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Re: What makes a great cup of tea
« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2018, 03:33:50 AM »
It is indeed a lovely brand, anywhere.

Not sure if that's a typo but it's a lovely thought!  😁

Yes, it was a (fortunate) typo. Forgot to mention we also used to buy Betty's tea online.

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Rochey

Re: What makes a great cup of tea
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2018, 08:29:29 AM »

Teapot usage is encouraged. Always warm the teapot before putting the tea and new hot water in. the thermal shock of a cold teapot will ruin good tea. The same goes for those of us who make tea on a cup by cup basis.

I'm a big fan of Yorkshire tea. I buy it in catering bags of 600 bags at a time.

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JohnRoberts

Re: What makes a great cup of tea
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2018, 10:46:32 AM »
The best way to a decent cup of tea... and multiple of them...

https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CPK-17-PerfecTemp-1-7-Liter-Stainless/dp/B003KYSLNQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515821055&sr=8-1&keywords=Cuisinart+CPK-17+PerfecTemp+1.7-Liter+Stainless+Steel+Cordless+Electric+Kettle

Seriously. This thing maintains whatever exact temperature of water you need for 30 minutes after the boil

I have a terrible habit of starting the kettle and wandering off and getting distracted. This Kettle solves that, for at least half an hour.

That looks fancy... I used to keep a kettle on the stove top on low heat so it there was always hot water handy. These days I use a cheap electric kettle (mainly for making my pour over pot of morning coffee), but later for tea time, I pour the extra boiled water into a thermos that keeps it usable to make extra cups for hours. The electric kettle has an automatic cut off after boiling.

While I was in the army, (in the field), I got into the habit of drinking coffee black, and that habit has stayed with me.  I even have a theory about this that I call my "unified theory about psychoactive beverages". People often must condition themselves to tolerate the less than immediately desirable flavor notes of cheap beer and strong coffee for the alcohol buzz or caffeine jolt. Cream (milk) and sugar are often added to coffee/tea to ameliorate sharp flavor notes. I have seen all kinds of stuff mixed into beer to presumably make it more palatable.  ::)

My observation over decades of research is that quality beverages do not need "enhancement", and can stand alone.   8)

JR

PS: It is kind of redundant to add milk "and" sugar, since milk has sugar in it (lactose). I make kefir (similar to yogurt) where milk is fermented converting the lactose, to lactic acid and other stuff...
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madswitcher

Re: What makes a great cup of tea
« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2018, 12:12:53 PM »
As always with the Brits, there is a British Standard with instructions on how to make a cup of tea.  I refer of course to BS 6008:1980, and  ISO 3103-1980

The actual standard document will cost you £102, but you can probably find most of the important details here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3103

Happy drinking

Mike




okgb

Re: What makes a great cup of tea
« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2018, 01:21:07 PM »
Yup , we just bought that kettle because it has different temperatures for different teas
[ white ,  green, oolong ]  a little pricey but we like it !
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ungifted

Re: What makes a great cup of tea
« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2018, 02:49:30 PM »
As it was mentioned China have great tea tradition: pay attention to their tea culture. If you like coffee Pu erh can give you speсial "tea condition" or even "tea drunkenness", there's much info in the web about puerh boom.  :) Good puerh tea factories: Menghai Dayi (Taetea group), Haiwan, Xiaguan Tuocha Tea (Group) , Cofco group (China Tea) etc.
It's really interesting game, all these types of tea: red (western black) tea, white tea, green tea, yellow tea etc. Tieguanyin, Da Hong Pao, Jin Jun Mei :)
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Re: What makes a great cup of tea
« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2018, 03:57:58 PM »
While I was in the army, (in the field), I got into the habit of drinking coffee black, and that habit has stayed with me.

I developed a bad coffee drinking habit in the army too.. the mugs were 0,5L. We used to call it motor oil.

As for the tea one option would be to use a samovar.
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JohnRoberts

Re: What makes a great cup of tea
« Reply #27 on: January 13, 2018, 05:30:22 PM »
As it was mentioned China have great tea tradition: pay attention to their tea culture. If you like coffee Pu erh can give you speсial "tea condition" or even "tea drunkenness", there's much info in the web about puerh boom.  :) Good puerh tea factories: Menghai Dayi (Taetea group), Haiwan, Xiaguan Tuocha Tea (Group) , Cofco group (China Tea) etc.
It's really interesting game, all these types of tea: red (western black) tea, white tea, green tea, yellow tea etc. Tieguanyin, Da Hong Pao, Jin Jun Mei :)
I tried white tea once but it seemed like just a more expensive variant green tea.  Sencha works fine for me when I'm needing some more greenness in my life.

 I don't need many more beverage decisions in my life.

JR

PS: I already rest water before making my pour over coffee so reflexively rest the water for tea too... from google it looks like they recommend different temps for Chinese green tea and Japanese green.. (perhaps a WWII thing?  ::)  Actually hotter brew water removes more tannins or something like that affecting the aroma. Now i'm getting thirsty for a cuppa
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ruffrecords

Re: What makes a great cup of tea
« Reply #28 on: January 14, 2018, 05:16:15 AM »
One of the best teas I ever had was in Helsinki. I visited a client there regularly in the 90s. In meetings they had those big insulated flasks with a spout and a button on the top you use to dispense hot drinks. As well as coffee they had what I was later told was Russian tea. It was wonderfully aromatic and tasted as good as it smelled. It was so good I drank it black - milk would have ruined the flavour. A few years back a neighbour told me he was going to Helsinki so I asked him if he could try to find me some Russian tea. He brought back a couple of different packs but neither tasted like the tea I had when I was there.

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Re: What makes a great cup of tea
« Reply #29 on: January 14, 2018, 05:45:10 AM »
PG Tips all the way.     I've been drinking it since I was a child & it came with the tea cards.  Somewhere around I still have (in the hope they will be worth a  fortune some day) some full sets of tea cards I collected.

I don't like the Yorkshire tea or Tetley so much, probably because  I'm a PG person !!
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ruffrecords

Re: What makes a great cup of tea
« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2018, 07:14:13 PM »

I don't like the Yorkshire tea or Tetley so much, probably because  I'm a PG person !!

You little monkey!

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