Tea (rec.drink.tea) Discussion relating to tea, the world's second most consumed beverage (after water), made by infusing or boiling the leaves of the tea plant (C. sinensis or close relatives) in water.

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I recently went to a local coffee shop and was amazed when I they took loose
tea, placed it on the top of what looked similar to a coffee maker and
within 3 minutes a pot of fresh tea was brewed.

It was simple and I've been there so many times and each time I get a
perfect cup.

Does anyone else use a brewer and if so, is there a good make/model to
purchase?



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I got a bodum assam teapot for Christmas. The first brew (of
Darjeeling) tasted of plastic, but I hope that fades away after awhile.
Toci
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I recently went to a local coffee shop and was amazed when I they took loose
tea, placed it on the top of what looked similar to a coffee maker and
within 3 minutes a pot of fresh tea was brewed.

It was simple and I've been there so many times and each time I get a
perfect cup.

Does anyone else use a brewer and if so, is there a good make/model to
purchase?


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The second brew, of Nilgiri, was much better. Toci
toci wrote:
I got a bodum assam teapot for Christmas. The first brew (of
Darjeeling) tasted of plastic, but I hope that fades away after awhile.
Toci
aaaaa wrote:
I recently went to a local coffee shop and was amazed when I they took loose
tea, placed it on the top of what looked similar to a coffee maker and
within 3 minutes a pot of fresh tea was brewed.

It was simple and I've been there so many times and each time I get a
perfect cup.

Does anyone else use a brewer and if so, is there a good make/model to
purchase?


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Does anyone else use a brewer and if so, is there a good make/model to
purchase?


I don't think toci answered your question. I have wondered the same
thing myself. A quick google brings up
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/cus...ws/B000HJNJNO/ though. A
bit pricey, but if anyone here has used that machine I'd be interested.

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Most coffee brewers don't heat the water to the boiling point, which is
what you need to properly brew black tea. I'd recommend buying a good
electric kettle, which is much faster than boiling water on the
stovetop. No need to build a better mousetrap when an electric kettle,
ceramic teapot and good quality loose tea are all you need to make a
perfect cup of tea.



On Dec 31 2006, 1:53 am, "aaaaa" wrote:
I recently went to a local coffee shop and was amazed when I they took loose
tea, placed it on the top of what looked similar to a coffee maker and
within 3 minutes a pot of fresh tea was brewed.

It was simple and I've been there so many times and each time I get a
perfect cup.

Does anyone else use a brewer and if so, is there a good make/model to
purchase?




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Fran wrote:
Most coffee brewers don't heat the water to the boiling point, which is
what you need to properly brew black tea.


I never use boiling water for any good tea. Coffee temperature water is
too hot if anything.

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On Jan 2, 9:48 pm, "BDH" wrote:

I never use boiling water for any good tea. Coffee temperature water is

too hot if anything.


Then I don't know how you're managing to get a proper infusion. Only
green and oolong teas should be brewed with water beneath the boiling
point. The reason so many tea drinkers complain about the tea served
in restaurants is largely due to their failure to boil the water before
serving the tea.

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"Fran" writes:

On Jan 2, 9:48 pm, "BDH" wrote:

I never use boiling water for any good tea. Coffee temperature water is

too hot if anything.


Then I don't know how you're managing to get a proper infusion. Only
green and oolong teas should be brewed with water beneath the boiling
point. The reason so many tea drinkers complain about the tea served
in restaurants is largely due to their failure to boil the water before
serving the tea.


In the immortal words of Larry Wall, "There's more than one way to do
it."

/Lew
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Lewis Perin wrote:

In the immortal words of Larry Wall, "There's more than one way to do
it."


Oh, there is more than one way to do it, but that does not make the
alternative methods correct. The use of boiling water for black tea is
the one rule that should never be violated. It is even more important
than the quality of tea used, or the use of loose tea vs a teabag. I
would rather have a cup of tea made with a Lipton tea bag (never my
first choice) and boiling water than a cup of tea brewed with the
finest loose leaves and water that is below the boil.

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[Lew]
In the immortal words of Larry Wall, "There's more than one way to do
it."


[Fran]
Oh, there is more than one way to do it, but that does not make the
alternative methods correct. The use of boiling water for black tea is
the one rule that should never be violated. It is even more important
than the quality of tea used, or the use of loose tea vs a teabag. I
would rather have a cup of tea made with a Lipton tea bag (never my
first choice) and boiling water than a cup of tea brewed with the
finest loose leaves and water that is below the boil.


[Michael]
I respect your opinion, and that is exactly
what it is, no more. I will not make a
claim that boiling water will ruin red (black)
tea, but I let the temperature fall slightly in
most cases and *in my opinion* the tea benefits
for the slightly lowered temperature.

Some black teas are quite delicate, being mostly
buds. Although they are fully oxidized, still there
is a hint of "green-ness," what I like to call a
reedy-ness, something fresh and good. That quality
can be burned away.

Let us say that each tea needs to be explored on
its own merits, and approaches need to vary.
Meanwhile, to state the obvious, you are welcome
to your opinion.




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It's been awhile but I double checked over the holidays an expensive
restaurant on Christmas eve and a cheap mexican restaurant on New
Year's Eve can't even boil water for teabags. Why do I still try?

Jim

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I'm not sure but I get my perfect cuppa from this pot I got at
teacuppa.com ... you can check it out at their web site.


aaaaa wrote:
I recently went to a local coffee shop and was amazed when I they took loose
tea, placed it on the top of what looked similar to a coffee maker and
within 3 minutes a pot of fresh tea was brewed.

It was simple and I've been there so many times and each time I get a
perfect cup.

Does anyone else use a brewer and if so, is there a good make/model to
purchase?


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Fran wrote:
Lewis Perin wrote:

In the immortal words of Larry Wall, "There's more than one way to do
it."


Oh, there is more than one way to do it, but that does not make the
alternative methods correct. The use of boiling water for black tea is
the one rule that should never be violated. It is even more important
than the quality of tea used, or the use of loose tea vs a teabag. I
would rather have a cup of tea made with a Lipton tea bag (never my
first choice) and boiling water than a cup of tea brewed with the
finest loose leaves and water that is below the boil.


Using lower temperature water for black tea means you need longer steeping
times. Less of the good tea tastes come out, and more of the tannic flavour
comes out. I think that's a bad thing, but chacun a son gout.
--scott
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"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
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Space Cowboy wrote:
It's been awhile but I double checked over the holidays an expensive
restaurant on Christmas eve and a cheap mexican restaurant on New
Year's Eve can't even boil water for teabags. Why do I still try?


Because Legal Seafood in Boston and the Blue Talon in Williamsburg, VA.
both carry decent tea and know how to brew it.
--scott
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"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."


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