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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
...and is it safe to drink after 12 years of safekeeping? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!
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?
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?
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!
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Coffee has lost its perk. Tea is far too mellow. Looking for something new to spice up my morning [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
Is it safe to heat water on the stove with an enameled cast iron teapot? [more inside]
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]
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!
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.
Should I drink raspberry leaf tea in my third trimester of pregnancy? Did you? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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.
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.
I broke my tea mug and I need a new one. [more inside]
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?
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?
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.
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]
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?
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?
Any recommendations for a tea with strong licorice flavor that isn't fruity or sweet? [more inside]
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]
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!