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What is your favorite Tea?
Chamomile 8%  8%  [ 8 ]
English Breakfast 22%  22%  [ 23 ]
Darjeeling 3%  3%  [ 3 ]
Earl Grey 13%  13%  [ 13 ]
Orange Pekoe 7%  7%  [ 7 ]
Ceylon 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Herbal Tea 9%  9%  [ 9 ]
Chinese Jasmine Tea 4%  4%  [ 4 ]
Chinese Oolong Tea 4%  4%  [ 4 ]
Japanese Matcha / Green Tea 12%  12%  [ 12 ]
Japanese Mugicha / Barley Tea 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Other 17%  17%  [ 18 ]
Total votes : 103

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24 Feb 2016, 3:32 pm

1. Do you like to drink tea?

2. How often do you drink it?

3. What kind of tea do you like?

4. Do you like your tea straight, or with milk, sugar, or lemon?

5.Why do you drink tea? For liquid? For health? For relaxation? For taste?



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24 Feb 2016, 3:49 pm

My answers:
1. Yes
2. A few cups everyday
3. Chamomile, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Orange Pekoe, Jasmine, Green tea
4. Darjeeling and Orange Pekoe with milk and sugar, the rest are plain
5. All for relaxation and taste, and Green tea for health too



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24 Feb 2016, 4:02 pm

1, Yes.
2, Very little at the moment.
3, English breakfast tea.
4,milk, no sugar.
5, I'm English, it's in our genes.

I should explain that about two years ago I was on a diet and I was allowed only water, black tea or black coffee to drink. I don't like black tea, water became boring very quickly but to my astonishment I grew to LOVE black coffee. So much that I rarely touch tea at the moment and cannot drink coffee with milk in it, it just sloshes around in my stomach making me feel nauseous.
Naturally I don't much care for change but this one has worked well, my tastes in some other foods have changed as well.



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25 Feb 2016, 11:11 am

1. Yes I do :)
2. Once or twice a day or every few days
3. Japanese Green Tea
4. Straight Up tea
5. For health (Boosting metabolism, burning calories quickly) and relaxation (Warm drinks are nice to have before bed or whilst studying etc)



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25 Feb 2016, 11:31 am

1. I love to drink tea.

2. Several times a day.

3. Genmaicha, chai, rooibos, jasmine green tea, earl grey, herbal teas, etc.

4. Depends on the tea. I drink my rooibos and chai with milk and sweetener. I drink genmaicha, green tea, and herbal teas either with or without sweetener.

5. I enjoy the taste and comfort of tea. I drink it hot in winter, fall, and spring, and iced in summer. I also use it for relaxation.



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26 Feb 2016, 3:00 pm

How can you miss off Lapsang souchong?? :P It is one of the greats.

These are teas that I drink:

Earl Grey
Lapsang souchong
Darjeeling
Assam
English Breakfast

Cuo Technique: Water first. Dip in bags up an down. You can fold over the edge and poor directly though it. I don't like to leave it in there. I will reuse the bag an number of times. People who squeeze the bag with a spoon what up with that?

Pot technique, warm the pot, fill with water. put bag or loose (small amount). Remove the bag early.

I don't use sugar or milk. The taste of tea is complex and subtle so lemon is not welcome, except for Lipton ice tea which is an underwhelming refreshment.

Here are the herbal/fruit/root teas I drink:

Chamomile (calming)
Turkish apple tea (tip use a cafetiere)
Rooibos
Lemon grass (used to make it from fresh leaves not stem, also called fever grass in the Caribean)
Mint (fresh only + little sugar)
Ginger and Honey (fresh root or blend, good if nauseous with less/no honey)
Peppermint (for digestion)
Fennel (for digestion/IBS)
Lemon & Honey (when stuffed up)

Cordial with hot water:

Blackcurrant and Apple

I drink any of these as often as a feel like, it can be several time a day, or several days in-between. I don't drink proper tea too late, more likely to have herbal/fruit/root teas in the evening.

