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Postby FireArmada » Jan 22nd, '09, 01:55

Just started to get in to loose tea and i have been amazed. I was wondering what is a good way to find teas that i would like? I have been on Adagios site and been getting the samples. Then there is the hole thing about how long you steep them for. All i have now is a pot and some cups any thing else i should get? thanks ahead of time for all the pointers.
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Postby Trey Winston » Jan 22nd, '09, 03:33

Welcome :D

You're on the right track using samples to try out different teas. Many other tea vendors also offer samples.
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Postby RemedialLogic » Jan 22nd, '09, 07:43

Welcome, i noticed the 113th field artillery brigade unit patch.
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Postby auggy » Jan 22nd, '09, 11:05

Welcome to TC! And yep, samples are a great way to go to figure out what teas you like. Pretty much my first six months of tea drinking was from different samples. Such fun! :)
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Postby sheila77551 » Jan 22nd, '09, 11:52

Hello FireArmada,
I am still exploring also. Welcome and have fun.
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Postby olivierco » Jan 22nd, '09, 12:04

Welcome!
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Postby FireArmada » Jan 22nd, '09, 12:46

I was also wondering anyone have a good way of drinking teas at work? I can get water but heating I would have to use the Microwave. (Not my favorite) Anyone have any good ideas for making tea at work?
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Postby danibob » Jan 22nd, '09, 13:03

Welcome! As you explore different teas and find out what you like you'll learn about the different kinds of teaware you can use and brewing parameters for each kind of tea.

As for tea at work I recommend an infuser mug, or perhaps Adagio's ingenuiTea to brew. As for the water problem, I'm not sure. Microwave may work, but maybe the more experienced tea drinkers could suggest something else.
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Postby xine » Jan 22nd, '09, 13:16

the Adagio ingenuiTEA is great for work-place brewing. If you are looking to really invest time in drinking tea, an electric kettle might be worth purchasing. You can go fancy with temperature controlled kettles, which has specific temps for green/white/light oolongs and black/herbal/dark oolongs such as the Adagio utiliTEA, or if you find yourself drinking mostly black/herbal teas, they sell hot pots that simply boil water for under $10.00 at most retailers.

One thing you might want to look into getting , if the microwave is your option, is an instant-read thermometer. You can also use this in other situations, like in cooking, and I just picked up yet another one for 7.00 at bb&b. This can come in handy when heating up water in the microwave.

It's also good to have a reliable timer or time piece nearby when making teas- keep an eye out on your steep time!
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Postby Chip » Jan 23rd, '09, 00:05

Hi again FireArmada! Welcome to our forum. Hope to see you around the place.
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Postby Victoria » Jan 23rd, '09, 16:02

Hi and welcome, glad you joined us!
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Postby Shelob » Jan 23rd, '09, 16:47

Welcome and glad you are here 8)

Hope you stay and share with us!
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