What types do you prefer? Strong/bold, mild, black tea, herbal tea?
When I want a fully-caffeinated tea with robust flavor (good for a cold weekend afternoon), I like Earl Gray with some added lavender. For a mild tea, when just relaxing, I like darjeeling (I have some that's an early picking that is extremely mild). When I'm in the mood for an herbal tea, that's when I get out the African Autumn tea that Zz and I discovered while at Disney together. And when I'm desperate to wake up after work when I still have things I need to do at home, then it's chai tea.
In the tea bag department (all of the above are loose teas), I enjoy Stash Teas' Pumpkin Spice. It's a decaf tea. It came as a "free gift" with another order I placed, and my first impression when I looked at the box was, "Yeah, there's probably a reason they're giving it away free," but it turned out to be quite tasty. If you like something like Constant Comment, you'd probably like Pumpkin Spice. It has a bit of cinnamon, but not overwhelming like some others I've gotten.
I'm still working on finding a green tea I like. I like what's served when I go to good Japanese restaurants, but I can never find one that tastes like that when I brew it at home.
Here's how I'd brew it: put 1-2 teaspoons of loose leaves into a porcelain teapot (like the ones they have in Chinese restaurants) and add just 3-4 drips of water so it's not completely dry.Get a spoon full and add it to a small pot of water. Heat the water for about 10 mins. Then pour it into a small tea glass about 1/3 of the way. Fill the rest of the way with hot water. If you want sugar, you have to use a sugar cube between your teeth.
Sounds like a French coffee press. My "corner" coffee shop uses them to infuse tea. A much cheaper alternative is to get one of these:I always just drink Red Rose black tea but I've become more of a tea drinker lately so I am going to go and try to find some good loose leaf tea. I was at a tea place awhile ago and they had these neat tea pots that had a plunger in them so that when it was brewed to the strength you wanted you pushed down on the plunger and then the tea leaves were separated from the liquid and you didn't get the gross bits of the leaves in your tea. I want to find one of those things.
I just googled French Coffee Press and you are right that is exactly what it was! I had no idea what they were called I just think they are neat. That tea stick thing looks interesting to.Sounds like a French coffee press. My "corner" coffee shop uses them to infuse tea. A much cheaper alternative is to get one of these:
Also there are clear plastic brewing/draining cups. You brew tea in one, then place it on top of a regular cup. When it comes to contact with the cup's edges the liquid drains into the cup below.
Yes, that's what I use most of the time for brewing tea, a French press. It's just as easy as a teabag, and so much better tasting. they also make inserts for teapots, as well as wire mesh teaballs that you can put your loose tea into so you don't have bits of leaves getting into your tea. Of course, the "traditional" way to do it is to pour through a strainer to catch any leaves before they go into the cup. If I just want a single cup, I have a small teaball that I add the loose leaves to and brew right in the cup like you would if it was a teabag. While in desperation for a cup of tea at work, and while the French press was at home (forgotten when I took it home for a more thorough washing than is possible in the break room sink), a coffee filter held shut by a paper clip and dangled on an elastic band works well as a tea ball too.I just googled French Coffee Press and you are right that is exactly what it was! I had no idea what they were called I just think they are neat. That tea stick thing looks interesting to.