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OT: Green tea

Old 01-20-08, 07:05 PM
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OT: Green tea

I am an avid green tea drinker. The fact that is rich in epicatechins was the main reason I started drinking it, and now I have become a great fan.

I drink the simple sencha, but have been looking at the so-called "white tea" recently. I, as you see, don't know much about special cultivation green teas.

I pay special attention at the preparation of the tea: I don't use boiling water, but rather water at about 70C, and let the leaves draw for about 3 minutes. Then I filter the tea, and re-use the leaves by adding cold water this time, and leave them in the water for the time it takes me to drink the hot tea I just prepared.

That's my weird way. What is yours (if you do, in fact, drink green tea), how do you prepare your green tea, how do you drink it, which kind of green tea you prefer?
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Old 01-20-08, 07:18 PM
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i think its funny how many OT threads bfssfg has.
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Yeah, it's like one person made an OT post, and then everyone figured out that you can do that, and jumped on it.

ALSO: I love tea. Not enough people in the States drink it. White is nice because it has even more antioxidants than green does with less caffeine.
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Old 01-20-08, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by darksiderising View Post
Yeah, it's like one person made an OT post, and then everyone figured out that you can do that, and jumped on it.

ALSO: I love tea. Not enough people in the States drink it. White is nice because it has even more antioxidants than green does with less caffeine.
First off, OT is an old SSFG tradition. No, really.

Second point: do you have any references regarding white tea? I admit I did hear that it has more antioxidants than green tea, but no scientific studies and no specific list of catechins it contains.

And the fact that it allegedly has less caffeine is, personally, the most interesting of all.
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Green tea is awesome. I drink it early and
often. I like jasmine green tea quite a bit.
Also a fan of other weird teas like lapsang souchang
and fermented pu-ehr teas. I found this funky
apothecary out in the hinterlands in this giant stip
mall that sells pu-ehr bricks. Dude is all into the
idea that if you save the bricks they are worth
more later. I drink em instead of save em--won't
find out.

Because I make the tea at work I can't pay a ton
of attention to technique. Microwave the water until
it is hot. Drop in the strainer with tea--steep, remove--
consume--repeat.

I used to work with this geophysicist from China. Dude
drank green tea all day long, with goji berries thrown in.
He would alternate between sipping tea, working on bizarre
looking equations on his computer, and sleeping at his desk.
The management tolerated his weird work habits because apparently
"no one else could do what he does." Anyway I once asked to
sample his tea--he was very proud of the tea. It was in this giant
box, he said it was from Fujian province.

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Old 01-20-08, 07:46 PM
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we should all just join www.offtopic.com


oh wait.
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I love tea
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I ordered some Stash Japanese Special Occasion Tea today.
http://shopstashtea.com/280452.html
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bedtime by yogi, yerba mate by tazo, throatcoat by tm. top 3.
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Originally Posted by conor View Post
bedtime by yogi, yerba mate by tazo, throatcoat by tm. top 3.
yerba mate by canarias: la yerba de mi pais
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Originally Posted by kaiju-velo View Post
Green tea is awesome. I drink it early and
often. I like jasmine green tea quite a bit.
Also a fan of other weird teas like lapsang souchang
and fermented pu-ehr teas. I found this funky
apothecary out in the hinterlands in this giant stip
mall that sells pu-ehr bricks. Dude is all into the
idea that if you save the bricks they are worth
more later. I drink em instead of save em--won't
find out.

Because I make the tea at work I can't pay a ton
of attention to technique. Microwave the water until
it is hot. Drop in the strainer with tea--steep, remove--
consume--repeat.

