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Tea - questing for a good cup

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So, I'm in Texas and I don't like coffee so I drink tea hot or iced. I'm ready to progress to buying the basic tea and steeping it instead of buying bags of tea leaf dust. I figure if it's dust, it's probably suboptimal or a byproduct.

Anyone have any tips/advice/etc. for me on this adventure? Like, what's the best steeping device? Where's the best place to get good advice about how to go about this (the Internet is huge, folks and ...)?

Any and all help appreciated.

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I like this device:
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As for teas, what do you like? Earthy, smokey, flowery... fruity perhaps?
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That's a good question. Maybe I should look for a sampler.

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Hi "astroannie",

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

You can check "Amazon.com" for "Tea" and "brew tea", and read the many customer reviews.

And, believe it or not, there are some "tea timers" in the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM).

Hope this helps ...
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I have two infusers - a jobber-do like what Moem suggested and a basket thingy designed to fit inside a cup or teapot. I use both, but I prefer the basket because it is easier to clean and it holds enough tea to make a full pot.

When I lived in the D-FW area Teavana was one of my guilty pleasures. I think they have expanded to most of the larger cities in Texas. It is worth a look-see. Be prepared to pay boutique prices, and if you are a sucker for impulse purchases I suggest taking a sane person with you.

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Astroannie;

My daughter is into tea. There is a mall close to home that has a store called "Teavana" that specializes in all things tea. If you have never been to one, you might consider a visit... Their website can be found HERE. In the upper right corner, there is a store locator... They have 18 stores in TX (Arlington, Austin, Dallas (2), Friendswood, Frisco, Ft. Worth, Huston (3), Humble, Hurst, Katy, McAllen, Plano, San Antonio (2), & Woodlands) - mostly in malls.

Enjoy! :mrgreen:

P.S.: This is the one that gets the most use at mi casa >>>

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astroannie wrote:So, I'm in Texas and I don't like coffee so I drink tea hot or iced. I'm ready to progress to buying the basic tea and steeping it instead of buying bags of tea leaf dust. I figure if it's dust, it's probably suboptimal or a byproduct.

Anyone have any tips/advice/etc. for me on this adventure? Like, what's the best steeping device? Where's the best place to get good advice about how to go about this (the Internet is huge, folks and ...)?

Any and all help appreciated.
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You want full loose-leaf teas and many good varieties are often imported. I usually order from Adagio, they've been offering teas for a long time and I've been mostly pleased with their selection as it easily beats any typical store bag variety. You can get some of the highest antioxidant benefits possible from white tea which surpasses green. I usually drink Irish Breakfast and Ginger with a small amount of honey. They also offer large infusers -- which is what you want for steeping loose-leaf tea over teabags and teaballs.

Btw, if you decide to order from there, PM me for a coupon code, I think there might be $5-$10 available.
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I bought one of these at a thrift store for less than $1.00 and it appears to be stainless steel and works with my 1950s old metal coffee pot very well.

I try a lot of different tea but OEM standard tea is awfully hard to beat.
Sometimes a full shot of Wild Turkey 101 in my tea after 5pm / 6 pm evenings.

http://www.amazon.com/Acorn-Stainless-S ... B00HRHE730

more tea links.
http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/01/tea- ... ryone.html

this one might be entertaining.
http://www.etiquettescholar.com/dining_ ... uette.html
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Hi "astroannie",

Been reading the good replies ...

Obviously, going to a store that specializes in fine Tea would be best, because you can try them before you buy them, and get expert advice on brewing them.

But, in case you do not have a local store, you can also use on-line options as well.

Here are examples of "Best Tea Samplers" from Amazon.com. I recommend reading the descriptions and the customer reviews.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_ ... ea+sampler

"Best Tea Brewers"
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_ ... ting%2C361

These Look Interesting. There are various manufacturers:

UEndure Tea Infuser, Tumbler Style Travel Mug with Loose Leaf Tea Strainer, Tea Cup with Stainless Steel Steeper, Portable Teapot with Mesh Filter Basket, Glass Water Bottle for Ice Tea and Essential Oils - Best Tea Infuser for Green Tea. $26.95
http://www.amazon.com/UEndure-Strainer- ... tea+brewer


Pijio Tea Infuser (Loose), Fruit Infusion, Cold Brew Coffee Maker, Infused Borosilicate Glass Bottle Mug. Best Travel Sports Water Bottle with Neoprene Sleeve, BPA Free (500ml 17oz) - see the buy together with Tea sampler option.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017Y06AOI/ref ... UTF8&psc=1

Hope this helps ...
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Wow! Thank you all!

