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SonicEarth 03-20-2008 09:10 AM

Does anyone like green tea? If so, what is your favorite kind?



My favorite would have to be Longjing (Dragonwell).

SomebodyElse 03-20-2008 07:19 PM

When I was a kid, before green tea became so popular, we drank gallons of Gunpowder and Jasmine, and Jasmine is still my favorite tea.



Not too long ago an acquaintance gave me a small can of Matcha powder, which is very nice, and very generous too, since that stuff is awfully expensive.

Loulelou 03-24-2008 07:00 AM

It's expensive, but I love Sencha tea! My flatmate gave me some for my birthday. But green tea is great, just the bog-standard plain chinese stuff is good as well. Actually, I'm missing mine now... left all mine 5 hrs north in my flat and am stuck on holiday with some rooibos and rooibos earl grey. Which I love! But am now in a green tea mood! What's matcha like? Isn't that the powdered japanese one?

SonicEarth 03-24-2008 01:33 PM

Yeah, you actually mix the powder into the water, so you end up drinking the leaves.

SomebodyElse 03-24-2008 01:48 PM

Yes, Matcha is made from the very youngest and most tender green tea leaves, which are dried and ground whole into powder. You only need about a quarter-teaspoon per cup, and you get the most health benefits from drinking the powdery residue that sinks to the bottom. It also makes a good flavoring for green tea cake, if you like desserts that are flavored with green tea. I made a vegan green tea cake for my stepmom for her birthday with some of the powder, and she loved it.

Loulelou 03-25-2008 08:58 AM

Wow! Might try that - will make a change from coffee cake!

SonicEarth 03-25-2008 09:24 AM

I just ordered some Stash organic pinhead gunpowder green tea form Amazon. It got good reviews, so I'm hoping it's good! ^_^

jhurley 03-26-2008 12:27 PM

I like Rooibus tea. Its red tea, from africa. Very earthy (my bf says it tastes like dirt).

I highly recommend it.

lavande 03-26-2008 12:43 PM

I'm weird with green tea. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I really can't handle it. I love whatever they serve in Chinese and Japanese restaurants, it never needs anything and it's so soothing and lovely. However, whenever I make any at home I always feel like it's too strong, and I always need to sweeten it a bit. This hasn't happened in a while but it actually used to make me feel sick to my stomach if I drank it without eating anything! Weiiird. What is the kind they normally use in asian restaurants, do you think? Maybe if I get that kind I'd really like it. I also use the kind in teabags for the most part, maybe if I used loose tea I'd like it more.

I do LOVE green tea with mint or lemon flavoring though, or with a squeeze of fresh lemon in it! Ooh, or iced with fresh mint and lemon!

SonicEarth 03-26-2008 01:14 PM

Don't use teabags. They contain "fannings" or the lowest quality, leftover tea leaves. They will produce a very bitter tea. Get the loose stuff, it's so much better.

SomebodyElse 03-26-2008 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by lavande View Post

I love whatever they serve in Chinese and Japanese restaurants, it never needs anything and it's so soothing and lovely. ...What is the kind they normally use in asian restaurants, do you think? Maybe if I get that kind I'd really like it.

Many restaurants will be happy to sell you their tea.

SonicEarth 03-26-2008 01:48 PM

You can also buy some high quality tea from Amazon.com.


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