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 No.47407

do any wizards like tea? specifically loose leaf teas? if so, any specific blends or varieties you like/recommend?


i recently got into gongfu brewing and it's pretty much the only thing i've been thinking about these days. i found this hole in the wall tea shop in the chinatown in my city and purchased a shou pu'erh tea cake that i've been picking away at.

 No.47408

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I make a lot of tea but i've become lazy these last few months and just drink my dad's cheap ass coffee which is terrible.
When I do get around to brewing I always use loose leaf. I don't trust tea bags iv heard they have fluoride in them. But if I was in a pinch I would more than likely use em.

So ya that's enough blog posting. I have two favorite loose teas and they are both kinda basic bitch but whatever.
I tend to make either green tea or yerba mate. I like yerba because of all the xanthines in it. Also I think it tastes pretty good. My favorite green tea by far is gyokuro from japan and no I'm not a weeb japan seems like a horrible place to exist.

Also when it comes to yerba if you get the wrong kind it can promote mouth cancer I guess. This has to do with how the 3rd worlders would dry it over log fires thus showering the tea in carcinogens or whatever. That kind of tea rarely makes it into popular markets so no need to worry.

I don't drink yerba the traditional way because its a huge waste of effort despite the fact I own a sick bombilla. You can buy this pretty large bag of mate for like 8 or 9 bucks on amazon so give it a try.

 No.47413

>>47408
Are you brazilian/argentinian/uruguayan? i wasnt aware that mate was popular in the 1st world.. anyways it is a really dirty habit, like smoking, only poor people do that here. I recomend you to drink traditional tea

 No.47416

>>47408
where do you get your gyokuro?
also i've heard a lot about mate but i've never tried it.

>>47413
it's getting more popular with millennial, more hip demographic but it's not really a big thing, at least in my city.

 No.47417

>>47413
That's why I brought up the mouth cancer thing. It can be a gross dirty habit but if you obtain quality tea and just brew it normally it's nothing like what they do in the far south.
The "traditional" way to consume it kinda is gross & silly not gonna lie. But ya it won't fuck your mouth up unless you get the version I was talking about being dried over campfires. I'm up by lake michigan in the us btw.

>>47416
It's all over the internet but I visit a local tea shop so I can actually smell the tea before I buy it to see if its good or not. I would recommend you do the same as everyone is different when it comes to taste. If that isn't an option try amazon.

>it's getting more popular with millennial

Fucking hipsters indeed. When I visited california they sell the dominant commercial brand of yerba mate in a can literally anywhere with a fridge. It's good stuff don't get me wrong but it's more soda without fizz than tea.

 No.47418

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I drink a lot of tea, mostly ginger tea and black tea

 No.47419

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>>47417
Cruz malta is not quiality yerba man, it cost 2/3 usd the kilo here.

Quality yerba is canarias, if you are serious about your mate you should try this.

 No.47420

>>47407
I love sweet tea does that count?

 No.47422

>>47419
I agree Cruz is very entry level which is why I brought it up. I buy a different bag of mate from a local argentinian store when I need it.

Cruz is by no means bad though, it gets the job done.

 No.47423

>>47420
you can talk about it if you'd like. to my knowledge the base of sweet tea is the generic black tea blends you usually see in lipton iced tea and stuff like that.

 No.47425

i got into this in my early 20s because i liked the ceremony and subtlety of it. 1-0 years later I only drink strong black coffee, 2-6 mugs a day

 No.47439

>do any wizards like tea?
here

The grocery store sells boxes of no-name black tea for $1.30. There's 100 bags inside. When I gotta go somewhere I just rip open 5 or 6 bags, pour them into my mouth and chase it all down with a glass of water.

It does the job.

 No.47440

I love a nice mint tea to relax. Because I am so sensitive to caffeine I have to be really careful about the timing(among other factors) when drinking normal tea or even green tea. With herbal teas that don't have caffeine I can have one whenever the mood strikes me without having to worry about other factors or what time it is, and mint tea is my favorite of the herbal teas.

