2002 Tuo cha Supreme Ripe GongTing Puer – Humility

by bonnie on April 3, 2013


Mrmopar sent me a few small Tuo cha’s around Christmas (nice of him) so this morning I rinsed one piece for 20 seconds in boiling water, poking it gently with my Puer knife. I used a small pot for brewing tea instead of a Gaiwan.

The steep time was 1 minute because I prefer a strong brew.

Surprisingly, the flavor wasn’t strong but bland. Uninteresting, bland Puer is something I rarely encounter.

Recently, I put together a bin of herbs, spices and berries for adding to tea when I feel like experimenting with flavor.

The list contains:

Elderberry, tulsi and various kinds of mint, goji berries, lavendar, cinnamon bark chips, dry ginger, burdock root, jasmine flowers,
chrysanthemum blossoms, cranberries, orange peel, cassia seeds and cocoa hulls. (Most items cost about $2 an ounce)

I had this blah tasting Puer and I knew that I could do something to improve the flavor with an ingredient from my bin of goodies.
I chose the packet of cocoa hulls and steeped a very small amount in the brew basket with the bland Puer tuo cha.

The addition worked! I created a tasty pot of very Cocoa PU! I added cream and sweetened the cocoa pu to make it even more delicious.

Can’t wait to see what else can be created from this bin of flavor boosters!


My daughter called…

“Mom, guess what? We just got a ‘Star Award’ for best Foster Parents and I don’t know what to say? How can I accept the award when I get mad and frustrated at my children and lose it sometimes?”

It didn’t surprise me that she and my son-in-law recieved the award, or that she would say that she didn’t deserve it. People who deserve awards usually don’t realize that what they do is special, or heroic. It’s in their character to go beyond normal.

That same day, she got another call and was informed that they had received ‘Foster Parents of the Year’ for our County.

Now she was complaining again! “How could this be?!”

Blubber, blubber, blubber!

Calmly I explained that life has to have balance. The many nights sitting up with the bi-polar 8 year old who can’t sleep and is bouncing off the walls. The baby on oxygen who was crying. Then I remembered the baby who was thrown out the window and had broken bones, and the many newborns they had nursed off drugs. All the hours of diapers, laundry, visits and thankless nights were being recognised. This is a family with 12 people, not a family of 3 or 4!

“Annalisa, remember these awards when your son is yelling at you and telling you how unfair you are! When the County does a ‘POP VISIT’ on the day the septic has overflowed into the basement bathroom during naptime and you’ve got wet towels in your hands.”

Humility is learning how to bow and let the oil of blessing fall on your head without protesting. It’s hardest to do when it’s deserved.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Annalisa April 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Than you mama :-)


bonnie April 4, 2013 at 5:18 am

Welcome honey daughter!


Jim John Marks April 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Unsolicited advice:

Rinse the tea for just a few seconds, not so long. Yes, getting it to break up is tough if you don’t, but you’re probably washing away all the “interesting” flavors you missed in your cup with this long rinse time.


bonnie June 3, 2013 at 12:32 am

Thanks Jim!


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