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Rice milk + hojicha - why did it curdle?

I'm trying to make "hojichata" (hojicha + horchata) with the intent of serving it over ice. My thought was to either: Cold-brew the hojicha/cinnamon in the rice milk, then add sugar and ...
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What is the way of drinking chimarrao correctly and easily?

I love yerba and tried to taste a new one for me - chimarrao (Brazilian yerba, very fine, nearly flour). Having looked at some videos, I tried teabags on bombilla, preparing it properly and tapping on ...
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What is the English name for Burmese Black Tea?

I reside part time in Bangkok where there is vibrant Burmese community operating Burmese restaurants and shops especially in Phra Khanong (พระโขนง) area. Often when I sit to rest in Burmese ...
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Improving my microwave chai tea - Suggestions?

Making chai tea in a microwave (youtube) This is a scrappy version of chai tea I made in an office microwave with things available in the pantry - a (black) tea bag and hot water and milk from the ...
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How can I seal a crack in a teapot in a foodsafe manner?

My glazed ceramic teapot has exhibited hairline cracks since I thrifted it. Tiny droplets of tea tend to bleed through, which probably means it isn’t foodsafe. After a small shock to the pot’s ...
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Brewed tea storage safety

I'm having a really hard time believing that storing unsweetened, un-drank-from tea in the fridge overnight is unsafe. What gives? I get that a mug that I make wouldn't be sterile, but most non-...
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tea tastes / smells slightly acidic

I have been drinking some houjicha and I have brewed it today but it seems to smell and taste slightly acidic. Is this normal / healthy? Storage: foil lined zip lock bag Brewing: 75C, 1 tbsp for 2 ...
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My mint tea tastes like a weed

I made some mint tea and it tastes more like a weed then tea? Using this recipe from artfulhomemaking.com How to Make Mint Tea with Fresh Mint This is a delicious and refreshing summer drink that is ...
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What is the proper way to prepare a cup of English tea?

I have been searching the internet and I am getting conflicting information about how to prepare a "proper" cup of English tea. Some sites state that you absolutely never use a tea bag. ...
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Can I drink black tea that’s 13 years past its best by date?

I have black tea bags, they’ve been stored in a sealed container, but the best by date is 2010 (13 years ago) can I still drink it safely? It’s decaffeinated blackberry sage tea. What signs should I ...
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Caffeine content in brewed tea

how can i calculate how much caffeine is in a brew of 3 teabags of green tea and 1 teabag of earl grey in 24 cups of water? I'm trying to reduce the caffeine content.
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Is NeoSoilon the right textile for a reusable tea bag?

Here's the premise of my question: I am on a mission to create a reusable tea bag that is easy to use on the go. I lead something of a nomadic lifestyle and it's important to me to have a system for ...
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What causes tea to foam?

Sometimes my tea has some foam on top. Is the "white" foam caused by denatured proteins in the tea leaves when heated? And is there a method that I can always get this white foam, because ...
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Chai Latte With Extra "Chai" Flavor

I'm currently using the following recipe to make Chai lattes: 12 oz vanilla soy milk 6 oz water 1+ tbsp chai mix (2.5 parts cinnamon, 1 part each of cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger) 2 ...
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How can I add a strong tea flavour to a genoise cake?

I'm baking a genoise cake consisting of flour, eggs, sugar, and optionally some melted butter. I want to add a strong tea flavour to it. The only type of tea I currently have and want to use is loose ...
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Can I replace a cake's sugar with simple syrup?

I'm baking a genoise cake consisting of flour, eggs, sugar, and optionally some melted butter. I want to add a strong tea flavour to it. I'm afraid adding tea directly will mess up the batter, so can ...
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Authoritative reference for tea brewing (time, temperature, concentration) [duplicate]

There seems to be a lot of heterogeneity for tea brewing instructions. Some instruction references are overly broad with respect to the tea category (white/green/black/herbal), and sometimes teas come ...
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Type of silk to use for making tea bags

I am investigating the possibility of making my own reusable tea bags. There are several types of textiles to choose from, each with their own pros and cons: Paper tea bags are cheap and common, but ...
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Do tea filter bags filter out vitamins and minerals?

I'm talking about the classic paper tea bags (sold empty) that you can buy and then put whatever you want in; sometimes different sizes are available for cups vs teapots, etc. Yes, I do realise most &...
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I bought a wooden box of individually packaged red ginseng tea, but I checked the box and it expired in 2015! Do you think it's still okay to drink?

I bought the box from a second hand store. It's a wooden box with 100 3g Korean red ginseng teabags and the wooden box still had a plastic packaging around it. It looks new but the inside smells a ...
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How much mg/gr ginger in tea vs how grams in tea infuser [closed]

When creating ginger tea from grated/small parts of ginger it is not clear to me what is the relationship between how much mg/gr are in the tea vs the grams of grated ginger used. E.g. if using a tea ...
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How much dried herbs to use per portion of tea?

When buying herbal teas in dry form (leaves, ginger, etc) how much are we supposed to use for each serving? Does it depend on the herb? I am not sure if I should use a full tea spoon or just a couple ...
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Can I recognize insecticides in tea?

I am a tea fan (especially Chinese teas but Japanese as well) I found many places on the Internet to buy teas. Good quality and natural tasting. What is important to me is the quality in term of taste ...
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How do you make orange herbal tea from scratch?

I'm trying to make homemade orange herbal tea bags from scratch. I have found some recipes that require drying fresh orange peels, and then brewing it on a stovetop with other spices such as cinnamon, ...
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Mason jar silicone seal mystery

For food storage I mainly use mason jars with stainless steel lids and food-grade silicone ring seals to keep them airtight. Twice while storing different types of loose-leaf tea, the silicone seals ...
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i have a 1980's teamade, something is all over the bottom, i can't get it off/out, would you consider this safe to drink from? what is it? fixable?

as you can see, something is all over the place in the bottom of the kettle around the edges? can i remove them, can this be fixed? its great and i have been drinking from it every morning but i ...
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How to clean tea stains from a mug with steel interior?

