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

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Can a loose leaf tea basket be used for steeping/brewing coffee?

Is it possible to brew a good cup of coffee by steeping freshly ground coffee in a tea basket? Would the time amount be the same as for a french press (4 minutes)? It seems like it would technically ...
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Tea taste changes if watered down after steeping

Why does the taste of tea change after watering it down after it's ready for drinking? If you use 100% of water to make a cup of tea and then add 50% more water, the taste is not the same as when you ...
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How to get a cake or pie like flavor with tea?

My fiancée and I are becoming heavy tea drinkers. We wish to get our own flavored tea from raw leaves and other ingredients. I want to reproduce the flavor of an apple and cinnamon pie. To do so, I ...
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Do tea-like drinks typically require the plant material be dried or processed?

Many of the plants in my garden have leaves or flowers that are, in various places, described as being good for making a herbal tea. A couple of examples are lemon balm leaves (Melissa officinalis) ...
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Is tea that has been out on air for long dangerous to drink?

Suppose you made a cup of tea (the real tea, not bagged, and not a fruit drink) with no additions, but you forgot about it while doing other things (house stuff, homework, your job) and it has now ...
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Sugar in tea better if put after boiling

I am a big fan of tea. I hail from Punjab, India. I like it with cardamom and milk and water in 1:1 proportion. And I like to boil everything together (this is the way its done in majority of Indian ...
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What's the difference between rectangular tea bags and pyramid tea bags?

Does the difference in shape between pyramid and regular rectangular tea bags have any practical consequences? Perhaps a difference in preparation method, or in the resulting tea?
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Camellia sinensis var. assamica in Yunnan?

Camellia sinensis var. assamica is the tea variety that is associated with Assam, as the name attests. I have also seen allusions and suggestions that this is the same as the "Da Ye" (large leaf) ...
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Are normal cooking thermometers suitable to use as tea thermometers?

Can the thermometers you usually get in cook shops (e.g. meat thermometers) suitable to be used as tea thermometers? In particular, I am wondering whether the temperatures they measure in a liquid ...
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Black tea water: Does boiling water first make a difference?

When I make black tea, I usually put the leaves (or tea bags) into cold or room-temperature water before I start boiling it. I've noticed that certain cultures always insist on first boiling the ...
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Fruit Tea- Tastes Sour?

I've been trying to get into teas with more fruity flavors (pieces of fruit in the tea or tea based on fruit pieces) and I've noticed that a large majority of them have unpleasantly sour notes. Am I ...
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Do coffee and tea need to be agitated while brewing?

Do they need to be agitated in order to let the solution come into contact with every little particle of coffee/tea, or does it work the same without agitation? If not, can you explain why with ...
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Should I use dried or fresh chilli/ginger in chai tea?

Well, the question is in the title really. What are the pros/cons? I'm making some concentrate by cooking it for a long time.
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Hot tea with lemon juice and fat free milk: how to prevent curdling?

So I know it may sound a bit weird, but I like milky tea with some lemon juice added. I pop a teabag into the mug, fill it about 2/3 with boiling water, let seep a bit, remove teabag, add some ...
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Teabags: for how long should I let them sit in the hot water? [closed]

This is a complex matter. The amount of time the teabag spends in the hot water is going to affect the tea in at least two different ways: (a) the longer, the stronger and (b) the shorter, the more ...
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How does harvest time matter with tea?

At my regular tea webshop, you can always see what year and month the tea was harvested. Just recently they have brought in this spring's harvest of Darjeeling. But they also have tea from 2011 (in ...
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How to make matcha tea without matcha whisk?

How do I make a nice cup of matcha tea without the whisk? I hear the recipe including the use of a whisk is a traditional way of making ceremonial matcha drink, but I'd like to know how to make a ...
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What to use for a matcha whisk?

I want to make matcha green tea. If I just stir it in a mug with a teaspoon it doens't mix in very well so I know I need a whisk. The most popular ones are the traditional bamboo ones but it seems you ...
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How can I tell if the tea has been stored properly, is not too stale or oxidized?

I was looking up why my green tea isn't as green as the other guy's and stumbled upon this question: Why is my green tea brown? So I guess the tea I believed was the best I could get is not actually ...
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Does the type of strainer built in a teapot matter?

I have been making tea in a simple glass jug for several years, but I happened to break it. When I went shopping, I saw many teapots with integrated strainers, which look convenient. But there was a ...
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Does black tea have the the highest level of caffeine? If so, why?

So it's usually said that tea in general has lower levels of caffeine than coffee and that black tea has more caffeine than green tea (which has more caffeine than white tea). This suggests that the ...
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Is there any caffeine in kuding tea?

Does anyone know if the bitter kuding tea (苦丁茶) contain caffeine?
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Why is my green tea foaming too?

I buy organic, loose green tea from a co-op and found that it's sourced from China. I've never had tea foam before and am concerned that the tea has some kind of chemical on it. The foam tastes very ...
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What is the basic technique for making tea with teabags and a mug?

I am pretty old with no culinary knowledge whatsoever, but last week I learnt to make my first cup of tea! I have been practising it over ever since and been making slight changes to technique with ...
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Re-boiling of tea?

