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Tea water: heat to 80 °C or boil to 100 °C and let it cool down to 80 °C?

It's actually the opposite, you shouldn't boil water for tea unless you want it boiling. Water has dissolved oxygen in it, the more you have the nicer your tea will taste. This has been covered in ...
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How can I seal a crack in a teapot in a foodsafe manner?

Potter here. Those cracks are very bad, and are the kind that will continue to spread each time the teapot heats and cools; I doubt you have too many uses before it falls apart entirely. You should ...
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How much caffeine would there be if I reuse tea leaves in a second brewing?

In general it looks like 65-75% of the total caffeine comes out in the first steeping, while 20-25% comes out in the second steeping. This was addressed in this paper which examined different types of ...
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Can I drink black tea that’s 13 years past its best by date?

If the tea still smells fine and looks fine – dry, no visible change in colour or growth of any anything on the tea – then it should be safe to consume. After such a long time the flavour is likely to ...
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How to add lemon flavor to tea?

The white rind of the lemon is what causes the bitter flavour. To get simply the lemon flavour you just want the zest. Use a zester, microplane, or fine grater to scrape off only the yellow bit of the ...
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What is the proper way to prepare a cup of English tea?

I can see you getting 5 answers to this, all correct in the opinion of the poster, with vociferous arguments developing beneath each ;) So, let me try pre-empt them all. Traditional, traditional, ...
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What kind of tea do you boil for 45minutes?

Chai masala variants may be boiled that long or more – they do contain black tea, but also spices (where the boiling is needed, to extract the flavor from whole spices). The tea decoction this ...
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Do tea filter bags filter out vitamins and minerals?

Nutrients are microscopic, the pores in tea bags are far too large to act as a filter. However, tea bags will absorb a very small amount of liquid, and in that liquid there will nutrients, sugars, ...
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How much caffeine would there be if I reuse tea leaves in a second brewing?

The answer to this depends a lot on variables in the steeping process. Steeping at a higher temperature will remove more caffeine. Steeping for longer will remove more caffeine. Doing either or ...
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How to add lemon flavor to tea?

Four additional options: Lemon oil - be sure to get one intended for cooking, not an essential oil Lemon extract - made from alcohol, lemon zest, and sometimes lemon oil; you can buy this or make it ...
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What is the proper way to prepare a cup of English tea?

There is no definitive way to make tea, it isn't like Italy's Accademia Italiana della Cucina declaring one recipe to be the official classic Bolognese ragu or Neapolitan pizza having the art of its ...
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Remove tannins from tea without removing caffeine

In response to the answer posted by @James, I've run the following experiment: Ingredients: Black tea by "Tea Merchant", flavor = "Ship Ahoy" Colorless and flavorless gelatin powder, bought from the ...
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What is the film on top of tea?

The scum on the top of the tea is due to hard water (ie calcium carbonate) deposits combining with the tea and reacting with oxygen, this article has some more details if you are looking for them. I ...
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How to clean tea stains from a mug with steel interior?

I had great success cleaning tea and other food residue with chlorine-free bleach (sodium percarbonate). Put a couple of tablespoons in, soak with hot water and leave overnight. Then scrub a bit, and ...
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What difference does oxygen content of tea water make?

This blog article (citing numerous sources) claims that re-boiling water doesn't have any significant effect on tea taste. Here are some key points from it: Heating water above 50˚C already removes ...
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Remove tannins from tea without removing caffeine

Adding a 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of gelatin powder dissolved in the boiling water should do the trick. I fermented some arizona and used gelatin to remove the remaining yeast, only to find it removed the ...
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What is the proper way to prepare a cup of English tea?

Other answers cover well the issues of whether you should use teabags or loose leaves, what type of cup to use, how long to brew for, in what order to add the milk, etc. — and why some of those are a ...
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How can I easily get water to a desired temperature?

The method we use (for coffee) is pretty simple (though it requires some compatible equipment): Fill kettle. Shove probe thermometer through "whistle" hole in kettle spout. Heat until desired ...
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How to clean tea stains from a mug with steel interior?

Yet another way of cleaning coffee/tea stains could be to use a denture cleaner, one of those tablets that fizz if thrown into some water. I personally really like this, as it's simple, safe, and can ...
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What is this tea stalk that almost every cup of tea in anime has?

I disagree with the other answer. Karigane, or the cheaper Kukicha, are indeed teas where stalks are intentional and not a fault. AFAIK they're not an obscurity in Japan, but hardly a mainstream tea. ...
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Should I consider water temperature in kettle or in cup to infuse my tea?

75°C is the temperature you want your tea to brew, so if your temperature drops by 10 degrees when you pour it in the cup you'll want to heat it to 85°C, pour it into the cup and let it warm ...
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What is the 'malty' flavour added to tea to make it taste like biscuits?

Not something I've ever tried, but I'd be tempted towards either the bottled malt drinks popular in the Caribbean (eg Supermalt), or Horlicks. Or, you can just buy "malt flavour" - Random ...
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How to clean tea stains from a mug with steel interior?

If your mug is unpainted on the outside, you can clean it in the dishwasher. However, if it is painted, then you can't. Here's alternate ways of cleaning: What worked for me: Put 1 tsp of ...
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What is the proper way to prepare a cup of English tea?

I've seen a lot of silly answers out there (not any of the others here by the way), so I'm going to say that the proper way is the way most people do it here in the UK. The vast majority of tea made ...
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What research is there on tea preparation?

The standardizations are deeply cultural in nature, to begin with, not "scientific" per se (not the least because taste preferences are not scientific to begin with). They can be described or ...
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Method to brew a large batch of iced tea without steeping in a plastic container

Stephie's answer covers a couple convenient options: there are large ceramic pots, and any stainless steel vessel can work. (Traditionally, metal has been frowned upon for tea brewing because it ...
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Is it safe to eat non-green tea leaves

It is safe to drink the tea made from tea leaves and it's safe if you eat the tea leaves themselves at the bottom of the cup. People avoid eating the leaves because they aren't pleasant tasting, the ...
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What is a reliable source for the caffeine content in tea?

TL;DR: (1) they are estimates based on a single sample and (2) No. In order to pre-determine the exact amount of caffeine in a cup of tea, you would have to know many factors (as Choice Organic Teas ...
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How can I manage sugar in tea?

In the Western culture it is common practice to prepare tea without sugar and then add an individual amount of sugar in the cup. At a larger and informal gathering where guests serve themselves, you ...
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What is the difference between green, white and black tea?

Let me answer this shortly and effectively: All teas come from the same tea plant (Camellia Sinenses) though there are different cultivars. Teas are classified based mainly on the degree of ...
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