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Japanese green tea

I am very fond of Japanese green tea (sencha, not matcha) but I know very little about it, other than "A few times in my life someone has given me this cup of tea that tasted kind of like lawns and seaweed but in a good way and I must have more of this." I'd like to start exploring what's out there and educating my palate a bit, but … inexpensively. If that's even possible. My beverage budget is in "one six-pack of nice craft beer a week" territory. What should I try? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Oct 5, 2015 - 14 answers

You are not my barista

Why does the same level of caffeine affect me differently in different beverages? [more inside]
posted by ariadne's threadspinner on Sep 14, 2015 - 20 answers

Getting mug rings out of lino?

Put a mug of hot tea next to my bed without a coaster (because who uses a coaster on the floor?*) and now I have rings next to my bed. Any suggestions for how to remove or cover up the rings? Moving out in three weeks and have to pass two inspections. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Sep 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Conan! What is good in... Tampa?

Hey fabulous helpful denizens of mefi! I have work-related travel coming up for Tampa & St. Petersburg, Florida. I am a special snowflake of a traveler, as seen by my ask history. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Sep 3, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I make my own high-grade tea extracts/concentrates at home?

A couple of years ago I discovered that certain types of white teas, which are free of leaves and contain only tea buds, make a huge difference in my ability to concentrate. I've become sort of dependent on them to do my job, and so I'm constantly making tea throughout the day (and thus constantly running to the bathroom). All of the tea/catechin (tea antioxidant) extracts I've purchased don't seem to have the same effect on me, regardless of whether or not they contain caffeine. In researching the best way to make my own, I found this 2013 study comparing various methods of making antioxidant-rich extracts from tea, which concluded "the optimal extraction conditions were determined using 40% ethanol with ultrasound-assisted extraction method for 2 h at 40 °C." [more inside]
posted by prosopagnosia on Jun 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Ordering tea directly from China: safe?

I've tried a bunch of different loose leaf green teas, and my favorite comes from an online tea store based in China. However, by ordering directly from them, I'm bypassing European and British consumer safety regulations. If you can read Chinese -- or you know something about food safety in China -- you can help me figure out whether this is a risky purchase. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jun 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Tea for Two

I need your best sparkle magic tea party music! If unicorns had a posh tea party while playing croquet and chatting about the best brand of horn glitter, this is what they would be listening to! [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jun 8, 2015 - 26 answers

Travel advice for Houston, Texas please!

I am traveling to Houston for work soon and would like some help finding awesome things! I will have a car but not a lot of time as this is a work trip. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on May 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Wondering about the brand or origin of a tea infuser

I picked up this beautiful infuser-pot at a thrift store a few months ago and I can't find any information about who made it online. [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80 on May 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Travel advice for Nashville please!

Hey MeFites familiar with the Nashville area! I am coming to your neck of the woods for work for a day or two, and would like to find some things: [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Apr 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Recommend loose teas for a coffee addict?

Trying to cut back on my coffee intake and switching to tea instead. Bought a pretty dope steeper, and now I need to find teas that I will enjoy. Suggestions? More details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Slap Factory on Mar 11, 2015 - 43 answers

Where can I buy this tea online?

My mother-in-law loves this tea. Where can I order it online? I need a source that I can read, will take US dollars, and ship to the US as well. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Feb 16, 2015 - 9 answers

What chai is this

...and is it safe to drink after 12 years of safekeeping? [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Feb 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Travel advice for Atlanta please!

Hey mefites of Atlanta! I am going to be traveling to your fabulous city for work in early February and I would like your advice! [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Jan 24, 2015 - 11 answers

Source for fancy green tea

I'm trying to find a US-based source for high-quality green tea, and would love some recommendations for sites that sell it. Also, I need help figuring out what UK-based site I was recently looking at that perhaps had what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus on Jan 16, 2015 - 15 answers

What tea should I try?

I've recently purchased an electric kettle that can heat water to appropriate tea temperatures, and I would like to expand my tea horizons. What choices would give me a broad exposure to interesting teas? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jan 10, 2015 - 25 answers

Replacement for Tazo Green Tea Sold by Starbucks

My husband loves the Tazo China Green Tips green tea sold by Starbucks, but it has been discontinued. He is distraught! The version of Tazo China Green Tips sold in retail locations is not a suitable replacement. He needs to find a new favorite tea! [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Dec 15, 2014 - 11 answers

What's the quick and dirty on Korean Ginseng tea?

