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

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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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Which appliance to use for masala chai?

Many regions have special devices or at least custom namings to brew tea and similar beverages: Teapot in Western countries Caydalnik in Turkey Samovar in Russia Samavar in Kashmir Is there any ...
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Is it safe to drink dark tea dating to 1970?

The tea has been saved in a glass bottle with metal top, stored in dark kitchen cabinet all these years.
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Are there green tea variants that can be made with 100 °C?

Green tea is usually prepared with 80 °C water. However, I found some variants in a supermarket (they are pretty cheap), where there is 100 °C written on the box. Is it some kind of fraud made by the ...
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Bugs in loose leaf tea [duplicate]

I had my first loose leaf tea today. Black tea, with pieces of dried fruit in it. As I was throwing the used leaves away, I noticed what seemed to be a dead worm. Is this at all common and safe, or ...
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How much caffeine would there be if I reuse tea leaves in a second brewing?

If you look for information about the amount of caffeine present in a cup of tea, the amounts vary depending on the kind of tea, if the tea is bagged or loose leaves, the brand, and other factors. ...
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Preventing matcha deposits

I've recently started preparing matcha latte at home, I bought matcha powder and I proceed as follows: Put 2 tsp of matcha powder in a cup through a sieve Add 2 tsp of brown sugar Add 2 tbsp of hot (...
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Can you make coffee by boiling it?

Google results have confused me so much. I learned to make a Nescafe Classic coffee a year ago. All I would do is: Add some coffee and sugar in a mug/cup, add a few drops of water or milk and start ...
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What is the typical composition of English Breakfast tea?

"English Breakfast" tea usually combines blends from Assam, Ceylon, and Kenya. Typically what proportions of these three teas are used? Edit: I have been asked to edit to explain why the answers to ...
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Are there any variable temperature electric kettle which boil water before letting temperature drop to the desired temperature?

I am a green tea enthusiast so I'm looking for a variable temperature electric kettle but since the water in my home is not very clean I don't want to buy one which just heats the water to a given ...
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Is it okay to keep opened loose leaf tea packages in the freezer?

I've bought approximately 10 kilograms worth of tea and it's taking up a lot of space in the fridge. Family isn't happy about the sudden lack of fridge space, and so I'm thinking of stashing 80% of ...
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How long can home dried herbs be stored?

I am growing the "heal-all herb", Prunella Vulgaris, and am planning to dry the leaves and flowers in order to make a medicinal tea. How long is it safe to keep the herb once dried? I would prefer to ...
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What is the stringy slimy stuff in Peace Tea?

I bought a Sno-berry Peace Tea today that had a slimy stringy substance in it. I pulled it out of my mouth after unknowingly drinking it, and I put it into a napkin. Once the moisture was out of it, ...
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Discoloration in tea kettle

I have a two piece tea kettle used for brewing black Turkish Tea. The bottom part is used strictly for water (specifically faucet water), whereas the top is for steeping the concentrate of the tea. ...
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My tea had expired(?) for about 9 years already, can I sill use it? [duplicate]

is doesn’t say if it’s best before or expiring date It smelled okay.I saw a blog saying that it’s okay to use it,but I’m a bit skeptical about it.
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What type of oolong is Twining's oolong? Or what would this be closest too?

Edit: From the UK site, there is good reason to believe that Twining's is ALSO Iron Goddess of Mercy, but it tastes nothing like the IGoM I got from Numi. From what I've read about oolong, "nutty and ...
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Storing matcha tea in a thermos?

lately i started to drink matcha tea, as an experiment instead of coffee, and i have read many descriptions about it. I want to drink matcha tea to work, but i dont want to make it every time here,...
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Should I "sponge" tea?

I went to a tea shop for Chinese New Year and the owner was incredible adamant about rinsing, sponging and reusing the tea. Is this a normal thing? Should I be doing it? What teas should I be doing ...
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What type of lavender is normally used in tea blends?

I was looking through a plant catalog, and am confused as to what type of lavender to grow this year to make tea with. Does each species taste different? Which ones are easier to pick?
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Samovar Tea: Let it brew the whole day?

I recently got a samovar tea kettle and am not sure about how to use it. For those of you confused about what I am talking about, this is my samovar (electric): The metal part is a kettle for boiling ...
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How to slow down evaporation when cooking?

Does water evaporate faster when rolling boil with a lid or simmer without a lid? If I use a certain stove plate with a certain sauce pan set to its lowest setting it will cause the water to roll boil ...
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Tea leaf grades and plucking standards

How do the plucking standards of tea (imperial pluck, fine pluck, …) actually relate to the leaf grades? PG Tips claims “we pick the top two leaves and a bud known as the tips”, so that would be ...
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How can I manage sugar in tea?

I don't know how much sugar I use in tea for a gathering. Because some are like more sugar and some less. So how can I manage sugar in tea?
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Safe to put honeycomb in tea?

I put a big chunk of honeycomb in my tea. And it looks like my boiling tea completely melted the comb. But now the water has a weird texture to it. And now I'm worried about drinking the wax. Is it ...
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How can I add flavor to green tea at home?

I often buy green tea with different flavors like lemon, strawberry, and jasmine from the market. I want to add these flavors at home. Can you recommend how I might do this?

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