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

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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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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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How to make bubble tea - the “real” (tea-less) version? Is there a way to create the powdered flavoring?

I've been unsuccessful thus far in recreating Khmer bubble tea, or the pastel-colored bubble tea one can find at many small cafes and stands. The specific kind of bubble tea I'm looking to make uses ...
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Why does tea with hard water (lime) taste different?

It seems that tea with lime water (hard water) tastes different. Different enough that tea manufacturers have a different product to cope with the difference in taste. My question is: Why does tea ...
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Ways to speed up this chai recipe?

This site has what looks to be a good recipe for homemade "Chai" spiced tea; however, it requires a lot of prep and won't work with my current routine, which is the modern English style tea ...
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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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What difference would using Rock Sugar make in tea?

I like my tea sweet, and generally add several cubes of white sugar. Teavana sells rock sugar, which it claims is somehow "better" while being vague on what that means. Is it sweeter? Less sweet? ...
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Does English Breakfast Tea equal Assam Tea?

I read from wiki that: Assam (Assamese: অসম, Hindi: आसाम, and also Hindi: असम) is a black tea named after the region of its production, Assam, in India. Assam tea (Assamese: অসমীয়া চাহ, Hindi: ...
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What is the best way to store loose tea to maintain its freshness?

This is the tea I use. Like Coffee needs to be stored in freezer, are there any storage restrictions for loose tea leaves also?
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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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Hot tea with lemon juice and fat free milk: how to prevent curdling?

So I know it may sound a bit weird, but I like milky tea with some lemon juice added. I pop a teabag into the mug, fill it about 2/3 with boiling water, let seep a bit, remove teabag, add some freshly-...
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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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How do I make chai latte at home?

I want to be able to make chai latte at home, but I don't have an espresso machine, and I don't really know if it is worth buying one just for an occasional drink. Is there a way to froth the milk ...
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Why can I resuse green tea leaves several times, but not black?

Simple question really - why is it I can reuse green tea leaves 2-3 times with minor degradation in the quality of tea, but I can't do the same thing with black tea? Is it because the black tea has ...
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Eucalyptus tea: is it safe to drink?

I have a big Eucalyptus Gunnii (If I am not mistaken) tree just out my door. It smells splendid and I have always wanted to know if I could make tea out of its leaves. However, something stops me: I ...
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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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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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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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How to modify a quick bread recipe to add spice / tea flavors?

I have a trusty pumpkin bread that I make countless loaves of every year. My wife and I love Chai Tea and I was curious how one could go about adapting the linked recipe above to include Chai spices ...
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Name of tea with tiny green leaves?

Please help me to identify the tea that I tried a long time ago. It had very small bright green leaves (3-5 mm long). After brewing leaves became fully open, with very accurate undamaged leaves. The ...
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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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What's the best option for water for tea in the office?

When making tea at home, I have all the equipment I need to make a fine cup of tea. In the office, however, my options are more limited. It seems my sources for hot water are: Straight from the tap ...
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Office (Loose Leaf) Tea Solution

I am looking for a good system to make loose leaf tea at my workplace. The main requirements are that the tea tastes good and it is easy to clean in the toilet sink without much equipment. Bonus ...
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How to brew tasty tea with hard water

At our new home, we have hard water. I had thought that the teabags I was buying were just weak, but the internet seems to indicate that the hard water will actually change the taste of the tea to a ...
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Loose-leaf tea: specifics of re-steeping multiple times?

I'm an avid tea drinker who drinks several cups of loose-leaf tea every day. My usual steeping technique is to fill a teapot with about 3 cups of boiling water, wait for it to cool to the correct ...
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How concentrated can I brew iced tea?

I infuse the tea in about 4-6 cups of water just off the boil for about 5 minutes. Then I dilute it down to 1 gallon (usually with some ice to speed chilling) and keep it in the fridge. I was ...
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Do coffee and tea need to be agitated while brewing?

Do they need to be agitated in order to let the solution come into contact with every little particle of coffee/tea, or does it work the same without agitation? If not, can you explain why with ...
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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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Why is my sassafrass root bark tea always so bitter?

I've been on a quest for a while now to make my own root beer. I've tried all sorts of recipes using all sorts of ingredients, and I now have this huge collection of spices and roots and leaves... but ...
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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 water,...
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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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What's really happening when reusing tea leaves?

I reuse my green tea bags three or even four times with little to no loss in flavor. But it's a pain to reheat water to the correct temperature after I'm done with the first cup and wait another ...
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Can I add fresh elderberries or rosehips to homemade kombucha?

I have been making kombucha for several months now. I use green or white tea, flavored with hisbiscus, peach tea or other fruity teas to the mix. Since the elderberries, and rosehips are coming in ...
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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 can you add to water to make it hard enough for tea?

I was living in southern California where the water is one of the hardest in the country, but once passed through a Brita filter it was perfect for tea. Now I am living in a country where the water ...
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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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Masking the grass flavor of green tea

I would like to start drinking green tea regularly. Unfortunately I am much more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker. On top of my general apathy towards tea I happen to think that green tea in ...
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My dad used my tea brewer with coffee and now the plastic makes my tea taste like coffee. Bleach?

How can I get the coffee taste out of the plastic in my tea brewer. Its all plastic. Will bleach ruin it?
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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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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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Sugar/salt frosted around the top of a cup/mug

Recently I managed to accidentally get a bunch of raw sugar crystals stuck to the rim of a mug of tea. Drinking the tea over the sugar, being able to balance out the tartness and the sweetness as I ...
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Fruit Tea- Tastes Sour?

I've been trying to get into teas with more fruity flavors (pieces of fruit in the tea or tea based on fruit pieces) and I've noticed that a large majority of them have unpleasantly sour notes. Am I ...
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How can I improve rich taste of spiced milk tea?

I don't have experience in preparing milk tea. I do have good previous experiences with preparing lemon tea, ice tea and black tea. I mostly used to drink black tea or lemon tea, but nowadays I have ...
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Cleaning a tea pot

I have read somewhere (don't remember where, long time ago) that tea enthusiasts clean their tea pots only with water and without soap. Additionally they only rinse it and don't use a scrub to remove ...
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Why does tea become bitter if brewed too hot or too long?

To try to narrow the scope and help deduce an answer to this question, I'm wondering: Why does tea become bitter if brewed too hot or too long?
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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 identify CTC tea?

The Harney and Sons Guide to Tea has the following to say about CTC tea: Today, both Flowery and Broken teas are also called “Orthodox” teas, to distinguish them from “CTC” teas. “CTC” teas (so ...
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Does the material of the container affect the flavor of the prepared tea? If yes, what material should be preferred to get the best results?

I use a steel bowl for boiling the combination of tea and milk. Then I pour the prepared tea in a melamine cup. Does the material of the container affect the flavor of the prepared tea? From: https:...
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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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Which cookware material should be used to retain the heat of the prepared tea?

I have glass, plastic, stainless steel, earthenware, and melamine vessels. Which one of out of them should be used to retain the heat of the prepared tea for a long duration? Is there any better ...