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A place for tea lovers to discuss tea in all of it's yummy glory. And tea accessories. I don't think that it is possible to have a tea thread without discussing tea accessories.

We accept people at all levels of tea love, bagged or loose leaf.

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Acceptance even if you only use Lagg's Green Tea?  :-\

Although to be honest I absolutely love Red Tea, it's just so terribly expensive here, along with all other teas.
 

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The tea lovers were worried that we had totally co-opted the Coffee or Tea thread so we figured it made sense to start a Tea thread.

http://www.teavana.com/ Teavana's website A good place for those just trying loose leaf tea to go. There are many teas but it is not overwhelming.

http://www.teamerchants.com/Catalog/Default.aspx Tea Gschwender a good place for all tea lovers to go. Tons of teas and tea goodies. It can be a bit more overwhelming then Teavan because there are thousands of teas. It is a good place to go when you are ready to experiment a bit more.
 

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Anju were do you live? I posted a couple of websites that sell loose leaf tea at pretty good prices.

I have never heard of Lagg's Green Tea
 

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I live in Mexico !
Check and see if some of these stores ship to Mexico. Republic of Tea can be purchased through Amazon. It looks like Teavana is sold through Amazon as well. Adagio are suppose to be good but I have never had any of their tea. They are also available through Amazon.
 

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I love tea, just have a very hard time finding those I love. I mostly use loose leaf but like Stashes rose tea on occasions which is bagged.

My favorite is Pacific Sum from Special Teas Inc in Victoria BC.  Its a...you guessed it a black tea, actually its a Ceylon black tea, orange peel, rose blossoms, marigold, and vanilla pieces.  They had an Earl Grey Special that I got a very small amount to try when I ordered more Pacific Sun. It's Ceylon black tea, Oil of bergamot, jasmine, lemongrass, lemon peel. I like it a lot but can't really afford to pay for the product and the outrageous shipping from Canada  :-\.

So had my mom take me to the new tea shop in Olympia for my birthday to see if I can find something closer to home.  I found and like Harney & Sons Paris tea.  Its a Flavored black tea.  Also Golden Moon Rose. Don't know the maker as it is bought by the ounce form the store. Its another Black tea with rose flavor and petals.  

She purchased some different teas so we went to her house and had a taste test. I didn't like any she bought but she did like the Paris tea.

I have two tea strainers but they are awkward to use. I'm thinking about getting one that looks like a little cup and sits inside your cup. They seem easier to fill.

My favorite is tea and Cinnamon bread for evening snack.

Prof, what teas do you like?

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Anju No. 469 said:
Acceptance even if you only use Lagg's Green Tea? :-\

Although to be honest I absolutely love Red Tea, it's just so terribly expensive here, along with all other teas.
I don't think I've tried a Red Tea. Is it much different than green tea. I've tried several green teas and they just aren't my thing but did find one that I considered purchasing while at the tea shop. They had a sample that agreed with my taste buds.

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Red tea is not actually a tea. It is an herbal infusion. It comes from the Rooibos plant in South Africa. It is caffine free and proports to have 100 times the anti oxidants of green tea. It has an earth taste but is quite yummy. I drink about five different red teas. Red Team Ginger, Lemon, Chocolate, Capetown (hibiscus, rose, blue mallow, and marigold), and Jungle Fire (cinnamon, nutmeg). Good stuff. Especially for people who want something hot to drink at night but don't want the caffeine.
 

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Red tea is not actually a tea. It is an herbal infusion. It comes from the Rooibos plant in South Africa. It is caffine free and proports to have 100 times the anti oxidants of green tea. It has an earth taste but is quite yummy. I drink about five different red teas. Red Team Ginger, Lemon, Chocolate, Capetown (hibiscus, rose, blue mallow, and marigold), and Jungle Fire (cinnamon, nutmeg). Good stuff. Especially for people who want something hot to drink at night but don't want the caffeine.
Thanks Prof, the capetown sounds like something I'd like. For some reason caffeine from tea doesn't bother me. It's the only caffeine drink I can have that doesn't give me a headache.

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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gf?url=search-alias%3Dgourmet&field-keywords=teavana+tea&x=0&y=0 This is what I get when I type in Teavana Tea at Amazon search

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I love tea, just have a very hard time finding those I love. I mostly use loose leaf but like Stashes rose tea on occasions which is bagged.

My favorite is Pacific Sum from Special Teas Inc in Victoria BC. Its a...you guessed it a black tea, actually its a Ceylon black tea, orange peel, rose blossoms, marigold, and vanilla pieces. They had an Earl Grey Special that I got a very small amount to try when I ordered more Pacific Sun. It's Ceylon black tea, Oil of bergamot, jasmine, lemongrass, lemon peel. I like it a lot but can't really afford to pay for the product and the outrageous shipping from Canada :-\.

So had my mom take me to the new tea shop in Olympia for my birthday to see if I can find something closer to home. I found and like Harney & Sons Paris tea. Its a Flavored black tea. Also Golden Moon Rose. Don't know the maker as it is bought by the ounce form the store. Its another Black tea with rose flavor and petals.

