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BS: Tea Question

olddude 12 Dec 08 - 09:19 PM
Rapparee 12 Dec 08 - 09:33 PM
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Stilly River Sage 12 Dec 08 - 10:14 PM
Bill D 12 Dec 08 - 10:26 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 12 Dec 08 - 10:29 PM
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olddude 12 Dec 08 - 10:48 PM
The Villan 12 Dec 08 - 11:06 PM
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The Villan 12 Dec 08 - 11:55 PM
Gurney 13 Dec 08 - 03:33 AM
Megan L 13 Dec 08 - 04:00 AM
Liz the Squeak 13 Dec 08 - 04:13 AM
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Subject: BS: Tea Question
From: olddude
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 09:19 PM

Ok, I am not a tea drinker but a coffee drinker. But a neighbor gave me a can of irish breakfast tea - smells great ... Problem ... it doesn't come in the nice little bags that I am use to ... so I put it in my coffee filter and my Mr. Coffee machine and ran it though .. tried it that way ... nope ... tastes like Tea with coffee .. Dumped it in a cup, poured boling water on it ... now I have a cup of tea grounds that is as strong as a bull - can't drink it. How much do I use, How do I make it without my little bags.

what is the "proper way" ... I like tea, I put honey in it .. but as a good ole country boy ... don't know the best way to "brew" it when it is a can full of the stuff

Help


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 09:33 PM

Well, do you have a proper teapot? One of those ceramic ones? If not,
boil up a bunch of water on the stove (use a pan). When it's really boiling turn the heat off and put in one teaspoon (neat, huh?) of tea for each cup of water you have. Let the tea settle a few minutes and then pour it into the cup through one of those strainers that looks like a screen door bubble. Add your honey then.

Let it cool a tad before drinking, 'cause it's gonna be HOT!


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: olddude
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 09:43 PM

Ahhh 1 teaspoon per cup.

I have been dumping ... that is why mine would melt a spoon
I don't have one of those strainer things but I bet I can use a coffee filter


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 09:54 PM

Put it in a funnel, put the end of the funnel in the cup. Might take a while.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 10:14 PM

Unless you're planning to use it as roofing tar when it cools, you need to be very careful with that teaspoon. It isn't heaping, it is level or slightly less than level. A measuring teaspoon without heaping is the same amount (I just tested it) and some types of loose tea come with a little 1 tsp scoop, like the one that comes with coffee, only proportional for tea.

Rule of thumb, if you're making a full pot, is one scoop for each cup of tea "plus one for the pot."

You can put that amount in your cup (I don't use a little cup, I use one that holds about 12 oz of liquid) and pour your hot water in. But the time it has steeped a little all of the tea will sink to the bottom. Just don't stir it around as you drink it and you'll be fine. I often times make one cup with a tea strainer that sits across the top and you pour the water over the tea and let it steep on the top of the cup, or one that is like a submersible ball.

I have a tea cosy I put over the pot to keep it warm for an hour or two and I drink tea in the morning from that pot. You can use a couple of dish towels over your pot if you don't have a tea cosy.


SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Bill D
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 10:26 PM

Any one of those little gadgets SRS linked to will do the job....
Any 'department store' should have an assortment. I have metal ones, plastic ones, and mesh ones....I use the plastic one more often, as they have a finer mesh to allow ONLY flavor thru)

I was a tea drinker for 50 years, and almost NEVER used tea bags. I put about a level teaspoon of loose tea per cup into a tea ball, (or whatever) and pour water that has JUST come to a boil over it, then stir it about a bit, and wait 'about' 3˝ minutes. Tastes differ. (different teas may need more or less steeping, according to YOUR taste).


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 10:29 PM

Buy a hamster. Use the tea for hamster bedding. Go back to drinking coffee.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Bill D
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 10:38 PM

Tea can be kept (dry tea, that is) for ages... coffee is fine, but tea, properly made, is gentle, tasty and soothing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 10:44 PM

Its a shame you weren't around when Bill Sables made one of his trips here from Yorkshire. A long story about Bill and his various trips to the USA but he always carried his own tea and paraphernalia so he could always have a "proper cup" of tea. When he, along with young Sam Pirt and Ian, stopped at our place in 2001, Ian took my wife Karen and sister Connie into the kitchen for hands-on instruction.

