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Title: Your cuppa tea
Post by: tinysmidgen on 06 Jul 2009, 18:38
edit: this thread is now about tea, proceed
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Delirium on 06 Jul 2009, 18:43
EDIT: My previous comment is now obsolete.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Zingoleb on 06 Jul 2009, 18:45
Edit: Tea!
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Eris on 06 Jul 2009, 18:46
I take my tea with Milk and two (three if no one is looking) Sugars.

I normally get up and set up the stuff first thing in the morning, (normally washing out the old tea from the mug first) put the sugar and teabag in the mug and turning the kettle on, then going back to get dressed while it boils. I take longer to get dressed, so that gives the water some time to cool down a bit before I pour it into the mug. Dunk the teabag a few times until the water is nice and dark, and stir the sugar so it doesn't accumulate down the bottom of the mug. I have these cool 'non-drip' teabags, where you have two strings that you pull and it scrunches up the teabag, so I don't burn my fingers squeezing the teabag; they are tops. Then I add a smidge of milk, a quick stir, and sip it slowly so I don't burn my tongue.

I really like tea, guys.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Eris on 06 Jul 2009, 18:46
oh shit, sorry.


I like guys who likes tea.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Zingoleb on 06 Jul 2009, 18:49
I have an awesome teapot. It is black and has a hummingbird and a hibiscus plant painted on it. I should get pictures.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Tyler on 06 Jul 2009, 19:01
This thread happened like one month ago.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Hat on 06 Jul 2009, 19:03
Women are a lot different to tea in that if I do not get a woman every day I am probably not going to go stark raving mad and punch out a lollipop lady.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Zingoleb on 06 Jul 2009, 19:06
I have these cool 'non-drip' teabags, where you have two strings that you pull and it scrunches up the teabag

Also, I am trying to figure out how this works and failing.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Hat on 06 Jul 2009, 19:08
Hannah, you can basically create your own non-drip teabag by placing the  bag on the teaspoon over your tea and wrapping the string around it and pulling. That is what i do and I do not have to pay a tea company marketing dude to pretend its a genius idea nobody every had before, because he is just going to spend that money on drugs anyway.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Eris on 06 Jul 2009, 19:11
(http://www.tetley.com.au/media/Product/cache/R220400-S0524123D.jpg)

These are the exact ones I am using. You rip the label in half (it is perforated) and pull each half away from each other. the strangs are connected at the bottom of the bag, so it scrunches up and gets all the water out of the teabag.

Brett, if I don't have these bags I normally use the label to protect my fingers when squeezign the teabag against the spoon, but sometimes I am just lazy and these are on special.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Alex C on 06 Jul 2009, 19:16
I was really hoping that this was about actual tea and in a way the thread is not disappointing!
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Yayniall on 06 Jul 2009, 19:16
I don't like tea and I don't know why.
Everyone else I know seems to drink it but eh, it's not so hot.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: iamiam on 06 Jul 2009, 19:21
guys i love trying out new teas and finding new flavors. i am poor though so i can only afford one flavor at a time (or a few if i get one of those mixed boxes).  the last box i got was apple cinnamon and it was actually kind of disappointing, unfortunately.  i've almost finished it though.  does anybody have a suggestion for a new kind of tea to try out?  for reference my favorite tea is orange cinnamon, i like fruity or herbal teas rather than that english breakfast crap.  i am sure somebody has a favorite weird tea they can tell me about!
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: usmcnavgeek on 06 Jul 2009, 19:22
I like iced tea.  Unsweet.  I'm in Alabama right now and take a perverse joy in telling people this.  Someday it may get me killed.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Delirium on 06 Jul 2009, 19:42
So iI guess it is a tea thread now. We needed one of those.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: allison on 06 Jul 2009, 19:46
http://www.teaopia.ca (http://www.teaopia.ca)

We have one o' these lovely stores a few units down from my store at the mall. I like going there and getting the Mate Citrus Buzz, iced with a little bit of raw sugar. Delicious!
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: sean on 06 Jul 2009, 19:53
tea is a good thing to have when listening to do make say think in late august.

and in winter when yr blasting like godspeed or something on a cold snowy day.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Zingoleb on 06 Jul 2009, 19:57
guys i love trying out new teas and finding new flavors. i am poor though so i can only afford one flavor at a time (or a few if i get one of those mixed boxes).  the last box i got was apple cinnamon and it was actually kind of disappointing, unfortunately.  i've almost finished it though.  does anybody have a suggestion for a new kind of tea to try out?  for reference my favorite tea is orange cinnamon, i like fruity or herbal teas rather than that english breakfast crap.  i am sure somebody has a favorite weird tea they can tell me about!

