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Old 01-22-2013, 04:36 AM   #121
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The teas I just got plus the cheery cherry tea are loose leaf and I have a small metal mesh strainer/steeper to make a cup at a time.
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I'm a David's tea user. I have a collection of wonderful teas and herb teas too...Each one is so delicious...In summertime I make iced teas with them...but my favorite is Love Pepermint, then Oolong, Elderberry+Blueberry, Lemon.
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I just tried the Republic of Tea Double Dark Chocolate Mate. It was just okay plain, but I added 2 drops of Ez-Sweetz and it was ! I don't usually like sweet teas, but it made sense with the chocolate. I also had it with a piece of toast with coconut manna, so that may have enhanced the flavor.

I have a couple of tea strainers. I have one that sits in the top of the cup. It's cup sized, but shorter, and stainless steel. I also have a spoon type, which I haven't used yet, but Keira made tea with it Sunday and enjoyed it.
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Yep, I find the ball type lets too much out. So I have 2 of the strainers that sit into the cup-- the one with the mesh is better than the one that has holes and looks like a mini collander, since that lets too much through too.

I also have one of these-- seems most of the tea places are selling them, and it works GREAT! I have the big one, b/c I got it to make iced tea in the summer, but I'll use it for 2 cups of hot tea as well. They have a smaller 1-serving size as well. So between this and the in-cup strainer, I'm set.



there's a pressure plate that the bottom, and a (removable) fine mesh strainer inside.
So, when it's just sitting, no liquid comes out.
When you put it ontop of your mug or whatever, the plate is pushed and liquid comes out (like below, but imagine it actually touching the cup).

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Thanks! I don't even have a tea kettle yet! LOL I will have to look for some kind of "steeper" I guess.....

What do you put the loost leaves in for just one cup? One ot those T-sac's? I usually just make a cup at a time....
Usually for just one cup I use the small T-sac bags. I bought a huge assortment off Amazon last year, so I'm good for at least another year or two.
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Just got my teas - enjoying a cup of cookie dough white tea with sweetz free drops as I type! Very nice. Can't wait to try the others. I have been a no sweetener, lots of lemon girl all my life so these desert teas really feel like desert to me.

I thought I was supposed to get a tea tin with my order though??? I have to go back and check.

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I hear you Vanilla! I still can't eat jello, applesauce, or drink 7-up type drinks for the same reason!
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A ha! My DD was also having less than stellar results until she told me she was just basically warming the water in the microwave. It really must boil first, so I'm encouraging her to use the kettle on the stove.

The one and only time I was ever violently ill from drinking was at age 18. Rather than scold/discipline/ground me, my father -- in a rare act of kindness -- kept bringing me saltines and weak tea so I would have something to bring up (I was throwing up every hour on the hour -- for 12 hours). Needless to say, I wasn't too keen on tea for the next year or so.
Amazing how stuff sticks with us - good or bad!

Today is an UD so no tea for me!!! But tomorrow, I'll nuke it more to boiling (no stove or kettle here at work ) I'm determined to like tea as best I can because it is great for a DD. Now if I can just leave out that little bit of cream ...
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The teas I just got plus the cheery cherry tea are loose leaf and I have a small metal mesh strainer/steeper to make a cup at a time.
SO, color me tea-ignorant...lol, Did you just put the strainer in the mug and pour the water in the mug? I need to go Google, I think!
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Yep, I find the ball type lets too much out. So I have 2 of the strainers that sit into the cup-- the one with the mesh is better than the one that has holes and looks like a mini collander, since that lets too much through too.

I also have one of these-- seems most of the tea places are selling them, and it works GREAT! I have the big one, b/c I got it to make iced tea in the summer, but I'll use it for 2 cups of hot tea as well. They have a smaller 1-serving size as well. So between this and the in-cup strainer, I'm set.


there's a pressure plate that the bottom, and a (removable) fine mesh strainer inside.
So, when it's just sitting, no liquid comes out.
When you put it ontop of your mug or whatever, the plate is pushed and liquid comes out (like below, but imagine it actually touching the cup).

Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!!! Thank you!
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I can see David's is going to make out well from me. Has anyone tried the Read My Lips? Thoughts? Looks like a chocolate mint tea...
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Usually for just one cup I use the small T-sac bags. I bought a huge assortment off Amazon last year, so I'm good for at least another year or two.
Are they disposable? Do you re-use these? Off to Amazon....
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Are they disposable? Do you re-use these? Off to Amazon....
Yes they are. At first I didn't know how to use them -- they're basically like an envelope with a long flap -- but I basically just drape the top over the side of the mug after getting it slightly damp (so it sticks). No mess, no fuss, no needing to clean anything besides the cup.

If it's a tea that can successfully be resteeped (puerh, keemun, and my lychee black off the top of my head), I just take it out and set it on a saucer til it's time for my next cup.

I wanted to add that I wound up favoring these because sometimes the tea bells don't have enough room for leaf expansion. I have one tea that contains small rosebuds, so I use the #2 t-sacs for a single mug when I use that tea because it swells up so much. The #1's are too small for it.
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Oh, Jenn, what did you get????

