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 -
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 -
I'd like something that's either understated (traditional, white porcelain), but outstanding quality.
Or a little more elegant: 1
. (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 -
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 -
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.
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posted by uncleGarage
on Jan 13, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I've noticed that my favorite jasmine green tea tastes a lot better when I first buy it than it does a few weeks later. I'm currently storing it in a double-lid tea container, much like this one
. Can anybody suggest a better storage method? What works for you?
posted by yankeefog
on May 6, 2013 -
Can you help me identify a specific brand of tea based on what I recall of its box design? I used it up, recycled the packaging, and foolishly thought I'd be able to find it again easily. [more inside]
posted by Mizu
on Apr 11, 2013 -
I need to package loose leaf tea to make small gifts, think like a wedding favor. The package could include another small item (could be in a small glass or have a small pot of honey, or something else) but should not cost more than $2 (excluding the tea) in bulk quantities (like 400). Thanks for your suggestions!
posted by cacao
on Apr 11, 2013 -
Looking for the tea equivalent of coffee shops in Sydney.Preferably in the CBD/inner city. High Tea is OK, but looking for something more basic than that. I refuse to pay $4.00 for hot water and a tea bag, lol.
posted by mocoface
on Mar 26, 2013 -
I have been brewing and drinking my own kombucha for years. I like the taste, I like the bubbles, and it's a fun and relatively low-maintenance hobby in the realm of brewing things (way less involved than beer, for instance). What I'm wondering is if there is any actual known proven non-woo benefit of drinking the stuff. There's so much crap online it's difficult to sort through. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake
on Mar 17, 2013 -
I'm looking to make a bubble tea style drink at home, but all of the mixes seem to be tea based. Is there any that don't have caffeine that you are aware of or have used before? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos
on Mar 16, 2013 -
Two days ago, I decided to cut down on my caffeine intake drastically. I now feel super duper out of it and fatigued, plus I have headaches (I never get headaches!).
I would like to hear personal anecdotes from others regarding their experiences with caffeine withdrawal, so I know for sure that what I am feeling is not just in my head. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123
on Mar 6, 2013 -
In the last month, I've become a tea drinker. I'm new to this, but I'm ready to do it right. A few questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue
on Feb 4, 2013 -
How can one keep sane with a 6 (six) hour layover in Detroit airport during the Xmas travel rush? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Dec 12, 2012 -
I take a nice 4-serving Thermos of tea to work every day. It keeps my tea nice and hot all day long. But my little tupperware of milk warms up after a couple of hours. I'd like to find a 4-ounce container that will keep my milk cool, can poor without dripping, and is OK to put dairy in (because according to my Thermos, it's dairy intolerant).
posted by rebent
on Nov 29, 2012 -
I need your help. On a recent trip to India I was served chai in this magnificent tea pot (or chai pot) or perhaps it has some unknown name . . . I should have looked for identifying manufacturer marks while there, but alas too late. My google-fu has failed me so far, please help me identify a source where I might purchase said item. (Image inside). [more inside]
posted by jeremias
on Oct 22, 2012 -
I have the most bourgeois question ever, but damnit, tea is serious business. Where/how can I get more of this amazing tea from Kerala, India? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo
on Sep 27, 2012 -
Lately, I've been into tea and more interested in trying new varieties than waiting to finish off the old stuff. I don't really have any teas I want to throw away. What's the best way to store a bunch of small containers of loose tea in a space efficient and aesthetically pleasing way? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim
on Sep 2, 2012 -
Silly question but, is it ok to drink green tea I brewed yesterday and left in the fridge overnight? It's kinda weird - dark and bitter. [more inside]
posted by gakiko
on Aug 29, 2012 -
What herbs can I grow to make my own tasty, medicinal, and/or magical teas? I'd love to hear your tea recipes, too.
posted by swift
on Aug 27, 2012 -
I have recently developed a taste for Genmaicha with Matcha (green tea with roasted rice), and I am looking for a recommendation for an online source, the loose variety.
posted by nanook
on Aug 12, 2012 -
What is the most environmentally friendly way to boil water for, e.g., tea? [more inside]
posted by acm
on Jun 6, 2012 -
Do larger tea companies put dyes in their teas or concentrate their ingredients to make a brew look more, uh, tea-y? [more inside]
posted by tenstairs
on Jun 4, 2012 -
Is it possible to get high from tea made out of poppies ordered off of ebay (the kind used for floral arrangements)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 14, 2012 -
Where can I find Long Island Iced Teas for cheap prices in NYC? Especially during happy hours? [more inside]
posted by delasoull
on Feb 7, 2012 -
Were there stimulant drinks or foods in Europe before the arrival of coffee and tea from Asia and Africa? If so, what were they, and who had access to them? [more inside]
posted by jepler
on Jan 10, 2012 -
I'm interested in making my own scented tea blends with dried flowers. I'm aware that commercial scented teas utilize aromas to augment the use of flowers. Do you know of a good supplier of dried jasmine, osmanthus, rose, chrysanthemum or cherry blossom?
posted by leigh1
on Jan 7, 2012 -
I am desperately trying to remember a song from a mix-tape around 1996 that involved a male singing in a quiet, resigned, almost-verging-on-happy-about-giving-up tone about how he was going to just stay inside and live his do-nothing life in his crappy run-down home and drink tea with a dormouse. Something to that effect. Minimalist sound, kind of plinky and plonky. [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus
on Dec 22, 2011 -
After a failed attempt at getting my morning caffeine via coffee.. I discovered Bigelow's Plantation Mint
tea. I like it stronger then their little teabags can provide though. How do I find and make it with loose leaves? [more inside]
posted by royalsong
on Dec 15, 2011 -
I would like to give a tea set for a wedding gift. I'm looking for a timeless, beautiful set of objects that will last forever and do their job well. [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00
on Dec 15, 2011 -
At a dinner party last night, the hostess served tea in these ingenious mug devices that had a) a ceramic strainer that fit inside the mug and b) a little mini-plate that sat on top of the mug, keeping the tea warm and serving as a place to put the strainer with the tea leaves when you were done steeping. Does anyone happen to know what these are called so I can look for them online?
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Dec 5, 2011 -