In the 24 hours I spent in South Korea, I noticed that the price and semi-magical claims of ginseng varied wildly. Besides hearing that it supposedly lowers your LDL levels, I know nothing about the studied effects of it. But I love it! Would there be any point in seeking out high quality, possibly expensive Korean Ginseng Tea for my stepdad who recently had a heart attack? Are there known varietals, factories, or families that produce particularly good stuff? Any help is welcome. Any recommendations in the SF Bay area would be especially helpful. Thank you!
posted by nímwunnan on Dec 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Seeking specific black teacup

Researching a possible gift, I found this image of a cup and saucer which would be perfect, but although I find the same image duplicated many times on Pinterest and other sites dedicated to objects of desire, I haven't tracked it down to any original, purchasable source. Can anyone help?
posted by zadcat on Dec 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Reducing caffeine in tea

My pregnant wife wants to reduce her caffeine intake while still enjoying a few cups of tea each day so I suggested she follow the instructions in this Lifehacker post by brewing her tea for 30 seconds, throwing it away, then rebrewing with fresh water. She is skeptical that this works and would like to see additional evidence. Has anyone else tried this with success? Or have you come across another source that suggested it?
posted by exhilaration on Dec 3, 2014 - 17 answers

Tea people of metafilter, help! Chai concentrate, no sugar or splenda.

I need a chai concentrate that has the black tea and spices without sugar or artificial sweeteners. Liquid or powdered form is fine. Just something I can mix in, instead of worrying about brewing. All the 'sugar free' ones have not so pleasant ingredients such as splenda. If there is one with stevia, I wouldn't mind that. Extra points if it is 'spicy.' Thanks!
posted by skjønn on Nov 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Travel advice for Raleigh please!

Work travel is picking up for me again and my next destination is Raleigh, but I'll be in Winston-Salem one afternoon as well. Help me find food please! [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Nov 12, 2014 - 17 answers

Coffee, Tea, or...

As a life-long heavy coffee drinker rivaling the Gilmore girls, about two months ago I switched to tea. I still start each day with a delicious strong cup of coffee, then switch to tea for the rest of the day. But a weird thing happened: I don't feel energized after the coffee, and it's not until my first cup of tea (whether green or black) that I feel awake. Is it the different ways caffeine act in coffee as opposed to tea? Is it psychological? What could explain this? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman on Oct 21, 2014 - 14 answers

Coffee house music in NYC? Late night coffee shops?

I've found great music and open mics in NYC, but exclusively at bars. I miss the coffee house music of my college days, where I could sip a chai instead of a beer in a laid back atmosphere. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Oct 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Oh God what have I been drinking?

I just looked inside my electric tea kettle for the first time in months and saw three large-ish blobs that look sort of like the kind of bamboo shoots you get in Chinese food. [more inside]
posted by pocketfullofrye on Oct 11, 2014 - 24 answers

How do I drink more tea?

I love drinking tea, especially the unique international varieties I have collected in my travels. But there are too many steps to making tea -- get water, put in pot, heat pot, wait for pot to boil, open cabinet, put bag in mug, etc. -- so I never think to do it. Are you a tea drinker? What rituals, storage trays, and methods can I use to speed up the process? And how can I display my tea in the kitchen (without taking up too much space) instead of hiding it in a cabinet? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Sep 24, 2014 - 44 answers

Is there such a thing as curry tea?

Coffee has lost its perk. Tea is far too mellow. Looking for something new to spice up my morning [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Sep 22, 2014 - 40 answers

Travel advice for San Antonio please!

Next month my work is going to send me to scenic San Antonio, TX! Please help me with some recommendations as I have never been there. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Aug 20, 2014 - 15 answers

Failures in Hydration, Cream Edition

Like this questioner here, I too am a grown-ass woman who fails at hydration. However, I do find that I am more willing to guzzle down creamy drinks, such as milk or hot chocolate. Are those enough to hydrate me, will I die from too much milk, and what other drinks will help fulfil both the cream craving and the hydration? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 15, 2014 - 23 answers

Travel advice for Montgomery and Atlanta please!

Hi MetaFilter! I have upcoming work travel to Montomery, AL. I am planning to fly through Atlanta, GA, and drive in to Montgomery. Let me tell you about my special snowflake issues. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Aug 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for tea and allergy friendly food in Huntington and Little Rock

I am traveling in the next few weeks to Huntington, WV and Little Rock, AR. I have not had great luck with either city in the past and would like advice on places to go for food or tea. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Jul 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Cold-Brewed Tisanes: Boricha and Beyond

So this summer I have been loving the ease of cold-brewed, noncaffeinated herbal beverages, mixing up blends of hibiscus, rose petals, rooibos, mint, and other odds and ends. I'd like to expand my formulary by learning which herbals cold-brew well, and how they'd differ from hot-brew. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Jul 13, 2014 - 2 answers

If I drink this, will I die?

I've heard that consuming products that have been smoked can increase cancer risk. I've recently started to regularly drink several cups a day of Lapsang Souchong, a smoked tea. I am an ex-smoker so I am concerned that my risk for certain cancers is already elevated. I am having difficulty finding information on if there are any potential cancer risks from drinking this tea and if so, if they are significant enough that I should consider cutting back the amount I am drinking.
posted by Drinky Die on Jun 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Enameled Cast Iron Teapot: Stovetop heating

Is it safe to heat water on the stove with an enameled cast iron teapot? [more inside]
posted by angelaas525 on May 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Tea for the common man: good, better, best?