Karen, Wayne(Connie's better half), and I, are all inveterate coffee drinkers but within a week, Connie had ordered ALL the proper tea and equipment over the net from England and went about driving us all nuts with the damn tea............oy...............

Finally it went the way of her other interests as we knew it would.   But.......Like all the rest, every once in awhile it resurfaces and we're all up to our assholes in tea.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: olddude
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 10:48 PM

Spaw
you should see my poor coffee pot. No kidding I have crap all over it. I heaped the tea in it and it bubbled out ... What a mess

I suck at anything with heat ... I am going back to my little bags


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: The Villan
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 11:06 PM

http://www.teaguys.com/


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: olddude
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 11:25 PM

Thanks Les !!

Linda is going to kick my arse when she sees what I did to her kitchen ... I can't even boil water ... I have tea all over the place. It is now not a mission but a quest ... a quest for a real cup of tea ...

I just read about a tea ball ... I didn't think tea had balls but hey what do I know ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 11:46 PM

Cleanup shouldn't be that difficult. If you wait until the tea dries up you can sweep it off of any surface it may have boiled over on.

Market Spice tea is a great cinnamon tea. The company itself I used to do mail order from, but I think that put them in too much competition with their commercial customers. When I search on "Market Spice" it says their products are available through Amazon.

Micca was my daughter's secret Santa one year, and he sent (and got us hooked on) Yorkshire Gold in tea bags. One bag of that is strong enough for an entire pot. It's way too strong for a single cup.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: The Villan
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 11:55 PM

LOL I wouldn't like to be in your shoes Dan :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Gurney
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 03:33 AM

So many coffee drinkers, so little educated taste.


Just a vote on the other side. Try darjeeling tea, but not too strong, with milk and one sugar. Nectar.
Too strong, and you'll have to console yourself with ardent spirits.

Darjeeling is a type, not a brand.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Megan L
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 04:00 AM

when I was a child my uncles used to make a pot of tea when they came up from the pit. It went on a trivet by the side of the coal fire and stayed there all day just being topped up with water as needed. Talk about strong it was so stewed you could have soled yer boots with it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 04:13 AM

I looked into our teapot when I was 11 and thought - if that's what the inside of the teapot looks like, what the hell is it doing to my stomach? And never drank tea again. Of course, I realise now it was just an excuse because I don't actually like the taste of it....

Long live the Jam in a Cup! (That's red fruit tea to you lot).

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 04:57 AM

A proper cuppa can't be beat
Get the right kit to make it neat
Prep teapot and cup with a bit of heat
A five minute brew, drink it straight or sweet

I love my Earl or Lady Grey loose leaf with drop of skim milk and one sugar.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: gnomad
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 05:58 AM

One of these 1 or these 2 will do you. Infusers shouldn't be overfilled (max 50%) as the leaves expand on contact with water, and also need space to move about a bit while infusing.

Megan's uncles' tea sounds like what my boss tells of tea on trawlers in the 70s: gallon pot of water and about 2oz loose tea onto a low light as you sail, topped up with more water as it was drunk, and more leaves from time to time. By the time of return (about a week) the pot would be about half full of leaves, and rinsed for the next brew. He certainly drinks the strongest tea (and with the most milk) I am ever asked to make.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Micca
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 07:59 AM

Richard Owen, the Chief Engineer on a ship I served in made me a mug of tea once, in the engineroom of the ship we served in, by taking a Pint ceramic mug (English 20oz) pouring about 2oz of loose tea leaves in filling it with cold water then inserting a bleed steam pipe from the ships Triple Expansion Parsons Marine Main engine and turning it on!! steam at about 400degC was injected into the water and brought it to the boil in about 20 seconds!!! the tea was as STRONG as hell as black as Guiness and would take the enamel off your teeth , but it worked as the outside air temp was -25degC!! in the Baltic in winter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 10:33 AM

A good hot cup of tea, boiled in the pot over a campfire in the snow when the air temperature is -15F and then sweetened with brown sugar and a touch of rum is a gift of God. Of course, hot water is also...so is any source of heat (a nice warm body is good).

