Questions about the selection and preparation of tea leaves and beverages.

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What's the difference between Yorkshire Tea (red band) and Yorkshire Gold?

The descriptions on Yorkshire's websites (reproduced below) are quite vague. There is a link for "More info" but that simply directs you to betty.co.uk where the same info is reprinted. Gold is ...
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Black tea develops cloudy dregs; how to avoid?

I'm not much of a tea connoisseur*. But I do know what I like — strong, sweet black tea, and lots of it — and at present, the method I'm using is to boil a cup or so of cold water and ...
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Should a teabag or looseleaf tea brew at room to cold temperature water?

I recently noticed that an organic bigelow tea(teabag) starts brewing at room/cold temperature water. Not sure if it is brewing or not but the water starts to get green after dipping the tea few ...
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making iced tea with lowest caffeine content

I want to make lemon iced tea with lowest caffeine content possible. I understand I should use white tea leaves instead of green or black. Is this true? Also, should I steep the leaves in boiling ...
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What is English Afternoon tea?

I googled this, and I couldn't find an answer on the first page of results. What is English Afternoon tea, and how is it different to English Breakfast?
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How to calculate optimal temperature to extract specific compounds from herbal teas?

When making any kind of tea, I understand that water temperature can make a big difference with flavor. I'm wondering if we can also use precise water temperatures to selectively brew for specific ...
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Which cookware material should be used to retain the heat of the prepared tea?

I have glass, plastic, stainless steel, earthenware, and melamine vessels. Which one of out of them should be used to retain the heat of the prepared tea for a long duration? Is there any better ...
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Does the material of the container affect the flavor of the prepared tea? If yes, what material should be preferred to get the best results?

I use a steel bowl for boiling the combination of tea and milk. Then I pour the prepared tea in a melamine cup. Does the material of the container affect the flavor of the prepared tea? From: ...
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Loose-leaf tea: specifics of re-steeping multiple times?

I'm an avid tea drinker who drinks several cups of loose-leaf tea every day. My usual steeping technique is to fill a teapot with about 3 cups of boiling water, wait for it to cool to the correct ...
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How can I make my tea stronger?

I know it sounds like an obvious question. At work, my colleague has a drip-filter machine he uses to brew his tea. He puts about two table spoons for an eight cup pot. This makes nice strong tea. ...
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Tea infused with caffeine

I am trying to increase the level of caffeine in everyday tea to 150mg. I am using powder caffeine with L-theane. The powdered caffeine is obviously very bitter how do I mask the taste without adding ...
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Why is my sassafrass root bark tea always so bitter?

I've been on a quest for a while now to make my own root beer. I've tried all sorts of recipes using all sorts of ingredients, and I now have this huge collection of spices and roots and leaves... but ...
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Caffeine pills don't dissolve in hot tea

I'm drinking Rooibos Vanilla Tea and I like to dissolve an 80 mg caffeine pill in it. I hand press the pills myself from pure caffeine powder. However, the pill doesn't dissolve very well in the tea. ...
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What teas with natural caffeine can be used for lemon tea? [closed]

I like to drink hot, naturally caffeinated tea (so no added caffeine please) in which one entire lemon or lime is prodded, pulped, and steeped. What kinds of naturally caffeinated tea would ...
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Can I use sage tea as a herb while cooking

I have a bag of loose sage tea, that I do not use for tea. I was wondering whether or not I could use these leaves in my dishes. At first sight, it seems all sage. Is there a way to know if it is ...
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Why does caffeine taste bitter when added to tea?

Black tea contains about 40 mg of caffeine. When adding 80 mg of caffeine powder, the tea tastes bitter. Why doesn't caffeine that is already in the tea or in an energy drink taste bitter and how ...
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Is there any diminishing return on grinding spices for a “tea”?

I'm actually making root beer, but I've found the best way is to boil herbs and spices the same way one would make a tea, and then I add sweetener, leave it to chill, and use a carbonation device to ...
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Shatter resistant tea carafe/pitcher/pot

First let me explain how I make tea. In the morning I take a pot of boiling water and pour it into a carafe. I let the the water sit for a minute. I then pour the tea into an old pot from a coffee ...
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How is British tea prepared?

Do you add any flavor of British breakfast tea? I need to know how it is prepared; either with or without additional flavor.
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Why can I resuse green tea leaves several times, but not black?

Simple question really - why is it I can reuse green tea leaves 2-3 times with minor degradation in the quality of tea, but I can't do the same thing with black tea? Is it because the black tea has ...
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Why does Rooibos tea smell like olives?

I think rooibos tea smells like olives. I've found a couple of posts online of others that think the same: rooibos smells like kalamata olives. Is there a scientific explanation?
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How should I clean my metal mesh tea strainer?

I have one of these teeli tea strainers, and it's wonderful. It's a very fine metal mesh basket with plastic frame. I've had it for perhaps 10+ years and it's still working well after brewing ...
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Oolong leaves not unfurling

I just ordered some new loose leaf oolong, and I've noticed that the leaves don't unfurl all that much--even after two or three steeps. I've noticed with past oolongs that the leaves open up nice and ...
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What green tea has the highest caffeine content?

How do these teas rank by caffeine content: Japanese dragon pearls, Matcha organic green tea, and gyokura imperial green tea? Is there any green tea with more than the ones in that list? PS: Is it ...
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Sugar/salt frosted around the top of a cup/mug

Recently I managed to accidentally get a bunch of raw sugar crystals stuck to the rim of a mug of tea. Drinking the tea over the sugar, being able to balance out the tartness and the sweetness as I ...
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What is water temperature after electric kettle switches off?