I used to keep tea in thermos container after preparing. But i want to know how to keep it hot when serving within 5-10 minutes. When I reboil it as-is, then it becomes tasteless: it's like ...
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How can I improve rich taste of spiced milk tea?

I don't have experience in preparing milk tea. I do have good previous experiences with preparing lemon tea, ice tea and black tea. I mostly used to drink black tea or lemon tea, but nowadays I have ...
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pre-soaking tea in cold water prior to brewing

My friend recently gave me the advice that tea bag should be soaked in a little bit (barely enough to submerge the tea bag) of cold water for a couple of minutes. Then hot water should be added to ...
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How much tea is ideal out of one tea bag?

My mother regularly uses 1 tea bag for two cups or 2 tea bags for a teapot. I've read on several sites that one tea bag is ideal for one cup. So, how much should I get from a tea bag? Also, is the ...
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Cleaning a tea pot

I have read somewhere (don't remember where, long time ago) that tea enthusiasts clean their tea pots only with water and without soap. Additionally they only rinse it and don't use a scrub to remove ...
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My dad used my tea brewer with coffee and now the plastic makes my tea taste like coffee. Bleach?

How can I get the coffee taste out of the plastic in my tea brewer. Its all plastic. Will bleach ruin it?
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Can cilantro be used for tea or tisane?

I love using my dehydrator. Can I use dried cilantro as tea, or with other herbs to make tea? If so, how would I pick herbs to use with it?
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After how long is boiled milk tea consumable?

I made tea with milk in the morning and had it in the evening. Is it is safe? After how much time, does it become unconsumable?
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Office (Loose Leaf) Tea Solution

I am looking for a good system to make loose leaf tea at my workplace. The main requirements are that the tea tastes good and it is easy to clean in the toilet sink without much equipment. Bonus ...
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Ceramic vs Stainless Steel in coffee mugs

My travel mug broke :( Looking at replacements, I find that most travel mugs with designs tend to be stainless steel, whereas my prior mug was ceramic. Is there a difference in heat retention between ...
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Tea cup residue

Why do I have residue at the bottom of my tea cup? I've tried bottled water and tap water, and the result is always the same. I've tried many different brand of tea bags and they are all the same.
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How can I safely reuse tea?

I regularly reuse my tea bags, sometimes over as much as a five hour span. I am sure that there are limits to the safe re-use of tea, but I can't find any USDA or other authoritative guidance. ...
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What causes tea to be bitter, and how can I avoid that bitterness?

How does tea become bitter between the moment it is packaged and the moment I drink it? Are there any chemical processes that take place when tea is stored or brewed that I can control to prevent ...
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Why does tea become bitter if brewed too hot or too long?

To try to narrow the scope and help deduce an answer to this question, I'm wondering: Why does tea become bitter if brewed too hot or too long?
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What chemical processes occur in tea that spoil it after some time?

What happens to the brewed hot tea when it is left in a cup for some time (up to several hours), that spoils the taste of the drink and change its color? What chemical processes lead to such unwanted ...
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What's really happening when reusing tea leaves?

I reuse my green tea bags three or even four times with little to no loss in flavor. But it's a pain to reheat water to the correct temperature after I'm done with the first cup and wait another ...
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Why is my green tea brown?

As Crystal Gale once wrote, "You're gonna make my green tea, brown." Or something like that. When I typically order (the free or close-to-free) green tea at Japanese restaurants, it's usually ...
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How can I prevent tea stored in a thermos from oversteeping?

I would like to brew a pot of tea and store in it a thermos to keep it hot overnight so I can drink it before getting out of bed. I've tried this approach and found that although the tea tasted fine ...
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Why do we boil whole spices when making masala tea?

I've heard that people prepare chai masala by boiling whole spices instead of using a ground masala spice mix. After preparing it with whole spices, I doubt that 10 minutes of boiling will release ...
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Concentrated Yerba Mate

I love yerba mate, I drink A LOT, and I would like to bring some with me backpacking. Do you think I might save a few ounces to carry if I brewed my mate beforehand, concentrated it into a thick goo ...
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What is the difference between green, white and black tea?

What is the difference between green, white and black tea? Are all based on original tea leaves?
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What's the difference between pink tea and other types of tea?

I once went to an event where they offered pink tea. At that time I was around 8 years old and used to hate tea. However, I loved that pink tea but unfortunately didn't have a chance to drink it ...
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Does English Breakfast Tea equal Assam Tea?

I read from wiki that: Assam (Assamese: অসম, Hindi: आसाम, and also Hindi: असम) is a black tea named after the region of its production, Assam, in India. Assam tea (Assamese: অসমীয়া চাহ, ...
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Any idea of what made up of the chai tea latte in Starbucks?

I can brew my own chai tea latte (without the foam machine). It smells great with different types of spice. However, it just doesn't seems to reach the taste of the chai tea latte from Starbucks. The ...
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How long should I let a tea with lemongrass steep?

Every time I have a tea with lemongrass in it the tea ends up with a really strong and rather terrible aftertaste. I drink several different types of tea, and am pretty sure that I am letting the ...
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Should I crush the spice for Chai Tea Latte?

After having a cup of Chai Tea Latte from Starbuck,I decided to make a cup of Chai Tea Latte by myself. I've bought the spice from India store, however, they are not in powder simply because they ...