Hey there! Let’s have a talk about the future of STeaP and where I’d like to take the show. I’m excited about the idea, and it’s actually already in the works (click the linkage below the player after watching the episode). Watch the video, give it some thought, and then give some feedback on the forum via the thread link below the player!
STeaP Live Discussion Thread – Tell me what you think, and learn more about the specifics of the plan!
STeaP Live on TalkShoe – First show on February 3rd at 8 pm EST.
And prior to the launch of the live portion of STeaP, next week will be video episode #67, co-hosted by my mother-in-law! :)
If you are a loose leaf tea veteran, this week’s show is probably not for you, because it is a very basic introduction to loose leaf tea, something that I’ve wanted to sit down and do for some time. All too often, I find someone who is interested in tea or already loves tea , and upon giving them a sample of loose leaf tea from my massive tea collection, I get this blank stare that clearly says I have NO idea what to do with this.
Leaving typical tea bags behind can seem daunting from the outside, but it’s much simpler than it looks, and very worth the transition, so this episode if for anyone who wants to know more about the basics of making loose leaf tea. If you’re already an expert and you receive that same blank stare from your friends and co-workers, share this video with the people who might benefit from a (hopefully) straightforward crash course on the basics.
Keep in mind that this is simply the talk that I typically give to a tea novice, and the advice is based largely on my own opinion and my own experiences. It’s also simplified for a tea beginner, and I sincerely apologize for the glare on my glasses, but it went so well on the first take that I simply balked at the idea of filming it again with better aligned lighting. This will have to do. :)
Host – Brandice
This week’s episode was originally intended to be the 2008 Christmas episode, but filming went down such a bizarre and inexplicable path that it trailed off entirely (see the ending) and Dianah and I resolved to film another Christmas episode instead.
I decided to share the footage with you anyway, because while Dianah did not enjoy the tea (I can tell you that since we barely mention the tea in our bizarre and disjointed filming), I very much did enjoy the tea, and you all know how intensely critical I am of the Earl Grey category of black tea.
I don’t mention it enough during what became an ever-wandering conversation about Christmas, but the tea was a very respectable Earl Grey, and it is finally an Earl Grey (other than the one I had a hand in) that I feel comfortable recommending on the show, if you’re looking for something light.
Enjoy some post-holiday debauchery, and we’ll see you next week!
Tea – Ocean of Tea Earl Grey Premium, 3 minutes, boiling
Happy New Year, STeaP viewers!! Hope that all of you are safe and with loved ones for New Year’s Eve, and don’t forget that a strong cup of tea the morning after the festivities will help you recuperate for New Year’s Day festivities. :)
Tea – Teavana Golden Monkey
We’re back!! Apologies for the delay on this one… I had a computer malfunction that kept eating the final product, but I eventually started over with the editing and voila! Welcome to my couch!
This week’s episode features a whopping six teas, all part of the Mighty Leaf Abaca Tea Box (linked, with teas listed below). I thought it would be fun to review the teas throughout the previous week, with a couple teas being reviewed by others, and I’m happy with the results (both of the video experiment and the set itself).
Tea: Mighty Leaf Abaca Tea Box (6 Teas: Organic Breakfast, Bombay Chai, Marrakesh Mint, Organic Hojicha Green Tea, Rainforest Mate and Ginger Twist)
For discussion of this and other episodes, or to ask questions about STeaP or tea in general, check out our online community.
This week’s episode is an application to join Revision3 Beta, in hopes of eventually becoming a Revision3 show. It’s not a full review episode, but next week will bring a special episode with several reviews done solely by yours truly, so stay tuned.
I promise you that we will not be wearing the head gear any longer after this week, and if you’d like to leave some “Yes, STeaP is Revision3-worthy!” comments in the timeline to encourage Revision3 to give out some tea love, please feel free.
As always, you can discuss the show here in the comments or at the Ning community (did you know that you can view the STeaP community on your mobile device in mobile format?), on Twitter (@STeaP), or by emailing Brandice at brandice [at] steaptv [dot] com.
Stay tuned for next week’s review of Mighty Leaf’s Holiday Tea Box!