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Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:25 am

For all tea drinkers out there, do you normally drink tea from loose tea or from tea bags?

When at home, I almost always drink tea from loose tea. Every morning, I have a cup of the following:


I use this tea infuser:


It's a really good Ceylon tea, perhaps my favorite. It's from Sri Lanka (obviously, since it is a Ceylon tea), but marketed for the Middle East which is why it has an Arabic brand name. Al-Ghazaleen means "The Two Gazelles" in Arabic.

It can easily be found in many international specialty stores in the USA. I can find it quite easily here in Denver.

I also drink Twinings, Lipton, and Bigelow from tea bags when I want something different or when I want something herbal.
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:09 am

Loose. Bags just don't do tea justice.

Quoting BA (Thread starter):

I use this tea infuser:

Tea balls are great when you are short of time. Then again, I prefer the older dual kettle method or using a samovar.

Quoting BA (Thread starter):

It's a really good Ceylon tea, perhaps my favorite. It's from Sri Lanka (obviously, since it is a Ceylon tea), but marketed for the Middle East which is why it has an Arabic brand name. Al-Ghazaleen means "The Two Gazelles" in Arabic.

If I buy black tea in the US, I get it from Sadaf, which is a major Iranian and Middle Eastern food brand. Then again, my father brought a massive amount of tea from Iran that his brother gave him, so that has held for a while.
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:34 am

Either way is fine with me.

I don't see any way around the fact that the loose brewing method will provide the best flavor. The downside is the gathering of sediment in the bottom of the mug. I always push my luck one sip too far and end up with a bittering shot of tea leaf fragments at the end of my cup.

To me, the use of tea bags isn't nearly as offensive as "dunking" a tea bag into hot water instead of pouring the hot water over the tea. I work 12 hour nights myself so I have found that the best compromise between flavor, convenience, and the limited infrastructre available at work involves microwaving one mug of water before pouring it into a second mug containing a (nylon/mesh) tea bag.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):
Then again, I prefer the older dual kettle method or using a samovar.

What's the dual kettle method?
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:38 am

Loose; Chinese. Bags are for amateurs.
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:38 am

I have one sort of tea that is loose tea otherwise I use tea bags.

Quoting BA (Thread starter):
I use this tea infuser:

LOL.

Have exactly one of that.
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:42 am

I work mids too and I'm looking for a good, strong, decafinated tea. Any suggestions?
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:47 am



Quoting Molykote (Reply 2):

What's the dual kettle method?

Basically identical to using a samovar, but used to make smaller quantities of tea. You take 2 kettles, or more accurately a kettle and a tea pot that fit together. You bring the water in the kettle to a boil. When it is boiling, you add a couple spoonfuls of loose tea to the smaller pot and fill it partially (1/4 to 1/2) full of water. You then place the tea pot on top of the kettle of water and return the water to a boil and let the tea brew for 10-15 minutes. The tea pot now contains a concentrate that you mix in a glass with the hot water in the kettle at your desired strength (usually a 1/5-1/8th ratio). No sediment (unless you want it) and amazing flavor.
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:50 am



Quoting Bablackpilot (Reply 5):
I work mids too and I'm looking for a good, strong, decafinated tea. Any suggestions?

Why decaf? Anyway, if you have to go decaf, you should try a good herbal like Rooibos, which is full of anti-oxidents, can be brewed strong and has a natural sweet tone that removes any need for sugar.
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:51 am



Quoting N1120A (Reply 6):

Interesting.
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:58 am



Quoting N1120A (Reply 7):

I'm trying to reduce my caffen intake due to high blood pressure, it's not fun being grounded from flying....well at least from flying with primary students.
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:03 pm

Absolutely loose tea for me.  yummy 

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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:04 pm



Quoting Bablackpilot (Reply 9):

I'm trying to reduce my caffen intake due to high blood pressure, it's not fun being grounded from flying....well at least from flying with primary students.

That is understandable, though the jury is out on whether moderate caffeine intake is harmful or helpful to HBP. In fact, a major study showed that drinking 4 cups of regular black tea a day reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is implicated in high blood pressure, by 27%. Further, regular tea consumption reduces blood platelet activation and blood clotting, which leads to heart attacks.
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:08 pm



Quoting N1120A (Reply 11):
In fact, a major study showed that drinking 4 cups of regular black tea a day reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is implicated in high blood pressure, by 27%. Further, regular tea consumption reduces blood platelet activation and blood clotting, which leads to heart attacks.

I agree but my Doc said she is testing everything and not taking any chances at this point.
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:18 pm



Quoting Bablackpilot (Reply 12):

I agree but my Doc said she is testing everything and not taking any chances at this point.

Probably a good idea. Given that, you should try Rooibos. Totally decaf, full of healthy stuff and really tasty.
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:36 pm

My tea always comes from bags... then sugared-up, iced to a perfect chill, and served with Texas Bar-B-Que. =)

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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:07 pm



Quoting Scottieprecord (Reply 14):


My tea always comes from bags... then sugared-up, iced to a perfect chill, and served with Texas Bar-B-Que

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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:07 pm

I definitly love being tea-bagged.
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:54 pm



Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):
I prefer the older dual kettle

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Yes it should be loose, and I use a filter, so that I can pour the water through the filter slowly and keep the filter in the tea for a sufficient time to give it sufficient flavour.
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To have it loose enables you to make a mellange of different flavours and even add special things like cinnamon etc.
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RE: Tea Drinkers: Loose Tea Or Tea Bags?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:48 pm

Bags for me, usually Tetley that I get in Vancouver, or PG Tips from the local British store. I do not find there to be enough of a flavour difference to deal with the hassle of loose tea.

I drink 4-8 cups of tea a day so there is usually a pot going downstairs in the cozy. In fact, it's time to go get more now.  Smile
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