My favorite gaiwan, purchased at Lock Cha Teahouse, Hong Kong, in 2011. The glass is just the right thickness and holds comfortably in my hand. My parents brought it to me on their recent trip to Berlin. Have a look at this gaiwan, and others, in action with tea via Flickr.
5:53 pm • 26 July 2014 • 10 notes
I’m delighted to have commanded the tasting event at THE BARN. This was the launch of their new teas from P & T.
12:56 pm • 12 July 2014 • 5 notes
Rescue! was a game based on Star Trek: The Next Generation, where you commanded the Enterprise and flew around to rescue people on colonies while dodging enemy ships. It was produced by Tom Spreen in 1993. I always loved the idea of controlling the ship but never quite got the hang of operating the game. Checkout Tom Spreen’s vintage website to learn more.
12:23 pm • 12 July 2014
Netscape Communicator in Mac OS 9. Macintouch.com is one of the few website that loads properly in a web browser from the late 90s.
2:33 pm • 6 July 2014
SimCity 2000® runs best in 256 color mode. Do you want to switch now?
Years ago I had taken all my OS 9 files and archived them in a disk image. I have temporary ownership of a PowerMac G4 Cube and was able to restore them to enjoy the past.
2:25 pm • 6 July 2014 • 3 notes
I found a way to hang my Tibetan Prayer Flags, a gift from a tea friend while in Darjeeling in May 2013.
5:13 pm • 1 July 2014 • 3 notes
Shangri-La, a Nepalese white tea. Prepared in a white porcelian gaiwan. Both from P & T.
Off-white, ceramic glazed tea cup, part of a pot + cup tasting set, ubiquitous in the Indian tea industry.
11:51 pm • 29 June 2014 • 10 notes
Kelsi in the meadow at Dillion Beach, California. December 2011
2:10 pm • 29 June 2014
Lots of people are asking: Michael, what kind of work are you doing in Berlin?
I’m working freelance with two clients…
- Project Management with MyFonts: After 8 successful years at FontShop, I was eager to try out new things. Earlier this year an opportunity popped up to work for MyFonts but with their small team in Berlin. It’s a very specific type of ongoing project that leverages my 8 years of being in the world of typography.
- Sales & Hospitality with Paper & Tea: My role is to interface with cafes, restaurants, hotels to help improve tea selection and tea experience. P & T is a very modern tea shop with an excellent selection of high quality teas. I also help with a bunch of other projects. My favorite part of the job: whether doing a tasting at a cafe or hanging out in the P & T office, I’m always making tea and sharing it with others. BAM.
And have a few side projects…
- Spending time at T Berlin doing tea tastings and hosting Star Trek events.
- Further developing my photography and making ART.
- Resuming German lessons in July.
- Being social and spending romantic time with Martin.
- Upkeep of this site and my many other properties (see left sidebar).
11:42 pm • 24 June 2014 • 2 notes
I love telling people that most tea bags are literally made from dust. People think I’m using the word to indicate the incredibly low quality (which is correct), but dust is actually an official term in the tea lexicon.
Here’s a bag of Tea Silver Cloud “CTC Dust” grade tea. I found this when I was in Coonoor in Southern India in May 2013.
Highfield Tea Estate (top right) and many other estates in Southern India and elsewhere in the world, produce several grades of CTC (crush, tear, curl) tea. It ranges from coarse to very fine. CTC is a method of manufacture where tea leaves are torn up several times through a series of machines. This tea is then left to oxidize (turn color from green to black) and then fired (baked).
The James Norwood Pratt Tea Dictionary has an entry for dust too.
8:29 pm • 15 June 2014 • 3 notes
After a thrilling trip to the ausländerbehörde (foreigners office) I’ve successfully renewed my German work visa for 2 years! Building a life in Berlin over the past year has been so totally fun, sometimes stressful, and overall very rewarding. It’s nice to be here after dreaming about it for so long. Thanks everyone for being who you are and where you are.
1:21 pm • 10 June 2014 • 1 note
Darjeeling Balasun (FF 2014) to start the morning.
1:09 pm • 9 June 2014 • 9 notes