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I have been wanting to expand my tea drinking horizons and while tea bags are alright for something quick, loose leaf has always tasted better.

I am starting almost from scratch though! I don't need any super duper fancy stuff since it is just going to be for my own personal drinking but I am completely lost in what to get equipment wise and the most reliable place to get the tea itself.

A small electric kettle and a infuser or teapot is mostly what I am looking at wanting for right now.

From what I have been able to look up via browsing the /r/Tea Reddit and Amazon is my rambling below but there are just so many options!

Between reviews and price I am leaning towards this T-fal 1-Liter Mini 1750-Watt Electric Kettle and something like this Glass Tea Pot, this interesting Adagio Teapot, or this In-Mug infuser and order from Adagio for tea itself.

Anyone have suggestions for what to get other than the above or able to share your tea supplier if you order online?
 

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What country you live in ? Either look for twinings tea or Yorkshire tea , Yorkshire do several types hard water blend , decaff (why?) gold
Twining's do loads of teas
P/s As soon as kettle boils put it on tea if the kettle has boiled and a couple of mins have passed reboil Tea is not like coffee Tea needs boiling water
and milk if you like it
Also get a Brita water filter jug or alike and Filter water first
 

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I tend to frequent a store here called David's Tea which is all loose leaf teas in an abundance of flavors/types. If there is one near where you are (Not 100% sure how far their reach is) or if you can order online, they do small packets which let you get a taste for a tea rather then buying up a large amount and offer a wide selection of accessories from mugs to teapots.
 

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I'm a fan of "dragon ball" style tea.

As for equipment, personally I just leave the leaves (hehe) in a glass and add hot water. It looks like I'm drinking a glass o` seaweed, but it's quick and convenient.
 

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I have that Adagio thing, it works really well. I have a mug infuser too, but it's more annoying because the leaves stick to the metal unless you clean it right away. Basically you just want something big enough that the leaves aren't all cramped together and things have space to diffuse. An electric kettle will work fine for heating, but if you're just doing one cup at a time, a microwave is good. If you use the same amount of water every time, you can figure out how long you need to get the perfect temperature, which makes it a lot easier than using a kettle.

In some places, tap water's not too bad, but if they use chloramines for disinfection, it can make tea taste funny. Activated carbon/ion exchange filters, like Brita, seem to work okay, though reverse osmosis or the like are better.

Tea DOES NOT necessarily need boiling water: green tea gets bitter if you use anything much over 80 C. Some very delicate green teas like gyokuro are best even lower, around 65 or 70. Most darker teas are good at 90-95 C.

As far as the tea goes, I shop at TEALUX - Premium Loose Leaf Tea Shop | The Widest Selection of The Finest Loose Teas. - Tealux Store . They do ship to the US, but there are probably better alternatives closer to you. I mostly drink green teas. Some favourites of mine: gyokuro, longjing, taiping houkui.

Who knew drinking tea was so complicated? o_O
 

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I enjoy a cup of tea when I'm not feeling well. I like Lemon Zinger with lemon juice and sugar. I really like lemon.
 

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Avoid Teavana. They are fairly expensive. I usually buy from local stores or online (from David's Tea, which is a Canadian site).

Most important thing to realize early: temperature is important. Different kinds of tea need different water temperatures.
 

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I only barely got into drinking tea myself, despite growing up in the south and southwest America my whole life where sun tea and the like is all the rage. Even then I only can drink really sugary stuff, so I'm pretty much hardly what one would consider a tea drinker.

I also can't help but wonder how much this thread will be dominated by our UK residents.. hehe. Sorry, I had to.
 
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There are a lot of varieties of tea. I quite like several types of Asian green tea especially. There are several types you can get where you simply place the leaves directly in the cup. As a couple people have pointed out, boiling water will burn the tea and ruin the flavor, so you want to use warm water, but not boiling in most cases. I've recently tried a very interesting green tea that actually has a smokey flavor, which is not something I ever expected to taste in tea. Unfortunately, a friend brought it from China and its entirely in Chinese, so I'm not much help in recommending it to others. There's a red star on the label, for what that's worth.
 

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I've recently tried a very interesting green tea that actually has a smokey flavor, which is not something I ever expected to taste in tea.

If it was a green tea with unusually long leaves, it might be taiping houkui. I've had a bag of it with that kind of smokey flavour, but others without. I think some gunpowder teas have that sort of smokiness, too.
 

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Also get a Brita water filter jug or alike and Filter water first

they also do them as kettles, although yanks (apologies to the Texan) have a more mature consumer market for filtered water than we do (soon to change given the mankiness of our tap water of late).
personally, i don't like the taste of the Brita filtered water (it's got a tang to it) and prefer to slow boil a pan of water, then allow to cool, for brewing my coffee (cos i don't like tea :smile1:).
 

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You needn't even bother with a kettle if you have a Keurig machine. Just push the button without a pod. Works like a charm. Also, filtered water is imperative for coffee and tea.

My preference is for loose-leaf Earl Grey in a tea-ball. I use a bit over a teaspoon of tea, and I let it steep for closer to five minutes.

I would recommend trying a few different teas and things before you go all in on buying fancy things to make it. Sufficiently hot water and a thing to keep the leaves from floating in your tea afterward are all you really need.
 

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Hello

I do tea on occasions.

I unfortunately would disagree with one post and I like Teavana tea. As for there pots and that I like the one I bought from them.

I have seen a lot of tea pots available at the local Asian markets, but I am never sure about the quality. I also know it is real easy to find "froufrou" tea pots and again you get what you pay for.
 

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I don't know how the situation is in the US, but you find tea shops in every city here I'd say. Just get some small packages of different teas you want to try. I'd go for a selection of single-origin stuff at different levels of fermentation, as in green, black and something in between :p Lot's of stuff to choose from and decent tea does not have to be the most expensive you can find.

I usually keep a pound of my default Darjeeling around and buy other stuff whenever I feel like it.
 

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One tea to steer clear of is Earl Grey HORRIBLE STUFF TASTE FOWL ! :bleh:
 

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I've actually been drinking some 'tea' blends blended by the local Amish around here. One of my favorites is this one where they put a little catmint in it. Has a nice light mint and herbal taste, and a lovely numbness that helps me calm down before sleep.

What I really want to do is find some good oolong, but unfortunately here in the backwoods of rural US, there are no good places to get tea, and I haven't really thought about order of the internet till now...
 

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Sweet iced tea is basically the 'water' of my region. I drink it non-stop.

However, I do like Earl Grey and English Breakfast, just can't let people around here see me actually drinking HOT tea (blasphemy basically).

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Oh man, I totally thought I was a tea drinker until I read this thread. I am the box-wine version of a tea drinker, I realize now. I drink a crappy grocery store brand of Earl Grey with lemon and sugar just about every day. *hangs head* Once I tried some peppermint tea! Does that help?

I also drink crappy instant coffee, though.
 
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