Doi Mae Salong is the tea producing region in northern Thailand. My bungalow was surrounded by tea plants so I plucked a few handfuls of new leaves and experimented with making my own very small batch.

I plucked the leaves and let them wither in the sun. After some time I rolled each bud/leaf set into a spear, then more sun time. Leaves began to visibly oxidize. Then I rigged up a way to apply a high heat from our water cooker. Once leaves felt dry I allowed them to cool.

The result was a light brew that tasted very mild. The primary aroma and flavor was that very special note that one experiences when first rolling the leaves and lasts throughout the process. It’s incredibly fresh, vegetal and grassy, unique to camellia sinensis leaves.

Teas coming from Doi Mae Salong are mostly Oolongs (jade and heavily oxdized) as well some puerhs and scented teas. Each type of tea reflects the factors of the region and history of the people. The best place to buy teas from Thailand is

Today: 8 Year Anniversary at FontShop. Coming Soon: Sabbatical

Today marks my 8 year anniversary at FontShop.

In that time I’ve worked on a ton of different projects, including the recent undertaking of the TYPO conference in San Francisco.  Along the way I’ve had the great pleasure of working with the best variety of people possible. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the camaraderie and support I’ve had during my time with the FontShop family.

What’s next?

Starting late April 2013 I’ll be taking a leave of absence from FontShop for about 6 months. Personally, I’ll be calling it a sabbatical (I love this word).

During that time I’ll be traveling and experimenting with a few creative ideas.

First stop is India to wander around hills of Darjeeling to see tea estates and learn the history that region (did you know I like tea?) After that I’ll spend some time in Zürich with my brother and sister-in-law and some time in Berlin to bike around that city.

Then back to San Francisco to see what’s next for me.

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