green, oolong and jasmine Tea question

jbo

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I've tried loose leaf alot of times, but my laziness keeps me going back to bags to be completely honest. I use a coffee maker that's never had any coffee in it for the water and use tea bags. I love the Ito En Matcha Blend green tea, which is mixed with Sencha and Matcha and I absolutely love it.

During the weekdays I like to have something different, so I tried foojoy oolong tea which I really enjoyed. I've read a few articles on how it's great for loosing weight, but I mostly enjoy the change in flavor for the weekends. So I'm looking at buying some tea bags, but a little confused at the options.

To be completely honest, chinese tea makes me a little nervous. I see these three options and I think Wuyi is a region in china that's known for their oolong tea? I'm not sure why the last link is the cheapest and has the word diet in the title? What I had was the classic that a friend brought me that I enjoyed.

http://www.amazon.com/Foojoy-Wuyi-Oolong-Long-Weight/dp/B001467JYO/ref=sr_1_1?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1315791680&sr=1-1


http://www.amazon.com/Wuyi-Oolong-Diet-Tea-Foojoy/dp/B0013OXEC8/ref=sr_1_5?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1315791680&sr=1-5

http://www.amazon.com/Foojoy-Classic-Min-nan-Oolong-Teabags/dp/B0018QBX6K/ref=sr_1_3?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1315791680&sr=1-3

My last question is about jasmine tea. I eat at a Vietnamese restaurant often, which they serve jasmine tea, which I've read a few mixed things about jasmine tea. Is it expected that these are green teas with jasmine flower added or is this pure jasmine herbal tea? The people working at the restaurants can't speak English well and I'm not sure if they even know, they just drink it :)
 

jfh

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I use bagged teas for convenience, especially when I only want one cup. Otherwise teapot. I prefer to use the Celestial Seasonings brand bags as they don't use staples or tags.

Jasmine tea can be the flowers with green or black tea. My favorite. It is just understood that this is made and sold as green/black tea mixed with the flowers. I also like to add lavender flowers when available from my own garden. This is for aromatic pleasure only. I don't think of health benefits with lavender. I don't use enough for that.

I absolutely refuse to do business with Amazon as they abused my privacy back in the days when they only sold books (early 80s). They have not changed their privacy terms, except for children, so I continue to hold a grudge.

The caffeine is affecting your adrenals, and causing the nervousness. This is normal, but yours sounds extra. Your adrenals may be weakened. Continue to add vitamin C to your regimen. Add the B vitamins as well. Otherwise, enjoy your wonderful tea.
 

jbo

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The caffeine is affecting your adrenals, and causing the nervousness. This is normal, but yours sounds extra. Your adrenals may be weakened. Continue to add vitamin C to your regimen. Add the B vitamins as well. Otherwise, enjoy your wonderful tea.
I'm not sure how you go this information from a post asking about tea? Are you possibly referring to another post or something else? I actually never even mentioned the words caffeine in the post, nor Vitamin C even though I do take Vitamin C everyday.

I've never liked American tea companies. I like Bigelow and Celestial Seasonings for their herbal teas, but I've yet to try any of their teas that I've liked. I am having troubule finding Celestial Seasonings for oolong. Their offical website doesn't have any information about oolong.

I've read a few times about not having staples in your teabags, but I think I've only read about it here on the forum. After googling for awhile I only saw risks associated with possibly consuming the stable if it becomes loose, is this the only concern?
 

jfh

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I'm not sure how you go this information from a post asking about tea? Are you possibly referring to another post or something else? I actually never even mentioned the words caffeine in the post, nor Vitamin C even though I do take Vitamin C everyday.

After googling for awhile I only saw risks associated with possibly consuming the stable if it becomes loose, is this the only concern?
In your original message, you said, "To be completely honest, chinese tea makes me a little nervous." I'm not sure why Chinese and not other teas though. Just thought you should know my opinion of your nervousness.

By using the pillow type bags without staples, string and tags, Celestial Seasonings saves the environment from too much waste. I'm all for that. They claim that they are able to save more than 3.5 million pounds of waste from the landfills each year. I'm not an Al Gore'ite, but I am fond of the environment. I don't think the staples are cause for health concern. At least I don't think so.
 

jbo

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I understand the miscommunication. I was saying that tea or actually any type of product that I can consume coming from China makes me nervous in what is in it as I don't believe they play by the same rules as many other countries. So even though the taste is good I would hate for them to cut corners or put something in there that's unhealthy as I feel china would care more about selling a product than the health/quality of their product.

When I'm looking around at the quality of tea bags I'm using nylon bags for the ITO green tea brand and I thought it was healthier than the bleeched paper bags, but now I'm reading that some people feel the plastic may give off something that is unhealthy. I guess most believe that bleech bags are unhealth, except for oxygen bleeched bags are supposed to be safer and healthier, but it seems like most teas don't advertise what they are using.

I really wish I could do loose leaf as I know it tastes better for the most part and is healthier, but I think tea bags are really ideal for me. At work I have a small pot of coffee that I walk over to the water fountain and fill it up once and then let the coffee maker make the hot water and while I'm working on a computer I enjoy 3-4 cups of green tea with 1-2 tea bags. I normally get two cups out of one tea bag.
 

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Chinese tea makes me nervous too, for the reason you mention (not because of the caffeine, as long as it's green tea and not black!) I think China has the best quality green tea but between their standards (get rich at any cost), and who knows what's in their soil, water, air? I buy organic tea but who can guarantee that? Especiall y if the soil and water is contaminated (well, so is ours in the U.S. but I think there's is worse) Jasmine tea (green tea with jasmine flowers) is my favorite, too. Dragonwell is my second favorite. I do drink mostly organic matcha though, because I think it's better for you, but I don't prefer the taste of Japanese tea.

As for loose tea, I'm weird because I eat the tea leaves! (Can't do that with black or oolong, though) People who see me drinking loose tea ask what 'those floaty things' are. :) You could buy a strainer that fits into your cup and just pour hot water over it. It's as easy as using a tea bag.
 

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From the article kind2creatures referenced:

"Australian scientists report that brewing green tea for approximately 30 minutes at a temperature of 175°F optimizes the extraction of delicate antioxidants."

Well, that's interesting. I never would have thought to brew it for so long. I knew not to use boiling water. Maybe that's why Matcha, which is powdered tea, is good--the antioxidants are released quicker.
 

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Green tea brewed for 30 minutes would be absolutely disgusting. I have more faith in the established way of brewing. Chinese culture is very aware of the different health benefits of different teas and the importance of how they are brewed.

My favourite tea at the moment is Yellow Gold Oolong, which I get from the Journal of Chinese Medicine in the UK. All their teas are tested for pesticide contamination.

I also really like Pu Er tea, which is highly reputed for its health properties, but usually expensive. Dragonfly in the UK do an acceptable organic Pu Er which is very reasonably priced.

I really doubt that Chinese producers cut corners any more or less than the conventional black tea producers. I can't imagine those big food producing multinationals leaving any corners uncut if they can save another 0.01p per unit by polluting the land, poisoning their customers or exploiting workers.
 


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