I guess I drink for comfort relaxation, enjoyment and taste, and some specific health uses. It is the whole sensation of it I like.

You can't "taste" tea without your nose as is mostly aromatics and tannins. So if you are stuffed up recommend lemon and honey, or something strong and fruity like blackcurrant and apple hot cordial. Then again use lemsip if you feel terrible (paracetamol hot drink)



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26 Feb 2016, 4:28 pm

I want to find a place that sells high-quality loose-leaf teas, but people here are more obsessed with coffee :(



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27 Feb 2016, 2:51 pm

Yigeren wrote:
I want to find a place that sells high-quality loose-leaf teas, but people here are more obsessed with coffee :(


We are more into tea here becuase the Napoleonic War cut off the coffee supply. We did have the East India Company. Tea Clippers used to be the fastest ships around.

Tea originally was very expensive, but eventually the price when down as we became more efficient at importing it.

Coffee houses were very popular in the 16th century, especially among the intelligentsia. So popular in fact Charles I the tried to crack down on them.

The the big three confectionery companies Fry, Rowntree, and Cadbury were founded by Quakers. At the end of the gin craze, part the temperance movement particularly Quakers, thought that the best way to get people of alcohol was drinking chocolate. :D



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27 Feb 2016, 4:13 pm

0_equals_true wrote:
Yigeren wrote:
I want to find a place that sells high-quality loose-leaf teas, but people here are more obsessed with coffee :(


We are more into tea here becuase the Napoleonic War cut off the coffee supply. We did have the East India Company. Tea Clippers used to be the fastest ships around.

Tea originally was very expensive, but eventually the price when down as we became more efficient at importing it.

Coffee houses were very popular in the 16th century, especially among the intelligentsia. So popular in fact Charles I the tried to crack down on them.

The the big three confectionery companies Fry, Rowntree, and Cadbury were founded by Quakers. At the end of the gin craze, part the temperance movement particularly Quakers, thought that the best way to get people of alcohol was drinking chocolate. :D


Very interesting, thank you for the history :D

I did not know that coffee was regularly drunk in the 16th century.

I really love tea. I know very few people around here that do. There aren't any "tea houses" as there are coffee houses. There are coffee places everywhere, and I can't find a place to buy loose-leaf tea in bulk. There are so many varieties of tea, and it has many health benefits, and some have medicinal qualities. Yet it's so underappreciated here :(

Yes, I'm whining, lol.



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27 Feb 2016, 4:49 pm

Here you go
http://www.twiningsusa.com/templates/gr ... oupGuid=84
http://www.teavana.com

This has a number of specialist suppliers

http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/02/best ... o-buy.html



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27 Feb 2016, 4:56 pm

Yigeren wrote:
Yes, I'm whining, lol.


No you are Twining...ba boom :lol:



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27 Feb 2016, 5:00 pm

Thank you :) The pictures in that article had me nearly drooling. I think there may be a small shop or two not too far from my area as well. I have to do some more research. Ideally, I'd like a small shop within driving distance with a few varieties of loose-leaf tea, and the option to purchase a few samples to find what I like.

We have high-quality craft beer places, and a few high-quality coffee shops, and I just need the tea equivalent.



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27 Feb 2016, 5:02 pm

0_equals_true wrote:
Yigeren wrote:
Yes, I'm whining, lol.


No you are Twining...ba boom :lol:


:lol: How come I never can come up with anything clever? That's an aspie trait I lack.



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27 Feb 2016, 5:22 pm

I want to try Konacha with sushi.

Drinking tea with a meal is underrated. I think it can work well. Of course Persian and North African food various teas, and mint tea almost obligatory.

I have put tea in my cooking. Even when I was a teen I put tea little loose in my noodle soup, among other things.

Masala chai could be good without milk and not so much sugar.