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Tea - convert me from coffee!
Sat 24-Oct-09
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Danny
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Thanks, Veronica - actually I want to reduce my caffeine intake. I drink loads of fluids as I work at my computer all day. I discovered that it can be anything from coffee to whisky (at night), or water or beer or tea - does not matter really. I seem to just imbibe whatever is in the mug or glass to hand. That habit cam have undesirable consequences when the substance in question is alcoholic Embarassed

For me, the secret is to find a low caffeine drink that is somewhere between water and coffee. A good, flavousome tea seems to be a first step. Fiona bought me some tasty green tea last week and this is good. I can happily have two mugs with no furry teeth syndrome but then I feel like having something different. Fruit teas seem a like a good alternative.

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Sun 25-Oct-09
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If you want a warming hot drink, especially good if you have a cold starting, is lemon and ginger. 

Grate about an inch of root ginger into a cup (small pot, bowl, jug) add the zest and juice of a lemon and a spoon of honey to taste (or sugar etc) pour on boiling water and allow to stand for 5 mins.  Strain and drink.  You can add more boiling water to the remains and let stand for a slightly weaker drink later.

Sun 25-Oct-09
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Great stuff, Suky.

I now realise that I need variety to wean me off instant coffee. I will give this a try during the week.

A friend also suggested a tea called Keemun as a good one to try but maybe only available from specialists like Whittard of Chelsea

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Mon 26-Oct-09
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I have to agree with Suky, that is a great drink if you are under the weather or even just chilled from the rain.

I'll try that again!

Mon 26-Oct-09
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Redbush tea or Rooibosh has no caffeine but has a full rich tea-like flavour so different to most 'herbal 'teas.  I'm really suspicious of most herbal and fruit teas because so much flavour and colour comes from so little, it makes me think they use flavourings and colours - does anyone know about these?

I use Redbush in my flask and it's great because you can leave the tea-bag in and it won't get stewed. Also drink it without milk so the flask doesn't get all cheesy

Mon 26-Oct-09
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I got around that cheesy flask problem by buying a flask with a separate container (in the stopper) for milk. But one dreadful day a playful dog client grabbed my thermos and ate the lid to the stopper Frown

Tue 27-Oct-09
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I find Rooibosh okay and makes a nice change but I find fruit teas smell gorgeous but always end up tasting of hibiscus which they seem too use a lot of and maybe it is that that gives it the colour as well. It should say on the packet if there are colourings in it anyway.

Tue 3-Nov-09
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My progress is slow, maybe only two mugs of green tea a day. But it is a start.

I find that a sliver of lemon adds greatly to the enjoyment.

Fiona bought that White Silvertip and I will try it today as well as the green. There is loads of good info on this thread already. I have always scoffed at herbal teas but I think anything is worth a try once.

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Tue 3-Nov-09
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Wouldn't be without my tea, I always have t-bags in my handbag handy. Good job in some cases as many places have just the herbal teas which if I am dying for a cuppa just will not do.

Tue 3-Nov-09
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Yes indeed, Joanna, I can imagine that if your are into good tea then you might not welcome the bin-ends that make up the cheaper tea bags on our supermarket shelves.

Well, everybody, the Silvertip White tea bags are a winner. I loved my first brew today. The second from the same tea bag was not so good (unlike the green tea) but a sliver of lemon should sort that out tomorrow.

This boy is making steady progress, thanks to all your tips. Will test some Herbal ones over the next two weeks but I think that the traditional tea leaves are the solution for me.

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Wed 4-Nov-09
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So you haven't tried the Yorkshire tea brewed in a flask yet then Danny. One t-bag does 4 mugs if you don't have milk with it. You can even get a free sample http://www.yorkshiretea.co.uk/#/sample

Wed 4-Nov-09
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Joanna, you are a constant source of inspiration Kiss

Obviously, I have not truly lived until I have experienced the above. I think I have seen enough of Fiona's tbaginaflask to last me a lifetime.

Mind you, it was softie southern tea, not the hardy Yorkshire stuff.

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Wed 4-Nov-09
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Aside from the bog standard 'brown' tea (which i love!) peppermint and jasmine teas are delicious. Both are light and refreshing and peppermint has the added bonus of helping to settle the stomach...handy if you've over indulged somewhat, like i often do!

Suky's suggestion of the hot honey, lemon and ginger is also a fab conbination...yum yum!

Thu 5-Nov-09
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Well, to date the Silvertip white tea certainly floats my boat more than the green version that I tried. It does not leave the furry sensation in my mouth. Strangely, My two mugs of Silvertip lasted me a couple of hours. Normally I drink two mugs per hour (2 MPH) of whatever I am having. I don't know if that was just a coincidence or whether the white tea has some other effect. I will try again tomorrow.

Thanks Jet_fusion - duly added to my list of Teas That I Must Try (TTIMT) - you can tell I have an IT background Surprised

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Thu 5-Nov-09
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I'm glad that you weren't disappointed with the Silverleaf, I always get anxious after recommending something!

I'll try that again!

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