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

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

What features should I look for when buying good quality loose black tea?
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Can alcohol extraction be used to draw more of the spice flavors out in chai tea concentrate?

I make chai concentrate by: Quickly boiling ginger puree twice (each time for about 20-30 minutes). Boiling the spices (bruised/coarse-ground) for about an hour, removing the liquid, then repeating ...
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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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What are the safety considerations in making pine needle tea?

Living in a northerly climate, I have often speculated about how aboriginal people avoided diseases caused by vitamin deficiencies like scurvy (no imported citrus in those days.) According to ...
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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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How to make tea essential oil?

I tried to make my own tea essentials oil by putting small pieces of tea leaves (dehydrated) into my local alcohol (29% vol). After 1 week, the leaves turned brown, so I removed them out of the ...
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Opaque green tea, what is that?

If you order green tea in Thailand you get a long drink in a plastic cup that resembles a sweet, frozen shake. (Then you can put the cup in a plastic bag, hang it on the steering rod of your ...
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How can I thicken tea?

I tried thickening mint tea with cornstarch. I was hoping for something with a more thick mouth-feel. I got the consistency I was looking for, but the cornstarch imparted a slightly mineral/dirty ...
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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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Milk with Nettle Tea

Recently I bought some nettle tea and, not having drunk herbal tea for very long, am wondering if you can put milk in nettle tea. I ask here, because Google isn't much help for this particular ...
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Is Pickwick green tea deceffeinated?

I am referring to this brand: http://www.amazon.com/Pickwick-Green-Tea-Original-Packages/dp/B003YBNJH8 The box doesn't say anything. I drank several and while I felt weird, my pulse was normal. I ...
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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 ...
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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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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What difference would using Rock Sugar make in tea?

I like my tea sweet, and generally add several cubes of white sugar. Teavana sells rock sugar, which it claims is somehow "better" while being vague on what that means. Is it sweeter? Less sweet? ...
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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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Is it recommended to rinse the teapot with boiling water before putting the tea leaves in?

Is it recommended to rinse the teapot with boiling water, or does that make no difference?
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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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Bagged or Loose Leaf Tea

What are the practical differences between using bagged vs. loose leaf tea? Are there differences in quality, caffeine content, etc.? Why?
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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 ...