My tea preparation prescriptions says to prepare it using water heated to 96 Celsius degrees. When water heated in standard, typical electric kettle reaches this temperature? Is it immediately after ...
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Can you brew black tea in a macchinetta?

If I use black tea leaves (not grounded leaves like in commercial teabags), and place them in the macchinetta (either instead of a coffee, or with the water). Is the brewed result going to be any ...
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Can I boil water to temperature lower than 100 Celsius / 212 Fahrenheit to make a tea?

For many years I had a typical electric kettle. Whenever I wanted a 75 Celsius / 167 Fahrenheit water to make a green tea, I had to boil it up to 100 Celsius / 212 Fahrenheit (because, that was the ...
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Why is my Green Tea Brown but then Green when I reuse the bag?

I've read the posts about why Green Tea can appear brown, and it makes perfect sense. However, what I'm experiencing is different. When I reuse my Green Tea Bags a second time, I get the green ...
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How do I brew longjing tea? [closed]

I want some knowledge regarding the longjing tea. I have not tasted it but want some more knowledge about it and also the brewing method of it.
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What “all-in-one” single serving tea device(s) are sturdy, make “teapot quality” loose leaf tea, and are two pieces or less?

I am looking for a convenient office/portable tea making/drinking system. Ideally the device should be portable and very easy to clean in an office setting and still extract the same quality of flavor ...
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Hot tea to iced. Safe?

I want to boil tap water and use tea bags but since summer is coming I want to make it cold. Is it safe if I let it to get to room temperature and then put it in the fridge?
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What is the most comfort temperature for tea?

It is hard to catch a right spot between underheated and overheated cup of tea when heating in a microwave. Is there any average value which applies to every human? If it differs from person to ...
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Why are the storage instructions extremely opposite in cases of tea and coffee?

For coffee it is recommended to store it in the freezer. ,and for tea the freezer or the fridge is an absolute no. Considering that both are derived from plants, why is freezer recommended for coffee ...
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What is the best way to store loose tea to maintain its freshness?

This is the tea I use. Like Coffee needs to be stored in freezer, are there any storage restrictions for loose tea leaves also?
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Getting flavor to stick in milk tea

Specifically I've been trying to add some condensed milk to Chai, but it seems no matter what I do all I get is the same flavor in slightly differently-colored water as before. Basic procedure I've ...
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Is it safe to use a tea kettle with black dots on the bottom?

My tea kettle has a bunch of black dots all over the inside bottom part of it. I tried washing it and using a scrub sponge to scrub it off but it won't come off. Is it safe to continue using it or ...
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What is this tea stalk that almost every cup of tea in anime has?

Here are two photos of tea stalks in their natural habitat: I've never seen those myself when I made tea, and I've been making at least two cups of tea every day for the past six years. Is it a ...
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Make lemon balm tea - recommended method

I get a ton of lemon balm in my yard and I'd love to make a tea from it - especially an iced tea. I'm a total tea newbie, so I have a few questions: Should I dry it first (in my food dehydrator) or ...
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Steeping green tea leaves - how many times can I steep them, and do they lose flavanoids over steeps?

I order my green tea leaves in small vacuum sealed baggies from China. They are crumbled up, but expand out once they become saturated. I typically use maybe half a teaspoon of these dried tea ...
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Tea-flavored concentration from a teabag

I was wondering if there was a way to make a concentrated flavoring from a teabag. This probably isn't the best choice, but we have teabags readily available in our office breakroom, and I would like ...
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Multiple tea infusions and caffeine concentration

I have read conflicting things about the volatility and solubility of caffeine, and at what point during the tea brewing process caffeine is released. When tea is used for multiple infusions, such as ...
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Why is herbal tea brewed at boiling temperature?

I commonly see charts that recommend brewing green and white teas at lower (140-180 F) temperatures, black and oolong and pu-erh teas at higher temperatures (170-200) and herbal teas at full boil ...
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Infusing orange into tea while avoiding bitterness

What precautions should I follow to avoid imparting a bitter taste when infusing orange into my tea by placing the rind in the teapot?
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How to make a brewed tea at work?

The way I make tea at home is per the following: 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup milk (or sometimes 3/8 cup) 2 teaspoons of tea 3-4 spoons of sugar Few inches of ginger Mint (occasionally) I put all of them ...
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All else held equal, does a pot of tea have more total caffeine than a mug?

Let's say you have one tea bag and can either brew it in a mug of boiling water, or a larger tea kettle of boiling water. The temperature, steeping time, type of tea bag, etc. are held constant. ...
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Which caffeine-free tea herbs have tannins?

I like both the flavor and the social rituals associated with tea, but I don't want to consume caffeine on a regular basis, so I only drink it rarely. And I don't like many of the popular herbal teas. ...
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What Tea leaves are used in Kashmiri Pink tea

I want to make Kashmiri pink tea but have not found an exact name in English for those tea leaves used in Kashmiri pink tea. As I am right now in china, here they have varieaty of tea. I would like to ...
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A question on the level of water when making tea in an electic kettle?

Suppose I boil water in an electric kettle in order to add hot water in a cup containing a tea bag. Should I cover the metal ring with water or is it ok if the level of water is halfway through the ...
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Making tea - milk first or tea first

For those who take tea with milk, opinion seems very much divided about whether to add milk to the cup before the tea or vice versa. I have seen some suggestions relating to the milk protecting the ...