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Date: 5/13/13 9:06 AM

White, green, black--all various health benefits.
Only AM coffee now and an evening wine, but we keep hearing of tea benefits, so where to start?

Prefer flavors over the bland boiled-water taste we sometimes get in Japanese restaurants.
Apparently many brands of tea bags are much improved now instead of having to steep leaves correctly?

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Date: 5/13/13 9:15 AM

Speaking as a Brit the best way to make tea is 1. buy a teapot, 2. use loose leaf tea. 3. Put BOILING WATER on the leaves. 4. The next step is controversial, put the milk in the cup first. then add the tea. There are lots of arguments about whether you should put the milk in first or afterwards! 5. Add sugar if you like it. 6. Enjoy, possibly dunking your biscuit in the tea as well ( Biscuit= Cookie)!

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Date: 5/13/13 9:22 AM

There's a website I deal with exclusively for my tea; flavored, herbal, green or black, loose or bagged. I can even buy bags from them if I choose. click here Not advertising, but really believe in them. Great bunch of people to work with; will even call you to tell you you forgot to use their coupon (good for another batch of tea) and then send you another coupon, giving you two free batches.

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Date: 5/13/13 9:36 AM

I love Constant Comment tea.

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Date: 5/13/13 9:43 AM

Quote: starryfish
Speaking as a Brit the best way to make tea is 1. buy a teapot, 2. use loose leaf tea. 3. Put BOILING WATER on the leaves. 4. The next step is controversial, put the milk in the cup first. then add the tea. There are lots of arguments about whether you should put the milk in first or afterwards! 5. Add sugar if you like it. 6. Enjoy, possibly dunking your biscuit in the tea as well ( Biscuit= Cookie)!

But don't forget to keep the leaves out of your cup! (or make sure you somehow don't drink them, yuk)
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Date: 5/13/13 9:50 AM

Quote: gramma b
White, green, black--all various health benefits.

Only AM coffee now and an evening wine, but we keep hearing of tea benefits, so where to start?



Prefer flavors over the bland boiled-water taste we sometimes get in Japanese restaurants.

Apparently many brands of tea bags are much improved now instead of having to steep leaves correctly?


Your best bet is to get out to a tea vendor and try some samples. There are so many variations, it is best to taste before buying.

I am a loose leaf tea drinker. I find there is a definite difference in quality. You can see if it you open a tea bag and just look at how small the leaf bits are. In the past you could also see bits of sawdust mixed in with the tea in the bag.

Good tea is not inexpensive, but the cost per cup is not high, definitely less than coffee made in a pod coffee maker.

My daily tea is Creamy Earl Grey, an Earl Grey tea with chopped up vanilla beans mixed in with the leaves.

My special tea is Dragon Pearls a rolled Jasmine scented white tea. I even have a dedicated tea pot for the Dragon Pearls.

I like some herbal teas, but there are some flavours I cannot abide. Hibiscus is a no go for me.

I do not add milk to me tea, no sweetener either.

As far as health benefits go, I have no answers. I drink tea because I like it.

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Date: 5/13/13 10:48 AM

You can experiment forever with teas! Don't miss out. I'm a coffee addict, but tea in its many forms is a lovely alternative at certain times of the day. Lapsang souchong has to be tried, I add a dash of lemon, but not everyone does.

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Date: 5/13/13 11:17 AM

I am with Starryfish on this one.

I use the bags - convenience no doubt about it. Loose leaves probably do taste better but I hate getting leaves in my cup!!

The only thing I will add is DO NOT over steep the tea. It can get this bitter aftertaste. This might only apply to the type of tea I drink. (I use an Orange Pekoe tea such as Red Rose, Liptons, Salada, etc)

Oh yes - and IMHO tea taste better milk first and in a china mug (or teacup).

I am having a cuppa right now.

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Date: 5/13/13 12:49 PM

DH and I are occasional loose-leaf tea drinkers, and we like different varieties so we use Steeping mugs. All parts are ceramic and go in the dishwasher.

I like white tea, which is really young green tea, and DH prefers something a bit heavier like an Oolong. As someone else stated don't steep too long it will get bitter. If it's not strong enough use more tea. My favorite on-line vendor is Mountain Rose Herbs

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Date: 5/13/13 1:37 PM

If you are looking for health benefits, the true green tea Matcha is supposed to have the most. When prepared properly, it's the equivalent of an espresso coffee, a bit grassy tasting but concentrated and frothy :)

I have not mastered this, so I like the green tea latte's at Starbucksprobably not as healthy with 2% milk and sweetener.

I would also add when making a pot of tea that you warm the tea pot by just adding some of the boiled water from the kettle and swirling it around, then dump that same hot water in your mug to warm it. I like a hot cup of tea.

There is a learning curve to tea, even the bagged tea, although the bagged tea is a shorter learning curve because it's premeasured, your variables are water temperature and amount of water used.

I use this Bodum Tea Pot to brew my teas because they are large leaf they need space to unfurl. It's easy to clean and I don't have to worry about decanting to another pot, once you lift the interior basket, most of the leaves come with it.

The recommendation to try teas, is spot on, there is so much available now, no need to spend money buying teas that you don't like, sample sample sample.

A quick rule of thumb, is that "Breakfast tea" is theoretically supposed to be more robust and have more caffeine than "Afternoon tea".

I like all teas :)

Also, I don't know how anyone else feels about this but I have yet to have a good cup of tea prepared at Teavana.

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