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Hello. I'm new. I'm trying to get over my coffee addiction by changing to tea (btw, it's not working very well). I know caffeine is caffeine, but tea seems to be healthier.

Problem is, I've only ever had five kinds of tea. They are beginning to taste sort of bland by now.

Chamomile
Peppermint
Green chai
Raspberry
Orange Peoke

I have a tea flower, it's all shrivelled up in a bag, but I don't know how to work it so in the ba it stays. It's rose or something. I had a clover one, but it didn't bloom in the water.

Questions:

1. What is everyone's favourite flavour of tea? I'm looking for something new and interesting, but easy to find at first, until I can find an actual tea store where I live.

2. Is bagged tea less tasty as the tea that you have to put in a strainer?

3. What do you like to eat with your favoutire tea?
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From:starlit_magic
Date:November 20th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
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I've always meant to have sushi, but never have. I suppose that's something that will have to be done on the christmas break.k

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From:metis2be
Date:December 25th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
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My current favorite is orange spice, I just bought a box a couple days ago and have been loving it, although I tend to like this tea with more sugar/honey than I normally drink tea with. Orange spice is different from orange peoke, since orange peoke is named after the royal Orange family who first started majorly shipping it (which I didn't know until a few minutes ago). Jasmine is another thing I just bought, it's green tea with jasmine blossoms in it. I normally don't like green tea (unless it's really weak and about room temperature) but this is really good. I've been meaning to try fruity teas, but haven't gotten around to it. I don't suggest things like good earth, it's cinnamon flavored and absolutely terrible, but my boyfriends mother is a huge tea drinker and drinks primarely this.

Tea bag tea is the worst quality, it's like comparing easter bunny chocolate to godiva. Tea bag tea comes from the dust in the bottom of the barrel after all the good quality leaves are removed. Apparently paper tea bags also give tea a papery taste, but I never noticed. Tea bags also don't let the tea expand properly, and the paper allows the water from flowing through the tea correctly. Still, tea balls are a huge pain in the butt, so I bought empty paper tea bags the other day, so I can fill them with higher quality tea and add as many leaves as I want, since I tend to like my tea strong. There's a chain tea store out there that's at my local mall, it's called teavana (www.teavana.com) that sells a bunch of high quality teas for a pretty decent price, 2 ounces (25-30 cups, according to them) for normally around $5. If you want to try high end tea bags and don't mind on line shopping, try something like mightyleaf.com or http://www.teaforte.com.

If you like coffee, you'd probably like irish breakfast tea, it's supposed to be the strongest black tea out there. I was also raised on earl gray, which is a classic, and has a lot of knock offs like lady grey, mrs earl grey, and earl grey cream.

Personally, I like drinking tea by itself, it's especially great when I feel like snacking because it gives me something yummy to consume. When you're going to drink tea with food, be sure to match strengths, don't drink something like white tea (the weakest but ritziest and healthiest of the teas) with typical american over-flavored food, it'll completely mask the taste.
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From:blackteafanatic
Date:February 3rd, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
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I won't go into the bag vs. loose tea discussion, since it appears to have been discussed adequately. I will warn you to beware of the difference in "real" tea which comes from the camellia sinensis plant and comes in four main varieties: black tea, oolong tea (aka brown tea), green tea and white tea. Other "teas" such as chamomile, peppermint and the like are often caffeine free and referred to as herbal teas, since they don't contain the leaves of the tea plant. If you're looking to replace the caffeine, I recommend the black teas, as they are highest in caffeine content.

My favorite teas are Earl Grey and Darjeeling. Metis2be mentioned the "knock offs" - I'm a huge fan of Earl Grey Creme. I generally eat something small and sweet with my tea, sometimes some fine chocolates, and at other times, I'll enjoy a scone or toast with jam.
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From:yresim
Date:February 13th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
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My favorite kind of tea is Earl Grey. As for brands, I like Stash, Republic of Teas, and Adagio. My father, however, swears by Twinings (available at your local supermarket).

If you are looking for a caffeine fix, black teas (such as Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and Irish Breakfast) are probably going to be more satisfying for you than green teas (which contain some caffeine, but not as much as black tea) or tisanes (these are the caffeine-free herbal teas, such as chamomile and peppermint).

Orange pekoe is a good strong black tea, so I don't know why you would have found that unsatisfying.

Are you sure you are brewing your tea at the correct temperature? The most common mistake to make with tea is to brew it at an incorrect temperature. Black tea should be brewed at about 200 degrees. Adagio makes a variable-temperature electric kettle, or you can use a thermometer.

Help for brewing tea:
Too weak: brew longer
Too bitter: brew for less time
Too weak & bitter: add more tea, brew for less time
Too strong (not bitter): add less tea

An infuser can be invaluable, since tea may become bitter if the leaves are left in the cup. Many tea sites sell sampler kits, with an infuser and several different loose-leaf teas, to get you started.
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From:yresim
Date:February 13th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)

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P.S. Correction: black tea should be brewed at at least 200 degrees F. I usually start mine at 212'F, so that it stays hot the entire time. Also, brewing in a container that loses heat rapidly (such as a wide-mouth metal coffee cup) can cause the water to cool too rapidly, so make sure you pick a container that will stay within the optimal temperature range during the entire brewing process (this is where a thermometer can be helpful).

P.P.S. Water supply has a lot to do with tea, also. Make sure the original source water isn't contaminated, and don't heat tea water in a microwave. If your tap water is unpleasant, use filtered or spring water.
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