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Tea - convert me from coffee!
Sun 18-Oct-09
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Danny
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I drink far too much instant coffee and I want to change to more tea.

The problem is that I like it black and the standard brands seem to have loads of tannin or something that makes my mouth feel furred up and stains cups and teeth like crazy.

Can any tea drinker recommend a "good tea"? I know that Chinese connoisseurs can spend absolute fortunes on exquisite teas but I only want a sort of beginners' guide or pathway that could tempt me towards growing to like/love tea.

Toffeeapple, is that tea in the mug (in your mugshot Laugh ) ??

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Sun 18-Oct-09
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Hi Danny,
could not resist writing that you'll have to buy yourself some Barry's Tea..
being Irish what else could I recommend 😉
Jane

Mon 19-Oct-09
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Toffeeapple, is that tea in the mug (in your mugshot Laugh ) ??


Nope, it's my camera!Laugh  Though I do drink tea, Yorkshire with milk, no sugar.  I also like Jackson's of Picadilly Chinese White Silver Tip tea, without milk.  I use one of their teabags to make several cups, it's said that white tea gets better the more you use the original leaves or bag.

I'll try that again!

Mon 19-Oct-09
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That's really interesting Toffeeapple. I bought D some green tea from Waitrose and was also looking at the white tea - I'd not heard of this. A reusable tea bag gets the thumbs up from me. Thanks.

Mon 19-Oct-09
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sorry cant help; my new espresso maker, which I got free with points on choco pain packets,arrived yesterday; not too keen on strong coffee but hubby is ecstatic. Tea is expensive and hard to find here in Toulouse

Tue 20-Oct-09
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I forgot to say that white tea can have a higher caffeine content than green tea and that you shouldn't use boiling water on it as this can cause bitterness.  If using the teabag for a fourth brew, it will take longer than the 2-3 minutes of a first brew.

I'll try that again!

Tue 20-Oct-09
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Try nettle tea there is load's of things out there for free to make tea or when i was on the road i made coffee out of dandylion roots try that ? also tea containes more caffeen than coffee ps do you put a spoon first in your cup before adding hot water ?

Tue 20-Oct-09
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Thanks for all your tips, guys.

Jane - I come from Barry's Tea country but, believe it or not, I have never knowingly tasted it. Not sure that it travelled well to the west of the county when I wor a lad! Surprised

Toffeeapple - I just knew that you were a tea lady (in the best sense of that term). Jackson's of Picadilly Chinese White Silver Tip is now on my list of teas to experiment with. I assume it can be bought reasonably easily? Interestingly, for the best teas, the Chinese usually discard the first and second brews. Third an fourth are the best, apparently.

mutley - you have some great ideas. I must try the simple stuff that we find on our doorstep, like you suggested. I have never had nettle tea or anything else like that. I think I will make it a new project to try as many natural (garden and meadow) substances as I can, as well as trying out some of the imported tea.

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Wed 21-Oct-09
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Grab your wellies and a spade and dig up all the dandelions in the garden. Then you can make dandelion root coffee  and I can make dandelion wine 🙂

Wed 21-Oct-09
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fn said:Grab your wellies and a spade and dig up all the dandelions in the garden. Then you can make dandelion root coffee  and I can make dandelion wine 🙂


And i can drink it lol.

Wed 21-Oct-09
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Danny I bought mine at Waitrose.

Tea-lady indeed!Laugh

I'll try that again!

Wed 21-Oct-09
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I'm with toffeapple as regards the Yorkshire tea, preferably Yorkshire tea for hard water. Getting low on stocks now, will have to make a request from our daughter to bring some when she comes. We drink that very weak as we don't have milk in our tea, so we brew a flask full with one tea-bag, it does give a nice round flavour though if you know what I mean.

Thu 22-Oct-09
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Yay, another tea-lady!  For some reason, I just cannot drink Indian tea without milk, however weak it is.  I think it has to do with a childhood memory, my Mum would always make me drink black sweet tea if I'd thrown up.

I'll try that again!

Fri 23-Oct-09
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Danny, good herb teas are verveine (verbena?), tilleul (lime flower, the tree not the fruit) and camomile. You can of course grow your own of any of these! They won't give you a caffeine fix though, if that's what you're after. I think China/jasmine tea is the best real tea for drinking without milk.

I'm a coffee person myself, but it has to be proper espresso! We have a lovely Portuguese Briel machine that makes fabulous coffee, better than we can get in the cafes round here.

Fri 23-Oct-09
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Ooh Sweet black tea reminds me of the early days of children's camps here in Latvia. As the camps didn't have much money they didn't dare let the children loose with the sugar and the Latvians do like their tea sweet, so they used to make it up sweet and it was horrid. I like my tea without milk but not sweet and nicely brewed not stewed.

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