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Old 01-09-06, 09:18 AM   #1
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Who drinks green tea here?

Anyone a huge green tea fan? If so, what do you recommend? Basically, I'm looking for two things:

- One is your instant green tea (tea bags) which will be convenient at work. Can anyone recommend a good brand?

- Tea leaves. I have access to lots of variety of green tea (thank you Chinatown). Any recommendations there?
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I've tried it several times because it's supposed to be so good for us, but I just can't stomach it

The latest cure-alls and 'prevent-alls' I eat are oregano and freshly ground flax seed
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I've best enjoyed the "good stuff" from the Asian grocery. However, it does not come in tea bags. I used a small steeping tea pot to brew it (similar to the ones at the Asian restaurants) to make it.

I'm at work now and looking at the container of the one I use and like a lot. The only words in english that I can see are "Green Mountain" and "Green Tea". So I guess its by Green Mountain. The container is cylinder shaped, about 7 or 8 inches tall and appears to be green with faded looking chinese letters in the background.

This isn't exactly the same one....but another brand. The container looks similar though.
http://shopping.sina.com/sinamall/as...65-002-037.jpg

Also....others are great teas to try. Flavors like Jasmine Tea and Sau Mei. They are basically grean tea with the respective flowers mixed in to give it a different direction in flavor.
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Tazo Zen tea is a little slice of heaven, especially with a bit of honey. I drink it after my ride morning ride in. It is a lot easier on the stomach than any other green tea that I have tried. It smells great too. You can get it in filterbag or full leaf.



"Zen™, a blend of exotic green teas and rare herbs. Includes: green tea, lemon verbena, spearmint and natural flavors.

For thousands of years, medicine men and shaman from many cultures have recognized the value of green tea in maintaining health.

Zen™, like all Tazo green teas, is prepared in a way that maintains the natural health benefits, color and taste. The tea is steamed to neutralize the oxidating enzyme, then dried using a panfired technique to bring out the maximum flavor. Like black teas, Zen™ and other Tazo green teas are made from the same botanical species, Cameila Sinensis and can contain as much caffeine as black teas.

To brew: 1 filterbag for every 8 ounces of water. Steep for 5 minutes or to your preferred taste."
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I have a box of each of the following in my top drawer at work.

Celestial Seasonings - True Blueberry, Green Tea with honey lemon ginseng.
Twinnings- Darjeeling, Ceylon orange pekoe, and english breakfast.
Bigelow- Earl grey.
Lipton - Cold brew black tea, orange & spice black tea.
Tazo- Chamomile calm.
Cafe Tea- Golden ceylon.

Right now ceylon's my favorite, then earl gray.
I should be packing up a few more flavors next week from twinnings and bigelow (my fav brands so far) along with Tazo Zen.
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Tazo Zen tea is a little slice of heaven, especially with a bit of honey. I drink it after my ride morning ride in. It is a lot easier on the stomach than any other green tea that I have tried. It smells great too. You can get it in filterbag or full leaf.


Never tasted the Green tea but I love the Chai from this brand.
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can I get the benefits of green tea in a pill?
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I drink all kinds of tea. The bergamot in Earl Grey can give me a headache sometimes and I don''t like the creosote smell of lapsang souchong. Cinnamon teas aren't my favorite, either.

But the rest are great. All kinds of brands. We get Bigelow teas at work so that's what I drink unless somebody brings back tea from China and wants to share.

and here in the South, we drink iced tea by the gallon throughout the year. Only hot tea you find at a restaurant will be at Asian restaurants.
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I use both. I like the tea bags for convenience and because they tend to be mild in flavor. Good for everyday use. I also still have a bunch of packets of leaf from my last trip to Japan--better quality but pricey, and the taste can overwhelm if brewed too strongly.

Been getting into Chinese whites and oolongs lately.

http://www.specialteas.com/
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I drink Green Tea I like Celestial Seasonings the most. I think it just depends on what you like and what tastes good to you.
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I've been really impressed with the Honest Tea brand. I get both
teabags and pre bottled green teas at Whole Foods.
The thing I particularly like about them is they are not excessively sweet.
Very light on the sweetener and its usually not sugar (cane syrup or honey
mostly). The Morrocan Mint Green tea is my current favourite.