Both Teavana and Adagio are on EBates so I get cash back to shop there. I will check them both out.

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astroannie wrote:Wow! Thank you all!

Both Teavana and Adagio are on EBates so I get cash back to shop there. I will check them both out.
It isn't clear if you plan on shopping on-line or in person. I would suggest that the "in person" experience can not be duplicated on-line... I think you owe it to yourself to walk in (if geographically possible) to the store. The olfactory experience alone is worth the trip! :mrgreen:
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Bit spoilt for choice here in the UK. You can get decent tea from tea bags, buy a reputable/upmarket brand. Looking in my cupboard, it's Twining's Assam. Like lapsang souchong occasionally. The purists would say want decent tea, buy a teapot and loose leaf.
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I agree that making tasty tea from bags is possible if the bags are of sufficient quality, and Twinings makes decent tea in bags... but it's not unthinkable that the version they ship to the US could be different in quality.

I like Yorkshire, as well. I have a big tin box of Gold sitting next to my Teasmade, for special occasions. I feel a special occasion coming up... :D
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Reorx wrote:
astroannie wrote:Wow! Thank you all!

Both Teavana and Adagio are on EBates so I get cash back to shop there. I will check them both out.
It isn't clear if you plan on shopping on-line or in person. I would suggest that the "in person" experience can not be duplicated on-line... I think you owe it to yourself to walk in (if geographically possible) to the store. The olfactory experience alone is worth the trip! :mrgreen:
I plan both. There is a Teavana at the mall near me. But I don't intend to run to the mall on a regular basis. I'm driving impaired and so going to the mall can be problematic. This is a long weekend...we shall see if astroandy can take me.

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Once you know what you like, online shopping is a very practical way to get it into your paws.
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in the pantry, there is currently a box of 'Lipton Quality Black Tea'.
- packed in the UAE by Unilever :(
but that's quite typical of the local supermarket.

if you were a real tea connoisseur, you would't buy that .. ..
- I'd still prefer that to coffee, though.
== Nescafe - again, from the local supermarket.

a real coffee would have to come from Dome -- local version of Starbucks,
which, fortunately doesn't exist here.
:)

anyway Moem - got one of those things in the kitchen drawer. ..
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astroannie wrote:
Reorx wrote:
astroannie wrote:Wow! Thank you all!

Both Teavana and Adagio are on EBates so I get cash back to shop there. I will check them both out.
It isn't clear if you plan on shopping on-line or in person. I would suggest that the "in person" experience can not be duplicated on-line... I think you owe it to yourself to walk in (if geographically possible) to the store. The olfactory experience alone is worth the trip! :mrgreen:
I plan both. There is a Teavana at the mall near me. But I don't intend to run to the mall on a regular basis. I'm driving impaired and so going to the mall can be problematic. This is a long weekend...we shall see if astroandy can take me.
I think the first time it is advisable to plan a reconnaissance mission to a local store in order to discover what you like and to put "hands on" various items. Once you know the "lay of the land", online ordering is much more convenient. And the long weekend is the perfect opportunity for a recon mission. If possible report back with your "findings"...

...and OBTW, I think you will be surprised how "Linuxy" the store is - You will encounter Mint tea, Cinnamon tea, and Mate tea... :lol:

Enjoy the trip!
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If you're anywhere near Austin, this may interest you . . .

https://www.naturalgrocers.com/nutritio ... taste-tea/

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OMG. I am not going back. They had samples...I only tried the "cherry limeade" which sounded interesting.

It reminded me of cough syrup, it was so sickeningly sweet. The card said it was "lightly sweetened" or I wouldn't have tried it. I"m glad I'm not diabetic.

The store was itty-bitty and crowded so I couldn't interact with staff unless I was willing to hang out a good long while.

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Annie;

Sorry for your bad luck! Well, on the bright side, it was a learning experience. You have found at least 1 tea that you shouldn't waste your time ordering on-line... but did you find anything you liked? They have a wide variety of teas in-store - surely there was something that would tickle your fancy! Perhaps returning at noon on a week day when the store is (far) less crowded might be a better idea?
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