Green tea at home
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A good Sencha has a grassy flavor and makes me feel great; I also like Matcha (powdered green tea) in the morning. It has a strong creamy flavor if you mix it correctly with the right proportions.
There are hundreds of Chinese teas, and most are pretty amazing. I usually stay away from the flavored stuff because it takes away from the flavor of leaves.
I recently re-discovered Pu-erh tea. It is fermented and tastes like the woods. It is a great digestif tea and has a lot of caffeine. It's usually enjoyed after a meal, but it may be nice in the morning.
I've also re-discovered Yerba Mate recently. We were walking around in one of the markets in Barcelona, and we found some killer yerba that is hard to find where we live. So, we bought one of those cool gourd cups and a straw and kept filling it with ice cold water all day. SO refreshing when it is hot.
Tea is good.
I will generally have loose leaf when at home. The bigger the leaf the better. But I am not adverse to using teabags when I just couldn't be bothered making a pot of tea.
i would drink my green tea or herbal tea in a nice china/porcelain cup and it always tastes better when made in a china cup that you only use for these kinds of tea. for conveniance the tea bags are ok but you cant beat that leafy woody texture from real tea
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I am a big fan of matcha, powder green tea......
smooth, creamy and calming
An interesting thing is this biochemist extensively researched tea, coffee and chocolate for a class of chemicals called polyphenols and their cancer prevention properties. One conclusion was any beneficial effect of these class of chemicals are completely canceled out just by adding milk or cream.
I drink my coffee with cream and sugar but I always wonder....
Green TeaI am not a tea drinker, but my husband is. Some time ago he came home with a purchase of Twinings Gunpowder Green Tea. This is now my main morning beverage, rather than coffee. I take it with honey and a touch of ginger juice*. Absolutely delicious.....and better for the nervous system. Every once in a while I do drink a half-cup of coffee. Have been having a UTI problem, due to a hospital stay (hip relacement). Green tea and ginger juice are a great help in keeping my problem at bay!
*We buy fresh ginger root at the super-market and use a juice machine at home.
I have always loved Tea I am a hard core coffee drinker and occasionally I brew a small pot of tea. I have a small Bodum tea pot I picked up at target some years ago. The loose tea goes in a cylinder thats in the middle of the pot which is full of holes all around . I use the cleanest , freshest water possible I use a Pur/Britta filter first then boil the water. For some reason its important to boil the water for a second or two its seems to make a difference. Then when it stopps boiling add it to the tea in the central cylinder . I then let it steep for for 2-5 min depending on the tea . Then like a press pot you push down the stopper and enjoy the tea . I love loose leaf tea you get such a better flavor and its smoother it seems. My parents went to China for vacation and brought back this tea called the Emperors cut green leaf tea They told my mother it is the best green tea you can get they pick it at a different time and the rest of the lower class tea either gets used in cities or is exported but not the Emperors cut tea its special . Well special or not its the best tea I have ever drank it makes you feel good and is supposedly good for weight control, afternoon blues and you eat the spent leaves when they are spent . The great thing about loose leaf tea is you can rebrew it several times before its spent. I enjoy tea very much and the cool thing is you can substitute tea for water in any recipe you make to add a different flavor god luck and happy brewing Mike