Tea: I'm trying to figure out which are the best supermarket brands, and what might be a good kind of tea to try. [more inside]
posted by SemiSalt on Mar 16, 2014 - 50 answers

Looking for fancy tea cup recommendations:

I'd like something that's either understated (traditional, white porcelain), but outstanding quality. Or a little more elegant: 1, 2. (These are pretty ideal, but I don't think the manufacturer ships to the US.) Any recommendations? Thanks!
posted by jtothes on Jan 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Where can I find this brand of buckwheat tea?

Where can I find this brand of buckwheat tea? I tried Googling the phone number without any luck. All the text is in Japanese, I think, so I can't dig any deeper than that.
posted by archagon on Jan 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Red Raspberry leaf tea for a shorter labor -- did you drink it?

Should I drink raspberry leaf tea in my third trimester of pregnancy? Did you? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Jan 17, 2014 - 25 answers

Any great nonfiction books on the history of tea and its global trade?

I'm interested in tea and its history, especially its role in global trade and conflict. Are there any great nonfiction books that cover the subject without focusing exclusively on a certain time period or location? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Jan 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Identify Black Loose-Leaf Chinese Tea

Can someone help me identify this bag of Chinese tea? It was gifted to me and I know nothing about it. It's a wonderful tea and would very much like to buy more. If you know your teas please feel free to recommend another assuming you are familiar with the taste and other attributes of this particular black tea. Photo 1. Photo 2.
posted by uncleGarage on Jan 13, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I prevent tea from molding or turning on my counter?

We just recently bought one of these drink dispensers. I thought we went through enough iced tea to fill it, so the two times I've made tea, I made about 2.5 gallons. Both times, the tea spoiled before we could drink all of it. [more inside]
posted by tomierna on Jan 10, 2014 - 14 answers

Tea-of-the-month club recommendations

We're thinking of getting a friend of ours some kind of Tea of the Month club subscription as a (slightly belated) Christmas present. We're not big tea drinkers ourselves; can anyone recommend a particular company to get it from? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Dec 23, 2013 - 12 answers

What should I do with this big bag (potentially larva infested) of tea?

I was making a morning cup of tea when I noticed a little white thing in my tea strainer. Upon further inspection it looked a bit like this larva/maggot thing but with a blacker front end. So I'm pretty grossed out that this was there and my first instinct was to toss the whole bag (it's from Tea Gschwedner if anyone is curious). Is there anything else to do? First inspection I don't see anything else in the bag, but I haven't sorted through with a fine tooth comb either.
posted by Carillon on Oct 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Alternative to coffee?

I am quitting coffee; too intense on my stomach. Is it the caffeine? Does caffeine in tea operate differently? Looking for some good alternatives, besides the usual Green Tea. But getting a health benefit is always good.
posted by ebesan on Oct 21, 2013 - 25 answers

I wish I had a cat I could blame this on

I broke my tea mug and I need a new one. [more inside]
posted by villanelles at dawn on Oct 7, 2013 - 32 answers

Any thoughts on the safety of giving cats Sleepytime Tea?

Sleepytime Tea gets my cat high, I found out accidentally after dropping a tea bag. I mean, catnip high. Any thoughts as to whether it would be dangerous to cats? Is this a just say no to drugs situation or a pass the pipe situation?
posted by angrycat on Oct 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Why does my tea taste like soap?

I drink good-quality tea (Harney & Sons, loose, black), brew it in a clean and thoroughly rinsed pot, and drink it from a clean and thoroughly rinsed mug. Occasionally, my cup of tea will taste like soap. I have noticed this with two different orders of the same blend brewed in two different pots (one glass, one ceramic). What's going on?
posted by before and after on Aug 14, 2013 - 20 answers

Best Loose-Leaf Afternoon Tea in London

I would be grateful for suggestions on the best afternoon tea in London under £30 per head, with an emphasis on the quality of tea and cakes. So here I assume that places serving loose-leaf is better than bags. I am not too fussed about the pomp (though it is a special occasion). Many of the afternoon teas in that price bracket, according to my research, tend to serve teabags, are too busy or full of tourists.
posted by ashaw on Aug 5, 2013 - 5 answers

I need a new dru-- er, beverage. One that won't make me sick.

I really enjoy Coke. (Yes, the soda.) I need a sugar-free or lower-sugar alternative beverage to drink at work. It's for dental reasons, not diet. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by supercres on Jul 29, 2013 - 55 answers

Cusco: What did I just drink?

In the plazas in Cusco the vendors sell some kind of sweet tea, but my Spanish wasn't good enough to figure out exactly what was going into the tea. On the right side of the cart were five or six bottles filled with brightly colored liquids. In the middle of the cart was a cauldron of boiling water and herbs. The herbs had small leaves and lots of seeds - it wasn't coca. The tea was made with a shot of sugar syrup, splashes from each of the colored liquids except for the dark green one (never the green one! and not all carts even had the green liquid), and a large scoop of the herbal tea. The result was a sweet, somewhat fruity, hot tea. If anyone is familiar with this, do you have any idea what any of the herbs or syrups were?
posted by kanewai on Jul 15, 2013 - 2 answers

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