Questions tagged [tea]

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

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Does it matter which goes in the glass first when having half/half tea?

I drink half/half tea. Half sweetened, half unsweetened. I think it tastes better when I put sweetened in the bottom of the glass. A friend says that's silly. It all mixes together. Is my imagination ...
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Can I add milk to tea while it is steeping?

Can I add milk to tea (bagged or loose) while it is steeping? Or will it stop or otherwise mess with the process? If so, does the temperature of the milk make a difference? Ideally, I'm looking for ...
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Calibrating tea dosage

How can I get the right strength of tea? I recently have been trying Gyokura Imperial, a Japanese tea, experimentally, but it is hard to know whether I have the dosage correct because I don't know ...
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re-freezing green tea?

I just bought green tea leaves in China. They were in a deep freezer when I bought them. They were then in my luggage for a few days on my way back home. I bought a fair amount of them. Can I now re-...
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Is filtering Japanese matcha green tea drink recommended?

When pouring Japanese matcha green tea drink into cups, is filtering with a filter cone or something equivalent recommended? Why?
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How long does it actually take to extract tea compounds from leaves using the boiling method?

So, I'm looking at the intersection of multiple brewing style of tea extraction, and the boil-it-to-death style of brewing, and I would like to know about how long does boiling actually work to ...
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Is it safe to reheat tea with milk?

I have leftover tea from last night but it has milk in it. Is it safe to reheat it the next day and drink it? Or should I just bin it?
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How to clean ginger for tea

I have recently taken up making homemade ginger tea. I am living in Korea and most produce is very dirty and has to be cleaned. The ginger is very..curvy with small lumps all over it. I find it ...
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Does Tea Quality Matter For Making Kombucha?

For kombucha brewers here, I'm wondering if the kombucha tastes better when you brew it with higher grade teas. Or would making them with simple tea bags from the supermarket taste as good? Let's say ...
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Making green tea [closed]

I want to know the exact method of preparation and consumption of green tea. How much sugar can be used if recommended? Can I opt for honey instead? If so how much? How many cups can be consumed per ...
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Raw Eggs in Hot Black Tea: Common in Ukraine? Correct Preparation?

I just heard an account from someone who studied in the Soviet Union in the late 1950's, early 1960's. She said when she was served given a glass with a raw egg in it, and then very hot black tea was ...
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How to clean red tea stains from cracked glaze Japanese tea cups

I have a set of green, cracked glaze Japane tea cups. A totally unused one is pictured in Figure 1. Figure 1: A clean, unused tea cup. As I have used one of these cups several times with African red ...
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How can I easily get water to a desired temperature?

I have a number of teas, some of which require a lower temperature for steeping than others (for instance, I have a particular Green Tea which asks for steeping at 70°C, 158°F). I was wondering how ...
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What kind of tea do you boil for 45minutes?

In her autobiographic graphic novel Embroideries Marjane Satrapi casually mentions how she used to prepare tea with a samowar during her childhood by properly boiling the tea leaves for 45minutes. ...
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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 ...
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Making tea out of grape leaves -when to pick the leaves?

I have a question for you regarding make tea out of grape leaves. I want to make some, but don't know when the best time to pick the leaves it. I know it's made in Greece and the USA, too, but not in ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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....
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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 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 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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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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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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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 motorbike,...
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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 can'...
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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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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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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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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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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 times....
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making iced tea with lowest caffeine content

I want to make lemon iced tea with lowest caffeine content possible. I understand I should use white tea leaves instead of green or black. Is this true? Also, should I steep the leaves in boiling ...
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What is English Afternoon tea?

I googled this, and I couldn't find an answer on the first page of results. What is English Afternoon tea, and how is it different to English Breakfast?
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How to calculate optimal temperature to extract specific compounds from herbal teas?

When making any kind of tea, I understand that water temperature can make a big difference with flavor. I'm wondering if we can also use precise water temperatures to selectively brew for specific ...