Thanks to Chip for the excellent help. I'm a coffee/espresso lover who also loves tea and I drink more cups of tea a day then coffee these days. Been getting tea on line and trying some new teas and mostly liking the result.
My first question has to do with steeping. A neighbor who was having a cup of Hojicha with me one day filled his cup three times and used the same tea bag. BTW, that tea is organic roasted green tea. The difference is like roasted almonds and raw almonds. All the things you like about green tea with something more going on in the flavor. Pretty nice. I realize that raw, nearly anything, is better than cooked.
So my question is about the fine points of the stretching of the tea, so to speak. Do purists do this? I'd guess not. Do folks who sell tea do it or recommend it?
Thinking about it I'd guess you back off a little on the first steep time. I often use two minutes or less for roasted teas. This seems to result in a satisfactory second cup. What do you guys do?
Briefly, `wife and I have been off grid since 83 when we chose to drop out of the rat race.[ here after to be known as the Matrix ] First movie was a perfect metaphor for today's modern societies. My submarine and pill, was a touring rock band in the late sixties. It was `We' and `They' all the way. There is good and bad in that view of the world. But formative years are just that. Don't do the fun stuff any more [ you can supply your own version ] but have pretty much kept the outlook one gains from that perspective. I don't think much of global corporate raptors or govt. or politicians. The difference is I've felt that way since` 65.
I still hug trees and people, and you should know if you ever hug a Jeffrey Pine, it's bark around the base of the tree will look like puzzle pieces, and if you peel off a fresh piece you will be delighted by the smell of vanilla. That's good enough reason to hug trees as if we needed any more reasons. They give us oxygen, nuts, coffee and tea, that's a good chunk of the best things in life.
Is everyone up on their polyphenol lore concerning coffee and the husks of the beans. Like teas it's very high in a lot of good stuff.... before you roast it. Then, `probably can include teas too, a good portion, as much as half is lost. Life Extension Foundation has come up w/a coffee that is soaked before roasting, and again after, in the same secret solution, probably water, to restore most of the lost polyphenols. One in particular called chlorogenic acid seems to be the star polyphenol is increased by 186 % according to the studies they quote. There are multiple trials going on which suggest a significant dose related effect on reducing effects of many of the most common serious ailments of todays world. Starbucks is probably a better investment these days. It's all in the Dec issue of Life Extension Magazine or on line at lef.org. I don't work for them. But saw the first references to free radical damage on Johnny Carson in the early 80s. Been using some of their stuff ever since. It is part of the thrust of their research. But only part as they are looking at every thing. But Swanson Vitamins uses the same sources as LEF and charges lots less. Enough for now. I look forward to getting to know some of you.