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Anyone drink green tea at home? I am thinking of going to green tea as a morning pick me up. No coffee for me, I can't even stand the smell of it (I hold my breath if I have to go down the coffee aisle at the supermarket). There seem to be great health benefits as well. How do you prepare your tea? Do you use a bag or loose leaf? Thanks for the help.

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Try whole leafe or "rolled" green tea. Ceramic or Cast Iron Kettle, teaspoon per cup. Important, stop water heating just before boiling starts, at 170-180. First steep 2-3 min. next can be longer (depends on cut). To make it stronger, pour 1/3 of kettle to heated cup from 10" height, then fill it back.

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I've been drinking green tea since my Irish grandfather fed it to me on a spoon as a baby. He drank his with milk and sugar. I drink mine straight, but sometimes use lemon and sugar. I like to make tea in a pot like you are supposed to, but sometimes time or laziness just doesn't allow. I buy loose green tea and use a "tea" spoon which is a hinged bowl spoon with holes in it that you can open and fill with tea and just drop in a cup. The tea bag was invented so buyers could sample the wares from different wholesalers. No serious tea drinker would ever recommend a tea bag. Lipton used to have very good loose green tea, but I can't find it any more.
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I buy green tea in tea bags at Costco and enjoy it as both hot and iced tea. I know that tea bags are said to contain all of the poorest cuts of the leaves and stems, however I'm not sure I could differentiate good from bad or even good from great tea. Green tea is readily available at health food stores and even supermarkets these days and with the turn over in these stores due to the popularity of green tea I'm sure that you will be assured of getting fresh tea.
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I drink green tea every day. We buy all sorts of loose leaf Chinese and Japanese tea, and we have over a dozen pots just scattered around the place. I like it in the morning because it doesn't hurt my stomach like coffee does, and it gives you energy instead of the jitters. I drink it to calm my stomach; I drink it for everything! I love the taste.. however, I *hate* Jasmine green tea. In China, that's what they tried to sell to us first because we were American and I can't stand the stuff.

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.
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post #6 of 15
I am a huge tea drinker and have about 30 or so varieties in my cupboard. Green tea is a favorite but I also like white tea - not white tea as in 'tea with milk' but white tea as in the actual tea is called 'white tea'.

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.
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have you tried the white tea with pear mmmmmmmmm yumm

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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Like many from the UK, I prefer tea to coffee. I use only loose-leaf tea, usually Twinings. I drink Darjeeling at breakfast time, Earl Grey, Lady Grey most of the day and lapsang souchong at weekends.

I do like coffee, but only drink it after dinner and at weekends.
post #9 of 15
I prefer Japanese teas, such as Bancha, Hojicha, Sencha and Matcha- they have a clean, full flavor; the boost they provide is not followed by a "crash" like coffee. I buy some of my tea from Ten Ren or Ten Teas. Check them out online- they have sampler packs. Enjoy - By the way, don't woory too much about the "grade" of the tea yet- A second grade or third grade, in my opinion, sometimes can be better. Try them first.
post #10 of 15
No I haven't tried the white tea with pear. I will have to look out for it on my next shopping trip.
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I am a big fan of matcha, powder green tea......

smooth, creamy and calming

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I recently read a book called: Foods that fight cancer: preventing cancer through diet. ( I know one of the authors).

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....

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post #13 of 15
I always love drinking some green tea in the mornings
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Green Tea

I 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.
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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 

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