Author Topic: Free-for-all tea thread!  (Read 8026 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline deusveritasest

  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 7,528
    • Facebook
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #90 on: June 08, 2011, 11:11:24 PM »
I was just drinking this about an hour ago:
http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Ceylon-Zarrin-Loose-500g/dp/B000LQOJ9G

How does it compare with Ahmad's Ceylon (which I love)?

Sorry, I don't know. I haven't tried Ahmad's yet. I just started out trying their brands. I got their Cardamom tea and their Green tea at the same time and place I got the other Ceylon tea, and that's all I've tried from Ahmad so far.
I stopped posting here in August 2011 because of stark disagreement with the policies of the administration and moderating team of the forums. If you desire, feel free to PM me, message me on Facebook (link in profile), or email me: cddombrowski@gmail.com

Offline deusveritasest

  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 7,528
    • Facebook
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #91 on: June 09, 2011, 12:09:00 AM »
Now I was just drinking this:



It tastes to me a fair amount what I've tasted of the "gunpowder" variety except more mild and less bitter. It's quite nice.
I stopped posting here in August 2011 because of stark disagreement with the policies of the administration and moderating team of the forums. If you desire, feel free to PM me, message me on Facebook (link in profile), or email me: cddombrowski@gmail.com

Offline Iconodule

  • Uranopolitan
  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 7,137
  • "My god is greater."
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Ecumenical Patriarchate (ACROD)
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #92 on: November 21, 2013, 08:12:58 AM »
So the Teavil Empire (AKA Teavana) bought up the local tea shop and prices have doubled. Is there any online tea vendor you know about with reasonable prices?
"A riddle or the cricket's cry
Is to doubt a fit reply." - William Blake

Offline Arachne

  • Trinary Unit || Resident Bossy Boots
  • Section Moderator
  • Protokentarchos
  • *****
  • Posts: 5,378
  • Now with bigger boots!
  • Faith: Cradle Greek Orthodox. Cope.
  • Jurisdiction: Antiochian Archdiocese, UK
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #93 on: November 21, 2013, 08:18:36 AM »
I buy from Twinings. People like slinging the 'once big oil, always big oil' thing around, but they're good. And their taster options are great.
'When you live your path all the time, you end up with both more path and more time.'~Venecia Rauls

Blog ~ Bookshelf ~ Jukebox

Offline Iconodule

  • Uranopolitan
  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 7,137
  • "My god is greater."
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Ecumenical Patriarchate (ACROD)
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #94 on: November 21, 2013, 08:24:23 AM »
I buy from Twinings. People like slinging the 'once big oil, always big oil' thing around, but they're good. And their taster options are great.

I was actually looking for some fancy pants loose leaf tea. Twinings is nice but I can get them anywhere.
"A riddle or the cricket's cry
Is to doubt a fit reply." - William Blake

Offline Arachne

  • Trinary Unit || Resident Bossy Boots
  • Section Moderator
  • Protokentarchos
  • *****
  • Posts: 5,378
  • Now with bigger boots!
  • Faith: Cradle Greek Orthodox. Cope.
  • Jurisdiction: Antiochian Archdiocese, UK
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #95 on: November 21, 2013, 08:26:13 AM »
I buy from Twinings. People like slinging the 'once big oil, always big oil' thing around, but they're good. And their taster options are great.

I was actually looking for some fancy pants loose leaf tea. Twinings is nice but I can get them anywhere.

