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When you make tea do you stir the leaves?

Postby ClarG » Dec 25th, '13, 06:57

Merry Christmas everyone. When you make tea do you stir the leaves?

Sometimes I do but mostly I do not.

I found these links, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_leaf_paradox

http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=539911

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When you make tea do you stir the leaves?

Postby Jspigs » Dec 26th, '13, 16:07

I don't but the tea leaf paradox is interesting. Thanks for the read.

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Re: When you make tea do you stir the leaves?

Postby ClarG » Dec 27th, '13, 14:23

Stirring the leaves can bring out the tannins which myself and others enjoy the taste of; but some do not like it.

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Re: When you make tea do you stir the leaves?

Postby MEversbergII » Dec 27th, '13, 15:27

I keep hearing this is why one should pour around the dry leaf pile in the pot, but I haven't done any experiments.

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Postby greenteaguide » Jan 3rd, '14, 00:00

Interesting about the tea leaf paradox. When I lived in China, I got annoyed with the bits of tea in my cup. They stuck to the sides of the cup and would go in my mouth. Perhaps stirring would've helped!

In Japan, there is no need to stir the tea because it sits in a strainer. The leaves don't get into the cup.

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Re: When you make tea do you stir the leaves?

Postby Teaism » Jan 3rd, '14, 01:29

Stirring tea leaves especially green tea will make it bitter. The tip of green tea leaves is very sensitive to heat. Usually I will pour at the side of the pot or Gaiwan and let the water encompass the leaves from the side.
It just my observation and preference, you should experiment to see it for yourself.

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Re: When you make tea do you stir the leaves?

Postby MEversbergII » Jan 3rd, '14, 09:36

Teaism wrote:Stirring tea leaves especially green tea will make it bitter. The tip of green tea leaves is very sensitive to heat. Usually I will pour at the side of the pot or Gaiwan and let the water encompass the leaves from the side.
It just my observation and preference, you should experiment to see it for yourself.

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Starting to try this myself, but I have some difficulty getting an even stream from my measuring cup. Pretty generally I end up knocking the leaves everywhere, which stirs them.

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