 No.47822

>>47440

I got a mint plant to do just this, but its dying, sadly.

I also drink black tea like >>47439
does. Cheap tea, 100 bags, about 6-7 bags, but with hot water. It's pretty good, actually. I also sometimes do iced tea with it, but not sweetened. I could do sweetened though, if needed. About 10 or more bags per liter with a long steeping time. It's okay to drink, but it's not pleasurable.

I'm also interested in ginger tea and yerba mate, but I seriously don't drink tea versus soda. I like soda too much to replace it with tea. Tea is pretty weak compared to soda, even with 7 tea bags.

I want to make a lot of strong tea to drink, or either drink it like old chinese people who don't care anymore. That being, tea steeped constantly in hot water that's being tipped off when necessary in a portable container. I don't see why it's looked down upon, it's so awesome to drink tea whenever.

 No.47825

i like herbal teas and own dozens of bags of weird plants ive procured online, nothing drug, but im too lazy to make the tea. at best i can do it a few days and then its months before i make any more

 No.47826

>>47822
>mint plant dying
where are you growing it? they have grown like weeds for me if i put them somewhere with a lot of water. i used to have a big pot containing mint, and the mint would be sending shoots from holes in the bottom kf the plant. so after a week i could move it somewhere and those shoots would take hold. i covered a swampy yard with the stuff afterayar or so

 No.47835

>>47826

Do I need to drown it or something? It's outside right now, getting 100% of the sunlight of the day, and it's spring, so it's not even that cold outside.

 No.47836

>>47835
the sunlight thing is probably more the issue if it already has enough water, try putting in someplace thats shaded

 No.47848


 No.47854

I drink buckets of tea every day. I prefer chinese white tea, japanese rice tea and indian black tea with lemon and bergamot. It's funny because I live in the most intensely coffee-drinking country in the world and sometimes it feels like I'm the only tea drinker.

 No.47857

>>47854
do your fellow murikans ever ook ook and beat their chest when they discover your gurly tea drinkin'?

 No.47859

>>47857
almost every country in europe drinks more coffee than the us does, he is probably scandinavia.

 No.47861

>>47857

They look at me like I'm an alien from space. Like how can someone not drink coffee. It's like a basic human need to them, like oxygen.

>>47859

Sharp.

 No.47862

>>47861
Finland?

 No.47863

I’ve been drinking Taiwanese Mountain Oolong. I forget the name but it’s pretty good.

I also drink smoked Black Tea because it gets me ‘tea drunk’ but I think it might just be some cancer related thing.

 No.47892

anyone still get buzzed on tea???
I used to get absolutely ripped on a couple tea bags but shortly thereafter it became like drinking water. I wonder if it's normal or part of my growing tolerance of things in general.

 No.47954

I'm gonna step up my tea game by one notch. I have been boiling my water and then steeping my tea leaves without any external heat, in a tea cup. The result leaves to a warm, almost luke-warm, tea some times. Other times, like with black tea, I can actually have it pretty hot. To combat this problem, I will have to, sadly, boil water with the tea in it at a consistent temperature. That's actually easy. I will not enjoy cleaning another pot though.

Other tea improvements I could make is a more varied type of tea and loose leaf tea. I think loose leaf would be more expensive though, even with the consideration of re-using some of it. I don't drink tea daily, so re-using might be out of the picture. It also costs more upfront and I can't really buy it at a store. I don't live in a city. Compare this to my cheap black tea, which is like, one to two dollars per 100 bags, which could last like, almost two weeks if I drank tea every day, once a day. I would have to do some calculations on the price of tea per liter vs soda per liter. For bagged black tea, it is a lot cheaper to buy it and even just add sugar, I would bet. I think it was like, 2 dollars for four pounds of sugar. It's an amazing deal in itself, and cheaper if without sugar.

On variation, I have the mint plant doing well, and I could always, ironically, buy ginger, which is probably more expensive. Hibiscus is for sale too, as a plant. It could be possible to grow that in bulk from one plant, but I don't have any specifics. I could do green, chamomile, etc. too. I'll experiment more with the temperature first. I'm not made of money.