Not all of them, at least not over here (and our corner shop is the biggest supermarket in the country, so shelf space is not an issue). Might want to look over their range.
'When you live your path all the time, you end up with both more path and more time.'~Venecia Rauls

Blog ~ Bookshelf ~ Jukebox

Offline Arachne

  • Trinary Unit || Resident Bossy Boots
  • Section Moderator
  • Protokentarchos
  • *****
  • Posts: 5,378
  • Now with bigger boots!
  • Faith: Cradle Greek Orthodox. Cope.
  • Jurisdiction: Antiochian Archdiocese, UK
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #96 on: November 21, 2013, 08:35:10 AM »
On the other hand, for more Oriental tastes, a Chinese friend over there shops at either Lupicia or Ten Ren. I have no personal opinion to offer, for obvious reason.
'When you live your path all the time, you end up with both more path and more time.'~Venecia Rauls

Blog ~ Bookshelf ~ Jukebox

Offline Romaios

  • Archon
  • ********
  • Posts: 2,933
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #97 on: November 21, 2013, 08:40:14 AM »
So the Teavil Empire (AKA Teavana) bought up the local tea shop and prices have doubled. Is there any online tea vendor you know about with reasonable prices?

Teekanne is what I use, but I don't know whether the price would be reasonable in the US. These guys say 14$/250g.



 
« Last Edit: November 21, 2013, 08:41:00 AM by Romaios »

Offline hecma925

  • Non-clairvoyant
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,789
  • Pray for me, a sinner.
    • Blog
  • Faith: Confederate Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Puerto Rican Orthodox Sobor
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #98 on: November 21, 2013, 09:46:51 AM »
I drink a lot of herbal teas.  I do enjoy a chai black te with condensed milk every now and again.  And I have alos had a chai mate blend that was good.
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

Another blog - http://literarydiktator.blogspot.com/

Offline IoanC

  • Archon
  • ********
  • Posts: 2,414
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #99 on: November 21, 2013, 09:50:07 AM »
I love teas. Love all plants.

Offline brastaseptim

  • Protopsáltis
  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 952
  • From BBC Louisiana to you, here's the morning news
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #100 on: November 21, 2013, 01:59:04 PM »
When I can, I internet order from Twinings. Sadly, I usually have to make do with basic Walmart Lipton, because sadly, I'm not in England anymore- and when you ask for tea here in the South, they give it to you cold!
BBC news certified; The Guardian rejected; OC.net approved.

Offline hecma925

  • Non-clairvoyant
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,789
  • Pray for me, a sinner.
    • Blog
  • Faith: Confederate Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Puerto Rican Orthodox Sobor
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #101 on: November 21, 2013, 02:01:36 PM »
When I can, I internet order from Twinings. Sadly, I usually have to make do with basic Walmart Lipton, because sadly, I'm not in England anymore- and when you ask for tea here in the South, they give it to you cold!

Well, yeah. ;D
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

Another blog - http://literarydiktator.blogspot.com/

Offline brastaseptim

  • Protopsáltis
  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 952
  • From BBC Louisiana to you, here's the morning news
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #102 on: November 21, 2013, 02:04:58 PM »
When I can, I internet order from Twinings. Sadly, I usually have to make do with basic Walmart Lipton, because sadly, I'm not in England anymore- and when you ask for tea here in the South, they give it to you cold!

Well, yeah. ;D

That doesn't make it right! Who would want iced tea in the middle of bleedin' November?
BBC news certified; The Guardian rejected; OC.net approved.

Offline hecma925

  • Non-clairvoyant
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,789
  • Pray for me, a sinner.
    • Blog
  • Faith: Confederate Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Puerto Rican Orthodox Sobor
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #103 on: November 21, 2013, 02:07:09 PM »
That doesn't make it right! Who would want iced tea in the middle of bleedin' November?

Um, Southerners.  I do not want Earl Grey with my crawfish and barbecue ribs with cornbread, thank you very much.
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

Another blog - http://literarydiktator.blogspot.com/

Offline brastaseptim

  • Protopsáltis
  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 952
  • From BBC Louisiana to you, here's the morning news
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #104 on: November 21, 2013, 02:09:43 PM »
That doesn't make it right! Who would want iced tea in the middle of bleedin' November?

Um, Southerners.  I do not want Earl Grey with my crawfish and barbecue ribs with cornbread, thank you very much.

I quite enjoy a cup of hot chai with MY crawfish and greens and fried okra and cornbread, thank YOU very much.
BBC news certified; The Guardian rejected; OC.net approved.

