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    Loose Leaf Tea

    This topic got pretty big over at KF a long time ago, and I scuffed at it since I was/am so big into the coffee culture. Recently I have been looking for an alternative to coffee, something a bit lighter and have bought some loose leaf tea (with pot) at Whole Paycheck...err Foods. I seem to like mostly green and white teas. Any great places (quality and price) you buy your tea from? Anything you wish you knew before you started?
    Jason

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    theres a place in Canada called tea emporium and teaopia and they sell blends of everything.

    I used to go to Tim Hortons twice a day as they have on in my office building. Made the switch to loose leaf tea about 2 months ago and haven't looked back.

    I prefer black teas and usually just let someone in the store choose a blend.
    Only other thing I bought was a portable thermos with a centre part for the leaves. Something like this: http://www.teaopia.ca/products2.cfm/...ia-Travel-Mugs

    mine was however a dollar store buy. Gotta save money for knives!

    and a good wake up in the morning: rooibos with lots of lemon!

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    I'm into greens and Oolongs. But alas this has been cut out due to finances. Nowdays it all about the sublties of tap water.

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    Pu'er, at least 99% of the time.
    I really am related to Tony Clifton.

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    I've got a stash of pu'ers and Japanese greens (sencha & gyokuro) that I dig into during the day. Plus a good amount of longjing. I got my pu'ers as a whole whackload of samples from someone on a tea forum. My sencha and gyokuro I got off one of the major eBay sellers. The longjing... I think was also online somewhere.

    What I wish I knew beforehand... don't get careless with a good teapot. I chipped and then smashed the lid on a good banko teapot from being stupid 2 different ways. First time, I had a gyuto air-drying on the shelf above my desk. I put it back in its blade guard and then wasn't paying attention. It fell and clattered on some stuff on my desk... including, yes, the lid of my teapot. I learned not to put my nice teaware under the shelf from then on - but of course, I also haven't dropped anything off the shelf since then :P Second time, I was lazy and reached up to the shelf while still seated. I had my teapot open to air dry (seems like air drying is inviting trouble!) and I brought the entire saucer, teapot and lid down. But the lid slipped off the saucer and smashed into pieces on my desk. I learned from that one (a) put the lid on the pot when moving it, and (b) don't be a lazy ass.

    Other than that... I wish I didn't get so much tea. I don't know how fresh my teas will be by the time I get to the end of my stash.
    Len

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    i'm into Japanese greens, and Indian blacks, mostly. i like a bunch of Chinese greens too, but they don't seem quite so distinctive to me as the Japanese varietals. i like all tea, really. in all honesty, though, the vast majority of my tea drinking these days is PG Tips.

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    Maybe I'm in a rut, but I've been drinking Twinnings Earl Grey for about 30 years (girlfriend got me hooked).

    Available in 200g tins at Cost Plus.

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    Genmaicha for the green and Lapsang Souchong for the black. Hot or iced.
    Though I could not caution all I still might warn a few; Don't raise your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools. - Robert Hunter

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    I have been drinking green tea for about 10 years now. http://www.harney.com/ has the highest quality Japanese green teas that I have found. But they are pricey.
    Jan

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    Black tea or Pu'er for me.

    Steve at http://www.jas-etea.com/ is a good source of tea and info as well as a forum member around these parts.

    Here is a random tea photo from the tea of the day thread at B&B.



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