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

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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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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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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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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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How is the chai tea latte in Starbucks made?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Sludge” at the bottom of matcha/green tea latte

When I get a green tea latte from Starbucks, the drink is uniformly mixed from top to bottom, no matter how long it takes me to drink it. I prefer to make my matcha lattes at home, though, because ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 long should I let my tea cool before adding unpasteurized honey to it?

I like having my tea with honey. I always buy unpasteurized honey rather than pasteurized honey, to benefit from the healthful enzymes it contains that are destroyed by the pasteurization process. I ...
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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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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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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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Grassy Tea and brands

Some time ago while traveling, I had some brand of a local bottled green tea with peach. It was not overly sweet, was mild but good - seemed a good mix of tea and summer peaches and was very ...
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Why does Green Tea taste sour as it cools down?

It seems every time I make a cup of green tea, if I don't finish it while it's still considerably hot, it starts to get really sour and tastes awful. Why is this and how can I prevent this? What am ...
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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 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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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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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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How to flavour iced green tea?

I'm currently making iced green tea by placing two green tea bags into 500 ml of water and moving the bags arround for 2 to 5 minutes before placing the whole mixture into the fridge in a sealed ...
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My tea bags are expired, can I still use them?

This box of tea has an expiration date which has passed but I would like to know if I can still use it. What do you think?
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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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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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What is water temperature after electric kettle switches off?

My tea preparation prescriptions says to prepare it using water heated to 96 Celsius degrees. When water heated in standard, typical electric kettle reaches this temperature? Is it (always?) ...
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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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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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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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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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Re-boiling of tea?

I used to keep tea in thermos container after preparing. But i want to know how to keep it hot when serving within 5-10 minutes. When I reboil it as-is, then it becomes tasteless: it's like drinking ...
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Is it normal to find something in tea?

I often buy Chinese tea by weight in some local stores and at times I find some inclusions that should not be there. Up to this date I have found: A human hair Some sand Some white dots (presumably ...
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What is this strange tea?

What sort of tea is this and how is it drunk? It doesn't look like any tea I am familiar with.
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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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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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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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How to get boba pearls as dark as commercial ones?

Does anybody know what I can add to the tapioca dough to get pearls that are as dark as commercial boba (bubble tea tapioca pearls)? Brown sugar alone is not dark enough to provide much color. I want ...
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Tea water: heat to 80 °C or boil to 100 °C and let it cool down to 80 °C?

Boiling water is too hot for some teas. Today I heard that it's better to boil water to 100 °C and let it cool down to 80 °C rather than heat water to 80 °C. Is this true? Does it really affect ...
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How much tea is ideal out of one tea bag?

My mother regularly uses 1 tea bag for two cups or 2 tea bags for a teapot. I've read on several sites that one tea bag is ideal for one cup. So, how much should I get from a tea bag? Also, is the ...

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