Before all else, I should probably express my gratitude to the numerous friends who've urged me to start a tea website. I've long put off the idea, with the notion that I'm not too keen on adding to the deluge of tea blogs that are already in existence. But it's hard not to heed the advice of friends. And besides, the Internet is large enough to accommodate everyone, right? So I guess there's no harm in pulling up a chair at the global tea table and join in the chatter.
Now that I've decided to commit myself to this seemingly formidable (and I imagine time-consuming) project, where should I begin? The answer, as it turns out, is pretty simple — at the start.
The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout; the tower of nine storeys rose from a (small) heap of earth; the journey of a thousand li commenced with a single step.
— 道德經 Dao De Jing, 64.
Thanks, Lao Zi.
Here goes. Step by step. Steep by steep.