Offline hecma925

  • Non-clairvoyant
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,789
  • Pray for me, a sinner.
    • Blog
  • Faith: Confederate Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Puerto Rican Orthodox Sobor
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #105 on: November 21, 2013, 02:12:50 PM »
That doesn't make it right! Who would want iced tea in the middle of bleedin' November?

Um, Southerners.  I do not want Earl Grey with my crawfish and barbecue ribs with cornbread, thank you very much.

I quite enjoy a cup of hot chai with MY crawfish and greens and fried okra and cornbread, thank YOU very much.

Excuse me while I hurl.  Then I will make chai tea to feel better.
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

Another blog - http://literarydiktator.blogspot.com/

Offline brastaseptim

  • Protopsáltis
  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 952
  • From BBC Louisiana to you, here's the morning news
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #106 on: November 21, 2013, 02:15:01 PM »
That doesn't make it right! Who would want iced tea in the middle of bleedin' November?

Um, Southerners.  I do not want Earl Grey with my crawfish and barbecue ribs with cornbread, thank you very much.

I quite enjoy a cup of hot chai with MY crawfish and greens and fried okra and cornbread, thank YOU very much.

Excuse me while I hurl.  Then I will make chai tea to feel better.

Awww.. Shall I make you some chamomile to sooth your poor tummy, dawlin?
« Last Edit: November 21, 2013, 02:15:38 PM by brastaseptim »
BBC news certified; The Guardian rejected; OC.net approved.

Offline J Michael

  • Older than dirt; dumber than a box of rocks; colossally ignorant; a little crazy ;-)
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 10,438
  • Lord, have mercy! I live under a rock. Alleluia!
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #107 on: November 21, 2013, 02:24:23 PM »
That doesn't make it right! Who would want iced tea in the middle of bleedin' November?

Um, Southerners.  I do not want Earl Grey with my crawfish and barbecue ribs with cornbread, thank you very much.

I quite enjoy a cup of hot chai with MY crawfish and greens and fried okra and cornbread, thank YOU very much.

Excuse me while I hurl.  Then I will make chai tea to feel better.

Yes, it does sound rather vomit-worthy.  Oh well...

I've always found it interesting that people say "chai tea".  Per wikipedia (and per my own marvelous thought processes) the word "chai"=A word for tea in numerous languages, derived from Mandarin Chinese chá (茶).  So, to say "chai tea" is really to say "tea tea" and sound, well...cool in a hipster-like fashion. ;)
"May Thy Cross, O Lord, in which I seek refuge, be for me a bridge across the great river of fire.  May I pass along it to the habitation of life." ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

"Sometimes you're the windshield.  Sometimes you're the bug." ~ Mark Knopfler (?)

Offline Arachne

  • Trinary Unit || Resident Bossy Boots
  • Section Moderator
  • Protokentarchos
  • *****
  • Posts: 5,378
  • Now with bigger boots!
  • Faith: Cradle Greek Orthodox. Cope.
  • Jurisdiction: Antiochian Archdiocese, UK
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #108 on: November 21, 2013, 02:48:53 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D
'When you live your path all the time, you end up with both more path and more time.'~Venecia Rauls

Blog ~ Bookshelf ~ Jukebox

Offline hecma925

  • Non-clairvoyant
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,789
  • Pray for me, a sinner.
    • Blog
  • Faith: Confederate Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Puerto Rican Orthodox Sobor
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #109 on: November 21, 2013, 02:56:07 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

I would go with that if I was forced to. 
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

Another blog - http://literarydiktator.blogspot.com/

Offline J Michael

  • Older than dirt; dumber than a box of rocks; colossally ignorant; a little crazy ;-)
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 10,438
  • Lord, have mercy! I live under a rock. Alleluia!
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #110 on: November 21, 2013, 02:59:21 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

I would go with that if I was forced to. 