 No.47969

>>47892
what tea does that to you?

 No.48016

>>47863
was it a green oolong, or was it roasted?

>>47954
you should try out a gaiwan. it requires more tea leaves when steeping, but you get more tea out of it, and stronger tasting no less. there's some online vendors with really cheap teas and gaiwans if you're interested in experimenting. a 100g pack of loose black tea and a cheap gaiwan can run you maybe $18 total (pre-shipping), and that's at least 10 liters of tea.

 No.48887

>>47408
> I don't trust tea bags iv heard they have fluoride in them
Tea has fluoride in it…

 No.48888

>>47407
I drink orange pekoe daily. When you ask for just "tea" in canada thats what you get by default. I grew up on it.

 No.48889

>>48888
Adding to that: going to the united states and ordering tea at any place is weird. They bring you a big selection of different tea. We have variety here but like i said "can i have a tea?" Just means orange pekoe here

 No.48890

>>47407
yunnansourcing.com

I like black tea

 No.48906

I'm mostly a fan of green tea, black tea, and ginger if I'm feelin' frisky.

Have yet to try earl grey.

I recommend putting milk in it. It's actually not any more different than with coffee and even has a chai tea sort of vibe.

 No.48908

jasmine is my favorite kind, I don't get anything special though, I just buy whatever box of it I see first at the grocery store, I used to love peppermint as well, but I'd rather have jasmine

 No.48918

Anyone simply drinks tetley's here? Simple, with no milk.
Been doing this all my life.
3-6 cups a day.
Don't care to try other stuff, am content with it.

 No.48920

I like tea, it's the only thing I drink besides an occasional kombucha or some alcohol.

Usually I just down cups of english breakfast, early grey, or chai throughout the day.
Occasionally I'll have green tea. Sencha is pretty good although the taste weirded me out at first. Jasmine is also good.
Before bed I'll usually have chamomile or peppermint.

Generally I just buy some brands I know at the market, however occasionally my parents will send me some from Europe. There was one really good Darjeeling tea they got me in France, I forget the name of the brand though.
Barry's Irish tea is also really good, I liked it better than any english tea I've had.

I've never tried loose leaf because I'm too lazy to deal with it and too cheap to buy quality stuff that would actually make enough of a difference in taste.

 No.48924

I used to order tea regularly from import websites. But after I joined some tea of the month clubs I rarely order much.
The tea clubs I get are white2tea and Global tea hut. Global tea hut has an interesting magazine as well if youcan handle the hippie new age shit in it.

 No.48925

I enjoy green tea and oolong tea. I've been making ginger tea from scratch lately and it's got a lovely flavor.

Simply raw ginger (minced, not the powder), turmeric (i do use powder for this), lemon juice (doesn't have to be fresh, I use the stuff in the little bottle), and honey to taste.

Put all that, using whatever ratios you want, into boiled/very hot water, and let it sit for, oh idk, 5 minutes?

Then filter it into a cup and enjoy. It's a bit of work, but well worth it. It provides a very sweet/spicy tea.

Also, I do brew my own Kombucha (say what you want, I like the stuff) and one time I used Yerba Mate to brew it and it was simply the greatest drink I've ever made.
Unfortunately, good Yerba is 1) expensive and 2) hard to come by. Fuck Amazon, I won't use it.

 No.49026

>>48924
white2tea disturbs me with it's "humour." I'm not for traditionalism and orientalism in tea, but branding with memespeak is off-putting enough to make me never try their teas, despite how good they might be

 No.49270

>In Japan, the term "Russian tea" is used to refer specifically to the act of having black tea with a spoonful of jam, whether added into the cup or placed on the tongue before drinking.
>The typical choice is strawberry jam, but not exclusively so.

 No.49426

Do you put milk and sugar in your tea, I find it makes it a nice desert drink better than hot cocoa. I've even tried it on green and herbal tea

 No.49428

>>49426
I put stevia in my tea every time, I tried milk too but it doesn’t go well imo

 No.49431

anyone make chai?

