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I've been getting more and more into tea and have got a collection going.  Various green and white teas, and then some cinammon and indian spiced teas too.  They're all in tea bags but the little boxes they come in take up a lot of space in my cupboards.  I was wondering if anyone had any cool ideas on how to store and/or display tea?  

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post #2 of 15
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british drink a LOT of tea! We even have a separate ceremony called 'afternoon tea' in England and 'high tea' by us Scots!

I never buy teabags, always loose leaf. I usually have Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Darjeeling, Assam. orange Pekoe and Lapsang Souching in my pantry, stored in china tea caddies.

I'm not keen on fruit flavours, or green teas.biggrin.gif
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I've got nasty habits, I take tea at 3.

 

 

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But to the point, this past weekend I purchased a shelf unit that is meant to hang on a door, only 5" deep.  I'm planning to put it on a wall behind a door, make use of some wasted space.  I know I have a shot of the area in question somewhere...

 

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post #4 of 15
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Intake my tea around 4 pm. It has helped me curb my hunger pangs that always seem to happen around that dreaded time. Green tea in particular is full of antioxidants and its my go to. I don't have any doors near my kitchen but that would be a good idea. I will have to look up what a tea caddie is.

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I love tea and after about 1:00 i will start drinking it and drink it all day.  Strong and with milk and sugar. 

 

I only like one kind, long leaf, unbroken orange pekoe (orange being the color not the flavor) and i buy it by the kilo.  There's a particular brand from turkey (originally no doubt from sri lanka but imported through turkey) that is incredibly cheap and incredibly good.  I think the long leaves release less of that bitter tannic flavor and more of the (natural) aromatic flavor of the tea leaves.  I have a basket type tea strainer that fits hanging in the cup (bodum makes one and otehrs too) because they hold more tea than those teaspoon tea balls, and less crumbs fall into the cup. 

 

I can't stand green tea, it tastes like unsalted spinach soup to me :) and, Koukou, apparently black tea has the same substances as green - what i read is that it came out about green tea being "good for you" because they had only tested the green tea.  Like the red wine story, red grape juice is just as good, as is red anything practically. 

 

I don't like fruity or flavored teas.  (I don't like "flavored" anything).  I don;t want my tea to taste like hand cream (jasmine, rose, etc)

 

The only exception to the milk and sugar part being iced tea which i make with lemon and a boiled sugar syrup that is almost caramelized - i think it probably doesn;t have a different taste, but the placebo effect works with taste too:) and i find karkade (hibiscus) tea to be awful hot but great cold, with sugar.  It's bright red and very appealing.

 

But to your question of storage of the little boxes Koukou, what about a sort of spice rack of the sort that is like those old typographer's boxes, a bunch of boxes or else short shelves, that you can hang on the wall?  you could fit those little teabag boxes right in there.  The colors of the ends of the boxes would show, and being a lot of them, the display would be nice.  And being in a city kitchen with limited space, the wall is the best storage. 

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A UK site devoted to tea caddies biggrin.gif
http://www.teacaddy.uk


I have a small collection of antique wooden tea caddies, 9 or 10, but they are just for display.
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I sometimes use old teabags as a source of smoke when grilling meats.

 

I also get Jasmin Downey Pearls from Sensational Teas as shown here.

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Until I'm an afficionado I'll just be using the tea bags as they are so easy.  I'm surprised to hear you all don't like green tea, I like it so much.  Black tea is a little hard to take but now that you mention unsalted spinach soup... I think that's what I like about it.  I grew up drinking the broth from the bitter greens my mother would boil such as dandelion and I really enjoy that bitter green flavor.  I never thought of it as tea at the time but I do now and I still drink it.  I do prefer white teas though since they are gentle and soothing and I never stopped loving chamomille.  I think I like just about any tea except earl gray or standard Lipton.  Never heard of earl lady though, what's that?  I love the jasmine tea you get at chinese restaurants too.

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...I do prefer white teas though since they are gentle and soothing and I never stopped loving chamomille.  I think I like just about any tea except earl gray or standard Lipton....

Lipton tea is good for only making sun tea.  And I really enjoy drinking it as well as oolongs and an occasional bowl of green tea that is served in the japanese tea ceremony.

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Lady Grey is a slightly more citrus-y version of the Bergamot-flavoured Earl Grey. I drink both with a slice of lemon, no milk or sugar.

I drink my other teas with a splash of milk and no sugar. I hate sweet drinks. When I drink Greek coffee, i order it sketto (spelling? )
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...When I drink Greek coffee, i order it sketto (spelling? )

 

I've seen it spelled "sketo", not being the authority on spelling.

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Lady Grey is a slightly more citrus-y version of the Bergamot-flavoured Earl Grey. I drink both with a slice of lemon, no milk or sugar.

I drink my other teas with a splash of milk and no sugar. I hate sweet drinks. When I drink Greek coffee, i order it sketto (spelling? )

 

Yes I can't imagine drinking anything with sugar in it, even juice.  Funny story, I used to drink soda, and sugary coffee and it was the hardest thing I ever had to do to give it up.  Imagine 2 full months of sipping my sugarless coffee and after every sip curling my face into disgust and audibly saying YUCK!  And then one day quite suddenly it didn't taste bitter any more.  Then I stopped by a coffee shop and ordered a cup of coffee on the go, "milk no sugar" and as I walked away and took a sip I spit it out as if I had drank petroleum.  The guy at the counter must have heard "sugar, no milk" instead.  That's when I realized I had completely ended my sugar addiction and took my first steps into healthy living.

 

Greek coffee sketo is hard to bear.  Sketo means "plain" and boy is it bitter.  In fact I can't handle it without sugar.  I never drink greek (turkish) coffee nowadays.

 

I'm so interested in all these different teas now, oolong!!

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I never drink greek (turkish) coffee nowadays.

 

I'm so interested in all these different teas now, oolong!!

For oolongs I regularly order them from Floating Leaves Tea.  For brewing my oolongs, I prefer using a gaiwan instead of a yixing tea pot.

 

Sometimes I make coffee using an ibrik, sketo with kaimaki, plain with foam.  Making it is an art and it also depends on the beans and grind used.

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post #15 of 15

I drink bucketloads of tea at any time of the day or night.I don't have a good way to store it, as it's just in the pantry as a staple and gets consumed too quickly to present nicely.

I'm not keen on green tea which is a shame because it does have good health benefits.

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