01-20-2019, 08:18 AM
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I'm a fan of Adagio teas.  Particularly their Jasmine, Yunnan Noir and Irish Breakfast teas.

I'm lazy and still use the teabags...but theirs is very good quality

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 05-06-2019, 09:39 PM
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For me, Espresso/Cappuccino rules.
But I enjoy a nice green tea in the evening, too.

Occasionally I have chai, black tea with spices and frothed milk.
Do try that!

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 06-11-2019, 02:05 AM
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At home I drink tea, when outside I drink coffee. Here's a small collection of teapots. The different clays suit different types of tea. The purple clay is used for green tea, it softens the water and brings out the sweetness of the tea. The red clay is used for oolong, jasmine, and black teas. I also use the the red clay teapots to reduce the water temp for green tea, it brings out extra body and flavour. The porcelain teapot is used when I want to taste the tea directly, it doesn't impart any attributes (like clay tea pots) to the water.

All of the companies below will ship internationally.

For oolong tea, I get mine from Taiwan Tea Crafts, see here: https://www.taiwanteacrafts.com

For black tea, check out Damman Freres for their Earl Grey and 4 Fruits Rouges:
https://www.dammann.fr/en/the-noir-earl-...-zhen.html
https://www.dammann.fr/en/the-noir-quatr...ouges.html

For green tea, I go locally to Shinjuku Isetan. You can find very good quality from Thes du Japon or Hojo: 
- https://www.thes-du-japon.com/index.php?...Path=1_130
https://hojotea.com/categ_e/gree.htm

The best teapots I've found are from Thes du Japon and Hojo. 
https://www.thes-du-japon.com/index.php?...th=2_127_9
- https://hojotea.com/item_e/available.htm

The Hojo site is also a wealth of information on different type of clays and how to care for your teapot.

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 06-11-2019, 03:04 AM
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Nice post Mixershave!

Do you heat the clay tea pots full of water or do you heat water in a separate container and transfer the water to the clay tea pot?

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 06-11-2019, 04:46 AM
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(06-11-2019, 03:04 AM)Sully Wrote: Nice post Mixershave!

Do you heat the clay tea pots full of water or do you heat water in a separate container and transfer the water to the clay tea pot?

I heat water with a regular Russell Hobbs kettle, it's stainless steel and there are no plastic internals which could impact the water. If you really get into tea you can also use a cast iron tetsubin, mine is from here: http://www.suzukimorihisa.com/english/wo...bin01.html

If it's green tea I'll first pour the hot water into a separate vessel (you can use a yuzamashi or teapot) to bring the water temp down, then from there into the clay teapot. Usually this is done twice as it will bring the water temp down to about 80 degrees celcius which is suitable for most green teas. If it's Oolong tea or black tea, then I'll just pour the hot water directly into the clay teapot.

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