Supermarket tea?

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Supermarket tea?

Postby Jasmin » Dec 24th, '09, 19:13

Just out of curiousity: What kind of tea are the supermarket teas? You know, just the regular 'black' teas in bags? The ones they use for iced tea and you get at breakfast places with milk or lemon?

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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby Rainy-Day » Dec 24th, '09, 20:27

Mostly ceylon possibly with some cheap nilgiri and assams. Maybe a mix of all three.

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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby Margules » Dec 24th, '09, 20:48

That's actually still rather upscale in terms of bagged tea. The largest exporter is actually Kenya.

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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby gingkoseto » Dec 25th, '09, 22:22

Of all the generic black tea I've tasted (India, Ceylon, Turkey, Kenya), Kenya tea is actually my favorite, although it's one of the cheapest.

Last week at a friend's home I had some trader joe organic black tea bag (that 365 something brand). It's probably the best teabag I've ever tasted, better than some low level loose leaf tea. But the package doesn't say where the tea is from. I was very much impressed by the teabag and has written whole food to ask for the production location of the tea. I very much suspect it's from Kenya. :D

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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby silverneedles » Dec 26th, '09, 19:51

365 is whole foods

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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby skywarrior » Jan 16th, '10, 03:49

cinni wrote:Just out of curiousity: What kind of tea are the supermarket teas? You know, just the regular 'black' teas in bags? The ones they use for iced tea and you get at breakfast places with milk or lemon?


I tend to think that they're sweepings off the floor. :shock:

Probably whatever is cheapest.

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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby brad4419 » Jan 16th, '10, 18:11

skywarrior wrote:Probably whatever is cheapest.


+1

I have heard Kenya is the main place but really could be any black tea dust and fannings they find for the lowest prices. This makes me wonder If someone were to call a teabag company If they could even tell you whats in it.

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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby sneakers » Jan 20th, '10, 22:33

Lipton, Tetley and other cheap teas can contain as many as 40 teas, in order to maintain the same flavor all year round. They're made from fannings, the dust that sifts through the bottom row of screens in the sorting process. For the most part they're undrinkable, but a few of the Twinings are not as bad. When forced to drink the awful stuff in a restaurant, I add a little sugar.

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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby sneakers » Jan 20th, '10, 23:04

There are some fascinating videos on Yourtube showing how tea is processed. Search around there, as I've lost the URL's.

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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby teacast » Jan 29th, '10, 12:28

Whatever is cheapest, definitely. They just want to get those fannings (blaaah) out there!

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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby sneakers » Jan 30th, '10, 03:11

What station does your tea broadcast? WFTOP? :D

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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby teacast » Jan 30th, '10, 13:28

Hahah yes :P. No no, I do a video review podCAST reviewing tea ;). Thus TeaCast!

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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby bsteele » Jan 30th, '10, 14:02

sneakers wrote:What station does your tea broadcast? WFTOP? :D


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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby teacast » Jan 30th, '10, 16:07

Good call @bsteele :P

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Re: Supermarket tea?

Postby entropyembrace » Jan 30th, '10, 16:58

I´ve read that a lot of the supermarket teas in North America actually come from Argentina and other South American countries...

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