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!
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:
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.