I got some mini fine mesh strainers from the Asian market the fit nicely into most cups & mugs. 2 minutes for first steep, 3-4 minutes for 2nd, and depending on the tea, up to 10 minutes for the last. After that it's pretty much done.
I've also used a french press - that works well because it gives the tea leaves plenty of room to float around, and when pressed it keeps the leaves from brewing further. I got a press that has a handle that you can spin and close off the mesh strainer at the bottom that insures no further brewing of coffee/tea. Bu ***'s too much bother compared to a simple mini strainer in a cup.
Plus the mini strainers are great to dusting deserts w/ cocoa, powder sugar, etc.
Shibui - simplicity devoid of unnecessary elements
Upton Tea Company (uptontea.com) if you're in the northeast. Great prices, quality, and shipping time. Also you can get sample sizes of any selection. I haven't bothered with any other sources.
Ok lets keep this thread going some...whats a good top of the line Japanese green tea?
Amat Victoria Curam Fortune favors the prepared.
"A human being is primarily a bag for putting food into." -George Orwell
Seconded. Especially like their pseudo-Puerh brick teas.Originally Posted by mpukas;254830
Tao of Tea
Visited Portland OR a few years ago and went to the Chinese Gardens, and had tea in the Lansu Tea House. They sell Tao of Tea, a local Portland company. Very nice teas. Especially look out for the Silver Needles white tea - that stuff gives me a wicked buzz for some reason.
My favorite source, though, is http://www.teasource.com/. Top notch tea at great prices.
this tea . Need to order some more, in fact.
Top of the line would be gyokuro, but I haven't found a source that reliably produces one that I like; would welcome suggestions.
After water, tea is the most consumed beverage around the world.
The fad in USA is green teas, but my favorite tea by far is Darjeeling, an Indian black tea. It's called the champagne of teas. Give a try if you haven't yet.