I enjoy ginger/fruit teas. Mango-ginger is recommended.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: LittleKey on 06 Jul 2009, 19:58
I only like that strange lipton iced raspberry tea. Does this make me a bad person?
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: wafflecone on 06 Jul 2009, 20:04
I only like that strange lipton iced raspberry tea. Does this make me a bad person?

Yup.

I mostly drink black tea, but I just got this japanese sour cherry green tea from silk road (http://www.silkroadtea.com) and it is delisssh.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Lunchbox on 06 Jul 2009, 20:16
I drink too much tea now that I have unlimited tea at work. Instead of drinking bundles of extra hot English Breakfast, tiny splash of milk, eensy weensy amount of sugar maybe, I have been drinking green tea with honey, it is pretty good and it warms you up just the same and everything.
I crashed at someone's place on the weekend and I always pride myself on being able to find the tea making things when I'm hungover and my eyelids are stuck together and it's dark cause I don't know where the light is, but THESE PEOPLE HAD NO TEA. I did find a sample-sized sachet of instant coffee, so I survived, but I mean gosh.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Zingoleb on 06 Jul 2009, 20:18
Energetic, intelligent, a good balance of idealism and pessimism, and with long red hair.

You have odd taste in tea.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Hat on 06 Jul 2009, 20:27
yeah, it makes me feel pretty wack but i jam on some cherry tea

Sam is currently rocking some good post/av combinations lately am I the only person who has noticed that
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Will on 06 Jul 2009, 20:31
I like iced tea.  Unsweet.  I'm in Alabama right now and take a perverse joy in telling people this.  Someday it may get me killed.

Unsweetened iced tea is the only way to drink it. You are a good tea-drinker.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Liz on 06 Jul 2009, 20:35
Unsweetend with a little lemon is amazing. The sweetened stuff is way, way too sugary for me even though I used to love it.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: courtle on 06 Jul 2009, 20:38
Strong preference for black tea with a little honey and cream, or something with a touch of bergamot or other citrus like Earl Gray.  But I'll try anything, for an experience.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Zingoleb on 06 Jul 2009, 20:41
Thank you, thread, you have made me get off my ass and make a pot of tea for the first time in several weeks now.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Hat on 06 Jul 2009, 20:46
Energetic, intelligent, a good balance of idealism and pessimism, and with long red hair.

You have odd taste in tea.

A woman who believes she is a homosexual male.

LEGIT TEA DRINKIN' PREFS
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Zingoleb on 06 Jul 2009, 20:52
Totally!
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: a pack of wolves on 06 Jul 2009, 21:00
I generally regard herbal tea as being for falses, but even I have to concede that liquorice and mint is a really nice combo. The liquorice gives it a nice warming feeling as it goes down and means that it has a little more kick than those herbal jobbies that just taste like fruity water and are too damn wussy to be given the honourable title of tea. Straight mint is also acceptable, goes down well with an aubergine sandwich.

For proper tea I go with Clipper Fair Trade or maybe the Assam if I'm feeling flush, soy milk and two sugars. I always liked the idea of those Tetley drawstrings but I just wish they'd be applied to a better tea, and besides squeezing the teabag against the side of the mug usually gets enough moisture out to safely get it to the bin.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Noff on 06 Jul 2009, 21:43
I have these cool 'non-drip' teabags, where you have two strings that you pull and it scrunches up the teabag, so I don't burn my fingers squeezing the teabag; they are tops. Then I add a smidge of milk, a quick stir, and sip it slowly so I don't burn my tongue.


I've always been taught that squeezing the tea bag tends to squeeze out any tiny bits of tea leaf into the tea, making it bitter.  Then again the cheaper the tea the smaller the tea leaves are ground, so maybe it doesn't matter if the tea is of a certain quality.

