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How do you make a splendid cup of tea?

As an Englishman, I am familiar with how some of my fellow Anglo-Saxon brethren make a cup of tea. Some make a pot of tea and decant when appropriate, and the rest, for speed, laziness or an unappreciation of our noble drink, use a teabag in a mug. But, apart from a few of our distant cousins, I remain ignorant as to how Americans, Canadians and others across the waters typically make tea (as in the hot drink made from the conjunction of tea leaves and hot water). If applicable, how do you? Are there unique variations in procedure pertaining to your locale? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Mar 30, 2016 - 92 answers

It could be an important botanical therapy, but what do I do next?

MeFi, if you could please suspend your disbelief, I would really appreciate some advice. After years of suffering from a number of issues that were resistant to various forms of traditional and alternative medicine, I've made something of a hobby out of experimenting on myself and creating my own plant extracts. Most recently this has involved creating a semi-proprietary tincture made from high-grade white/green teas, and combining said tincture with other supplements. Through an exhausting process of trial-and-error, I've come up with some unique concoctions that truly help me. I want to see if they can help other people, but I have no idea how to take the next step. [more inside]
posted by prosopagnosia on Feb 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Favorite tea shops in New York City?

I'd like to find a good tea shop, or coffee shop that makes good tea, to do some reading and light laptop work (just writing some emails, not "working remotely" or anything like that). I'm specifically looking for cafes, not (exclusively) retail stores, and also not looking for the "afternoon tea"/"high tea" experience. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Feb 14, 2016 - 12 answers

Does the US get worse tea?

Do tea purveyors give worse tea to the US market (versus, e.g., the UK) or are other factors at play? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jan 31, 2016 - 36 answers

Travel advice for Louisville please!

Hey Metafilter! I'm going to be heading to Louisville, KY, in the near future for work. I have never been there before and am a special snowflake traveler as I will detail behind the cut. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Jan 27, 2016 - 7 answers

Best Matcha

I want to buy more tasty matcha tea. I normally buy Maeda-En universal quality 1oz(28gr) for $12. Do you have a suggestion for a tastier matcha at a similar price/quantity or maybe a similar tastiness at a better price/quantity? Is "ceremonial grade" worth it taste wise? [more inside]
posted by gregr on Jan 11, 2016 - 7 answers

History of coffee and tea

I have been a tea-favorer for many years. I have recently discovered that coffee is pretty good. I'm interested in reading some good histories on both plants/beverages. I am not averse to dry texts, so don't feel restricted to pop-ish books! Who has written the best history/histories on coffee and tea?
posted by curious nu on Jan 10, 2016 - 11 answers

Maybe I'd prefer the Tea Dictatorship

I recently ordered some tea from the Republic of Tea. I don't like it. Please help me figure out why. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Dec 20, 2015 - 26 answers

Conan! What is good in Sacramento?

After I have crushed my enemies, seen them driven before me, and all that kind of thing... I'm going to want some food. I am a special snowflake traveler. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Nov 21, 2015 - 9 answers

What's a mild black tea that I can drink straight with no milk?

Please recommend a mild black tea that I can drink hot and straight without adding milk. Irish and English breakfast teas with no milk are too harsh on my stomach. I want something like black iced tea but heated up. [more inside]
posted by cadge on Nov 9, 2015 - 32 answers

After my Rocky impression, what should I check out in Philly?

Hi fabulous mefites familiar with Philly! Work is sending me to your lovely city for a week. I will have some time do do things, and could also use advice about food and tea. I am a special snowflake traveler. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Oct 24, 2015 - 16 answers

Help me find the best green tea

I just finished this green tea. It is my most favorite green tea and I would like to order or purchase some more of it. The problem? I don't know where it came from and most of the text on the package is in Japanese, which I cannot read. Can you help me identify/find it? [more inside]
posted by sparrow89 on Oct 24, 2015 - 9 answers

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

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