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

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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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Does brewing tea for longer result in higher caffeine content?

The ISO standard for brewing tea says "6 minutes". Of course different teas have vastly different properties, but... For "average commodity black tea" and "average commodity green tea", will leaving ...
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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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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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Is it safe to reuse loose tea leaves the next day? What precautions need to be taken for storing tea for reuse?

I'm a fan of green tea and I find myself reusing the tea leaves 2-3 times a day. Sometimes I'll just store the leaves and reuse them the next day but it got me thinking if what I'm doing is actually ...
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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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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-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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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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Should a [Ceramic] mug be left covered or uncovered during the tea bag steeping process?

I make tea by submerging a tea-bag in a ceramic mug, covering the mug for about 5 minutes, and then removing the tea bag. My question is: Is it advantageous to cover the mug during the steeping ...
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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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Can I make tea with carbonated water?

Whilst staying with a friend who lives somewhere with very hard water, we got used to making tea with bottled, still, water as the tap water was too hard to make a good cuppa. One day, we ran out of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Advantages of using a non-glass teapot?

I currently have a borosilicate glass teapot. Glass seems to have the advantage that it will not absorb flavours and so can be used for all styles of tea. What are some of the advantages of using ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I replace sugar with honey in tea?

If I want to replace sugar with honey in black or green tea, can I add the honey at any point or should I wait until the tea cools down a bit?
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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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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Are there any savoury dishes using matcha tea?

I know that you can use matcha powder in a similar way to chocolate in sweet foods but are there any savoury dishes you can make with it?
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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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Which Type of Japanese Green Tea Has the Highest Amount of Caffeine?

I am trying to find the best pick-me-up Japanese green tea and was wondering which type was the best to get from the assortment of Sencha, Gyokuro, Kabusecha, Bancha, etc.
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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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How to use cast-iron teacup?

I love my cast-iron teapots; however, for Christmas, I received a set of teacups to match my latest acquisition. Do I pre-warm them like I do the pot? Or is the intent for it to leech some heat out ...
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What is a good technique to make Iced Tea?

I've seen methods that call for different variations of boiling tea bags - throwing in ice cubes, soaking tea leaves overnight - refrigerate, slowly pouring the tea over a large chunk of ice after ...
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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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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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Does Boiling Water, Instead of Warm Water, Hurt the Flavor of Tea/Hot Chocolate

I have a counter-top water kettle that I frequently use to boil water for tea, hot chocolate, and powdered drinks (e.g. chai). I don't think anything of it when the water starts boiling and keeps on ...
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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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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 ...