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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

-1
votes
1answer
63 views

Can anyone identify this type of green tea?

My house mate brought back from green tea from either China or Malaysia that was dark green balls that unrolled to large, thick leaves when steeped and I'm struggling to find anything similar! It ...
5
votes
1answer
946 views

Can I add fresh elderberries or rosehips to homemade kombucha?

I have been making kombucha for several months now. I use green or white tea, flavored with hisbiscus, peach tea or other fruity teas to the mix. Since the elderberries, and rosehips are coming in ...
1
vote
2answers
34 views

How much EGCG and caffeine can specific amount of water absorb from tea leaves?

For example; 1) 100mL water + 4 tablespoons of green tea leaves 2) 100mL water + 12 tablespoons of green tea leaves Will the second one result with higher EGCG and caffeine content? Or is there a ...
10
votes
3answers
765 views

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 ...
10
votes
5answers
23k views

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 (always?) ...
0
votes
2answers
75 views

Is it safe to eat non-green tea leaves

I'm trying to understand if it's safe to eat tea leaves. Not as an evening meal, more about if I make a drink with loose leaf tea and leave the leaves in the bottom of the drink and drink some, will ...
0
votes
3answers
87 views

Method to brew a large batch of iced tea without steeping in a plastic container

I have concerns about steeping tea in plastic pitcher because I do not want anything to leach out of the plastic with the hot water. Glass would solve this problem, but it does not handle thermal ...
5
votes
4answers
6k views

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, Hindi:...
1
vote
1answer
75 views

English Breakfast vs Ceylon tea

Which tea is stronger, i.e. gives a better puch for a wake up? I know that English Breakfast is a mix which among others includes Ceylon, and I read that Ceylon is a very strong black tea (the ...
2
votes
2answers
80 views

Can somebody identify this tea?

I was eating at my local Denny's and when you ask for tea, they give you some hot water and two of the below tea bags. On the menu it says "Hot Tea / Herbal Tea" but the tea bags only say Lipton and ...
1
vote
1answer
111 views

Brewing Hibiscus tea

I'm about to start a batch of Kombucha using 100% Hibiscus flowers as the tea. Just received a 1 pound bag of organic Hibiscus flowers. Can anyone give me some recomendations on amounts to use in a ...
2
votes
2answers
45 views

How to dry Eucalyptus leaves (to later on make herbal tea from)?

I recently collected Eucalyptus leaves that I'd like to dry out to later on make herbal tea from. I've cleaned the leaves and scattered them on a grid, but I'm wondering if there are fast techniques ...
4
votes
1answer
23k views

Eucalyptus tea: is it safe to drink?

I have a big Eucalyptus Gunnii (If I am not mistaken) tree just out my door. It smells splendid and I have always wanted to know if I could make tea out of its leaves. However, something stops me: I ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

Do the herbs which promote relaxation in certain herb teas have more efficiency when theyre warm/hot as opposed to cool/cold? [closed]

I had made Celestial Seasoning Sleepy Bear tea and left out too long and it got cool, and it just didn't quite have the same affect on me as when I normally drink it.
7
votes
7answers
15k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
49 views

Spearmint kinda Musky

So, I recently bought some Spearmint plants, and the yield has been pretty nice. However, I've hit a bit of a snag. I've tried a few different Drying and Brewing methods, from Oven drying to Air ...
8
votes
3answers
10k views

Why don't we make coffee in the same way we make tea?

In tea, also there is tea powder, which we use. In coffee also, there is coffee powder. Why don't we make coffee in exactly the same way we make tea?
2
votes
1answer
127 views

Remove tannins from tea without removing caffeine

I have a lovely black tea that is fairly high in caffeine, which I'd like to keep. Unfortunately though, I'm not a fan of the bitterness caused by tannins, and I'd like to remove them if possible ...
1
vote
3answers
3k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

How to prevent homemade soy milk separating in hot tea?

How to stop my homemade soy milk separating in my hot cup of tea. I'm not giving up my lovely hot sweet one cup a day black tea! What do I need to do to make the ideal organic soy milk for hot ...
6
votes
7answers
7k views

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 freshly-...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

What is the name of a drink made with iced tea and orange juice?

Iced tea and lemonade is known as an Arnold Palmer. I mix mine in 50/50 proportions. Lacking lemonade, I mixed 50/50 iced tea and pulpy orange juice. I really kind of like the result and nick named ...
2
votes
2answers
79 views

Is it possible to brew good tea on a mountain?

As I understand it, it is due to the relative atmospheric pressure that water boils at lower temperature further above sea level: 70C at the top of Mt Everest, for example. Surely, then, the water ...
20
votes
5answers
41k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
141 views

What is the meaning of the numbers on the back of green tea boxes?