Anyways I'm a big fan of anything with Bergamot, green tea, and white tea.  I sometimes add honey to green tea but no milk or sugar.  Lemon but no sugar when it's iced tea, HATE sweet tea.  I will be living in the South next year but it is a rich fancy portion, so most likely I will be challenged to a duel rather than outright killed.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: pwhodges on 06 Jul 2009, 23:20
String on tea-bags is un-British.  In fact, tea-bags are un-British, but what the hell.  And tea should be made of tea,  not silly weeds 'n stuff - remember, it's purpose is to remind you that it is British because we ruled the places it comes from: especially India and Kenya (China tea doesn't quite count).  You youngsters just have no respect for your heritage, what is the world coming to, etc (wanders off mumbling to find his panama hat and cane).
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: pwhodges on 06 Jul 2009, 23:23
In another life, I have tea when I get up (i.e. now!) and when I get home; coffee at work (coffee bags! ) and at the weekend (big pots on all day); hot chocolate when I'm out somewhere that I reckon the coffee will be disgusting.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: calenlass on 06 Jul 2009, 23:24
Herbal and floral teas for hot tea in winter and regular tea (sometimes Irish Breakfast, sometimes English Breakfast, just to mix things up, since we don't get standard british tea here) for breakfast, sweet tea-with-my-sugar tea for cold in summer. I never used to like iced tea. I dunno what is wrong with me.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Nodaisho on 07 Jul 2009, 00:37
Everyone else I know seems to drink it but eh, it's not so hot.
That's your problem. Lukewarm tea isn't nearly as good as hot tea.

I like herbal tea, at least partially because that is what I grew up with. Lemon Zinger and Raspberry Zinger (that's probably the brand name, but Herbal Essences has close to a monopoly on herbal tea in Colorado) for the most part, but chamomile can be really good too. Especially if you add a bit of honey.

Non-herbal tea, I so far only like Earl Grey and sweet iced tea. The Earl Grey, I usually just put a bit of lemon in, no sweetener. Never tried it with sweetener, I found I liked it when we didn't have milk, sugar, or honey, so I never tried with it. Some people are disgusted by me adding sugar to tea, I tend to make them watch. Tradition? There is plenty of tradition behind swayt tay.

Does anyone know particularly good brands of Earl Grey? I usually just have Twinings, but that is just habit. Bagged, but I'm not even sure where the tea leaf strainer thingy is, haven't seen it for years, and I am not going to drink the bits of tea leaves.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: calenlass on 07 Jul 2009, 00:54
Herbal Essences has close to a monopoly on herbal tea in Colorado


Herbal Essences? Like, the shampoo dudes?
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Nodaisho on 07 Jul 2009, 01:05
What, you mean that wasn't just really thick tea in a bottle?

Yeah, my bad. Meant Celestial Seasonings. Not quite sure how I got that mixed up.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: ibrahimdelil on 07 Jul 2009, 02:39
i love to mix ceylon with turkish black tea. and sugar, lotsa sugar >_>
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Hat on 07 Jul 2009, 03:05
found out beer is actually a pretty good shampoo by accident.

Thinking about doing this with some tea

My hot water is broken anyway
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: David_Dovey on 07 Jul 2009, 03:10
I really only drink tea when I am sick and then I drink it black with lemon and honey. If for whatever reason I am drinking tea other times I like it like my men, black and unadorned.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Tom on 07 Jul 2009, 03:16
I like my tea the way I like my women, bitter.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Hat on 07 Jul 2009, 03:20
I like my women bitter but my tea very sweet oh no what can I possibly contribute to this thread
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: MrBlu on 07 Jul 2009, 11:05
I like cocoa tea! And mint tea with condensed milk!
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: snalin on 07 Jul 2009, 12:24
I drink one cup of hibiscus tea every morning - one or two teaspoons of sugar. It's like my coffee, wakes me up.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: calenlass on 07 Jul 2009, 12:50
Man it is not "black" if you put stuff in it. It can still be black tea, but if you say "I like it black with milk and sugar" that is nonsensical.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Delirium on 07 Jul 2009, 13:40
No, it's still black if you put sugar in it. That doesn't change its colour.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: imapiratearg on 07 Jul 2009, 14:31
I am not very picky about my tea.  I don't like those goofy berry or citrus kinds, though.

Favorites:
Green tea, mint tea, chai tea.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: calenlass on 07 Jul 2009, 15:19
No, it's still black if you put sugar in it. That doesn't change its colour.

