Communi-TEA

The following are websites and online resources of communities of tea enthusiasts I've found helpful while learning more about tea, teaware, and tea cultures. 

Do you have a non-commercial resource I should add to this list? Contact me and recommend them!

 
 

SF Bay Gong Fu Cha (Facebook Group)

This chapter shares the same purpose as its parent Gong Fu Cha (功夫茶) page but with a regional focus on the San Francisco Bay Area including San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, Mill Valley and many, many other towns and cities covering several counties across the wider Bay Area. This is a group for individuals dedicated to the understanding and practice of tea and the methodology of Gong Fu Cha 功夫茶 (tea with effort).

Purpose of this group:

  • To celebrate, spread, develop, and illuminate the rich culture and methodology that is Gong Fu Cha.
  • To provide a place for social networking between tea enthusiasts.
  • To provide a cohesive place to find information on the what, where, why, when, and how of Gong Fu Cha for people new and experienced.
  • To facilitate tea gatherings or meet ups.
  • To facilitate easy access through personal referrals/reviews to quality tea companies, tea ware, tea blogs, and tea itself.
 
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East Bay Tea Meetup (Facebook Group)

Tea is the second most popular beverage in the world, behind water, and yet, there’s a quite a bit of mystique behind this amber liquid. Where does it come from? What’s roasted tea and how does roasting change its flavors? What’s up with the insane prices of aged tea? 

If you are curious about tea, or just want to relax and converse, come join us!

 
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Bay Area Gongfu (Meetup.com)

Are you passionate about tea? Are you interested in Chinese gongfu and the fine teas of China, Japan, and Korea? Are you new to tea, but would like to learn more? This group is for those who are into tea, those who want to get into tea, and those who bring the spirit of tea with them.

Our Philosophy: Tea is amazing beverage. While it can be consumed alone, it is also a social act. Sharing, generosity and kindness are integral to tea.

We hope to share this generosity and kindness at all our events. Join us for trips, lectures, and gongfu sessions.

 
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Ladies Tea Group (Meetup.com)

Originally started by a lovely English lady living in the US, who missed taking time in the day to have tea with friends, the group has grown into a popular way for tea-loving ladies all around the Bay Area to come together!

This is group is for those ladies who want have a social outing, meet with new friends and catch up with old. And, of course, enjoy tea out of your finest china or most-prized mug! Bring your favorite tea cup and tea, if you wish, and we can sip and chat together.

We do both in-home tea parties and tea room meetups throughout the year, approximately one of each per month. 

 
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Gong Fu Cha (Facebook Group)

A group for individuals dedicated to the understanding and practice of tea and the methodology of Gong Fu Cha 功夫茶 (tea with effort).

Purpose of this group:

  • To celebrate, spread, develop, and illuminate the rich culture and methodology that is Gong Fu Cha.
  • To provide a place for social networking between tea enthusiasts.
  • To provide a cohesive place to find information on the what, where, why, when, and how of Gong Fu Cha for people new and experienced.
  • To facilitate tea gatherings or meet ups.
  • To facilitate easy access through personal referrals/reviews to quality tea companies, tea ware, tea blogs, and tea itself.

This group is well moderated for its size (3700+) and includes a "Marketing Monday" and "Teaware Tuesday" to focus postings of a commercial nature to certain days and certain threads. If you are looking for introductions to tea vendors, this is a good place to start. This group also includes several regionally-focused sub-groups.

 
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Puerh Tea Club (Facebook Group)

A place to show off, discuss and trade all things puerh. 

This is an English-language-focused group with international membership. Use the search box to find older discussions about types of puerh or tasting notes. If you are new to puerh, this group may be a little intimidating at first. Don't worry, you will learn a lot by listening and watching. 

 
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Yunnan Sourcing Fans (Facebook Group)

We are a club for those who love to buy from and support the Yunnan Sourcing sites.

While this Facebook group centers around the Yunnan Sourcing tea and tewares company, the strong community and high quality of moderation and conversation make this a great place to ask questions, get answers, and learn more about a wide variety of teas and teawares. 

 
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Steepster

Steepster is a passion project of three guys from New York City built as a way of keeping track of the teas they were drinking. Since then, it's turned into one of the liveliest tea communities on the Web.

  • It’s a connected online tea journal.
  • It’s a different way to discover new teas.
  • It’s the largest community-edited tea database on the Web.
  • It’s a place to hang out and talk about all things tea.
  • It’s totally free to sign up and use.
 
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/r/tea on Reddit 

This subreddit is for discussion of beverages made from soaking Camellia sinensis leaves (or twigs) in water, and, to a lesser extent, herbal infusions, yerba mate, and other tisanes. Talk about your favorite place to buy tea, the growers and farms, processing methods, vendors, or equipment. There's a whole world of tea out there beyond the humble (yet handy) bag, and this is a great place to learn!

 
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TeaChat

TeaChat is an English language forum dedicated to the discussion of tea and all other related items; teaware, tearooms, ready-to-drink, tea and food, etc.