I make mine with 2 cardamon pods, star anise, cinnamon, ginger, and sometimes sage and cloves. Plus milk and sugar. I find that it's difficult to make it taste really good consistently.

 No.49433

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drinking tea is for t*rks.

 No.49434

J have stepped up my tea game and have managed to make GOOD green tea. Not too hot, no fishy smell, good taste. Also, I am now boiling the water with the tea insread of steeping the tea in hot water. Now, my tea is consistently hot. No more cold tea.

 No.49502

>>49433
burayı da boklama be b*ran

 No.49679

>>48908
Jasmine tea is so relaxing to smell. All tea drinkers should try it at least once.

 No.49680

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not exactly TEA, but i drink a lot of jiaogulan. it has a sweet earthy taste and almost smells like seafood, super weird but not bad

i'm guessing the people in china prepare the stuff by throwing it on the ground to dry because it's always so fucking dirty

looking into growing it myself because plants that vine are my favorite things in the world

 No.49688

I'm trying to wean myself back onto brewed tea…as in not eating the physical tea itself like a fiend, but I hate bitterness.

I used to add milk and sugar and a bit pf vanilla extract but that got boring. Do you people know any good sweet tea recipes? I'm talking about the actual tea plant.

 No.49689

>>49688
Green tea is actually sweet if you do it right. Remember, 3 grams of tea to each 100ml of water. The water can't be boiling otherwise it becomes bitter. A minute, minute and half of infusion is the perfect time I find.

 No.49691

>>49689
>Green tea is actually sweet if you do it right
Urg… I ain't talking about the sort of 'sweetness' that only some tea connoisseur can detect. I mean sweet like friggin candy.

Gotta have my nectar.

 No.49692

>>49691
I see wiz. I guess you could make green tea, freeze it, use a mixer to turn into a smooth-like consistency and use it as topping on vanilla ice-cream.

 No.49693

>>49691
Just put a bunch of sugar in it.

 No.49708

>>49693
Well, I said recipes, so I mean more ingredients than just sugar. Something like a tea cappuccino. You know?

 No.49710

>>49708
How about one for traditional southern sweet tea.

>Take pot and boil up some water

>Take four or five bags of Lipton or other name brand you can find at the normal market
>Throw that in the pot
>Turn heat down and let sit for ~10 min
>Pull out bags and turn off
>Leave to cool a bit until very warm but not scolding
>Pour in about 1/4 of a bag of sugar and stir
>Add a few squeezes of lemon juice
>Fill a pitcher with ice
>Pour tea over ice
>Add more ice until pitcher is full
>Carefully mix
>Chill in fridge until desired serving temp
>Give final stir before serving
Enjoy your diabetes

You should look up tai bubble tea. Seems like something you would like.

 No.49716

>>49710
another passive aggressive reply…..
I guess stepping outside the box offends the tea coterie

 No.49722

>>49688
I put stevia into my tea

 No.49723

>>49716
That isn't passive aggressive.
That literally is how southern sweet tea is made in most households.

You make overly strong "normal" tea, add in too much sugar, then you dilute the fuck out of it with ice to make it normal flavor.
It's tradition that it is always made in large batches that way because it was always made for the whole family.
But if you think you too good for traditional sweet tea then you can fuck off and look up your liquid candy fancy pants tea on your own.

 No.49734

Do you guys also put a bit of grinded black pepper in your teas?

 No.49739

>>47836

It's been a long time, but that actually worked. Now it looks like reeds though. I've failed it, personally. I'm lazy, and I want to burn it to put it out of its suffering. Before that though, I'll try.

I'm also going to try finding supermarkets for tea like some have suggested and I will try ginger tea as well.

 No.49740

getting into the fall season i'll probably start on tea again, with my weak lungs, its the only thing that lets me survive winters in the basement

 No.49741

>>49723
yeah, whatever
>>49734
Chai uses pepper. If it's in a sweet, milky tea like chai the added fragrance is nice but the flavor is a little acute for me. Almost acidic. I usually avoid it.