How can I clean this tea mug? This is a Contigo mug and I believe it is stainless steel. It has seen a lot of tea and there is a black coating that has broken in scales in the bottom. I've tried to ...
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Want to supply Hot Indian Tea to few companies, How can I keep it hot for hours withot losing taste

I Tried Milton 3ltr with press button on it but after few hours the taste gets change. I want a right product to keep it fresh as prepared for more then 6 hours. What's the right way to do that so ...
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Substitutes for yak butter in butter tea

I'm interested in making the sort of butter tea drunk in the Himalayan regions. However, one of its key ingredients, yak butter, is not commonly available in Europe where I live. What can I ...
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How do I break into a tightly-compressed tea cake without damaging the tea and making an astringent brew?

I have a couple very tightly-compressed tea cakes that unfortunately also have quite fragile leaves. The tight compression makes these an unusual challenge, more so than their looser (likely stone-...
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Tea temperature for preparation

If I understand correctly, a good temperature to prepare green tea is roughly 70°, 80° for oolong (it might depends of course) and 90° for black tea or pu erh. Hence, it seems that the most oxidized a ...
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What makes sencha karigane sweeter than sencha?

Why does the addition of stems and veins to the tea increase the sweetness of the brew? Is there a specific chemical in the stems and veins of tea leaves that's responsible for the change in flavor ...
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Mimicking Lipton's Green Diet Iced Tea Citrus

My girlfriend is absolutely obsessed with this bottled tea, Green Diet Iced Tea Citrus. Personally I think it's kind of gross, but I don't really like tea to begin with. That's personal taste for you. ...
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Prevent matcha gelatination [closed]

I have made matcha (bubble tea powder + cream) in bulk and mixed with water and sugar, stored it in a large container and put it in the refrigerator. In couple of days the content become jelly-like, ...
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Do I need to grind Ceylon Cinnamon sticks for coffee/tea, or can I add them whole?

I got some Ceylon Cinnamon sticks, but I haven't purchased the coffee grinder yet. I was wondering if I could add the sticks whole when I brew coffee or tea. If so, how much per cup? Do I need to ...
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Residue in a cup of tea using household filter

I'd like to ask some insights re potential cause of residue in a cup of tea when I used water from household filter but no residue when I used the water bought from purified water vendor. I boiled the ...
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Is a corroded copper teapot safe?

I bought what I thought was a rusted teapot recently, treated it with an environmentally friendly rust remover, cleaned it thoroughly, and only then realized the bottom says "chrome on copper&...
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What is the 'malty' flavour added to tea to make it taste like biscuits?

I'm in Australia - and for my birthday I ordered some British tea - Yorkshire Toast and Jam. (Picture below.) Which was really nice, but at about 80c per bag, a little hard to justify. I gave some to ...
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Matcha tea chocolate ganache

I have this nice recipe of chocolate-matcha pie in which the ganache is made in the following way. boil 1dl milk with 2dl cream add 50g sugar and let it melt cut the fire and add 200g dark chocolate ...
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Help identifying a tea

I was given a tea that my understanding is came from China (so I can't go to the store and get more). I am interested in getting more, but don't know who sells it (if I can buy it online) or even what ...
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How to add lemon flavor to tea?

I am trying to add lemon flavor to tea so that it has ginger and lemon flavor to a noticeable extent. If we boil tea water with ginger, the ginger flavor can be brought almost to the way it is okay. ...
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Are ice tea in bottles considered as carbonated drinks like coke?

Are ice tea bottles like Lipton considered to be carbonated drinks like coke and 7up? I have issues in my GI (Gastro Intestinal) tract and I cannot tolerate coke and other carbonated drinks, I am just ...
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Should the lid be closed when boiling masala tea?

I guess with the lid closed, tea boiling is faster, but will it have an adverse impact on the taste of the tea?
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Can you steep tea for longer in more water instead of doing multiple steepings? [duplicate]

I make jasmine green tea sorbet… anytime I run out of the previous batch, and then use the remaining steepings of the tea to make iced tea. (Usually steep for ~10 minutes each time, starting a bit ...
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How much caffeine is in matcha powder?

I would like to know how many milligrams of caffeine are there in a gram of dried matcha powder.
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Tea that lingers is more bitter, does it also contain more caffeine? [duplicate]

For convenience, I tend to brew tea in a French press. Just drop a bunch of tea leaves, add hot water, let the leaves dance in the water for a little while, and then push the press down and serve (I ...
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Does steeping the same amount of tea in different volumes of water lead to the same or more caffeine? [duplicate]

If I were to steep the same amount of tea in two vessels of hot water: one 12oz cup and one 24oz carafe, would the 24oz carafe have more caffeine or the same amount? Assume steeping is the same amount ...
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Why are multiple infusions of tea better than one large one

I have found that most sites recommend brewing a large number of small batches of tea, with multiple infusions of the same leaves, instead of brewing a large container using the same tea leaves. They ...
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What is this Thai tea, spiral plant-part?

I bought these, for me, nicely spiral looking dried fruits(?) in a tea-specialized shop in Bangkok in the area of the bridge leading from Phra Khanong towards On Nut (pictured below a cooked product). ...
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Should I consider water temperature in kettle or in cup to infuse my tea?

Most, if not all, teas have an ideal infusing temperature. Is this temperature the real water temperature at the time of infusion, or the water temperature while pouring it from the kettle ? For ...
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