Tea Life Audio

Tea Life Audio is a podcast about Japanese Tea Ceremony and related arts. This is a round table show, with an open discussion about Tea. The show has three hosts who have several decades of combined experience with Tea ceremony.

Each episode follows a similar structure of: Announcements, Banter, Anecdote, and Main Tea topic.

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TeaLife Audio – Episode 118 – Tea

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  • Adam
  • Anthony
  • Marius

Topic – Tea


81. 風炉濃茶必ず釜に水さすと一筋に思ふ人はあやまり
furo koicha kanarazu kama ni mizu sasu to hitosuji ni omou hito wa ayamari

Koicha at furo adds fresh water to the kama before hot water is taken
But form for form’s sake is surely mistaken

Information referenced

Scotttea blog on the ethics of sourcing tea:


Tochū Tea to use as an alternative to matcha:

Enquiries on Korean teas, including malcha:

Taiwanese Oolong:

Spill the Tea (Norway):

Pào Chá (France):

Adam’s recommendations for setting out in the wide world of tea:

◉ Jakseol or ‘Sparrow’s tongue’ green tea used in the Darye, Korean tea ceremony
◉ Malcha, Korean matcha
◉ Puruncha, Korean ‘blue tea’ or oolong

◉ Tochū ‘matcha’ is great as an alternative to matcha. Can be used in place of matcha for usucha, used to practice ‘koicha’ and for late night keiko (caffeine-free)
◉ Mulberry ‘matcha’ (Japanese: kuwa-cha) discussed in Eisai Myōan’s Kissa Yōjōki. Can be used for usucha.

South America
◉ Mate from Argentina or Brazil “mate” (ma-té) as an alternative to matcha. Can be used for usucha.

◉ Pu-erh
◉ Green/Raw Pu-erh
◉ Wu Yi oolongs from Fujian Province e.g. Da Hong Po
◉ Phoenix Mountain oolongs from Guanong Province e.g. Dancong

◉ Dong Ding
◉ Alishan


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