I used to work with this geophysicist from China. Dude
drank green tea all day long, with goji berries thrown in.
He would alternate between sipping tea, working on bizarre
looking equations on his computer, and sleeping at his desk.
The management tolerated his weird work habits because apparently
"no one else could do what he does." Anyway I once asked to
sample his tea--he was very proud of the tea. It was in this giant
box, he said it was from Fujian province.
lapsang is my favorite tea ever.
its amazing, drink it by the gallon.
Also, if you are looking for a really good green tea I am super partial to chinese pinhead gunpowder green tea. its really good.
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Old 01-20-08, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by jgarcia186 View Post
yerba mate by canarias: la yerba de mi pais
I need to try that, I usually get the guayaki or another organic brand (can't remember right now) in tea bags. My girlfriend does have a bombilla which has never been used.
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I drink like 4-6 cups of green tea a day. I'm off the coffee thing and on tea right now but I always go in phases. I love this stuff though, more for the effect than the taste but the taste is alright too. The clearheadedness and energy is what I like, but it's not jittery like coffee. The caffeine buzz of green tea is more meditative and less frantic than coffee... L-theanine is the scientific reason behind this anecdotal observation of mine. The fact that green tea makes me not get sick and probably minimizes some of the damage from alcohol helps too.

Good teas mostly taste like hot, subtly flavored water to me, and when I get bored with that I go for something with jasmine or mint added. I don't add sugar or cream.

Anyways I just brew it the standard way I guess. Water is under a boil, somewhere ~170F. I can feel it out to where it needs to be usually.

Drinking tea and then hauling ass on the bike is the best of all.
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Originally Posted by frankstoneline View Post
lapsang is my favorite tea ever.
its amazing, drink it by the gallon.
Also, if you are looking for a really good green tea I am super partial to chinese pinhead gunpowder green tea. its really good.
pinhead teas seem to keep well, with those
little balled-up tea leaves
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Originally Posted by andre nickatina View Post
Drinking tea and then hauling ass on the bike is the best of all.
Heck yeah - it's like dope, except it's healthy.

By the way, not drinking alcohol minimizes the side effects of alcohol, too.


Regarding Lapsang tea: I would like to try it, but I doubt I'd drink lots of it - seems like it may contain carcinogenic stuff.
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no doubt it does--it is smoked over pine.
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earl grey all the way
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Chamomile mothaf*ckas!
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Originally Posted by kaiju-velo View Post
no doubt it does--it is smoked over pine.
but it gets me way mellow and relaxed.
I drink it and then nothing phases me, its great.
I like to drink a huge mug and then go jam up some hills and then when I'm mad tired spin down the biggest hill i can find. its amazing.
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he was very proud of the tea. It was in this giant
box, he said it was from Fujian province.


Thats what I drink.
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moving to a place just a short bike ride from the Stash factory has proved to be very beneficial for my tea addiction
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Originally Posted by wroomwroomoops View Post
First off, OT is an old SSFG tradition. No, really.
Yeah, but there haven't been that many recently until this last week when all of a sudden about 10 showed up on the first page. Isn't that what you call a trend?


Originally Posted by wroomwroomoops View Post
Second point: do you have any references regarding white tea? I admit I did hear that it has more antioxidants than green tea, but no scientific studies and no specific list of catechins it contains.

And the fact that it allegedly has less caffeine is, personally, the most interesting of all.
No references. Just word of mouth stuff. I do know that the white teas that I drink have less caffeine and more antioxidants than most green teas. White tea is the least processed (no fermentation) of the popular teas.

I couldn't find much, but this had some info: http://www.mendosa.com/white_tea.htm
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Hell yes green tea! I usually drink at least ten cups a day. Seriously. When it's not green tea, it's pu-erh or occasionally earl gray. I also have this badass tea that a friend of mine bought for me on a tea plantation in Kenya. Still haven't figured out quite how to brew it best, but damned is it good. When I'm looking to unwind, shepherd's tea (aka Greek mountain tea) is also excellent.
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This is a good idea. I think once I get my refund check, I'll invest in some loose leaf green tea and properly brew it.

I try to move up once in a while when it comes to food. I think I'm just getting past my Diet Coke phase. Lately I've been eating a lot of apples.
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