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I just wandered down to the breakroom and steeped a cup of Celestial Seasonings green tea. Tastes kind of like warm moss. I'll have to try the stuff with honey lemon ginseng, a la slvoid.

Slight tangent: The air here gets very dry in the winter, so I've been trying Throat Coat. Anyone tried that? It's marketed as a medicinal tea, but it's all herbs--licorice root, slippery elm bark and marshmallow root. Kind of an odd, anise taste, but very nice after a ride when your throat's dried out.
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Check the site http://www.teasource.com/ they carry 100's of teas. The owner is great at finding wonderful tea. I was never a big fan of Green tea it until I found out you don't boil the water to make green tea. The water should be 170-180 and the steep time is very important and depends on the tea you're using. Every tea they sell has a sticker on it telling you the temp for the water and the steep time.

Once I made green tea correctly the flavor was much better – not bitter – and I started to enjoy it. Also with Green you have steep several pots from the same leafs. some say the second pot or ever third is the best flavor. I enjoy Green in the late after noon or evening The first pot is the only one to have caffeine so if you drink the second or third steeping into the night you don’t have to worry about caffeine.

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I drink Green Tea I like Celestial Seasonings the most. I think it just depends on what you like and what tastes good to you.
Drinking "real" green tea and then going to "American tea bag" green tea is like going from filet mignon to spam.

I had green tea from a Chinese friend of mine, the first time I ever had any of my own. Then I bought some store green tea (I think it was Celestial Seasonings) and almost spit out the first cup. It depends on whether you had the "good stuff" first methinks.
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Anyone a huge green tea fan? If so, what do you recommend? Basically, I'm looking for two things:

- One is your instant green tea (tea bags) which will be convenient at work. Can anyone recommend a good brand?

- Tea leaves. I have access to lots of variety of green tea (thank you Chinatown). Any recommendations there?

I actually drink various types of green tea, hot and cold.

My favorite hot is....




and cold.....



I also recently read that to get better benefits of green tea extract, capsules are more effective than the actual tea.

Therefore, I have also included these..

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Just purchased Bigelow Green Tea......YUCK!

On the other hand, a co-worker gave me Yamamotoyama "Special Occasion Green Tea" which was really good.

I guess it's time to head out to Chinatown in search for it. The package is Green with either Japanese or Korean writing on it. The only thing in English is "Special Occasion Green Tea".
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More of an Oolong Tea kind of guy. China Xiaman Fujian tea is my brand; cheap stuff but very good, and easy on the stomach.
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Anyone who makes tea with a (uggh) tea bag is not true tea drinker.
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I'm proud being a non-true tea drinker. What do you do at work? Aren't teabags the easiest way?
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I'm proud being a non-true tea drinker. What do you do at work? Aren't teabags the easiest way?
Yeah, but they taste like crap. I have a small teapot at work.
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Move up to White Tea, specifically White Peony Tea. I get it from my local food coop in bulk ($28/lb, but you only get an ounce or so at a time). I find it tastier than green tea, and it has all the good health hoopla around it, too.

I just like it.
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beeyoody! now I don't have to taste it

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I won't drink green tea right here,
I won't drink it over there.

Though I won't drink green tea on Bike Forums or in a chemistry lab, I will drink it with a nice Japanese meal.
I won't do it, Cadd I am,
I'd rather green eggs and ham.
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Anyone who makes tea with a (uggh) tea bag is not true tea drinker.
Lemme guess... www.teaforums.net?

So if you're not asian and you drink tea, would that make you a poseur? Haaaa!
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Ummmm, no. I've never heard of teaforums. Who'd wanna listen to pillocks rabbiting on all day about tea. It's like those boring friggin wine or coffee experts. All I know is teabags taste like crap, and proper tea brewed correctly in a pot tastes good. Besides - I've seen paper being made - dead cats and used prophelatics going into the pulp machine - think about that next time you suck down a cup of tea made with a teabag. yuk

It's like instant coffee vs the real brewed stuff - it's just not the same.
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