I was under the impression that "black" tea or coffee was like booze "neat" or "on the rocks".
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Nodaisho on 07 Jul 2009, 15:25
I think it depends on who you ask. Some people will say black, no sugar, some people would just say black. It could have to do with the cultures they come from. I tend to drink my coffee black with enough sugar that I can feel my teeth rotting, and think of it as black with however many sugars (usually four spoonfuls).
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: StaedlerMars on 07 Jul 2009, 15:26
I was under the impression that black tea is actually a type of tea like green tea.

Also, black coffee means no stuff added whatsoever I thought.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: calenlass on 07 Jul 2009, 15:29
Black tea is different from having your tea "black". Black tea is a type, actually lots of types, of tea like green and red.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Trevlordyte on 07 Jul 2009, 15:35
(http://ep.yimg.com/ip/I/gdcom_2057_23407481)

Pompadour with some milk and honey is an elixir of the Gods.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: imapiratearg on 07 Jul 2009, 15:41
That sounds really yummy.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: J-cob9000 on 07 Jul 2009, 15:58
i really like sitting on patio furniture in the summer, sipping sweet tea and watching the day drift by
This is funny because I have seen this happen way too many times.
Oh, southern people.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Jace on 07 Jul 2009, 16:30
I freaking love Black Jasmine tea. I do not like any other types of tea though.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: tinysmidgen on 07 Jul 2009, 18:16
My favorite is a berry zinger with loads of sugar...my teeth will eventually kill me, this I know. :|
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: StaedlerMars on 07 Jul 2009, 19:09
Black tea is different from having your tea "black". Black tea is a type, actually lots of types, of tea like green and red.

Gotya. Misread that I guess.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: David_Dovey on 07 Jul 2009, 20:09
In my book taking your tea black simply means no milk. Anything else is kosher.

Except bacon I guess.

Mm, bacon tea.

What?
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: allison on 07 Jul 2009, 20:20
I am currently drinking Arizona green tea with ginseng and honey. It is pretty good, for only costing 99 cents.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: E. Spaceman on 07 Jul 2009, 21:18
Black tea is different from having your tea "black". Black tea is a type, actually lots of types, of tea like green and red.


Both black and green tea (and all "real" teas)  actually are the same plant; what differs between them is the processing and level of oxidation as well as other flavouring agents.


What i'd probably consider my favourite tea is
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51q2TUXXAmL._SS500_.jpg)


It is remarkably versatile, it can be great unsweetened or with milk and sugar and in almost all ways i have tried. I gave shane a box for christmas and he dug it too.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: look out! Ninjas! on 07 Jul 2009, 21:24
I like peppermint tea, strong and left to cool for a little while.
Also, Chinese tea is absolutely tops.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Jul 2009, 21:27
"Selected and blended under the direction of the tea experts of St. Dalfour France..."

I'm just picturing this French guy running over to some guys and loudly exclaiming, "No, no, you're blending it wrong!"
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: BeoPuppy on 08 Jul 2009, 01:59
A friend of mine used to drink cherry tea. Mainly because he liked to dunk his paprika flavoured crisps in it.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: IronOxide on 08 Jul 2009, 07:46
Something I've discovered: most people have never had a decent cup of tea in their lives! U know I hadn't! Most people make do with these tea bags and crap like that that pretty much ruins the subtle flavors in tea! That's why my family has gotten really hooked on Adagio Teas (http://www.adagio.com/). What's great about them is that they offer reasonable prices - it costs 9 bucks for their cheapest pot, 19 for their super-nice one-serving InginuiTEA pot, which includes a sampler kit, and makes the best single cup of tea I have found, no more excuses for using bags!

It'll also show you how poorly you've been preparing your tea before, did you know that green and white teas should be prepared at 180 degrees, and not boiling? I sure didn't!

I have really been hooked on their Dragonwell green tea for a while.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: wafflecone on 08 Jul 2009, 11:43
Yeah, I really prefer loose-leaf tea to tea bags... most specialty stores i've been to are hella expensive, though. Kinda want to buy like 40 tins of tea now....
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: nickyandthefuture on 08 Jul 2009, 13:01
Also, Chinese tea is absolutely tops.