I was bartending a party once when one of the guests asked for gin-and-tea, which "everyone in England was drinking." We made a pot of tea, poured out a cup, added gin, and created a drink so puckery it would suck you inside your own mouth. It was still sitting there, nearly untouched, when the party was over. I sorta suspect that the guest mistook people asking for "gin and Tonic"....


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Gurney
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 02:37 PM

Rapaire, G & T is the standard abbreviation for that drink, pronounced Gee and Tee.
I like Whisky or Whiskey in tea, and I'll drink Brandy in Coffee. On cold days, of course. I'll try Gin and tea next time someone gives me a bottle of Gin.
The darjeeling that I eulogised above could be described as puckery, if I've understood the term, or as I call it, abrasive.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 03:04 PM

Which is why I think the person made a Big Mistake.

I do NOT suggest gin and tea. I tried it, and I don't suggest it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: lady penelope
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 03:56 PM

It all depends on how strong you like your tea. Most brand teas, Like Yorkshire Gold, Liptons, PG Tips, Tetley, are blended indian teas.

Earl Grey tea is an indian tea flavoured with bergamot oil (I can't abide it myself).

Straight indian teas will brew quicker and stronger than 'china' teas. Broken leaves (as you get in most tea bags) will brew even faster. For a lighter taste with a full flavour get unbroken tea. The difference is, while I would leave unbroken leaves in the pot to brew for a few minutes, I wouldn't do that with broken leaves and definitely not with tea bags.

Not all tea tastes good with milk in. The 'china' teas (like Kemun) will mostly taste better without milk. Others taste awful with milk in - Lapsangsuchong, jasmine, or japanese green teas.

My personal favourites -
Tea bags - PG Tips
Loose broken tea - Twinings 'All Day' tea
Unbroken tea - Orange Peko (will take milk) and Jasmine.

Personally, I don't hold with tea infusers, other than in emergencies (they're a reall bind to clean out for a start). I'd go for one of these options....

6 Cup teapot

You can get 2 cup versions of these. They work really well as you can lift the tea out completely once you've acheived the strength you desire.

Or Tea For One


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Peter T.
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 04:05 PM

you can always pour tea through a J-cloth (or even a clean sock you don't want ever to use again.....)

I am a totally old fashioned tea drinker but I would never ever use loose tea again -- what a pain in the ass -- tea bags forever.

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 07:53 PM

It's worth getting a teapot even if you use teabags. Tea made in a cup just isn't the same. For one thing it makes the cup too hot to hold comfortably. And with a pot you can top up with water for a second cup.

The tea in bags is more or less powdered, as compared with the loose tea, which is still leafs. Affects the taste.

Honey is OK with Redbush Tea from South Africa (which isn't tea, but it's said to be good for you - and Precious Ramotswe swears by it), but for ordinary tea, sugar is a less intrusive way of sweetening it than honey, which has a strong flavour of its own.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: GUEST,lox
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 07:57 PM

Proper Tea and how to make it properly are concerns which go far beyond the bounds of this world ...















... of course anarchists prefer earl grey as they believe all proper tea is theft ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: GUEST,lox
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 08:01 PM

Here's the most relevant segment of the previous link for those without the patience to read the whole thing:

'No,' he said, 'look, it's very, very simple...all I want...is a cup of tea. You are going to make one for me. Keep quiet and listen.'
    And he sat. He told the Nutri-Matic about India, he told it about China, he told it about Ceylon. He told it about broad leaves drying in the sun. He told it about silver teapots. He told it about summer afternoons on the lawn. He told it about putting in the milk before the tea so it wouldn't get scalded. He even told it (briefly) about the history of the East India Company.
    'So that's it, is it?' said the Nutri-Matic when he had finished.
    'Yes,' said Arthur, 'that is what I want.'
    'You want the taste of dried leaves boiled in water?'
    'Er, yes. With milk.'
    'Squirted out of a cow?'
    'Well, in a manner of speaking I suppose...'
    'I'm going to need some help with this one,' said the machine tersely. All the cheerful burbling had dropped out of its voice and it now meant business.
    'Well, anything I can do,' said Arthur.
    'You've done quite enough,' the Nutri-Matic informed him.
    It summoned up the ship's computer.
    'Hi there!' said the ship's computer.
    The Nutri-Matic explained about tea to the ship's computer. The computer boggled, linked logic circuits with the Nutri-Matic and together they lapsed into a grim silence.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: olddude
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 08:05 PM

