Compulsory Cuppa Mega-Thread (Questions for Tea Drinkers)

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About a month ago I cut coffee out of my morning routine, and replaced it with tea. My question is this for the tea drinkers out there, how many cups of tea do you drink in a day?
Now I am not talking about gallons of Red Diamond iced tea here, and I am not even really certain I am drinking anything special, I have just been buying the "Celestial Seasonings" brand. I decided to make the switch from coffee, mainly because I noticed my heart rate was always elevated, and it seems like I was still tired, no matter how many cups of coffee I was drinking.
Since I have switched to drinking tea, I usually make up 3 cups a day, 1 with each meal time, even though I seldom eat 3 meals a day. So, (actually this will be question #2) is that too much tea?
At evening time I make up a pack of the "sleepytime" and it usually helps me relax, and get ready for bed. I have not noticed any "benefits" other than not drinking coffee it seems like my heart rate is better, and am not in this perpetual fog of drinking coffee all day while still being tired.
Any brand recommendations, tips and tricks are greatly appreciated.
 
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Don't demean yourself with T-bags. Loose leaf only. And warm the pot beforehand. A teaspoon and a half per cup. And only use freshly boiled water. Never re-boil a kettle. Five minutes or so for brewing and you're good to go!
 

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You won't regret it. I am also a great fan of Assam tea too...
 

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Don't demean yourself with T-bags.
Especially the triangular, plastic ones.

Plastic Teabags Release Billions of Microparticles and Nanoparticles into Tea


Although mindful consumers are promoting the reduction of single-use plastics, some manufacturers are creating new plastic packaging to replace traditional paper uses, such as plastic teabags. The objective of this study was to determine whether plastic teabags could release microplastics and/or nanoplastics during a typical steeping process. We show that steeping a single plastic teabag at brewing temperature (95 Β°C) releases approximately 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics into a single cup of the beverage. The composition of the released particles is matched to the original teabags (nylon and polyethylene terephthalate) using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The levels of nylon and polyethylene terephthalate particles released from the teabag packaging are several orders of magnitude higher than plastic loads previously reported in other foods. An initial acute invertebrate toxicity assessment shows that exposure to only the particles released from the teabags caused dose-dependent behavioral and developmental effects.
 
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Everything stops for tea...
 

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Especially the triangular, plastic ones.

Plastic Teabags Release Billions of Microparticles and Nanoparticles into Tea



No plastics in Lyons tea bags.

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So when you do not use a teabag, is it brewed the same way as coffee in a percolator?
 

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No. If you get yourself a teapot, just warm the pot beforehand, then add about a tea spoon and a half per cup. Stir the tea and then let it brew for about five minutes. Pour and enjoy. Then wash out the leaves. Messier than tea bags for sure...but so much more civilized and fun!
 

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No. If you get yourself a teapot, just warm the pot beforehand, then add about a tea spoon and a half per cup. Stir the tea and then let it brew for about five minutes. Pour and enjoy. Then wash out the leaves. Messier than tea bags for sure...but so much more civilized and fun!
Awesome, I'll try it.
 

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Milk with tea is a very English thing. NEVER use full fat milk. Skimmed is good. I was weaned on tea with milk but I prefer to drink it unadulterated these days!
I'm hillbilly white trash American, but I guess I can see how milk with tea would be comparable to milk with coffee or cream with coffee.
 
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