YUCK!!!!!!!!!!  I would rather go tea-less for eternitea.
« Last Edit: November 21, 2013, 02:59:27 PM by J Michael »
"May Thy Cross, O Lord, in which I seek refuge, be for me a bridge across the great river of fire.  May I pass along it to the habitation of life." ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

"Sometimes you're the windshield.  Sometimes you're the bug." ~ Mark Knopfler (?)

Offline hecma925

  • Non-clairvoyant
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,789
  • Pray for me, a sinner.
    • Blog
  • Faith: Confederate Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Puerto Rican Orthodox Sobor
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #111 on: November 21, 2013, 03:05:24 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

I would go with that if I was forced to. 

YUCK!!!!!!!!!!  I would rather go tea-less for eternitea.
No.  You would end up in Teavana for eternitea without the funds to buy any.
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

Another blog - http://literarydiktator.blogspot.com/

Offline J Michael

  • Older than dirt; dumber than a box of rocks; colossally ignorant; a little crazy ;-)
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 10,438
  • Lord, have mercy! I live under a rock. Alleluia!
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #112 on: November 21, 2013, 03:25:59 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

I would go with that if I was forced to. 

YUCK!!!!!!!!!!  I would rather go tea-less for eternitea.

No.  You would end up in Teavana for eternitea without the funds to buy any.

Is that anywhere near Havana?
"May Thy Cross, O Lord, in which I seek refuge, be for me a bridge across the great river of fire.  May I pass along it to the habitation of life." ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

"Sometimes you're the windshield.  Sometimes you're the bug." ~ Mark Knopfler (?)

Offline Mor Ephrem

  • The Fourteenth Apostle and Judge of the Interwebs
  • Section Moderator
  • Stratopedarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 20,661
    • OrthodoxChristianity.net
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #113 on: November 21, 2013, 03:57:52 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

Is that a particular type of tea, or a particular way of preparing tea? 
"Do not tempt the Mor thy Mod."

Mor no longer posts on OCNet.  He follows threads, posts his responses daily, occasionally starts threads, and responds to private messages when and as he wants.  But he really isn't around anymore.


Offline brastaseptim

  • Protopsáltis
  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 952
  • From BBC Louisiana to you, here's the morning news
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #114 on: November 21, 2013, 04:03:54 PM »
well, I know I like trying some Creativa-tea.
BBC news certified; The Guardian rejected; OC.net approved.

Offline J Michael

  • Older than dirt; dumber than a box of rocks; colossally ignorant; a little crazy ;-)
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 10,438
  • Lord, have mercy! I live under a rock. Alleluia!
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #115 on: November 21, 2013, 04:08:07 PM »
well, I know I like trying some Creativa-tea.

Do you take that plain, with lemon, or with milk?  Any sweeteners?
"May Thy Cross, O Lord, in which I seek refuge, be for me a bridge across the great river of fire.  May I pass along it to the habitation of life." ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

"Sometimes you're the windshield.  Sometimes you're the bug." ~ Mark Knopfler (?)

Offline brastaseptim

  • Protopsáltis
  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 952
  • From BBC Louisiana to you, here's the morning news
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #116 on: November 21, 2013, 04:10:11 PM »
well, I know I like trying some Creativa-tea.

Do you take that plain, with lemon, or with milk?  Any sweeteners?

It's good plain, with a little bit of lemon for a slight kick.
BBC news certified; The Guardian rejected; OC.net approved.

