

  3. You can state more than five potential benefits of drinking tea but remember to note that different teas affect people differently

  4. You use gongfu-method to brew your tea (and know what people mean by grandfather-brewing method)

  5. You are able to name more than ten sub-categories of tea in addition to longjing and tieguanyin

  6. You ask about the terroir, age of tree, altitude and season of your tea leaf (and reconsider buying from a vendor if they don't know)

  7. You know when a tea is 'over-brewed'

  8. You always have more than 10 different teas available in your tea cupboard

  9. You buy more tea than you will drink, because you will actively share your tea

  10. You actively seek teas with huigan and chaqi, not just the aroma and initial taste


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Oops. If you are a tea fanatic when you have more than 10 teas, who are you when you have more than 300? Just asking for a friend :)


Rui Antunes
Rui Antunes
Jan 13, 2019

When I saw you had 10 questions I thought you were being very kind to tea drinkers like me. You were, thank goodness.

Here are some more points for the questionnaire that I also consider essential:

11. You should have at least 10 tea related books in your library (I have around 50 after having donated around 30 to charity for the enjoyment of other tea aficionados.

12. You dream about tea more than once a week.

13. You have friends all over the world asking questions and opinions about your favourite type of tea.

14. You have colleagues and friends locally that ask you all types of questions about tea.

15. The same colleagues or friends drag you to…

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