 No.49810

I did some ginger tea now, and it was pretty good. At first, I did about a tablespoon of ginger to my usual tall glass with some agave to start. Then, I did one with a lot more ginger with, honestly, less or similar agave? I also put in some lemon juice in there.

Next would be the same thing, ginger tea, but unsweetened with other spices. Also, in two days, I'll look for some whole teas at some local supermarkets.

I might also just use amazon, but baby steps, I guess.

 No.49811

>>49810
How do you prepare the ginger?

 No.49819

>>49810
you should try using crystallized ginger and/or dried lemons

 No.49846

I used to drink tea but I just learnt that it is full of fluoride. It sucks it out of the soil. So I'm going to stop unless I can find some that is grown in particular conditions to prevent fluoride

 No.49858

>>49811

Peel and cut into small strips. The increased surface area increases the amount of flavor.

>>49819

What will the difference be?

 No.49859

>>49819
I tried using crystallized ginger yesterday, as per your recommendation. The ginger taste didn’t really come through and it was too sweet.

 No.49860

>>49859
Not him, but I personally almost always made ginger teas with ground ginger to exelent results.
That said fresh minced ginger is potent and wonderful. Personally never cut it into small strips unless I was making a medicinal decoction(concentrated "syrup") rather then a infusion (tea).

 No.49928

I got some un-bagged tea, I guess. It's Ceylon tea, and I used a teapot to brew it. So, right now, I'm trying to get experience with teapots and using tea without bags. I'll need to read how to use teapots, since I've actually just been brewing it with just regular water in a pot. Personally, the pot works just fine, but there might be a reason to use a teapot. Probably because a teapot has the ability to keep warm and its similar design makes it easy to use a teapot cozy.

Does anyone have multiple amounts of tea? I got 500g for $7, so it'll last me a long time. I believe tea oxidizes in the air and loses its taste, so I'm wary of that.

So, in this journey, I'll learn how to use a teapot (in multiple ways probably), get a tea cozy, and probably get another teapot for myself. Also, I'll work on my tea brewing technique for loose teas. Finally, after getting another tea, or a sampler, possibly, I'll experiment with more teas.


In the tea I made, the Ceylon, I made it in a few different ways. First, I just winged it. Seriously. I just put the tea in the pot after looking into it a bit, even when the water wasn't even boiling, and just did it. The tea went through fine, but I forgot, or didn't know, the teapot had no strainer in it, so there were tea leaves. The next few batches, I managed to filter the tea and boil it at a consistent temperature instead of winging it. I boiled it lower than what I did for the first batch, which was a rolling boil, something I never do with black tea. Even though black tea calls for higher temperatures compared to something like green tea, I don't want a lot of bitterness, so I managed to get it to a regular boil for my last batch, and it turned out fine. My father actually tasted it too, and he said it was either too weak or just right. I consider that a great compliment, seeing as he said it was nearly right. I've been winging it with water and tea ratios as well. I fill up the teapot and put different amounts of tea each time. Last time, it was measured strictly by teaspoons, the measuring tool. Now, it's just a regular spoon.

From the method, onto the tea and how it was served. The first few batches were just hot teas, nothing special. I've experimented with making it a cold, or iced tea. First, I tried ice, milk and sugar to a hot tea. It sucked. It was watery. Then, I tried milk and sugar with a hot tea, which was actually great, and finally, I took the remainder of the tea, now cold, mixed it with milk and the agave I had before. Agave, I do not like. Ew. I have it with me right now, and my side hurts from drinking it. It's weird since soda is super sugary, but this specifically hurts me. It's probably as sugary too, but it might just be the agave. The sugar did not give me these problems.

That's it for now. I'll keep on learning. It looks like the OP and perhaps others would know more about this than me, since you're using loose leaf teas. I would assume you know how to properly brew loose leaf and bagged teas, have the equipment to do so, and overall, have tried more teas than I have.

Next post will be a lot shorter unless anyone wants me to keep posting my progress like this.

Also, I found >>47408's tea in the same store I found the Ceylon tea, so that might be another one I try next other than samplers.



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