Offline hecma925

  • Non-clairvoyant
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,789
  • Pray for me, a sinner.
    • Blog
  • Faith: Confederate Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Puerto Rican Orthodox Sobor
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #117 on: November 21, 2013, 04:10:49 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

Another blog - http://literarydiktator.blogspot.com/

Offline hecma925

  • Non-clairvoyant
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,789
  • Pray for me, a sinner.
    • Blog
  • Faith: Confederate Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Puerto Rican Orthodox Sobor
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #118 on: November 21, 2013, 04:12:52 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

Is that a particular type of tea, or a particular way of preparing tea? 
It's a way of preparing it.  Faster, quicker, and more Starbucks-y version of masala chai.  Still tasty.
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

Another blog - http://literarydiktator.blogspot.com/

Offline J Michael

  • Older than dirt; dumber than a box of rocks; colossally ignorant; a little crazy ;-)
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 10,438
  • Lord, have mercy! I live under a rock. Alleluia!
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #119 on: November 21, 2013, 04:13:46 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.
"May Thy Cross, O Lord, in which I seek refuge, be for me a bridge across the great river of fire.  May I pass along it to the habitation of life." ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

"Sometimes you're the windshield.  Sometimes you're the bug." ~ Mark Knopfler (?)

Offline hecma925

  • Non-clairvoyant
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,789
  • Pray for me, a sinner.
    • Blog
  • Faith: Confederate Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Puerto Rican Orthodox Sobor
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #120 on: November 21, 2013, 04:14:20 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.

Then you can never attain Teavana.
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

Another blog - http://literarydiktator.blogspot.com/

Offline J Michael

  • Older than dirt; dumber than a box of rocks; colossally ignorant; a little crazy ;-)
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 10,438
  • Lord, have mercy! I live under a rock. Alleluia!
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #121 on: November 21, 2013, 04:15:01 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.

Then you can never attain Teavana.

This is quite good news.  Thank you!
"May Thy Cross, O Lord, in which I seek refuge, be for me a bridge across the great river of fire.  May I pass along it to the habitation of life." ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

"Sometimes you're the windshield.  Sometimes you're the bug." ~ Mark Knopfler (?)

Offline brastaseptim

  • Protopsáltis
  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 952
  • From BBC Louisiana to you, here's the morning news
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #122 on: November 21, 2013, 04:15:37 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.

Then you can never attain Teavana.

You can with creative-Tea! Though the path to Teavana makes you a little loopy.
BBC news certified; The Guardian rejected; OC.net approved.

Offline J Michael

  • Older than dirt; dumber than a box of rocks; colossally ignorant; a little crazy ;-)
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 10,438
  • Lord, have mercy! I live under a rock. Alleluia!
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #123 on: November 21, 2013, 04:16:43 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.

Then you can never attain Teavana.

You can with creative-Tea! Though the path to Teavana makes you a little loopy.

I'm already a little loopy.  Does that mean something?
"May Thy Cross, O Lord, in which I seek refuge, be for me a bridge across the great river of fire.  May I pass along it to the habitation of life." ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

"Sometimes you're the windshield.  Sometimes you're the bug." ~ Mark Knopfler (?)

Offline brastaseptim

  • Protopsáltis
  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 952
  • From BBC Louisiana to you, here's the morning news
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #124 on: November 21, 2013, 04:17:19 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.

Then you can never attain Teavana.

You can with creative-Tea! Though the path to Teavana makes you a little loopy.

I'm already a little loopy.  Does that mean something?

No, it's a sign you're a healthy person.  ;D
BBC news certified; The Guardian rejected; OC.net approved.

Offline J Michael

  • Older than dirt; dumber than a box of rocks; colossally ignorant; a little crazy ;-)
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 10,438
  • Lord, have mercy! I live under a rock. Alleluia!
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #125 on: November 21, 2013, 04:23:00 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.

Then you can never attain Teavana.

You can with creative-Tea! Though the path to Teavana makes you a little loopy.

I'm already a little loopy.  Does that mean something?

No, it's a sign you're a healthy person.  ;D

Others might disagree with you, but.........thanks, anyway! ;)
"May Thy Cross, O Lord, in which I seek refuge, be for me a bridge across the great river of fire.  May I pass along it to the habitation of life." ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

"Sometimes you're the windshield.  Sometimes you're the bug." ~ Mark Knopfler (?)