Success !!
It took me 2 days of trial and error, finally, I went to the dollar store. They sell this plunger thing that makes 1 cup. You put your tea in, pour in boiling water. Pop this plunger thing with a strainer in it, push it down, it holds all the tea to the bottom so you have a perfect cup. I used 1 teaspoon full of Irish breakfast ... wow still really really strong .. Gotta cut down on it I guess. At least now being the clutz that I am I don't have tea all over the counter and boiling over my coffee maker. This can of Irish Breakfast came in a gift box. It is really really strong stuff. Is Irish breakfast tea always this strong. I am use to drinking (when I do drink tea) some lipton something or other


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: gnu
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 08:11 PM

Best tea ever.... on a late October morn, walk way back past where the road is overgrown with alders. Start a bog spruce fire with birch bark. Grab the old tomato juice can that someone placed upside down in a water birch alongside the bog years before. Dip it in the bog water. Throw in some tea and hang it over the fire until it boils. Some shockin good me zon, me zon.

Of course, ya need a bit a time on yer hands ta have a proper boilup.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: olddude
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 08:16 PM

I am having a cup as we speak. My doctor buddie gave it to me it is from igourmet.com the can reads Irish Breakfast Tea
2nd flush assam and Kenyan tea (whatever that means)

Then my office neighbor has a brother that is a bee keeper, gave me 5 lbs of honey ... this stuff is wonderful, I mean not your average honey, right from the bugs stuff. Amazing. I just dumped it in my tea and it is great.

But I think a half of a teaspoon is the recipe for this Pennsylvania mountain boy ... a full teaspoon was a tad strong. Yet I drink my coffee so strong that it can walk on its own. But I notice tea is bitter when it is really strong


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Joe_F
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 09:16 PM

George Orwell's advice

But, seldom having company for tea, I myself use a teaball.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 01:39 AM

I have one of those "plunger" things here. I think it was meant for coffee, but it could work for tea.

I wouldn't EVER pollute my tea with milk.

If you find a good variety of Earl Grey it's quite nice. Market Spice in Seattle has some good stuff.

A good cup of tea is as much a state of mind and a ceremony as it is a simple beverage. The anticipation, coupled with the proper preparation (the water HAS to be almost boiling and the tea strong enough and the addition of a bit of sweetener is optional) means that the first good-sized sip can be enough to align your whole psyche for the morning.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 03:08 AM

Yeah Dan, the "plunger thing" is a coffee press but you pressed it into service as a tea press and I'm left impressed. This is a much better idea than PT's old sock treatment above and less likely to give you a case of Athlete's Mouth.

Personally, if I were you, and fortunately I'm not since your kitchen must be in one helluva' mess by now, I'd use more tea, not less. By using more and more the brew will be less and less palatable. You are then free to throw it out in greater quantities so that sooner, rather than later, you'll be out of the crap altogether and back to drinking coffee as is your birthright.

BTW........Watch for termites in the honey.........


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 05:04 AM

To make tea the water does not have to be "almost boiling". It has to be BOILING when it hits the tea.

Also, as Miss Manners will tell you, only governesses teachers and other servants put the milk (if you take milk) in first.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: quokka
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 05:23 AM

Guest lox, how could anyone not have the patience?? That's close to blasphemy, in my book. Maybe we need to start a 'Favourite quotes from Douglas Adams' thread... I must have quoted him at least twice in other threads....ah, such wisdom

Cheers,

Quokka


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 05:52 AM

Funnily enough I was just about to suggest a coffee press. My cuz in the US uses one with much sucess. The other thing you may want to buy is what his wife calls a 'tea kettle'. To us it is just a kettle - electric or otherwise. Thing to boil water in with a spout to pour it out of. She bought one immediately on returning from a visit to us. It has loads of uses as well as tea and if you buy an electric one it will boil water quicker than putting it in a pan. You can start to look here

Cheers and happy brewing:-)

DeG


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Cats
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 06:20 AM

The real question here, though, has to be, when do you put the milk in, before or after the tea? Personally I am a 'milk first' person and like to drink tea from a bone china cup. I always make tea in a pot whether I am using leaves or a bag as it gives the tea room to infuse. And, Olddude, don't forget that in all the best tea drinking circles the little finger is extended when picking up the cup!