This.  Loose leaves in a clay teapot, the needles will stand on end to let you know that you understand what is good in life.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Inlander on 08 Jul 2009, 18:25
I was reading a lot of stuff about tea-bags on the first page of this thread. I don't understand why people use tea-bags. People! You don't have to make a whole pot of tea just because you're using loose-leaf (a.k.a. "real") tea! You just put a spoonful in a strainer, put the strainer over your cup, pour the water through the strainer (and the tea leaves). Makes a nice cuppa. You can even get different kinds of strainer that immerse the leaves in the tea to make a stronger cup!

Seriously, why on earth would anyone use tea-bags?
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Nodaisho on 08 Jul 2009, 19:08
Because nobody has a strainer, and most of the people that do don't know what it does, because it looks more like a medieval torture device. And because it is so much easier to find, and probably more hygienic to have out in a lobby, and because some people don't care about the subtle differences anyway.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: E. Spaceman on 08 Jul 2009, 22:23
To be fair, not all treabags are nearly the same.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Eris on 08 Jul 2009, 23:14
I want to buy one of those tea strainer ball-on-a-chain things, to use up some of the loose leaf tea I bought, but then there are all the different kinds of those things!

I use tea bags, because they are easy, and I am lazy. I know loose leaf is better, but I put 3 sugars in, so it's really not gonna make that much difference.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: nickyandthefuture on 08 Jul 2009, 23:34
I was reading a lot of stuff about tea-bags on the first page of this thread. I don't understand why people use tea-bags. People! You don't have to make a whole pot of tea just because you're using loose-leaf (a.k.a. "real") tea! You just put a spoonful in a strainer, put the strainer over your cup, pour the water through the strainer (and the tea leaves). Makes a nice cuppa. You can even get different kinds of strainer that immerse the leaves in the tea to make a stronger cup!

Seriously, why on earth would anyone use tea-bags?

Also, one can buy tiny teapots!  They are practical, adorable, and make a good cup of tea.  Okay, using a tea bag saves you from cleaning one additional item, but that is not a good enough reason.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Inlander on 09 Jul 2009, 00:21
I have a teapot which makes one-and-a-half cups of tea. It's perfect. You finish your cup, and you think "I could do with just a little bit more", and hey! There it is, right there in the tea-pot.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: BeoPuppy on 09 Jul 2009, 00:26
It's amazing to me, a non tea (or coffee) drinker how much culture, refinement and effort is involved in your tea drinking habits. I'd love to participate in such rituals. It seems so ... civilised.

Unfortunately ... tea, to me, is gross.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 09 Jul 2009, 00:29
I don't drink tea. I like the smell but it just tastes like a waste of time. I am a great disappointment to my family because my grandfather used to own and manage one of the larger tea plantations in Ceylon.

I will only drink peppermint "tea" and only if I have a stomach ache because mint helps to settle your stomach (the peppermint tea my girlfriend buys is just dried and ground mint leaves in bags).
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Eris on 09 Jul 2009, 00:33
I have a little one-mug teapot that I bought when I got fancy loose leaf tea. I really like it, but I only use it when drinking said fancy tea; if I am just drinking boring old English Breakfast then it doesn't seem worth it. When I move out I will probably use it more often, because I will have a job and money and be able to try out more fancier teas.

Ben and I got a little stack of teas from T2 a while ago, Morning, Afternoon and Evening tea, but we have only tried morning and evening. I can't remember exactly, but I think it was Morning Tea that had a smokey flavour to it, which put me off a little, but I just like the idea of drinking something call Morning Tea or Afternoon Tea. Evening Tea doesn't have quite the same ring to it.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: Inlander on 09 Jul 2009, 05:42
T2 sells some pretty good stuff (their Russian Caravan and Lapsang Souchong are fantastic), however for some teas (especially Earl Grey), I go straight to these people:

http://www.teacorporation.com.au/ (http://www.teacorporation.com.au/)
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: SonofZ3 on 09 Jul 2009, 08:03
Twinnings Ceylon Orange Pekoe with sugar and half and half. LOVE IT.
Title: Re: Your cuppa tea
Post by: philharmonic on 09 Jul 2009, 08:33
This thread reminded me of a trinket I bought my mom a few years back. A tea strainer with Mikey Mouse ears for the clasp. Now i'm wondering if she uses it much. Probably does considering she bought a tin of loose earl grey when she was here last. Perhaps next time I'm at Disneyland I'll get her the rest of the tea set.