Offline Mor Ephrem

  • The Fourteenth Apostle and Judge of the Interwebs
  • Section Moderator
  • Stratopedarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 20,661
    • OrthodoxChristianity.net
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #126 on: November 21, 2013, 04:23:04 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

Is that a particular type of tea, or a particular way of preparing tea? 
It's a way of preparing it.  Faster, quicker, and more Starbucks-y version of masala chai.  Still tasty.

If Arachne's chai latte is like the Starbucks chai latte, I'm going to go to my room, sit in the corner facing the wall, and cry for how she hurt my feelings.  The Starbucks chai latte is terrible, absolutely horrifying to anyone who has had authentic Indian chai.  If you're walking into a Starbucks with the express intention of ordering a chai latte, and you have health insurance, just go to the hospital right now.  If you don't have health insurance, just go anyway.     
« Last Edit: November 21, 2013, 04:23:45 PM by Mor Ephrem »
"Do not tempt the Mor thy Mod."

Mor no longer posts on OCNet.  He follows threads, posts his responses daily, occasionally starts threads, and responds to private messages when and as he wants.  But he really isn't around anymore.


Offline Adela

  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 928
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #127 on: November 21, 2013, 04:36:18 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

Is that a particular type of tea, or a particular way of preparing tea? 
It's a way of preparing it.  Faster, quicker, and more Starbucks-y version of masala chai.  Still tasty.

If Arachne's chai latte is like the Starbucks chai latte, I'm going to go to my room, sit in the corner facing the wall, and cry for how she hurt my feelings.  The Starbucks chai latte is terrible, absolutely horrifying to anyone who has had authentic Indian chai.  If you're walking into a Starbucks with the express intention of ordering a chai latte, and you have health insurance, just go to the hospital right now.  If you don't have health insurance, just go anyway.     

And, watch out for Starbucks Chocolate Chai Latte.... Not a good combination and probably won't be back next year.

I miss the tea my Iranian roommates made.  They served it in these little glasses while playing bootleg Googoosh tapes and it was sooooo good.

Offline J Michael

  • Older than dirt; dumber than a box of rocks; colossally ignorant; a little crazy ;-)
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 10,438
  • Lord, have mercy! I live under a rock. Alleluia!
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #128 on: November 21, 2013, 04:43:41 PM »
Marc's mention of Russian tea (was that on this thread or the other tea thread??)  piqued my curiosity.  I consulted my friend, Google, and this is one link he gave me: http://www.samovarlife.com/5-steps-to-the-ultimate-russian-tea/  Interesting.
"May Thy Cross, O Lord, in which I seek refuge, be for me a bridge across the great river of fire.  May I pass along it to the habitation of life." ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

"Sometimes you're the windshield.  Sometimes you're the bug." ~ Mark Knopfler (?)

Offline Mor Ephrem

  • The Fourteenth Apostle and Judge of the Interwebs
  • Section Moderator
  • Stratopedarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 20,661
    • OrthodoxChristianity.net
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #129 on: November 21, 2013, 04:44:11 PM »
And, watch out for Starbucks Chocolate Chai Latte.... Not a good combination and probably won't be back next year.

Gross!  Why spoil tea when you sell plenty of acceptable espresso products?  What did tea do to deserve that?    

Quote
I miss the tea my Iranian roommates made.  They served it in these little glasses while playing bootleg Googoosh tapes and it was sooooo good.

Tea in glasses!  The best!
"Do not tempt the Mor thy Mod."

Mor no longer posts on OCNet.  He follows threads, posts his responses daily, occasionally starts threads, and responds to private messages when and as he wants.  But he really isn't around anymore.