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 08:47 AM

I have dealt with this above. MIF is common.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 09:13 AM

How do you feel about Milf?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 09:38 AM

Milk in last AND fist? ;-)

Out of interest - Two things about milk last or first.

1. Poor quality china or pocelain would not stand up to water at near boiling point so milk was added first to ensure the vessel did not crack.

2. It does make a difference. When you put milk in first it heats up over the couple of seconds it takes to fill the cup. When you put it in last it heats instantly. The chenical reaction is different in each case although whether that difference can actual be tasted is in doubt.

Full of useless facts, me...

DeG


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 09:41 AM

Oh - and I forgot. If you use a milk alternative that seperates when you add it to hot tea or coffee try putting the 'milk' in fist so it does heat up gradualy and you may find it does not seperate - Perhaps not so useless after all:-D


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 10:35 AM

Milk in fist? You've still got "MILF" on the brain haven't you?


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 10:40 AM

I use the Cuisinart electric kettle, and that way we don't accidentally leave a kettle to boil dry. And absolutely yes, "almost boiling." I let the kettle boil and turn itself off and then give it a few moments to settle down. Pouring boiling water causes too much splashing that can lead to burns. Regardless of the container you boil in, pouring boiling water is unsafe. Lose a degree or two and your tea won't suffer.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Bill D
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 10:41 AM

I - do - not - put - MILK - in - tea. I like TEA flavor. Darjeeling, Keemun, Assam, Oolong, ..flavored 'sometimes' with Lychee, Oil of Bergamot(Earl Grey), Jasmine, Rose petals, Orange or cinnamon(rarely)......even Lapsang Souchong....but no MILK.


opinionated? ...me? naaawww.....


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 11:52 AM

Obviously you remove a kettle from the stove before you pour it - and you detach an electric kettle from its base or whatever. But the temperature of the water is still boiling point, within a fraction of a degree, and it needs to be.

Of course if you live high up in the mountains you'll never have a proper cup of tea, because boiling point gets lower the higher you go. (Unless you use some kind of pressure cooker. Which I believe they used to on Himalayan expeditions.)

But honey in tea - for me that's a bit like using condensed milk, too much extraneous flavour. Chacun a son gout. (Chacun a son goat for that matter...)


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: Bill D
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 12:07 PM

McGrath has it right....boiling point. Further, you do not want the water to boil excessively, as this will gradually remove oxygen from the water and 'flatten' the taste.

   Tea is a bit more demanding than coffee, though both require a modicum of care to get the best result.

There are, of course, differences of opinions about details of steeping time, brands, types, flavors, what to add...etc...but basic preparation technique applies to all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: lady penelope
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 12:33 PM

By crikey, I find myself in agreement with Mr Orwell on most the finer points of tea making....!

Nope, never milk first. How can you get the correct amount of milk in???

As for the strength of the taste of you tea Olddude, Assam and Kenyan tea do taste very strong compared to other teas. Just use slightly less tea and don't leave it to brew so long. You may want to experiment with other teas.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: olddude
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 02:15 PM

Spaw
I can't stop laughing ... termites in the honey ...

also the tea isn't brewed by a Milf , I did it myself


Oh my gosh


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Question
From: olddude
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 02:25 PM

Well
I have to clean up my mess before Linda gets back, she is out of town. Her counter is now tea stained as I had knocked over the can and it landed in the water that bubbled over from the Mr. Coffee / tea brewer tragedy. I tried the comet cleaner stuff last night ... nope ... tea is like ink ... good grief ...

I suck

I know - I can blame it on the cat ... yea that's it ... cat knocked it over ... naw ... can't pull that one off I have to think of something.


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