There are 4 or 5 digit numbers on the back of each green tea box. I know they are used to classify the type of tea and its quality, but I have never found how to read them. How do I figure out which ...
1
vote
2answers
126 views

Can I dissolve sugar first before steeping tea?

I am usually making big batches of sweet tea (20 gallon+). My problem is that after steeping the tea the temperature in the boil kettle will have dropped to the point where it becomes difficult to ...
2
votes
2answers
198 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
4k views

How concentrated can I brew iced tea?

I infuse the tea in about 4-6 cups of water just off the boil for about 5 minutes. Then I dilute it down to 1 gallon (usually with some ice to speed chilling) and keep it in the fridge. I was ...
11
votes
2answers
3k views

Coffee foam vs. Tea foam

One sign of really good fresh well-roasted coffee beans is foam. When you pour hot water into the French press, it foams, often forming a head up to 2" high. And when you use an espresso machine, ...
4
votes
4answers
4k views

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 ...
5
votes
12answers
13k views

Masking the grass flavor of green tea

I would like to start drinking green tea regularly. Unfortunately I am much more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker. On top of my general apathy towards tea I happen to think that green tea in ...
10
votes
2answers
1k views

What to look for when buying good quality loose black tea?

What features should I look for when buying good quality loose black tea?
0
votes
1answer
108 views

I am attempting to preserve the shelf life of ice tea up to six months with citric acid, I need a perfected ratio?

I am attempting to preserve the shelf life of ice tea up to six months with citric acid, I need a perfected ratio? I have tried several ratio, but still end up with molds in a week time not ...
18
votes
5answers
7k views

What difference does oxygen content of tea water make?

I've heard the advice that water should be boiled for tea only one--that when boiled it loses dissolved oxygen, and if there is insufficient oxygen in the water, the flavor of the tea is (somehow) ...
5
votes
1answer
312 views

Name of the tea with tiny green leaves

please help me to identify the tea that I tried a long time ago: very small bright green leaves (3-5 mm long), after brewing leaves became fully open, with very accurate undamaged leaves, the tea brew ...
7
votes
5answers
7k views

Is it necessary to rinse Chinese or other tea before first brew / steep / infusion?

I've been told that I should be rinsing Chinese tea with the boiled water before the first full infusion intended for drinking. I make the occasional very-expensive tea from Taiwan and I feel it is a ...
5
votes
2answers
5k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

How many black tea leaves are required per 125 ml of milk + 25 ml of water?

I use one table spoon of Tata Tea Gold leaves per 125 ml of milk + 25 ml of water. I boil the mixture of milk and water first. Turn the gas off, put the tea in and stir it, and then I place a lid on ...
26
votes
14answers
7k views

How can I cool tea quickly?

Imagine you're making someone a tea, but for whatever reason they have to leave soon. How can I cool the tea so that they don't have to choose between leaving it unfinished or burning their mouth? ...
1
vote
1answer
96 views

How is jin jun mei (a Chinese tea) made?

I'd like to know whether jin jun mei (golden beautiful eyebrow, a Chinese tea) is kosher. To know that, I first need to know its ingredients and how it's processed. What are the ingredients in Jin ...
9
votes
3answers
268 views

What are the consequences of infusing a tea bag longer than recommended?

I'm a regular consumer of tea (since about 2 years ago), usually from commercial tea bags. They advise to infuse tea for 3 to 5 minutes, but there is some times that I have left it longer by accident....
3
votes
3answers
99 views

How will the taste of black tea change when I infuse it with water colder than 90-100 degrees Celsius?

I recently bought a small glass teapot. I want to use it at work. On the box there's a warning that 80 degrees Celsius is maximum for this teapot. I know that you shouldn't brew green tea in too ...
0
votes
4answers
8k views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
593 views

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 ...
0
votes
4answers
165 views

How to make a strong cup of milk tea without boiling it much?

As it is known that boiling the tea for a quite some time extracts tannins. But, that is the only way I know of making strong tea. Cup size: 150 ml. I put 3/4 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of water in a ...
2
votes
2answers
101 views

Why is black tea sold in crumbled form?

The black tea is sold in a crumbled form. I am yet to see a brand, where I live, selling black tea as whole leaves. I want to know why is that so? Does crumbled leaves have effect on taste which ...
0
votes
2answers
157 views

Why should I prefer tea dust over crumbled tea leaves at home?

I just noticed that the red coloured packet of tea contains the tea dust! This is very surprising. Tea dust available in that kind of packet means that it is available for home use, otherwise it ...
7
votes
5answers
29k views

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 ...
8
votes
9answers
37k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...