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« on: August 31, 2006 07:53:57 PM »

Hello all,
I started drinking tea last year and I need a little advice from tea drinkers. What kind to look for, how long to steep tea bag, sugar and milk? or just sugar? I like tea, I just think I could like it a lot more with a little help.
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2006 07:59:26 PM »

it all depends on what kind/brand you're using. I have a somewhat local tea shop that sells all kinds of wonderful exotic tea's that are to DIE for! but seeing as their a little pricy, i've been growing my own mind, popping the leaves into a tea ball, steep for 5 min, than drink! This way, i know what all in it, and it costs next to nothing!

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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2006 08:11:19 PM »

I used to work at Starbucks (known for coffee but they have great tea too) and so we had to take a "tea class". Green teas and herbal teas steep for 3 mins. Black teas for 5 min. use water just before it starts to boil (boiling is too hot). Milk and sugar is optional. I like milk and sugar in black tea, honey in herbal teas and green tea. NEVER use milk in a tea that has orange or lemon. it will curdle. Hope that helps!

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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2006 05:02:12 PM »

Also, green tea should have even cooler water. I let the water boil then turn off the heat and let it cool for one full minute. Definitely experiment with good quality tea and different flavors--the giant boxes of bags at the supermarket are very different from the good stuff.

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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2006 10:05:31 PM »

Teavana has a lot of really awesome, though also often pricey, exotic loose teas as well as staple varieties.  I set a bit of money aside so I can get my Earl Grey and Black Currant through them, and ask for gift cards for my birthday so I can get the Turkish Tea (has some apple and spices in it...one of my favorites).

However, no matter where you get tea, get an inexpensive tea ball or tea strainer and try some loose tea sometime.  You can usually find some in the grocery store.  Even if you don't notice a great difference in taste, there's something fun and satisfying about putting a teaspoonful of leaves into the strainer and pouring the water through them...maybe it has to do with taking a little more time and effort to fix a cup of tea than plopping a tea bag into a cup. Not that I haven't been rushing around and plopping lots more tea bags into styrofoam cups this week than filling strainers with loose tea.  Grin

« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2006 11:18:45 AM »

The BBC weighs in (in pictures!) here:

And if you're a Neil Gaiman fan (or even if you're not, really):
Which is where I found the first link way back when.

I do think you get a more satisfying experience if you take time to warm whatever you're steeping the tea in (a pot or your cup) -- it stays hot longer and there's something nice about the ritual of it.  And I think it tastes better.  Same goes for boiling the water in something other than the microwave.
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2006 01:38:18 PM »

i don't think i could live without tea. i hate coffee, and i need my early a.m. caffeine fix. Wink

personally i usually like the loose leaf teas, but there are quite a few decent bag teas out there if loose leaf seems a little daunting. or if you just want something quick and easy.

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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2006 03:57:01 PM »

Thanks everyone. Unfortunately, I'm stuck in the dorms this year so I don't know how often I'll have too many choices, but all good tips to keep in mind for later!
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2006 01:42:32 AM »

My tip would be to drink your tea from a china cup.  I loooove tea (well, I am British) but even the most delicious Earl Grey tastes all wrong from anything else! x

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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2006 11:35:28 AM »

The food co-op near me sells cheap and good organic tea leaves as well as various sorts of dried herbs and fruits that could be added to a basic black loose leaf tea.

I, personally, have had very bad luck with infusers making a huge mess in my kitchen, so I use pre-packaged tea now. However, the food co-op also sells re-usable tea bags that could be stuffed with loose leaf tea. I've not used them, but I have friends that have and they have enjoyed them.

I'm not sure if that will help you, but if you have a health food grocery store near you, they sell fabulously wonderful pre-mixed teas, though they can be a little expensive.

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