questionsdo you drink tea?

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Yes! About a year ago I made the switch to mostly loose leaf and I'm quite satisfied. I've recently been trying more oolong teas after exploring a wide variety of black teas. I need to bring some of my loose leaf brewing apparatuses to the office so I don't have to drink the bagged stuff.

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@csunwold: A new staffer that I haven't met? IT'S AN HONOR!
I want to try loose leaf but I'm not sure if I'll make it correctly. I'm assuming you just put the leaves into the kettle and then let them brew, correctly? Or do you need a certain... cooker? And is it hard to measure out the amount of leaf you need?

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If you have ~30 mins of your life to spend on tea, you can get a basic education on the subject courtesy of Alton Brown. It's worth a look if you have the time, I found it very helpful and interesting to watch.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrqBe9sWHsk

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RA7aJqfnX4

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Lifelong tea drinker. Discerning, too. I am Asian and grew up in the UK, so tea has always been an important part of my life.

Love it. Oolong (certain specific types), Pu-Er, Jasmine Green (chamomile, that is) and good Earl Grey (which is hard to find) and English/Irish breakfast tea.

There are a few very good suppliers in the States, one of them is in New York, and very fortunately for today there are some deals going on through Fab.com; and they have one tea (a Jasmine green, loose leaf) that I really like: http://tinyurl.com/3km8ykh $9 for 3.5 oz, which is VERY inexpensive for any good tea, as you probably already know. I have some imported from China that are about $50/oz, and oh, heavenly...

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Geesh, I was going to quack out an enthusiastic yes, but with all these discerning aficionados chiming in, I think I'll just slink away and sneak sips of my Celestial Seasonings Vanilla Chai and Earl Grey Creme when nobody is looking.

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@tiamat114: Well that was very useful. I need to stop buying bags :P

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I been drinking tea about 6 years and feel better for it. At first I brewed a variety of black and green teas properly in Brown Betty with the correct water temperature. My UK friends laughed at me for my "Yank tea".
I now have a collection of fractured, chipped or leaky teapots in my garden, and still keep a kettle in the cabinet for special teas. I've become impatient, lazy or both and now use a bag or 2 in a mug.
I still use an electric kettle and recommend one to any tea drinker. It boils the water quickly with some energy savings. Get the kind with a detachable pitcher, they're safer.

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Yes. I drink tea.
At home I drink black tea (Lipton or Tazo) and Green Tea (Bigelow).
No fancy blends or flavors. Just plain black and green tea.

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In high school I started working at in English tea shop in Florida. I have been drinking tea ever since. Our shop had a Bombay Chai black tea that was perfect.

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@holymythos: Yeah, most of my life. I just read that last comment so I'm guessing that you learned somethin' from those links heh... that was gonna be my advice though. Be discerning when you can afford to be (good tea can get expensive - in this way alone, tea is much like cocaine).

On another note, have you ever seen these flowering/blooming teas? They've been on Woot a bajillion times, but if not..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnH3EAES8_8

I like pretty much all kinds...Chai's are good - haven't seen that on here yet. Teavana.com has some good stuff, but it's expensive..

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Nope. I don't really care for hot beverages at all. Tea, coffee... even hot chocolate are all unappealing to me.

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@thetexastwister: My favorite Tazo tea: The Berry Blossom White. I love that. Transports me to Willy Wonka's factory of magic every darn cup.

I love it!

PS: NEVER, EVER go to Teavana in a mall. I was ripped off there once. $27 total for 3 cups of Tea and a $10 bag German Rock Sugar. Never again. Be warned!

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Yerba Mate - the way "los gauchos" drink it in Argentina. Its both a stimulant and a laxative.

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Depending on where you live, it's hard to get good, fresh tea. I've been really into Lady Grey lately. I wish there was a Trader Joe's closer as my mother brought me some Jasmine pearls from there that were excellent.

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@bmw66x: Teavana is way too expensive for what they offer, both online and off. There are other tea websites that have just as nice a line of products, or better, at much lower prices.

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Ok, since no one else is going to name any "others" besides Teavana (which is pricey, but is pretty good tea if you stay away from ridiculous flavors) I'll throw out Adagio which is a fine online retailer. I have one of their ingenuiTEA brewers at work which addresses one of @holymythos questions about brewing loose leaf at work.
As for the caffeine hit, green is pretty low, oolong about the same, black a bit more, and I believe yerba maté has even more than black tea. If you like coffee at all, I'd recommend yerba maté because of the caffeine and the flavor is closer to coffee than many teas. As for my personal favorite, I've yet to find a loose leaf oolong that I don't love - and make sure you steep it two or three times.

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I had an iced Barley tea (Japanese?) for the first time a few days ago. Not an immediate fan, but it did seem like it would go with certain foods well. There are some absolutely fantastic teas out there (especially white and green). I don't drink caffeine so I've tried a variety of herbal teas. I can't believe how expensive the quality teas are. I think more Americans need to drink tea so that I can get a quality tea for $10/lb instead of $10 for 2 oz.

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Yes! Love tea! Personally my household picks up Twinnings, but lately we've been hitting the tea shop downtown and buying bulk looseleaf tea.

Super deal. pickup a diffuser of some sort (spoon, ball, etc to hold the tea) and enjoy!

I'm a big fan of mint variety teas whether pure herbal, black, etc.

I also enjoy Rooibos for a nice spicy flavor and the occaisional green.

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@thetexastwister: Tazo Jasmine Green tea is my personal fav. i start my morning drinking a cup or two of coffee then transition to two cups of tea followed by water. everything is straight; no sugars, creams, etcetera.

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@jockovonred: I have tried some different tea flavors (including green tea with jasmine, Earl Grey, and some others), but I just find myself happy with plain black and green tea.

I suppose it is because I from an older generation wherein "variety" meant you had two options. (White bread and wheat bread; black tea and green tea; Apple and IBM; Kellogg's Corn Flakes and Post Toasties)

And yes, I did walk to school every day..., with no shoes..., uphill..., both ways..., in six feet of snow..., even during summer school.