I have read my lips-- it's black tea with mint and chocolate chips (and red candy lips, but they sort of blow up, not really dissolve) and it's lovely, sort of like a chocolate mint after dinner candy, but I don't find the chocolate that strong... I never do though.

I like cocomint cream for a decaf mint, and it has a real smoothness that I'm loving.

I have those disposable tea bags (long envelope with long flap) and they're pretty good! Since I'm usually home, I don't use them that much, but I like them when I do. Just remember to take it out if you're brewing black, green, or white tea, so they don't over-steep!
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SO, color me tea-ignorant...lol, Did you just put the strainer in the mug and pour the water in the mug? I need to go Google, I think!
Yup ^^^^^^^^ (boiling water)
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Oh, Jenn, what did you get????

I have read my lips-- it's black tea with mint and chocolate chips (and red candy lips, but they sort of blow up, not really dissolve) and it's lovely, sort of like a chocolate mint after dinner candy, but I don't find the chocolate that strong... I never do though.

I like cocomint cream for a decaf mint, and it has a real smoothness that I'm loving.

I have those disposable tea bags (long envelope with long flap) and they're pretty good! Since I'm usually home, I don't use them that much, but I like them when I do. Just remember to take it out if you're brewing black, green, or white tea, so they don't over-steep!




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Lol Carly and Jenn!

Jenn, let me know a) which you like best and b) when the urge to hoard the cocomint hits you.

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OMG...this is now my favorite thread! Looks like I just might be placing a David's Tea order too! and I think I need one of those steeper things!

Soren, are you sure you don't work for David's?
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You really should be getting a commission, Soren! And Rayne's a good salesman for tea in general too!

You guys are making me crazy - I can't wait for my order to get here. It shipped yesterday, and said it'll be 4 to 10 business days. Please, please, please get here soon!
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Banana dream pie (black tea/organic) with a drop of sweetzfree from Davids tea - like desert in a cup. YUM!
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Alright, never been a loose tea buying person before. So is the 50 gram size a trial size? ('cause that's only a couple tablespoons, right?)

I'm so over my head trying to follow this tea love thread! I need to google how many cups of tea that makes...baaaaah! (I'm blaming this on my head cold...)
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Alright, never been a loose tea buying person before. So is the 50 gram size a trial size? ('cause that's only a couple tablespoons, right?)

I'm so over my head trying to follow this tea love thread! I need to google how many cups of tea that makes...baaaaah! (I'm blaming this on my head cold...)
Oh gosh, I hope it's more than a trial size - it better be at those prices! I didn't even think about that. I noticed it didn't ask me to choose the 3 free samples. Do they just include those automatically?

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Alright, never been a loose tea buying person before. So is the 50 gram size a trial size? ('cause that's only a couple tablespoons, right?)

I'm so over my head trying to follow this tea love thread! I need to google how many cups of tea that makes...baaaaah! (I'm blaming this on my head cold...)
Fifty grams of loose tea is a fairly decent size.

Just going from the Republic of Tea's site as a comparison, their taster tins (sampler size) are 0.71 oz (20 g) which make approximately 10 cups of tea, depending on how much is used per cup.

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Ok, so that's the answer I got on google, too. (LOL! Google knows everything, right?) So 20-25ish cups of tea in the 50 g size. How much do you use brewing a cup of tea, then? I'm still trying to picture this in my head since I keep thinking of 50 g as 3 tablespoons of tea.
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I am resisting the urge to invest in tea steepers and loose leaf implements but you ladies are making it hard! I will say, however, that I have discovered I LOATHE Darjeeling and LOVE Constant Comment (even if I think the name sounds super judgey for a tea...)

Not very exotic, but there we have it.
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Ok, so that's the answer I got on google, too. (LOL! Google knows everything, right?) So 20-25ish cups of tea in the 50 g size. How much do you use brewing a cup of tea, then? I'm still trying to picture this in my head since I keep thinking of 50 g as 3 tablespoons of tea.
It often depends on the type of tea and the size of the cup. Basically, it's trial-and-error. If the first cup is too weak, use a bit more tea for the next cup. Most of the time I use about 1.5 teaspoons per large mug, unless it's my Republic Chai or rose petal black. They have a lot of non-tea ingredients in them, so to get the strength of the black tea higher, I use more.



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I am resisting the urge to invest in tea steepers and loose leaf implements but you ladies are making it hard! I will say, however, that I have discovered I LOATHE Darjeeling and LOVE Constant Comment (even if I think the name sounds super judgey for a tea...)

Not very exotic, but there we have it.
I'm not a real big fan of darjeeling either (unless it's well hidden in a chai or other blend), and Constant Comment is one of my absolute favorites! Whether I use bags or loose, I can't help but inhale either the foil pack or the open tin. Wish they'd make it into a perfume.
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Alright, Rayne, I'm drinking the tea. I don't like it less. I nuked it double-time, added more sweetener, and a wee bit more cream. I steeped it 2 minutes and didn't squeeze out the bag. Much more ... tolerable.

Now, I went over to look at this Davids Tea you speak of. I'd be in hog heaven if I loved tea like most of you. Those look amazing!
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