For all you tea fans out there

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by Palo Alto Labs View Post
    Dsade is going to start tea-bagging the members of AM?.... nice!


    I just got an Original Indian Spice Chai from the grocery store
    i cant even describe how good it smells..flavor is great unsweetened as well

    its got: black tea, cinnamon, ginger, roasted chickory, cloves, cardamom, natural flavor, nutmeg, black pepper, chinese star anise, and vanilla bean
    I tried that also. Smells like little valentine's hearts!


  2. Quote Originally Posted by Palo Alto Labs View Post
    Dsade is going to start tea-bagging the members of AM?.... nice!


    I just got an Original Indian Spice Chai from the grocery store
    i cant even describe how good it smells..flavor is great unsweetened as well

    its got: black tea, cinnamon, ginger, roasted chickory, cloves, cardamom, natural flavor, nutmeg, black pepper, chinese star anise, and vanilla bean
    Sounds good...but would you be able to drink it daily without getting sick of it?

    /Hmm...wonder how a blend of high polyphenol cacao beans ground up with coffee beans would taste?
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by dsade View Post
    This is the only one that seems decent:
    http://www.drugstore.com/products/pr...3-7077097138a6
    I see it's main ingredient is xylitol. They say the gum helps to whiten your teeth, but they say xylitol is a "natural cavity inhibitor"

    Looking at xylitol ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylitol ) the only thing I can see is it may help to reduce plaque, but I don't really see much about actual whitening. I guess having less plaque will make your teeth whiter, but there isn't anything in there to actually "whiten" teeth.

    I would guess at the effectiveness (best to worst):

    Whitestrips
    Whitening Toothpaste
    Gum

    From whitestrips, they say:

    "Brushing with ordinary whitening toothpaste only cleans away surface stains.

    All Crest Whitestrips® hold the whitening ingredient against your teeth long enough to get at stains beneath the surface."

    The ingredients in them are:

    "The Crest Whitestrips whitening gel contains purified water, glycerin, hydrogen peroxide (6.0%), carbopol 956, sodium hydroxide, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium stannate and sodium saccharin. The textured strip is made of polyethylene and the backing is made of polyester."

    While probably not as "safe" as the gum, I'd guess that the ingredients and the method with which the gel is pressed on your teeth make it the most effective product.

    Sorry to sidetrack this thread... If anyone knows of something better than whitestrips, let me know. I don't really drink coffee, but after months of tea drinking, I can tell a difference, and like to spend a few weeks whitening every few months...

  4. Quote Originally Posted by dsade View Post
    Sounds good...but would you be able to drink it daily without getting sick of it?

    /Hmm...wonder how a blend of high polyphenol cacao beans ground up with coffee beans would taste?
    Sounds really interesting. Make sure not to sweeten it though and I'm all over it!

  5. Quote Originally Posted by dsade View Post
    Sounds good...but would you be able to drink it daily without getting sick of it?

    /Hmm...wonder how a blend of high polyphenol cacao beans ground up with coffee beans would taste?
    yea... i drink only water all day... so 1 glass a day is my 'treat' per se

    honestly.. i dont ever get sick of much, so i could drink the same tea on end.. of course id prefer the dsade special blend over the grocery store blend.

    my only concern is caffeine content...which i know tea is low on, but im prob the only one on the forums who consumes under 50mg a day of caffeine
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  6. DC...true, but look at WHEN you would be chewing. There is a friction factor at play, and I was pretty sure they had a quick-forming hydrogen peroxide source in the gum.

    The tea will be fresh in your mouth, and stains will more be preventing then having to worry about getting rid of older stains.

    Chewing the gum immediately after drinking the tea should help quite a bit.
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  7. Quote Originally Posted by dsade View Post
    DC...true, but look at WHEN you would be chewing. There is a friction factor at play, and I was pretty sure they had a quick-forming hydrogen peroxide source in the gum.

    The tea will be fresh in your mouth, and stains will more be preventing then having to worry about getting rid of older stains.

    Chewing the gum immediately after drinking the tea should help quite a bit.
    These are the ingredients per that site:

    Xylitol, Gum Base, Natural Flavors, Glycerin, Gum Arabic, Soy Lecithin, Bees Wax, Calprox

    You are right though, chewing that gum or trident or any gum (if you can't brush) after drinking a couple cups of tea would help. I'll have to make sure to do that... Good idea.

    Getting back to the tea, I ordered my last batch from here:

    jingteashop.com

    Here's what I got:

    -- 1 X Mao Xie - Oolong Tea @ $7.50 = $7.50
    -- 1 X Wu Yi Da Hong Pao Oolong Tea - 100gr @ $11.70 = $11.70
    -- 1 X An Xi Tour Teasting Set @ $52.10 = $52.10

    I highly recommend the Wu Yi Da Hong Pao - tremendous.

    Ordered this at the beginning of December, and have used 1/3 of the total order, even though I brew a pot once every 2 days. You can re-steep the tea at least twice, so you get 2-3 pots out of only a couple tablespoons. $82 total, and going at this rate it should last 10 months... not a bad deal and very good.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by DCbuilder View Post
    These are the ingredients per that site:

    Xylitol, Gum Base, Natural Flavors, Glycerin, Gum Arabic, Soy Lecithin, Bees Wax, Calprox

    You are right though, chewing that gum or trident or any gum (if you can't brush) after drinking a couple cups of tea would help. I'll have to make sure to do that... Good idea.