She purchased some different teas so we went to her house and had a taste test. I didn't like any she bought but she did like the Paris tea.

I have two tea strainers but they are awkward to use. I'm thinking about getting one that looks like a little cup and sits inside your cup. They seem easier to fill.

My favorite is tea and Cinnamon bread for evening snack.

Prof, what teas do you like?

Theresam
Where do you live? Teavana has stores across the US. Also there are some great internet based tea stores. I linked my favorites in an earlier post.

It sounds like you are thinking about an infuser basket. Those work great. Zarafina makes a tea machine that works well. It is on sale on Amazon right now and can be found at Tuesday Morning for even less then the price on Amazon.

I have something like 40 loose leaf teas. I am a bit addicted.

All of my current favorites come from Tea Gschwender. Some can be found at other stores but some of the blends are Gschwedner only. My favorites (ie the ones I refill)

Green:

Bancha
Sencha
Green Tea Ginger
Jasmine Pearls (Very infrequently purchased because they are expensive)

Oolongs:

Formosa Fancy Oolong Ming Xing
Bossa Nova (Oolong with Vanilla, a must have)
Sumatra Oolong Barison

Darjeelings:

Margaret's Hope
Avongrove

Black Tea:

Earl Grey Imperior
Anna's

Black/Green Blend:

Arabian Night

Reds:

Lemon
Capetown
Chocolate
Jungle Fire
Ginger
 

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bkworm8it said:
Thanks Prof, the capetown sounds like something I'd like. For some reason caffeine from tea doesn't bother me. It's the only caffeine drink I can have that doesn't give me a headache.

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Tea tends to have less caffeine then coffee and soda. Green teas tend to have less caffeine then black teas.
 

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I mostly drink black teas in various varieties. But I also like green tea. Rooibos is ok, I have some but it's not my favorite. Not really my cup of tea  :D I have a lovely Persian loose leaf that I buy at the local Persian market, it does have bergamot oil in it. I find it interesting that I love it, but I have hated every Earl Grey I've ever tried. I've mostly bought Republic of Tea. I love the Ginger Peach, Vanilla Almond and Blackberry Sage and they have some very nice green teas.

I'm very disappointed in most attempts at chai I've found packaged in dried form although the concentrates are ok. I need to practice more on the stove top steeping my own concentrates since I love chai lattes.  

Forgot to add that we get some very nice green teas at the local Asian market but I leave that decision up to my daughter since she is the one knowledgeable in that area.
 

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For those new to the tea discussions....Crash knows her tea.  She has not steered me wrong yet and totally converted me from the occasional cup of bag tea to obsessing about loose tea, teavana, and the zarafina teamaker.  I love to hear about everybody's favorite teas...my current favorite is mixing Teavana's Emerald Bamboo Forest (white tea), with Blueberry Bliss (Rooibos Tea). I'm enjoying a cup right now.  Looking forward to hearing about everybody's favorites and to finding new loose tea converts.
 

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I mostly drink black teas in various varieties. But I also like green tea. Rooibos is ok, I have some but it's not my favorite. Not really my cup of tea :D I have a lovely Persian loose leaf that I buy at the local Persian market, it does have bergamot oil in it. I find it interesting that I love it, but I have hated every Earl Grey I've ever tried. I've mostly bought Republic of Tea. I love the Ginger Peach, Vanilla Almond and Blackberry Sage and they have some very nice green teas.

I'm very disappointed in most attempts at chai I've found packaged in dried form although the concentrates are ok. I need to practice more on the stove top steeping my own concentrates since I love chai lattes.

Forgot to add that we get some very nice green teas at the local Asian market but I leave that decision up to my daughter since she is the one knowledgeable in that area.
I started with the Republic of Tea and moved out to Teavana. I found that the Teavana teas were just as good, if not a bit better, and less expensive. The three that you mentioned were three of my favorites. Very yummy and distinctive.

I love the idea of buying teas at specialty markets. I have not found any of those were I live. The Persian tea you mentioned sounds really good.

A suggestion on the Chai making. Try one of those Italaian espresso machines. You know the silver ones that you use on the stove top? I use that to make Yerba Matte lattes and love them. I think the way the water is forced through the filter leads to more flavor concentration. No idea, it is a guess.
 

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Check and see if some of these stores ship to Mexico. Republic of Tea can be purchased through Amazon. It looks like Teavana is sold through Amazon as well. Adagio are suppose to be good but I have never had any of their tea. They are also available through Amazon.
You would not believe how horrible the duty is! Usually, at a minimum, the cost of the item if not double! I and my friends ten to stock up when taking trips NOB by vehicle, my current "mule" is loaded so will have to wait until next trip.
 

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I have one of those, I can't remember what it's called anymore though. I think my main problem is getting the proportions right for my taste. The boxed chai tends to be black tea with a little spice, I like mine in the north Indian style and much stronger flavor more spices less actual tea.
 
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