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Traveling Tea Box

Hey everyone! I've got some time on my hands now that my classes are settling down, and I'm using it to start a traveling tea box.

I'd like to keep the group small, so if we have enough we can break it into two groups. Just e-mail me at loose_leaf_tea@hotmail.com with your name and tea preferences and I'll see about setting up a group or two. I'm aiming to send out by the 7th of November, so this is really going to move.

Cheers!




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I've recently become aware of a tea shop in my area, so I went to investigate and saw that they have both bulk tea blends and bulk tea ingredients. I'd LOOOOVE to make my own tea blends, but I've no idea where to start, so... Does anyone know of any tea recipes? I tend to like stuff that's not overwhelmingly bitter, so that's my only "requirement". =P

The only recipes I've been able to find online are for chai tea. (I'm not complaining at all; I love chai tea! I'd just like some variety, yaknow?)

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Thanks in advance!
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  • khlara

Pu-erh cakes suggestion

So my friend and I have fallen in love with pu-erh, but it's been at tea shops that aren't exactly using quality pu-erh. We've also had to make do with poor quality tea bags. We were at a Chinese tea ceremony/tasting years ago and had good quality pu-erh, so we know we love the stuff. However, getting back to that original shop is extremely difficult, and would be our last resort.

I was wondering if anyone had any links or suggestions on where I could buy a good pu-erh cake online. She and I are going to split the cost, but we're hoping to get a quality cake for hopefully less than $80 (U.S.)

If we do have to end up going to the shop, how can we tell that we're getting quality, but not getting ripped off?

Thanks for the help!
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  • janne

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Can't recall if anybody posted this yet -- http://steep.it/ , a little web based tea timer. Plenty of tea timer software out there, but it's so hard to tell safe from dodgy in the downloads. So I like this one!
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A-TLA - Iroh Hot Leaf Juice by Fritters

TEA EMERGENCY!




Adagio Teas is doing something so cool for Earth Day that I have to share it. They've set aside a few plots of land where you can choose what tea you want to grow (to help the whole "global warming" thing probably) and where you want to grow it, choose a plot, and if you keep up the Virtual Care for three years you get tea from your very own plant!

They're almost gone, though, so go there NOW!

http://www.adagio.com/trees/plant.html

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bambootea
  • khlara

Interesting steeper on the market

So I have a steepster account (a sort of tea blog/twitter/log site for those who don't know about it. www.steepster.com for more info). My steepster account is linked to my twitter account. So invariably whenever I make a steepster post, it goes onto twitter and some bot or another suddenly friends me within seconds.

Eight Cranes friended me and luckily they had a link to their site talking about their "perfect steeper". (view here: http://www.eightcranes.com/perfect-steeper.html site has a video. Work safe) I watched the video twice and was like "Uh, yeah. So? My teapot does the same thing, and sometimes in larger quantities!" The site looked like any other website selling tea. I took a look at their press section though which clarified for me that this perfect steeper is really for travelers, which now started to make a lot more sense.
However, I ran into an issue. The claims for this product say that you can steep up to 10 or even 15 times from the same tea leaves, since this makes the perfect tea do to brewing method, etc. Question: Wouldn't that depend on the tea? And since there's no timer involved, isn't it possible to still over steep the tea, especially if you were new to tea?

I can see the merits of this product, especially if you travel a lot. I am half tempted to get it for the traveling I see in my future (and the distinct lack of good tea, save for one location).

Anyway, I'm hoping someone can answer my questions above in regards to steeping time and infusions. Also wondering if anyone else has heard about this.

(Note: I am not affiliated with Steepster or Eight Cranes. I just like tea.)
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Two tea blends I really love

It actually never occurred to me to try blending tea until I tried a couple of blends at Teavana.

The first one is a blend of White Arurvedic Chai & Samurai Chai Mate:
I actually had trouble getting into black chai teas, which is what I was initially introduced to...even though I normally like the mixture of spices in them.  I'm not sure what it was about the black chais but I couldn't tolerate them unless made into a latte.  These, on-the-other hand, mmm...I'm not sure how to put this in words...I guess since the chai spices are blended with lighter teas, the spice flavor just comes through in a much better way for me.  I guess w/the blacks I thought the tea itself was overpowering the spice and I thought I would never be a chai type of person till I tried this.

The second one is Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls with Rooibos Tropica:
I have been a Jasmine drinker for a while but the first time I tried this blend in the store, I admit, I was expecting it to be more "jasminey" so at first I didn't take to it.  The second time, since my expectations were different, I tried it again and I left the store without it but ended up with a craving for it later that night and went back to buy it the next day.  The Rooibos Tropica, although it has strawberry notes, really adds more of a peachyness to the Jasmine Pearls.  So it's a bit more fruity.  In my husband's words, "this doesn't even taste like tea" but he meant it in a good way, and I agree, if someone told me it was a blend of fruits & honey, I'd probably believe them...but it's a really good blend.

I purchased the Jasmine Pearls and the Rooibos Tropica separately because I have a feeling the Rooibos Tropica may go well with the Silver Needle White Tea, although I haven't tried it yet.

Also, on my consecutive trips and re-trying of these blends, I realized they had a little something more to them in the store than what I was getting at home and that was their German Rock Sugar which seemed kinda pricey to me but a little goes a long way.  I never before sweetened anything other than the black teas I drink prior to trying the above mentioned blends.  Also, next time I'm buying it at their website because I live in a big city and the store is in a pricey area so the rock sugar is actually cheaper on the website.

I've never really written tea reviews and found myself fumbling for descriptive words here.  It's just that these blends have sort of opened my mind in a new way to trying things I didn't think I would even like before so I just wanted to share with you all.  If you have any advice on improving my descriptions I wouldn't mind.  Also, any questions, I'll be happy to try to answer to the best of my ability.

I don't mean to sound like I'm doing a sales pitch for Teavana but it's just recently that I found one locally so I couldn't help but go there a few times, and will probably keep going.



 

Edit: Forgot to add these hold up well to a minimum of two resteepings, depending on how quickly you go through it. I've resteeped the Chai blend up to 5 times and it was still pretty flavorful
Geetargrrl

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All summer I've been making tea with a couple of big regular decaf tea bags and a few mint leaves from the garden. Now that an ice storm has taken out the mint, I used a tea seep filled with mulling spices. Quite tasty!