Offline hecma925

  • Non-clairvoyant
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,789
  • Pray for me, a sinner.
    • Blog
  • Faith: Confederate Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Puerto Rican Orthodox Sobor
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #130 on: November 21, 2013, 05:33:05 PM »
Gross!  Why spoil tea when you sell plenty of acceptable disgusting espresso products?  What did tea do to deserve that?    
Fixed it for you.  Starbucks roast for their espresso is burnt beyond help.  That's why they have so many drinks containing lots of sugar, milk ,syrups, and whatnot to cover it up.  Probably the reason they delved into the tea arena.
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

Another blog - http://literarydiktator.blogspot.com/

Offline brastaseptim

  • Protopsáltis
  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 952
  • From BBC Louisiana to you, here's the morning news
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #131 on: November 21, 2013, 05:33:53 PM »
Gross!  Why spoil tea when you sell plenty of acceptable disgusting espresso products?  What did tea do to deserve that?    
Fixed it for you.  Starbucks roast for their espresso is burnt beyond help.  That's why they have so many drinks containing lots of sugar, milk ,syrups, and whatnot to cover it up.  Probably the reason they delved into the tea arena.

Not to mention they prefer to use tea dust from what I've tasted, not even good bits of tea.
BBC news certified; The Guardian rejected; OC.net approved.

Offline Mor Ephrem

  • The Fourteenth Apostle and Judge of the Interwebs
  • Section Moderator
  • Stratopedarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 20,661
    • OrthodoxChristianity.net
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #132 on: November 21, 2013, 05:52:29 PM »
Starbucks roast for their espresso is burnt beyond help.  That's why they have so many drinks containing lots of sugar, milk ,syrups, and whatnot to cover it up. 

If I want good espresso, I don't go to Starbucks.  But if I want a dessert drink with a kick, I think Starbucks offers acceptable options. 
"Do not tempt the Mor thy Mod."

Mor no longer posts on OCNet.  He follows threads, posts his responses daily, occasionally starts threads, and responds to private messages when and as he wants.  But he really isn't around anymore.


Offline Arachne

  • Trinary Unit || Resident Bossy Boots
  • Section Moderator
  • Protokentarchos
  • *****
  • Posts: 5,378
  • Now with bigger boots!
  • Faith: Cradle Greek Orthodox. Cope.
  • Jurisdiction: Antiochian Archdiocese, UK
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #133 on: November 21, 2013, 06:11:01 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

Is that a particular type of tea, or a particular way of preparing tea? 
It's a way of preparing it.  Faster, quicker, and more Starbucks-y version of masala chai.  Still tasty.

If Arachne's chai latte is like the Starbucks chai latte, I'm going to go to my room, sit in the corner facing the wall, and cry for how she hurt my feelings.  The Starbucks chai latte is terrible, absolutely horrifying to anyone who has had authentic Indian chai.  If you're walking into a Starbucks with the express intention of ordering a chai latte, and you have health insurance, just go to the hospital right now.  If you don't have health insurance, just go anyway.

I've never had chai latte at Starbucks, so I wouldn't know - why go to the town's one Starbucks, when there are four branches of Costa (nearer, better, cheaper) to choose from? Although even at Costa they don't get it quite right; their blend is just that teeny bit overspiced.

I've found a very good blend to make it at home, although I'm hopeless at getting the milk right. My best option is an independent cafe in town. No idea which tea they use, but it's wonderful.
'When you live your path all the time, you end up with both more path and more time.'~Venecia Rauls

Blog ~ Bookshelf ~ Jukebox

Offline Mor Ephrem

  • The Fourteenth Apostle and Judge of the Interwebs
  • Section Moderator
  • Stratopedarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 20,661
    • OrthodoxChristianity.net
Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #134 on: November 21, 2013, 06:20:02 PM »
I've found a very good blend to make it at home, although I'm hopeless at getting the milk right. My best option is an independent cafe in town. No idea which tea they use, but it's wonderful.

We mix our own spices! 

Personally, I prefer tea without milk, so how much milk to add is not a big worry to me.  But when making it for others, my rule of thumb is that the finished product should have a sort of peachy-orangey colour.  I know it when I see it.  ;)
"Do not tempt the Mor thy Mod."

Mor no longer posts on OCNet.  He follows threads, posts his responses daily, occasionally starts threads, and responds to private messages when and as he wants.  But he really isn't around anymore.