    Getting back to the tea, I ordered my last batch from here:

    jingteashop.com

    Here's what I got:

    -- 1 X Mao Xie - Oolong Tea @ $7.50 = $7.50
    -- 1 X Wu Yi Da Hong Pao Oolong Tea - 100gr @ $11.70 = $11.70
    -- 1 X An Xi Tour Teasting Set @ $52.10 = $52.10

    I highly recommend the Wu Yi Da Hong Pao - tremendous.

    Ordered this at the beginning of December, and have used 1/3 of the total order, even though I brew a pot once every 2 days. You can re-steep the tea at least twice, so you get 2-3 pots out of only a couple tablespoons. $82 total, and going at this rate it should last 10 months... not a bad deal and very good.
    This is good info...I had forgotten you could "rebrew" tea, unlike coffee.

    For everyone that is providing helpful feedback, I'll make sure you get some samples for testing and providing even more feedback.

    It really is much appreciated...there are so many hours in a day to design stuff.
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  9. Quote Originally Posted by dsade View Post
    This is good info...I had forgotten you could "rebrew" tea, unlike coffee.

    For everyone that is providing helpful feedback, I'll make sure you get some samples for testing and providing even more feedback.

    It really is much appreciated...there are so many hours in a day to design stuff.
    Resteeping it is a great quality. Typically on these I ordered, the first pot is darker and more powerfull. The 2nd is just as good but slighly diluted in flavor. I don't take it past 2 times, because for my tea pot, I get 4 cups out of each pot. W/ only 2 people drinking it, and me drinking more, there is no way to drink 2 pots (8 cups). So we usually finish the first pot (4 cups), then I boil more water, steep the 2nd pot, save it in the refrigerator, and reheat it the following day.

    That is how such little quantity of tea lasts a couple of days, for me at least. I am not an expert by any means, there are some teas on that site which are aged and $78/100 grams. I stick to the more "everyday stuff" and it tastes great to my relatively inexperienced palatte.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by DCbuilder View Post
    Resteeping it is a great quality. Typically on these I ordered, the first pot is darker and more powerfull. The 2nd is just as good but slighly diluted in flavor. I don't take it past 2 times, because for my tea pot, I get 4 cups out of each pot. W/ only 2 people drinking it, and me drinking more, there is no way to drink 2 pots (8 cups). So we usually finish the first pot (4 cups), then I boil more water, steep the 2nd pot, save it in the refrigerator, and reheat it the following day.

    That is how such little quantity of tea lasts a couple of days, for me at least. I am not an expert by any means, there are some teas on that site which are aged and $78/100 grams. I stick to the more "everyday stuff" and it tastes great to my relatively inexperienced palatte.
    So you would prefer something like a 10 or 12 pack of ready to brew filterpacks?
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  11. Quote Originally Posted by dsade View Post
    So you would prefer something like a 10 or 12 pack of ready to brew filterpacks?
    So you are saying this would go in the coffee maker and you could add as much water as you want and just brew a coffee pot of tea, and perhaps brew 2 pots if you wanted (the 2nd would be obviously not quite as strong)?

    I prefer drinking tea to coffee - like the taste and like the fact it is healthier and has less caffeine. It is a neat idea.

    Did some thinking on this idea, sorry if it rambles, came back to it a few times...

    One "con" to it could be that if someone only wants to brew 4 cups or 6 cups, they would be "stuck" because if the filter is sized to serve 10 cups, they will be wasting the other 4+ cups. Whereas w/ coffee, they can scoop out just enough beans to make the quantity they want to brew. If I was in that predicament and wanted to use your filterpack to drink only 4 cups, I would brew 10 cups, and put the other 6 in the refrigerator for another time.

    The other question I have is how hot does a typical coffee maker heat the water? I know w/ some tea, the temperature is important and you can scald the tea leaves if it is too hot or not process it properly if not hot enough.

    However, I've been at law firms who have those single-serve machines and they have both coffee and tea. I've had the green tea a lot there and it has always tasted great, so my guess is unless you have a distinguished palatte for tea, you won't notice the difference. Also, you aren't selling $74/100 gram tea, I'm sure its relatively a standard and cheaper tea (not a bad thing), so the temperature wont affect it as much.

    The only thing I am not aware of is the fact that when you use the coffee maker, it does not "steep" like dunking a teabag in water or making a pot of loose leaf. I usually steep mine in the teapot for 10 minutes and sometimes more. W/ the coffeemaker, water washes over the tea constantly for a couple of minutes, but does not really "steep". However, as I said before, those single-serve machines take only about 45 seconds to fill 1 cup, and while it does not look incredibly dark, it tastes fine. So that is a question I have, leading to:

    Do you have to add more tea to the filterpack than you would if you were steeping it, in order to get the proper coloring/taste/nutrients? Not sure there. Also not sure is the question: If you aren't steeping the tea, but allowing water to drip over it, are the positive nutrients all collecting from the tea, or are you losing some? In other words, are you getting only 85% of the benefits by using a drip coffeemaker vs. steeping in a pot or cup of hot water for 5+ minutes?

    Other than those things to think about, I think it sounds good. Personally, I would say add enough to brew a full 10 cup pot, and if people only use 4 cups then so be it. You may already have thought of all of those since you thought of it a while back...
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